Recognizing God’s Glory in Ourselves

Recognizing God’s Glory in Ourselves

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.”

 

Do Not Go There! 

Do Not Go There! 

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.”

Something New? 

Something New? 

God leads us into brand new, unexpected, things. He surprises us with His perfect timing. He shows us all we need to do in preparation as we get closer. It could be at that very moment that He requires our next step of faith. He also guides us into alternative ways to do what we have been doing.

We face the most frustrations when God is preparing us. He does not let us know all His plans to keep our doubts and insecurities out of His way. He leads us to take leaps of faith along the way and enables us to carry them out.  When He shows us the “new’ He has for us, we have already begun walking in it. 

It is our character growth that launches new opportunities. The new job, project, or relationship go hand in hand with the newness of Christ’s life we exhibit. We prepare for the new to manifest by saying yes to the Lord, from our heart. Yes, to Him, His plans, and His ways, without knowing the specifics. As we say yes to whatever He has, the specifics unfold. Let us welcome all He leads us to with excitement and the manifestation of His best, from glory to glory. 

Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” 

 

And the Greatest Is…

And the Greatest Is…

The sure foundation we have in Christ is paved with faith, hope and love. Paul tells us that the greatest of these is love. Love being the greatest doesn’t diminish the others, but indicates that it is the force that makes the other two effective.

Faith looks in the past and receives what the love of God accomplished for us through the cross. We are forgiven and free from our past. Hope looks to our future with joy, great anticipation and confidence in God. Love brings freedom in our today. If we are hurting because of things in our past, or worried about things of tomorrow, we are not able to love in the present. Today we believe that what God did yesterday secured our tomorrow. Now faith is because of love. Faith and hope abide in us the moment we rest in God’s love.

We cannot change what happened in our yesterdays, but we can stop it from coming against our present circumstances by applying the love of God that brings hope out of any situation. Nothing can separate us from the love of God we have in Christ Jesus, not even ourselves or things of our past. Today and everyday let us receive the greatest gift anew, and with it receive great faith and great hope, from glory to glory!

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

 

Love gives

Love gives

Because God so loved us that He gave…we so love that we give. God’s love is what we are to give, above all. It is a gift; therefore, it’s given without any expectation of receiving anything in return. God keeps on loving us and we keep on loving, by grace through faith.

As we give love we find that forgiveness, joy and peace come. It’s not our human love that we give; it’s the unconditional love of God that has been given to us in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Love is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit and the one without which none of the others could exist. We recognize we are walking with the Lord by the way we love one another.

It’s not what is given in the natural that has value; it’s the love that is given through a gift. This gift can be a hug, a smile, a scripture or a cookie. The value placed on a gift is the same for all things given: the love that is behind it. A hug from a heart of love is worth much more than an expensive gift from obligation. Truly the Lord Himself is a gift that never stops giving, from glory to glory!

1 John 4:11-12 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.” 

 

One Thing

One Thing

The beautiful description of love in 1 Corinthians 13 fills our hearts with awe at such an awesome God. English has only one word for love, but Greek has several different words for love. In this passage love is agape. It does not refer to eros which defines an intense physical desire, or philos which describes a more brotherly love. It describes the very essence of God’s nature; His caring, forgiving and redeeming love. It’s an unconditional love that God has for all His children.

It’s a love that reaches out to everyone; a love that forgives and gives grace and mercy; a love that brings new beginnings and assured endings. It’s a love that sacrifices itself for others. It’s a love that accepts us where we are but loves us too much to leave us there. It transforms us and causes us to reach for the abundant life. What is most amazing in this passage is that all things are attached to this one thing: love.

Let us never allow one thing to take away all things. This one thing helps us bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things. This love never fails but always succeeds in every deed, from glory to glory!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

 

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