Does your life bring praise and glory to God? Sometimes we forget about God. Sometimes we neglect God. We try to put him out of our mind. We don’t want to think there is a God because if there’s a God, we might have to give account to him. But we are told to do all to the praise of God. Let’s explore this idea.

ROBERT >> Does your life bring praise and glory to God? I don’t mean just on Sunday, but I mean Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Every day of the week, everywhere that you go, what you say, what you do, are you glorifying God with your life? Stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> The last couple of weeks here on The Truth In Love we’ve been studying from Colossians the 3rd chapter. I hope you’ll look with me there this morning as we continue in Colossians 3:17, where I remind you the Bible says, Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God through Him. We’ve seen that this is a comprehensive passage, an all-encompassing verse that takes in all of our life, whatever we do in word or in deed. And to do all in the name of the Lord means to do it consistently with his person, according to his character. Would Jesus sign his name to it? Can you say that your life is consistent with the heart and with the life of Jesus Christ? Is it consistent with his person?

And we’ve also learned that to do something in the name of the Lord means to do it with his power. You see, if we bring his person into our heart and life, we also bring his power, his authority. We must look to Jesus to see what he would have us to do and for the power to do it. And I want you to see today how that that power is associated with the word of Jesus Christ.

We have no authority from Christ and we have no power from Christ unless we have the word of Christ. I want us to go to Luke the 7th chapter, and I want you to see how this is brought out in this episode in the life of Jesus with a centurion of the Roman army. Here in Luke chapter 7, we see the centurion had a servant who was very sick, and the centurion wanted Jesus to heal his servant. Let’s see what it says here, Luke chapter 7, beginning in verse 1. Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. And so when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with him. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.

Now I want to stop here for just a moment because I want you to see that the centurion believed that if Jesus would just speak the word, his servant could be healed. You see, the centurion realized that the power and the authority of Jesus Christ is found in his word. He understood that because he was a centurion. Look what he explains as you go on here in Luke chapter 7. For example, notice what it says in verse 8. He says, For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. You see, this man understood authority. This man understood power. He gave a command to his servants, they did it. If he didn’t give that command, they would not do it. And so it is in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord. Our doctrine, our practice, our life ought to be lived by his name; and that is by his authority, by his power.

We must have a word from Jesus if we’re going to do it. And if we have a word from Jesus to do it, he will provide us the power to accomplish that work. And so today I want to emphasize not only the person of Christ, but the power of Christ. When it comes to doing things in the name of Jesus, it means doing it by his authority and by his power. And that means that we’re going to have to have his word.

Look with me in Colossians chapter 3, and let’s notice verse 16. Colossians 3:16. Here the apostle Paul says, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Let the word of Christ dwell in you, he says. The word dwell there is to tabernacle. It speaks of a temporary dwelling place, a tent or something like that. And so he’s telling us, you need to let the word of Christ live in you. You need to let the word of Christ dwell there. You need to give Christ’s word run of your house, of your heart.

You know who has the run of the house where I live? It’s not me, it’s not my wife; it’s our little poodle, our little four and a half pound poodle named Lindsey. She has the run of the house. She’s in control. But we must make Jesus in control of our house. We must put him over our house, over our heart, over our life.

As Paul said in Philippians 1:21, For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. The apostle Paul understood what it meant to do all things in the name of the Lord, by his authority, by his power. He said in Colossians 3:4, Christ is our life. It’s not about me or what I want; it’s about Christ and about what he wants for our lives. And so we must give him place in our hearts through his word. There’s his power. There’s his authority. Let the word of Christ, he says, dwell in you richly.

The other day I found that my wife had made some good desserts: Cheesecake with some cherries and that rich, red syrup. I can tell you that that dessert was rich. It was full of sugar. And we’re to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly. We need to fill our hearts. We need to fill our lives with the words of Jesus Christ, because there’s the power and there is the authority. Do we realize the incredible power of the word of God?

You just have to go back to Genesis the first chapter. And you remember when we read about the creation of this world, how the Bible says that God said, Let there be light? And there was light. That’s the power of the word of God. Look with me if you would in Psalm 33. In Psalm 33 we read about the creation of this universe and how God just simply spoke the universe into existence. I’m going to pick it up here in verse 6 of Psalm 33. Here’s what the Psalmist writes: By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. That’s the power and the authority of the word. In Hebrews 1:3 we find that not only was this world created by God’s word, but it is being upheld by his word. Upholding all things by the word of His power. He was talking about the word of Christ. Our universe is sustained, it’s kept, it’s preserved by the word of Christ.

