All Alone

I wonder, “What was your first thought when you read the title of this post?”  For some, it could be thoughts of how they are feeling about their life at this point.  This morning, I received the news about a pastor I knew years ago who had fallen from his place of service to God.  His life began to spin out of control for years and it ended three days ago alone in bed.  He was found two days ago.  Certainly we would say, “He died alone.”

But this is not what I am writing about today.  This morning’s devotion covers chapters 9-13 in the book of Hebrews.  Chapters 9 and 10 are so rich concerning the sufficient payment for our salvation.  In chapter 9 we read how the priest in the Old Testament offerend a sacrifice once a year on the mercy seat in the Holy Of Holies for both his sin and his people’s sins.  This sacrifice by no means removed their sin debt, it simply covered it.  The bible records in 9:7, “He went alone once a year…”

As I read those words, the joy of the Lord filled my soul.  Jesus Christ went to the cross alone for my sin and for your sin.  I praise the Lord that He only had to do this once and it was sufficient for my sin and for your sin, 9:26.

So, the fact is, he alone deserves the praise and honor for our salvation.  The glory is His, all alone!!!  I cannot get over this, I must not get over this.  The key to a surrendered life is to glory only in Him.  We must refuse to seek glory for ourselves in any way.  As we glory in Christ alone, the liberty of Christ is abundant in our lives.

Oh the richness of this truth.  God alone deserves our praise.  Brothers and sisters, as we praise Him we discover something wonderful. This God whom we praise alone never leaves us alone. “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you,” 13:5.

As we lift Him up, He leads us by still waters and He walks with us in daily life and He carries us through the troubled waters of life.  Jesus told His disciples, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in the midst,” Matthew 18:20.

As Sunday approaches may we lift Him up alone and watch as His power is released in the church and most certainly we will not be alone.  Praise be to His name, ‘ALL ALONE.’

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