Just One Touch from the Lord!

Just One Touch from the Lord!

After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. – Mark 8:25 NKJV

A single touch from the Lord forever transformed our lives during salvation. Then He touches us again and again! Amazing grace. Not only when we are in need because of hardship, but just because He loves us and delights in making His presence known. It enables us to face the fiery darts, trials, and circumstances we come in contact with on our journey and stand in who we are in Christ. 

We can do an ordinary task and suddenly feel His presence; have a simple conversation and hear His wisdom; feel weak and experience His strength; worry about our loved ones and encounter His peace. When we pay attention to His presence in our lives, we find it, treasure it and walk in expectation of it. We discover all His amazing ways and seek Him with more love, faith, and hope.

A touch from the Lord heals any wrong touches. It transforms our behaviors, changes our desires and creates new ones. Some things we can no longer touch because of His touch. We can come to the Lord repeatedly, seek an encounter with Him and experience His presence, from glory to glory!

Are You Filled to the Brim?

Are You Filled to the Brim?

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!  

Are You Free From Condemnation?

Are You Free From Condemnation?

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.- Romans 8:1 NKJV

No condemnation. None. Jesus took on our guilty sentence and paid the punishment for our sins. When the Spirit of God convicts us of yesterday’s errors, He does it with love and healing. He leads us to repent and move forward. When satan condemns us, he brings shame and condemnation, to hinder our progress, walk unforgiven, and bring regrets.

Regrets brings despair, sorrow, and hopelessness. We battle thoughts of defeat: if only I had not done that; if only I had handled that better; if only I had not missed that opportunity, if only … When we dwell on our pasts, we get stuck in places we no longer occupy. Recalling God’s faithfulness brings encouragement and empowerment. Receiving His forgiveness and forgiving ourselves produces freedom.

As a new creation in Christ Jesus, we walk free from condemnation. Our story of redemption replaces our history of regrets. By God’s grace, we make the most out of today. By His mercy, His blood covers new mistakes. When we stay present in our tasks and relationships, we find peace and rest. It might take time, but God carries us through the process with care and patience, from glory to glory!  

Do You Have a Powerful Testimony?

Do You Have a Powerful Testimony?

 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. – Rev. 12:11 KJV

Our testimonies are powerful! They show others the gospel in action. What a powerful witness of the reality of Jesus! Testimonies draw people to our Lord, give them hope, and increase their faith. Their perspective changes when they hear how the Lord has moved in our lives! Satan tries to stop our testimonies because he knows their impact. He makes us focus on the areas where we are still struggling, our lack of knowledge, or how we compare with others.

We might not know how to answer questions about the Bible or about God to others. We might not know the scriptures well. Our memory of the exact words or location of the scriptures we know might be lacking. The way we talk might not be as eloquent as others. One thing is for certain: we know what the Lord has done for us!

It’s all about Jesus, not about us. Once we were blind, but now we see! We were lost, but now are found. Every testimony carries the saving power of the gospel and overcomes satan. Let’s shout it to the rooftops, “look what the Lord has done,” from glory to glory! 

Are You in A Spiritual Training?

Are You in A Spiritual Training?

Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.- Psalm 105:19 KJV

Do we recognize the timing of a spiritual training? It’s often when we look back and realize we were being taught without knowing it. Our tests are not obvious. The lessons we learn increase our faith and strengthen our walk, even we don’t see it. The Lord trains us to become fit for His glorious purpose.

The tests are not to grade us to gain God’s favor. It is because of His favor that we can learn. Our identity in Him gives us a grade A to start with. Accepted, appointed, and anointed. We pass the tests as winners, even when we must learn the same lessons repeatedly. The purpose of the training is for our transformation and the fulfilling of His glorious plans.

Faith develops through a decision we make that defies our understanding. Patience is developed through an altercation with someone who aggravates us. Perseverance is strengthened when we hang on to our hope by a thread. So many opportunities to grow through our many tests. All pointing to the greatest test: the test of His Word in our lives. Each challenge being a testimony in progress. Through each lesson in our spiritual training, we learn to stand on His Word, from glory to glory!

Beholding the Glory of the Lord

Beholding the Glory of the Lord

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. – 2 Cor. 3:18 nkjv.

Beholding involves giving our undivided attention to someone or something. It directs all our attention towards what is occurring or about to occur. It helps us understand what we perceive and maintains its efficacy through continuous reflection. We reflect what we behold. When it is Jesus, it shows and our witnessing increases.

Yet, in our daily lives, we often fail to truly notice the people and situations around 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. Divine encounters.

Let’s seek to behold Jesus so we can reflect His glory. 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!

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