The Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of Jesus as we grow in Him, but we do not always see it. Seeing and understanding it is the key to witnessing our divine identity. His character can be more evident. We become more loving, patient, gentle, peaceful; more like Him. Seeing more of Jesus in our lives than we did before encourages us in our walk.
What hinders us is paying attention to what the enemy shows us: our weaknesses, shortcomings, and humanity. His lies bring guilt, shame, and condemnation. The veils of religion, pride, self-effort, and fleshy ways stop us from beholding God’s transforming glory in our lives. Satan tries to put back the veil that the Lord removed when we turned to Him and received salvation.
The more we pay attention to Jesus in our own lives, the more we can fight off insecurity. It encourages us to focus on what the Lord has done instead of what is still in the process of transformation. What holds us back from seeing God’s glory diminishes as we magnify His presence, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 3:16 “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
We should look at failure as an opportunity to grow, never a reason to quit. By God’s grace we can move past disappointment and the fear of missing the mark. God remains our strength and helps us rise, try again, and achieve greater results.
It is better to try something and fail than not to try at all. It is exciting to experience new things. We are eager at the onset, enthusiastic and fired up. When the accomplishment we expected does not happen, when things fall apart, we fall along with it, and give up. Guilt, condemnation, and defeat battles us. We can be more forgiving and patient with others than ourselves. We tend to expect perfection from ourselves.
The moment we turn to the Lord, He helps us learn from these experiences and we grow from them instead of remaining stuck. We ask, “What could I have done differently? Better? What did I miss?” And we let go of what we did not know. “Lord, I trust you with what I don’t understand and with what you have for me to do next.” Everything we do, including our failures, are used by God to bring us greater opportunities, from glory to glory!
Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
We shouldn’t remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. How challenging! The word remember means to recall it as if to make it active. The old helped us to be where we are today but cannot dictate our present way of doing things.
We acknowledge the negative we shouldn’t recall, but not the positive. It is the past successes we must remember and appreciate. What worked one way then will not work the same way now. This is true in relationships as well. We relate to everyone celebrating their uniqueness. When making choices, we need to take captive old mind sets and welcome the thoughts the mind of Christ has for us.
Fear of the unknown can hinder productivity and growth and keep us in the past. Discouragement because of past failures freezes our steps. As we yield to Him, God continues the healing process and brings new life in all He does in and through us. It is a new day in the Lord! We let go of the old and welcome the new God has for us. He leads us by His grace, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.”
Can we believe in miracles? When the impossible becomes possible; the supernatural becomes the natural; and what cannot be accomplished by men can be accomplished by God; then, we remember our Savior’s birth and gain faith for all the miraculous expectations we carry in our hearts.
When the doctor announces an incurable disease to a patient; someone gets laid off a job at a time when unemployment is high; an unforeseen divorce brings hopelessness; or finances diminish to nothing; then, we may be caught up in despair and fear of an uncertain future. The question is: was Jesus born of a virgin? Our answer to that question stirs up faith and brings us divine answers for whatever we face.
The angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, so not only could she believe, but we could believe as well. We learned that miracles not only pertain to Jesus, but are available for everyone. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the amazing, astounding and astonishing works of God. Yes, we do believe! Nothing is impossible with God. Our walk of faith expects divine steps at every turn, from glory to glory!
Luke 1:36-37 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”
It’s by putting on the whole armor of God that we stand, believing and receiving all that Christ is in our lives. We stand because of our position in Him. We stand because our righteousness, sanctification and redemption come from Him by His grace. When it’s challenging to stand in victory in any situation, we need to appropriate again the truth of who we are in Christ.
We stand in our salvation protected from the kingdom of darkness, death and despair. We stand in our forgiveness from sin and the grace we have to forgive others. We stand in the righteousness we have in Him, having been reconciled to God through Christ. As we stand in our identity in Christ, we stand against the evil one.
We stand against the lies with the truth. We stand against the accusations with the acceptance we believe we have in the Beloved. We stand against doubts with the affirmation we have in the Word of God. We stand against fear with faith. We stand against evil with the goodness of God. Our standing position is a resting position. As we stand in Christ, we stand against the enemy and can stand for what we believe. We are standing for healing, miracles and breakthroughs in all of our lives, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
When facing a tragic event people go through shock, anger, pain and unbelief.
When something unbelievable happens, what we believe carries us through. We believe the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy; but Jesus came and is here to give us abundant life. We believe that by His grace we can stand in the midst of tragedy. We believe there is no end in Christ; we believe in eternal life. We believe God can dry our tears and calm our fears. We have hope and peace that cannot be explained. Darkness rises, but the glory of God remains and increases.
The Holy Spirit comforts, embraces and restores. Today and always – let’s love, comfort and embrace all those we know. Let’s listen to their pain, fears, questions and hearts. Let’s share with them our hope and trust in our Lord to release His life in all situations. When no words can express what is in a heart, God’s word still speaks. He hears, cares and provides and we abound in hope, from glory to glory!
Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”