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.”
The glory of God is the sum of all His attributes, the tangible manifestation of His person, presence, and power. We hunger for more of God, more of Him and He honors our hunger. As we draw near to Him, He draws near to us.
Moses asked God to see His glory. Why? He had already seen it when he encountered God through the burning bush, the bush that was on fire but not consumed. He also saw it in the answers to all the plagues in Egypt, at the crossing of the red sea, and so many other instances. Yet, he wanted more! More of Him is what satisfies us and leads us to always thirst for more.
We might not seek for more because we are familiar with our experiences and assume God Himself can manifest Himself in greater measure when He wants to, and He does. However, when we seek for more by faith, through communing with Him, we encounter more of Him. We realize the more we know of Him, the less we know. There is more, so much more! Let us seek His glory and expect divine encounters, from glory to glory!
Luke 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.“
We reflect on 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.
Behold 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 do not always take the time to pay attention to the people and situations that surround us. We are too busy, or we 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. We 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, but we understand the Word of God with clarity and the Holy Spirit stirs up our spiritual senses. Our awareness of His presence becomes second nature, 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.”