Our risen Lord Jesus often shows up through an unexpected person, at an unexpected time and in an unexpected place; but we can expect He will show up! We may not recognize Him right away, but as He moves, we reach that place where we undeniably declare, “It is the Lord!”
God gives us wisdom through others. We may not recognize it as being from Him, but it will bear witness with our spirit and cause us to take heed and listen because of the authority it carries. We don’t easily detect His timing because it happens when we don’t see it being possible. The place where He manifests Himself is usually unforeseen. It’s not how, where, and when it seems workable that God moves. We can expect the unexpected with joy and peace.
The Lord always produces extraordinary results. All that comes from Him is not ordinary: it’s uncommon, unfamiliar, and so unconventional. What is certain is that He shows up in His astonishing, exceptional, and remarkable way! We expect to stand in awe and proclaim, “It is the Lord!” from glory to glory!
John 21:6-7 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.”
A husband comes home late, and his wife accuses him of cheating; her insecurity and jealousy attempt to stir up a heated argument. The husband yields to the Spirit of God and calmly reaches out to her with love, calms her fears and speaks life over her, in Jesus’ name. The enemy’s endeavor is defeated, and our Lord’s glory is reflected.
When the character of Christ comes forth in our behavior, He is glorified in our lives. Oppositions and hindrances to our walk of peace are opportunities for us, and others, to see how much we have been changed into the image of the Lord. In the ways we face confrontations … the work of sanctification of the Holy Spirit can be seen and its increase realized.
We also recognize the areas where we are still in need of transformation. Our focus needs to be on what our Lord has already done, not on what still needs to be accomplished. We can trust Him for what is lacking when we realize the amazing changes He has already brought forth in our character. We can also extend greater grace and mercy to others, from glory to glory!
Romans 13:13-14 “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
The same way our eyeglass prescriptions change from time to time, we must adjust our spiritual eyesight as we go through trials and tribulations. Our intent to find God in the middle of our circumstances needs to increase so that we remain strong in Him. It’s difficult to stand in our trials when we don’t have the assurance of His presence.
When we look for our car keys to go somewhere, nothing else matters. Our drive is such, we cannot do anything else until we find them. We are to seek the Lord with the same fervor. God doesn’t hide from us, but is always there. Without realizing it, we sometimes allow things to hide Him from our sight. Our spiritual eyesight matters the most.
We do not seek healing, but the Healer; not the gift, but the Giver; not the provisions, but the Provider; not deliverance, but the Deliverer. When we seek the answer to our prayers and have committed to seeking Jesus, our Lord and Savior, we find confidence in His presence and rest, knowing that He heard our petition. We seek and find Him, from glory to glory!
Hosea 10:12 “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”
When facing a tragic event, anger, pain, or grief can be overwhelming. What adds fuel to the fire is the shock. Unbelievable! How can this happen? We wonder in shock and unbelief. Leaving the why in God’s hands and trusting Him with the unknown enables us to stand and not lose hope. When something unbelievable happens, what we believe carries us through.
We believe the devil comes to kill, steal, and destroy; but Jesus came and is here to give us His abundant life. By His grace, we stand when tragedy strikes. Even though we don’t understand the circumstances, we rest in the Lord, knowing He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Steadfast in faith, we have hope and a peace that surpasses all understanding.
The Holy Spirit comforts, embraces and restores. Daily, we love, comfort, and embrace our loved ones. With care, we listen to their pain, fears, and questions. Let us share our faith and the strength that is available to all in the Lord and the power of His might. When no words can express what is in a heart, God’s word still speaks. He hears, cares, and provides healing and hope, from glory to glory!
Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The war between the flesh and the spirit can be challenging. The key to conquering the flesh is to walk in the spirit. To do so, we must feed ourselves spiritually through reading the Bible, praying, and worshiping. We feed the incorruptible seed of the Word of God that was planted in our spirit when we were born again. As our spirit man is nourished, we walk in the Spirit and do not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
When we try in our own ability to come against the lusts of the flesh, defeat often occurs. It is impossible to overcome the flesh in the flesh. The flesh is weak without the enablement of the Spirit of God. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing. We feed the seed to meet the most important need we all have: Jesus.
Our focus is on the Lord. He is the bread of life. Daily we pray for our daily bread so we can grow and strengthen in our spirit. When we feel weak in any area, when warfare is intensifying, when peace and joy seem to decrease, we press in to feed ourselves spiritually. We grow in grace, in love, in Christ, from faith to faith, from glory to glory!
Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
When we know God hears us, our communication and communion with Him increases. As we seek to hear God’s voice, other voices will try to hinder the clarity with which we hear. It could be our own voice, the voice of others, or the voice of our enemy. We must turn up the volume of the spiritual realm to turn down interferences to our hearing.
Whenever a lie gets too loud, we must tune in our mind to the truth. Whenever the sound of the world increases, the sound of Heaven gets even louder. When hurtful words come at us, we must quickly hear God’s reassuring Word. We learn to recognize God’s voice and tune out any hindering voices. God’s voice should speak louder than all others.
God loves us so much! He longs to hear from us. We can come boldly to the throne of grace for whatever need, bringing only ourselves, just the way we are. Here we surrender all, love Him, and delight in listening to Him. Our fellowship is without ceasing. Amid all we do, we know He is here. He never leaves us, nor forsakes us. Let us silence all to hear God, from glory to glory!
John 5:14-15 “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.”