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.
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.
James 4:6-7 “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.”
The presence of the Lord in our lives is truly amazing, and the most important reality to keep in mind at all times. When we know that God is with us, we look for Him, and to Him, above all else. As we do, we make room for Him to lead us and His perfect will to be done.
It’s not this or that we need to look for, it’s the Lord, and then all things align under His divine leadership. It’s when we feel as though we are not worthy of His presence that we find He is there to carry us through. It’s when we see our weaknesses that we become aware of the power of His strength. It’s when we think we don’t deserve His glory that we realize His glory shines regardless. It’s when we think we have nothing to give that we find He gives Himself to us, by His grace.
In His presence there is fullness of joy. In His presence no hindrance can remain. No fear, worry, depression or loneliness can stay when we know that God, Himself, is with us. It’s when we trust He is here that we draw near to Him. If God is for us and with us, who can be against us? Oh the glory of His presence, from glory to glory!
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated ‘God with us.’ ’’
Can we believe in miracles? When the impossible becomes possible; the supernatural becomes the natural; and what cannot be accomplished by men can be accomplished by God; then, we remember our Savior’s birth and gain faith for all the miraculous expectations we carry in our hearts.
When the doctor announces an incurable disease to a patient; someone gets laid off a job at a time when unemployment is high; an unforeseen divorce brings hopelessness; or finances diminish to nothing; then, we may be caught up in despair and fear of an uncertain future. The question is: was Jesus born of a virgin? Our answer to that question stirs up faith and brings us divine answers for whatever we face.
The angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, so not only could she believe, but we could believe as well. We learned that miracles not only pertain to Jesus, but are available for everyone. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the amazing, astounding and astonishing works of God. Yes, we do believe! Nothing is impossible with God. Our walk of faith expects divine steps at every turn, from glory to glory!
Luke 1:36-37 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”
In the midst of a wicked generation, Noah found grace in the sight of God. God gave him instructions to build an ark. Noah didn’t even know the purpose of an ark. There had never been any water poured out on the earth at that time. In obedience to God, while the world around him was increasing in evil ways, Noah remained righteous and walked with God.
We are in the world, but not of the world. We, too, are righteous and strong in the Lord in the midst of evil. For us, the ark is Jesus Christ our Lord. We are righteous because we are in Him, and He is in us. As sin abounds, grace abounds much more. Noah means “rest.” We find our rest in our ark, the Christ. Evil cannot destroy us because of our position in Him; we have received eternal life.
The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark.” He didn’t say, “Go into the ark,” which meant He was calling Him into a place where He was dwelling Himself. As the world is dealing with so much darkness, we tell everyone, as the Lord leads, “Come into the ark.” We tell them about the saving grace of our Lord. We invite people into a place where they see us dwell; a place of safety, love and glory. As we have received the Lord, we walk with Him, entering into a deeper relationship. The Lord is calling all of us, “come into the ark,” from glory to glory!
Genesis 7:1 “Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.’ ”
We strive to conduct ourselves without offense toward God or men. Because we love God and one another, we do our best, by His grace, not to be a stumbling block to others. When our heart is not to bring offense, the Lord enables us to walk in deeper realms of the spirit and blesses us abundantly.
There are blessings, miracles from God the very moment we do not say what we would normally say, do what we would normally do, react the way we normally would react, in order to not offend others. The moment our heart is for others, the moment we submit ourselves in order to lift Him up…the moment we lay our lives down for the sake of the call to be Christ-like, the supernatural is released. Meekness is demonstrated when someone is able to be right and nobody knows about it. God does more in that hidden place than anyone around can see. It takes moving past our flesh to move in the spirit.
There is a realm of the miraculous we move in when we move in love, the greatest gift of all. When it’s more important for us to act right, like Jesus, than to be right–the Lord is glorified. The Lord provides what is needed in every area, from glory to glory!
Matthew 17:27 “Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”