Behold!

Behold!

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.”

 

 

 

God of All Comfort

God of All Comfort

We can become overwhelmed with the stress and pressures of life. We can look for comfort in a variety of ways. A warm drink with our favorite cookie. A plushy throw spread over our shoulders. Our most cherished pajamas, robes, and slippers by a cozy fireplace. A kind embrace from a loved one. A good movie with our preferred snack. The physical comfort they bring feels wonderful, but it is only temporary. We long for the comfort only God can give. 

We know the Holy Spirit as the Comforter, our helper. He calms our fears and dries our tears. His comfort is a strengthening, an impartation of the life of Christ. He holds us with a tight grip of love and grace. He is a loving, wise, faithful, and unwearied comforter. 

The more the afflictions, the more we can depend on God’s loving care. We can reach out to Him by faith; He then uses that for us to comfort others. We realize what He has done after the fact. He gives us a crown of beauty instead of ashes, replaces our mourning with the oil of gladness, and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. He is the God of all comfort, from glory to glory! 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

 

 

 

Promises! Promises! 

Promises! Promises! 

“I promise I will come see you next week.” “I promise I will pay you back.” We wait. Nothing happens. No apologies. Silence. We all have experienced disappointment expecting someone to follow through on their words. Can we trust the promises of God? Or will they also let us down? 

The promises of God are not things He promises that He will do in the future, but things He spoke of and did through the person and work of Jesus Christ. We connect the promises to who He is. All He did came from who He was. On the cross, He declared, “It is finished.” He accomplished His promised salvation, redemption, victory, and so much more. 

Our part is to lay hold of them by faith and say amen to God’s yes in Christ. Religion says if we do this, then God will do that. In Christ it is not, if and then, but yes and amen. As the Holy Spirit teaches us the Word and helps us apply its truths to our lives, we believe and receive them. We say, amen, Lord. So be it! So be the peace, hope, and victory we have in Him.  Amen to His glory! Amen to His presence, power, protection, and provisions. So, all He has accomplished is amen and amen, from glory to glory! 

2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”