Spiritual maturity is known by the degree in which Christ is seen in and through our character and behavior. The abundant life we have in the Lord is increasing as we turn to the Lord and behold His glory.
As our character is being transformed into His, we bear fruit in increased measure. The growth pertains to our divine identity, who we are—not what we do; what we do flows out of who we are. Our spiritual potential has to be at the center of all our pursuits. As we spend time with the Lord reading the Word and worshiping, we seek and find Him. We gaze upon Him and get to know who He is. We do not see the Lord as we are, but as He is, with our hearts filled with love and faith. Nothing can separate us from His love.
When we turn to the Lord, we turn away from our ways and surrender humbly to His ways and His will. Veils that separated us from seeing Him as He is are removed. The Holy Spirit reveals, heals and leads us to behold, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord. Because the veil has been lifted from our eyes, we can look unto the Lord and in doing so, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
We receive the love of God in our hearts as we move from fear to faith because faith works by love. We expect the best outcome because we know the unconditional love of God. Tribulations we experience produce patience and character. They also increase our faith in God. The love of God poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit strengthens our trust in God.
If we have ever felt disappointed, hoped for a relationship to be reconciled, someone we loved to be saved, or a need to be met but nothing changed; it not only diminished our hope at that time, it hindered our expectations for today. Instead of trusting all the way and hoping for the best, we find ourselves having a reservation and holding back our excitement because of fear that what we hope for might not come to pass. When we feel that way, we must pray for the Lord to reveal His love for us and receive His embrace anew. As we receive and believe the love of God, we walk in great expectation.
Even though some things might not happen the way we expect, we can trust the outcome to be better than anything we anticipated. We trust our God with our tomorrows, and surely can see His grace in our yesterdays. His love never fails. We can expect the unexpected, from glory to glory!
Romans 5:5 “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
We can rest in our being without constantly looking for what we should be doing. What we do comes from the leading of the Lord as we rest in His presence. As we grow in grace, we turn from the things we thought we needed to do in order to receive from God. We are over-comers, and one of the many areas we overcome, is a mindset of inferiority.
Inferiority makes people feel like they do not measure up. They do not see their value and often think others are more valuable than they are. They try to do things in order to live up to assumed expectations, and they compare their walk to others, feeling their walk does not measure up. They keep reaching for improvement and feel even more dejected in the process. Nothing they do can ever be good enough because they do not feel they are good enough. They allow others and circumstances to crush them because they see themselves in a lower position. Through salvation, by grace, our position is one of greatness in the Lord!
The Spirit of Christ is freeing many… to walk free, to see the obstacles removed and live as champions. We are above, and not beneath. We are in Christ, and in Him are all the promises of God. We have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption in Him. We glory in the Lord, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.’ ”
Conflicts in relationships often come from unexpressed or unreasonable expectations. What is not spoken is not clearly understood and can bring unexpected disappointments. It’s important to know and express what we expect from one another, not just in words, but also in writing as some things may not be heard correctly.
When expectations are voiced, boundaries are set in place. To ask ourselves what we expect from God, others or ourselves motivates and helps us have surety in our steps. Asking what God, others and we expect from ourselves, brings clarity to expectations that may need to be readjusted. Communicating what we are expecting reveals to us what God is doing in our hearts. We often find that what we expect is more of God in our life, and in the lives of others. Because of the greatness of our God, we find that no matter what we expect, God’s will is for so much more.
Limits cannot be placed on God and He delights in enlarging our paths. Let us expect more love, more power, more joy and more of the much more of God! As we encourage our loved ones by expressing our expectations for the manifestation of God in their lives, we will see God increase their passion for the things of the Lord. Let’s expect healing, deliverance and salvation, from glory to glory.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”
Whatever we believe God is able to do, He is able to do much more. Whoever we know God to be, He is much more. Whatever we believe God is going to do, He is planning to do much more!
God’s ways are higher than our ways. He is able to exceed all our expectations and we can count on Him to do so. Our prayers avail more than we know, and frequently the answers come with much more than we anticipated. God is all knowing, and working on every detail to bring forth everlasting fruit. We may pray for one thing, but do not see the whole picture. He sees the whole picture because His eyes are on the much more, never the less.
Whatever we have been asking God for, His power working in us is working on much more. Often some answers take longer to come because their impact will be much more than we think. The delays do not mean nothing is happening; they mean God is bringing about much more than we can even comprehend. Hallelujah! Let’s truly expect the unexpected much more of God, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,…”