The word of Christ is powerful to save our souls according to James 1:21, where the Bible says, Receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your souls. Paul himself had said in Romans 1:16, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. But I want you to notice where the apostle Paul said in Colossians 3:17, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, he said let it dwell in you richly in all wisdom. So I want us to go back and look at Psalm 14:1, which points out that there are a lot of fools in our world because they have rejected the word of Christ because their hearts are not filled with his word. In Psalm 14:1, the Bible says, The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. You see, there are many foolish people today who deny the very existence of God, and therefore they have no values and they have no guidance from God. They have in fact rejected two great realities in this world, and they’re not living in reality at all, but in an imaginary world.

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. That’s foolish. That’s not living in reality. Of course there is a God. Psalm 19:1, you remember the Bible says, The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. All we have to do is look up and to see in this universe that there is a God. He’s the only logical, reasonable explanation for the existence of this universe. Look what the apostle Paul had to say in Romans 1:20. Here he says, For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God.

The problem is not that we don’t know there’s a God. Of course there is a God. But sometimes we forget about God. Sometimes we neglect God. We try to put him out of our mind. We don’t want to think there is a God, because if there’s a God, we might have to give account to him. This is something else that we need to recognize. This is another one of those facts, another one of those points of reality that many people dismiss. In Romans 2:15 we see that every man has a conscience. Every man has thoughts that are either excusing him or accusing him. That’s what it says here in Romans 2:15. We’re different from all the other creatures on this earth.

Man has a conscience because he’s made in the image of God. And that conscience lets him know there are some things he can do and there are some things he can’t do. That conscience tells us that there is a God and that we’re going to be accountable to him one day. Listen, the Bible says in Proverbs 1:7 that, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but the fool despises wisdom and instruction. You’re not born with wisdom. You have to grow into it. You have to learn and you have to experience in order to have wisdom.

Even our Lord and savior Jesus Christ increased in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man according to Luke 2:52. And each of us, we’re going to grow in wisdom as we let the word of Christ dwell in us. I look in Hebrews chapter 5, and the Hebrew writer writes about those Christians who would allow the word of God to shape and transform their lives. And here’s what he says in Hebrews 5:13: For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe; but solid food belongs to those who are of full age. That is, those who, by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. You see, there are some folks who have never grown up in the word, haven’t been using the word, they haven’t been putting it to practice in their life, and so they’ve never grown in their wisdom. But here he speaks of those who have matured on that word. By the reason of use they have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. That’s where wisdom comes from.

When we let God’s word in our heart richly in all wisdom, you see, and we live that out in our life, that’s how we see us doing things in the name of the Lord, by his power, by his authority. That’s how it happens. And what’s the result the of that? Look what pours out of our heart. Going back here to Colossians chapter 3, notice what it says again in verse 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

You see, when we fill our hearts with the word of Christ, when we’re living by his power and by his authority, we can’t help but to sing out to the Lord. I might ask those who are listening today, have you had any vocal training? Do you know music? Can you read the musical notes? And most of you would probably say, no, I really don’t read music. I really haven’t had any vocal training. But you don’t have to worry about that. That’s not really what this passage is all about. This is about those who have been walking in the word, who have been living in the word, and they can’t help but to sing to the Lord, to teach and admonish one another, to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, to sing and make melody in their hearts to God. That’s what God wants from us.

I remember when I was a young person and I was baptized into Jesus Christ and I began to learn all of those songs that we used to sing as teenagers. And I would sing those songs over and over, day after day, not because I knew how to sing, because believe me, I didn’t; but because I had something to sing about.

It’s like that Ethiopian eunuch you read about in Acts the 8th chapter. When he was baptized into Jesus Christ, they brought him up out of that water a new creation. And the Bible says that he went on his way rejoicing, Acts 8:39. What was different? Now he’d come to know Jesus as his Lord and as his savior. His sins were forgiven. He had been baptized into Christ. And so he went on his way rejoicing.

I look in Acts the 16th chapter in verse 25, and here are Paul and Silas, and they’re in prison because of their faith. They’d been beaten with rods, they’d been put in the inner prison. It was at midnight. And you know what they were doing? They were praying and they were singing hymns to God. And the prisoners were listening. It didn’t matter if they knew musical notes, if they couldn’t hit a tune in a bucket. But you see, they were praising God. They had something to sing about.

Revelation the 14th chapter, you’ll notice here in verse 2 and verse 3 what it says about these Christian martyrs, these who had come through persecution and trial and difficulty. God had delivered them on the other side of death into comfort and into victory. And so it says here in Revelation 14:2, I heard a voice from heaven like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne. You see, they sang a new song. It was their song. It came out of their experience, their persecution, and their trial. They had something to sing about. It was a song of deliverance. It was a song of victory.

