by adming2G | Mar 17, 2023
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ – John 8:12
As we follow Jesus, the Light of the World, we do not walk in darkness because of the Spirit of God. Light is one symbol of the Holy Spirit. He illuminates and breathes life in the Word of God. A word we read in the Bible, in a sermon, or in our communication with the Lord and others jumps at us. It’s personal and no one else receives the same. He zooms in on what we need and shines like a floodlight.
The Holy Spirit leads us with peace, clarity, and surety in our steps. His revelation and wisdom bypass our natural understanding. Thoughts to do this or that drop in our spirit. Big things. Little things. Call someone; check on something; do not go there; an undeniable prompting. As we obey, we find His protection and empowerment. The bigger picture unfolds.
To turn on the switch, we remind ourselves of the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in our loves. With gratitude, we yield to Him, seek His guidance, and receive it in faith. In humility, we pray for Him to remove any blindness and for more spiritual sight. He draws us to know Jesus more and more and to recognize His workings in our lives, from glory to glory
by adming2G | Mar 16, 2023
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘GOD RESISTS THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.- James 4:6-7.
Blinders, bandages over our eyes, can shut out the light. Pride is one of the strongest. It opens the door for many other blinders, like prejudice, rejection, and offense. It is the one to watch out for the most because it hinders humility, which is necessary for the manifestation of the grace of God.
Pride is an unwillingness to humble ourselves, to say we have been wrong, or to take something back; To think more of the glory of man, others and our own, than of the glory of God; To walk more before man than before God; To care more about what others think than God. Pride caused satan’s fall, so he tries to use it the same way in our lives.God gives grace to the humble!
Since humility is our safeguard, we pursue it daily when we commune with the Lord. Our love for Him and our submission to His Lordship enables us to resist the devil and cause him to flee. We pray He reveals and heals our prideful ways by His spirit. As we welcome His cleansing, we rest in Him, from glory to glory.
by adming2G | Mar 13, 2023
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. – 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV
A father desired a better job, but didn’t feel he deserved one. He struggled with impatience and anger. Not everyone noticed it, only his wife and children, when he yelled at them for the smallest thing and slammed his fist on the table. He thought for sure God agreed and he deserved punishment. He didn’t dare approach God in prayer about it. Surely God wouldn’t even hear him, let alone answer him.
Many have the same fear and instead of going to God, run away from Him. God hears us! The Almighty with whom all things are possible hears us! The Greek meaning of hear is to stop and pay attention to. When we pray, God stops and pays attention to us. He doesn’t just pay attention: He answers our petitions according to His will. Our confidence in God grows as we know He hears us. It’s when we feel the least deserving that we should reach out to Him the most.
He not only hears fully what we ask; He also hears what we have no words to express. Whatever we are going through today, we can pour out our hearts to the Lord, trusting His unconditional love and His ability to help us, from glory to glory!
by adming2G | Mar 12, 2023
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Heb. 12:1-2 NKJV
As we keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, He removes the burdens that weigh us down so we can run with grace the race set before us. We must lay aside anything that hinders our progress. Things that used to be light becomes heavy when we follow the Lord. This laying aside is casting off completely, not a temporary release but a permanent one.
We only discern some weights when their heaviness increases and becomes unbearable. So heavy we must put them down. When we are dealing with many weights, we struggle to find a balance in our lives. Everything we do turns out to be difficult. The overwhelming sense of getting buried under the encumbrances drives us to despair. It’s often at that moment that we cry out to the Lord and receive freedom.
As we lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, the weight of the glory of the Lord increases and empowers us. He helps us run the race freely and not quit. It is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. The only weight increasing in our lives should be the weight of the glory of God, and that from glory to glory!
by adming2G | Mar 10, 2023
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. – John 2:6-7 NKJV
The waterpots needed to be filled to the brim. The servants couldn’t just fill the container halfway and see what would happen before doing the rest of the task. Also, it wasn’t just one gallon, but twenty or thirty! Not half-filled, but filled to the brim. To fill to the brim in our lives is to do whatever He leads us to do to the fullest.
It requires patience to walk into what God tells us to do when it involves long hours, continued faithfulness, and unseen results. Seeing the full picture would help us handle the process, but would not help us walk by faith. The full plan is unknown, but Christ is not. He clarifies the picture as more of the pieces of our lives’ puzzles come together.
We are to obey the Lord wholeheartedly regardless of the nature or size of the task, its appearance, or the cost to our comfort zone. Jesus gave His all for us and we give Him our all, with love and joy. With a spirit of excellence, we do all things for His glory. Filled with His Spirit, we obey and remain filled to the brim, from glory to glory!
by adming2G | Mar 8, 2023
His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’ – John 2:5
Obedience to impossibilities gives room for the supernatural of God. His miracles. His glory. We see so many examples of it in the Bible, for instance: Moses parting the red sea; Joshua tearing down the wall of Jericho; Gideon conquering an army of thousands with only 300 men; David winning the battle against the giant. We add ourselves to this list and proclaim no to the question: Is anything too hard for God?
It is difficult to obey God when we do not see the entire picture. Whatever He asks of us often cannot be done in the natural. Thoughts of inadequacy, insecurity, and inferiority battle our step of faith. The more impossible it sounds, the more the battle rages. It takes great faith to obey His Word and do so quickly, no questions asked. It’s as we trust Him and who He is, more than ourselves, that we step forth, yielding to His presence and power.
Steps of obedience to whatever He says to do require character transformation. This applies to our actions and our behaviors. He leads us to much more than we can see and exceeds our expectations. We obey the Word of God as we submit to it, speak it forth, and stand on it. Our yes to the Lord strengthens our no to the things of the flesh. Yes, Lord, to whatever your will is, from glory to glory!