Beholding the Glory of the Lord

Beholding the Glory of the Lord

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.”

Beholding means to pay careful attention to someone or something. It draws our full attention to what is happening or is about to happen. It leads us to comprehend, to know, to grasp what we see and continue to do so as we reflect on it.

We reflect what we behold. When it is Jesus, it shows and our witnessing increases. Our prayer is to reflect His glory, for others to know His reality because of the way He is transforming our lives. 

We do not always take the time to pay attention to the people and situations that surround us. We are too busy or look at things too quickly, assuming we know what they are. Familiarity causes us to walk by sight instead of by faith. We miss opportunities and overlook moments that are treasures in disguise. We waste our attention on our phones, social media, and other focus stealers. When we focus on Jesus, it makes everything else work.

When we behold the Lord, not only are we being transformed, we understand the Word of God with increased clarity and the Holy Spirit stirs up our spiritual senses. Our awareness of His presence becomes second nature, from glory to glory!

Birthing God’s Purposes

Birthing God’s Purposes

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. – Luke 1:34-35 NKJV

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. 

The Holy Spirit helps us reject fear, insecurity, rejection and every opposition to His perfect plan. He coaches us through every push, with love and comfort. Our total focus shifts to the Lord because He is the one doing the birthing. All else disappears. God’s best manifests. We stand in awe, rejoice and prepare for the process again, from glory to glory!  

Accepted in the Beloved

Accepted in the Beloved

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. – Eph. 1:5 NKJV

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 we are accepted in the Beloved frees us from rejection. God calls us out of rejection into acceptance. 

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. We love God because he loved us. Because God forgives us, we forgive ourselves and others. Because God accepts us, we accept others. 

The more we receive our value from God, the less we look for it from other people. We seek to please God, not man, and make decisions from our place of acceptance in the Lord. Even when we do not make the right choices, we trust 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

Led by the Spirit?

Led by the Spirit?

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. – Romans 8:14 NKJV

People and circumstances try to influence us, positively or negatively. We are to be led by the Spirit of God, seeking His influence, His control, His leading to God’s will. When the wrong spirits get involved, the battles can be challenging. To guard ourselves, we must seek the leading of the Spirit of God before the leading of anyone or anything else. God will lead us to what we should submit to through the Word of God and confirmations of His will.

It is a question of authority. The wrong influences affect our Christlike character and try to move us away from our submission to God. It also comes through things that are right in appearance but are not of God. This happens when people follow others who say God told them they should do this or that without checking with God for themselves. Appearances can be deceiving.

We can trust the Lord to reveal what is not of Him when we go to Him and ask Him to lead and protect us. We learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, His fruits above any gifts; His presence before sizeable crowds; the name of Jesus being lifted above any other name. God’s glory is above man’s glory, always. We can influence others to follow Jesus Christ our Lord, above all, from glory to glory! 

Rivers of Living Water

Rivers of Living Water

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.’John 7:37-38

When we experience the rivers of living water, the move of the Holy Spirit, in and through us, it can be likened to when an expecting mother feels the baby kicking in her womb. At that stage of her pregnancy, the mother’s excitement increases because the kicking confirms the life she carries. It confirms our salvation and the reality of the Holy Spirit living in our hearts.

We learn to recognize His glorious flow. We feel this kicking happen when we sense things are finally moving; when what we carry feels the most alive. The Spirit leaps within at the sound of a scripture or a confirming word, at a worship song, or when a door opens or closes. Witnessing in our spirit stirs up rivers of excitement. It births shouts of praise and elevates our faith to the reality of His presence.

It also happens when our 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. Battles become confirmation of the soon coming manifestation of what God has purposed. Let’s trust and follow His flow, from glory to glory!