When we draw nigh unto God, He draws nigh unto us. Our loving Father is waiting for us to stretch our hand out to Him. As soon as we do, He quickly draws nigh, and we encounter an increasing measure of His glory.
Because God is eternal, He is outside of our time dimension. In the natural, if we were to watch a parade go by, we would only see it as it comes in front of us. The higher we would go, the more we would see parts of the parade. God sees the end from the beginning, our past, present, and future, at the same time. He protects all our family members at the same time. He stretches out His hand against the wrath of our enemies. The moment He touches us, we encounter eternity. Heaven touches earth. Glory touches dust. Healing touches sickness. Hope touches despair.
Whenever we draw nigh unto God, we can expect Him to draw nigh unto us. Almighty God longs to be one with us. He loves us and desires to walk with us—hand in hand, in one accord, from glory to glory!
Psalms 138:7-8 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
Everything that comes from God is to be appreciated, including other members of the body. We are to cherish the people God has brought into our lives for a divine purpose. In order to flourish in our divine identity, we need to be respected, appreciated, and valued. As we receive this from God Himself, we overcome rejection, overlook offenses, and attain fulfillment.
As we value who we are, we value what we have. There are some things we might not treasure because they appear to be insignificant. We don’t see the entire picture, so the minor parts do not seem valuable. We may also give some things more importance than necessary. Our priorities might not be in the proper order. Knowing the value we have in God often changes our outlook on things.
As we believe and receive the love of God, we comprehend our worth in Him with more clarity. We can then love Him, others, and ourselves. Our appreciation of people increases as we recognize their lives are priceless. We are to treasure the gifts we are to one another, and above all, treasure Jesus, the giver of gifts, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:11 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
The anointing of God destroys every yoke and releases us to move forward as we seek to walk in the freedom we have in Christ. One yoke it destroys is the spirit of offense. Holding on offenses holds us back. When we dwell on what is behind us, we are not free to lay hold of what is before us.
God’s will is to release us into our destiny with no strings attached. We can be free from restraining ties, and able to let go of everything that tries to hold on to us in a destructive manner. Offenses do come, but we do not grab them when they do. We must forgive, and by the anointing of God, move past all things that try to keep us stuck.
Our desire not to quench the Holy Spirit encourages us to pursue our freedom from offenses. Seeing the Christ in us, and in others, enables us to walk in love. If anything has happened in our past that is hindering our tomorrow, we release it to the Lord. He empowers us to do so by His grace and, as we do so, we are released to go forth, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 10:27 “It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.”
The Spirit of God is empowering us to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The anointing of God flows in greater measure through unity. Because of this and the greater works God has purposed to do through the Body of Christ, this endeavoring is increasing. The opposition that comes against some of our efforts only strengthens our determination.
Because of our power of agreement, our adversary’s primary plan is to divide, separate, or isolate the people of God. Instead of quickly battling one another, we must make an extra effort to stand together. With longsuffering (exceeding patience), we bear with one another in love. United in Christ, we walk in a fresh anointing for our calling.
As we pursue peace and pray for one another, we accomplish more than our natural minds can perceive. We keep watching, covering, looking out for, and protecting our brothers and sisters in the Lord. How grateful we can be for the love and peace of God that keeps us close to one another, united, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:1-3 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Every member of the Body matters and every joint supplies. There is only one body of Christ and Jesus is the Head. Everyone matters. We do not compete, but complete one another; and we do not compare ourselves with others. We are all gifted because of the greatest gift that lives in us, Jesus Christ, our Lord. By His Spirit, we shine forth His Glory!
Low self-esteem can cause us to believe we have no gifts at all, while pride can make us think we are more gifted than others. No one is greater than another. To minister means to serve. We are all servants, and we need each other. United, we can do greater works in the name of Jesus. When we disregard one part of the Body, we hinder others, including ourselves.
We serve and stay faithful wherever we are, in whatever we do, with no complaint. It is all for the glory of God, so it’s never insignificant. Above all, we walk in love: appreciate, encourage, and celebrate one another. We rest in Him and rejoice forevermore. We endeavor to be good stewards of what God places in our hands, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:16 “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
The people of faith we read about in the Old Testament overcame adversities and pressed through great trials by looking forward to the promises of God which would come through the coming of the Messiah. Not only were they sure of them and embraced them, but they died in faith, not having received the promises while on earth.
How much more should we, surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses, run the race that God has set before us? We do not look forward to the coming of the Messiah. We look back and believe that He came and fulfilled all the prophecies of His first coming. We then look forward with excitement to the realization of all the prophecies of His second coming. Hallelujah!
This cloud of witnesses surrounds us, not as spectators but as encouragers, cheering us on to keep the faith, stand strong, and never give up. This figurative representation empowers us on our journey. Not only does it uplift us, but it enables us to become witnesses to others. Our race helps them run theirs, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 11:13 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”