As we look to our Lord, He helps us look in three directions taking us to a place of trust and hope in Him. We look back. We remember what God has already helped us through, and how He moved in our lives in greater ways than anticipated. We see how we have grown in the Lord and the freedom we now have in areas where we were bound.
We look within. We allow the Spirit of Christ to bring light to every area in need of healing. We humbly face ourselves, confront in order to conquer, and walk in freedom. What doesn’t match our divine identity is examined. We increase in the knowledge of who we are in Christ, and who Christ is in us: the hope of glory. We look forward. He brings a new perspective day-by-day. We look ahead with full confidence knowing our paths are shining brighter and brighter. What God has prepared for us is so much greater than what we could ask or think!
When the future appears cloudy, let’s look again. We have victory in our past. We are being renewed inwardly day-by-day and we rejoice in the glory that will be manifested in our future. We have hope, surety in our steps, and most of all confidence of complete deliverance out of any trial we might face from glory to glory!
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Our Heavenly Father’s will is for His children to have the best in every area of their lives. What He has prepared for us might not be clear, but we can trust that it is much more than we can ask or think. At times, it might be difficult to let go of the present because of the uncertainty of the future, the unknown. It’s in understanding our inheritance that we can walk by faith and trust our Daddy.
Parents know what their children are able to do because they watch them mature. They know that in order for them to walk in their ability to do more, they must let go of what they did at an earlier age. For example, when they began teething and were being prepared for solid food, they were weaned from drinking out of a bottle. When the bottle is removed, children are upset because they don’t understand it’s in preparation for something they will enjoy even more. As we grow up as sons of God, there are some things that our Heavenly Father removes because He has more for us.
Each new step in our development requires a step of faith. Even if we could see what He has prepared for us, we wouldn’t understand it fully because it’s moving into the unknown. All we can do is trust that Father knows best and enjoy our growth, from glory to glory!
Galatians 4:6-7 “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
Comparing ourselves to others is one of the many harmful attitudes of the carnal nature. This can steal our trust, destroy our hope and bring fear. As a child of the most High God we always measure up. We praise God for whom and where we are, and trust Him for everything He is doing in our lives.
We might compare today with our yesterdays, when we thought we had more success and happiness. We might compare our today with our tomorrows, when we believe we will have many more accomplishments. We might compare ourselves with others, with who they are or what they do. Their looks, words and actions might appear more valuable than ours; or we might think ours is more valuable than theirs. We are not to look at the outward appearance. We do not compete with others but complete one another. Our worth is in Christ. We are His. We glory in the Lord!
Our measuring of our spiritual growth will always come short of what it really is. Let’s throw down any carnal measuring tape and trust His spiritual tape! We are called to appreciate and celebrate each moment in the now, leaving the past behind and taking no thought for tomorrow. We measure up, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 10:12 “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
As much as we seek the more of God, God seeks the more for us. In order to bring us to what He has for us, the Lord leads us to challenge ourselves. Less of our flesh and more of the spirit causes us to press through our human limitations. Through our Divine Identity we witness His abilities flowing through us to reach for the above and beyond.
We challenge our bodies when we work out in the natural. In the spirit, we are driven by the Lord to challenge ourselves. Whatever time we read the Word, pray or worship will be increased as we exercise our faith. As we minister to others, we will reach out again and again and walk in a greater measure of love, patience and gentleness. We purpose to excel. The difference Jesus makes in our lives can be seen by our diligence, perseverance and endurance. We don’t seek to be perfect, but to be excellent, because that’s who Christ is in our lives. It means we make errors but don’t give up. Instead of fear of failure we have faith to succeed, from strength to strength.
In Christ we are extra ordinary people, going the extra mile, doing extra on our jobs, and taking extra steps in our relationships. We do the best we can with what we have moment by moment, from glory to glory!
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
As we discover the new creation we have in Christ, we find the Lord giving new life to us so we can walk in who He created us to be. Parts of our self may be hidden under scars we received from various woundings. If we express who we are now, others make fun of us and we end up feeling rejected. This rejection will cause us to reject that part of us as well, and we may keep it hidden.
The Holy Spirit revives individual talents and attributes we were given when we were created as He leads us into our purpose. For example, a man may enjoy cooking, a woman may like to work on cars or any talent that is uncommon and unaccepted by peers. They grew up trying to be somebody else. This man will therefore learn to fix cars and this woman will take care of the cooking, laying aside their God given talents. We might have become what we were not trying to be, allowing others to define us by their expectations. This can result in years of therapy as we learn to identify this stranger, how we got here and who we really are. Only in Christ do we receive total freedom as we hear His truth about ourselves. Areas that were hidden open up in our process of transformation.
Another area of liberty comes in the expression of our hearts. Our sense of humor, joy and dance in our steps come forth as we learn we are not only accepted in the Lord but uniquely and wonderfully made. No one is alike; each one so special and free to be, from glory to glory!
John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
As the character of Christ becomes ours, maturity comes. Character is revealed in the midst of trials. It is then, that it is formed as well. Our faith is tested and patience is produced. We are placed in situations just to know we do not react the way we used to. We also recognize the areas in which we are not yet changed.
To be the way we are, while knowing we are not yet as we will be, keeps us hungry for more. We yearn to be whole. We look forward to what is to come. Our transformation appears to be slow, when in fact, it’s more than we can grasp. We often do not see ourselves maturing when we are going through the process. It’s after something has changed in us that we notice it has happened. Pride might cause us to see maturity when it’s not really there, while humility prevents us from recognizing our development.
In the Lord we are complete, fulfilled spiritually as we grow into that fullness. We grow because we sense something is missing, and we long for it to be realized. The trials we face will be used by God to show forth His glory. Christ will fulfill the work He has begun in us. Let’s consider not only what was, or what is, but also what will be, from glory to glory!
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”