Folks, when we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom, when we pour out our hearts to God in song, he’s going to get the praise. This is something that I want to emphasize before leaving this lesson today. You see, if we will do all things in the name of the Lord, that is, consistent with his person, his character, who he is, if we’ll do all things in the name of the Lord, that is, by his power, according to his authority, then it will all result in his praise.

I remember when I was over in England the last couple of weeks, and we saw many cathedrals and we saw many castles and memorials and plaques and statues and all of these things that were erected in honor, in memory, in praise of some famous or powerful or rich person, maybe a religious leader, whatever it is. You found that kind of thing all over England. And the same thing is true in our relationship to Jesus Christ.

You see, Jesus Christ is to be honored and to be glorified through us, his people, his church. His reputation is at stake, and that’s why we must do everything in the name of the Lord.

You see, what do you know about me as a person, I mean about who I really am on the inside? Only from my body, from I say, from what I do, from how I act and how I dress. That tells you a little bit about who I am, gives you a look on the inside. And who is the church but the body of Jesus Christ? Christ is head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all, Ephesians 1:22-23.

So how’s the world going to know anything about Jesus if we do not show them, if they cannot see it in us? Indeed, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, Whatever you do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God. Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, he said in that passage, do all to the glory of God. It’s for his glory, it’s for his praise. Look in Hebrews the 13th chapter and notice verse 15 and verse 16. Here he says, Therefore by Him, Jesus Christ, let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. You see, it’s in praising God continually, not only with our lips, but also with our life, doing good and sharing with others that God gets the glory, that God gets the praise. And one final passage, in 1 Peter 4:11, notice what he says about this very point. Here he says, If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. To do all things in the name of the Lord then is to do it by his person, by his power, and for his praise. If you’re a Christian today, you want to convert your friends, you want to show them Jesus? Then that’s what you need to be doing.

If you really want to bring them to Christ, you’re going to have to show them Christ. You’re not going to go everywhere they go and do everything they do and say what they say and dress like they dress and be like they would be. You want to be like Jesus Christ. Show Christ to your friends. Show Christ to your parents. Clean up your room. Do what they ask you to do. Give them honor in your home. You parents want to influence your children for Christ? Then show them Christ in how you live your life and how you treat them in the home.

You want to convert all of those around you, maybe those that you’re working with or those at school, your teachers or whoever it is, whatever you’re doing in life? You see, Christ’s reputation is at stake when you carry his name. When you do all things in his name, you have his power, and it’s for his praise. Remember, salvation is only found in the name of Jesus Christ. There is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved.

>> I know that my redeemer lives and ever prays for me.
I know eternal life he gives from sin and sorrow free.

I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

ROBERT >> I do want to thank you so much for watching our program today. I hope you’ve been encouraged to turn your heart and your life over to Jesus Christ and to walk in his power and to walk for his praise and for his glory. As I mentioned just a few moments ago, remember, our salvation is only found in his name. It’s found in the name and by the power of Jesus Christ. And I want you to know today that your faith response to that good news, to the gospel is also in the name of Jesus Christ. According to 1 John chapter 5, we must believe in his name. Look what it says here in chapter 5, verse 1: Whoever believes that Jesus the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. John goes on to talk about the importance of putting our faith in Jesus Christ. He says in verse 11, And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

So you must believe in the name of the Son of God. And you must be baptized into the name of the Son of God. If we truly believe on him, we’ll give ourself to him in the waters of baptism.

The Bible says in Acts 10:48 to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. We are to be baptized into his name, by his authority, by his power. In Acts 22:16, the preacher said, Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. It’s in that faith response of baptism that we call upon God’s name, on Christ’s name, on his power to save us, to cleanse us, to make us a new creation in Jesus Christ.

And if we’ll continue in that kind of faith, as we just read here in 1 John 5:13, then we can know that we have eternal life. I hope that you have that hope and that assurance in your heart today.

And I hope if you have any questions today or comments or requests or you would need some more Bible study or prayers, if you want some more information about our lesson, if you would like today’s lesson or any other lesson on CD or DVD, in manuscript form, then write us here at The Truth In Love, P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053. E-mail us at requests@ttil.tv. Call our toll-free number, 800-819-2966. Or visit our web site, www.ttil.tv. We just want to do what we can to help us all towards heaven. So please, will you let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you, and please join us next time right here on The Truth In Love.

>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so, showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.

Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long, sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.

Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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