Accepted?  

Accepted?  

Knowing and believing God accepts us in Christ Jesus strengthens our spiritual walk. It enables us to accept others. It is only by God’s grace, through His amazing love, that we can do so. Because God loved us, we love Him and others. Because God forgives us, we forgive ourselves and others. Because God accepts us, we accept others. 

It is important to recognize the difference between acceptance and approval. Acceptance pertains to who we are, approval to what we do. We might not approve of someone else’s decision, but we accept them regardless because we love them. When others disapprove of our choices, knowing our acceptance frees us from rejection. God calls us out of rejection into acceptance. 

The more we receive our value from God, the less we look for it from other people. We seek to please God, not man. We make decisions from our place of acceptance in the Lord. We trust that even when we do not make the right choices, His love and acceptance remain. He helps us forgive ourselves and teaches us how to choose wisely in the future. We receive His empowerment to move forward, by His grace and mercy, and walk strong in Him, from glory to glory

Ephesians 1:3-6  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

 

 

Pushing

Pushing

As water breaks when it’s time for a natural birth, so it is for the things of God. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes upon us for the birthing of God’s purposes. It was the angel Gabriel’s answer to Mary when she wondered how she could give birth to Jesus when she was a virgin. He said, “the Holy Spirit will come upon you.” It is the same answer for all our “hows?” of the things of God in our lives.  

After the water breaks, contractions, birth pangs, begin. Each wave of pain feels like it cannot get any stronger, but it does. Pushing, the last stage of birthing, takes place. We have no strength to push, yet have to; no breath left, yet we breathe harder; great sorrow, yet great joy! 

When trials and tribulations seem to overwhelm us, the Spirit of God overpowers us. 

He helps us reject fear, insecurity, rejection and every opposition to His perfect plan. He coaches us with each push, with love and comfort. Our total focus shifts in what is being birthed. All else disappears. God’s best manifests. We stand in awe, rejoice and prepare for the process again, from glory to glory! 

Luke 1:34-35 “Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I do not know a man?’

And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

 

 

Birthing Stages: Kicking

Birthing Stages: Kicking

We can expect unexpected manifestations of who we are in Christ and His purposes. Because of the reality of Christ in us, all believers carry unknown potential. Just like in a natural pregnancy, the mother becomes encouraged and excited about the birth when her baby kicks. It is the same in our spiritual life.  

For us, the kicking is when we sense things are finally moving; when what we carry feels the most alive. A jump within of joy at the sound of a scripture or a word. An early arising with an expectancy of unknown happenings. Interruptions of shouts of praise in our daily routine. Bursts of glory. 

It’s also when the flesh wars against the spirit and our adversary throws the most fiery darts.  We feel uncomfortable. It is during these trying moments that the spirit moves the most to strengthen us. The more hindrances kick against us, the greater the kick of determination within us. Battles become confirmation of the soon coming manifestation of what God has conceived. No darkness can destroy what Jesus, the Light of the World, breaks forth, from glory to glory! 

John 7:37-38 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.‘ “ 

 

 

Birthing Stages: Carrying

Birthing Stages: Carrying

The moment we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we carry the incorruptible seed of the Word of God. It renews our mind, transforms us, and births God’s purposes in our lives, from faith to faith. We are pregnant with greatness! Just like in a natural pregnancy, at first, what we carry does not show. Nothing on the outside lines up with what we feel on the inside. We try to go forth as usual but cannot. The unknown draws us.

We share our excitement, hope and joy with others, but meet resistance because of the unseen. We battle lies concerning our worth and the value of what we are expecting. The size of what we carry does not make it insignificant because all that comes from God is mighty!   

We make room for what is coming, reassessing our priorities and rearranging our time. It is humbling to know that God alone can give increase to what He has planted in us. All we need to do is yield to His workings and water the seed through prayer and worship. Until the growth of the seed becomes clear, we stand by faith and trust God, from glory to glory! 

Philippians 1:6 “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”

 

 

Recognizing God’s Glory in Others

Recognizing God’s Glory in Others

We seek to recognize the workings of God in other people’s lives. When we focus on the progress others are making in their walk with the Lord, instead of their struggles, we encourage them in their journey. 

We are not to compare their growth with ours or focus on their lack more than their progress. Because our trust is in the Lord, we trust His ability, not the people’s.  Instead of their weaknesses, we look for the works of the Lord. 

We also look for the work of God in those who are not born again. Satan blinds minds to stop people from believing. The only answer is Jesus. Understanding his strategy with unbelievers shows us how to pray for the loss. We pray for God to shine His light, bind the blinding of the enemy, and open their eyes. The Holy Spirit removes the veil and translates them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. 

Our perspective shifts from what the enemy is doing, to what the Lord is doing when we gaze at the glory of the Lord in others. His presence, His touch, grace, and mercy are a blessing to behold. We rejoice in hope, from glory to glory! 

2 Corinthians 4:6 “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 

 

 

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.”

 

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