Friday, August 29, 2008

Behold the Glory of Jesus in You......

I have been SO blessed by the daily devotionals I receive from Joseph Prince. Every time I read I am bombarded with such grace, that it almost seems to good to be true! That's how it should be when we hear grace preached! That said, I'd like to share this with you!

Behold The Glory Of Jesus In You

2 Corinthians 3:18
18But 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.
When you look in a mirror, what do you see? Of course, you see yourself.
Beloved, God does not want you to see yourself in the natural — small, troubled, weak, sick, broke and a loser. God wants you to see yourself the way He sees you — healed, strong, rich, whole and complete, because Christ is in you. (Colossians 1:27)
God wants you to behold as in a mirror the glory of His Son who is in you by His Spirit. As you behold the glory of the Lord who is in you, God’s Word says that you are being transformed from poor to rich, sick to healed, loser to winner — from glory to glory!
The world may say to you, “It can’t be that easy. You can’t be transformed just by beholding the glory of Jesus. No way! You must do something about you. If you don’t put in effort, nothing will happen. If you don’t do anything, nothing will change.”
But the world will never understand that as you are beholding the glory of the Lord who is the successful one in you, you are being transformed from a failure to a success. And this is not accomplished by any effort of yours, or by your working hard to get ahead of others, but by the Spirit of the Lord!
As you behold the glory of the Lord who is the healthy one in your sick body, you are transformed from sickness to health. And this is not accomplished by any effort of yours to keep fit, eat well and stay healthy, but by the Spirit of the Lord!
My friend, what can be easier than beholding the beauty of the Son? So stop focusing on self and self-effort. Look away from these things and begin to behold the glory of Jesus who is in you right now, and you will begin to behold the miracles that you need!

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Jamie said...

We will be subscribing to that daily devotional!
Truth, Truth. God has been speaking these things to me in my personal life. I will never get a handle on ( just fill in the blank). I don't have to- He already nailed it to the cross. When I turn my face away, He so lovingly turns it back to Him.
One of my favorite songs says, "When we see You; we'll be like You; we want to see more of You."
I have been getting ready to post the song "I Fix My Eyes On You" because Ryan pointed out Sunday during praise and worship that we should drop the "I" and just let the understood "You" become the subject. In other words, God fixes our eyes on Him; He does it, not us! ~"Fix my eyes on You, the Author of my faith..."~

lydia said...

Oh man get ready to brace yourself for some "It's to good to be true" moments!
So it sounds like you listened to Ryan's message, huh - what did you think?
It's funny how simple God has made it for us, and somehow we make it complicated - He does it, not us!!

I will never get a handle on fill in the blank. Oh boy isn't is so true, I often am reminded of how I have been taught topically how to live for God, how to have a good marriage, how to parent, how to serve, how to be hospitable, how to, how to. UGH! It really takes away from the "fix my eyes on Jesus" now doesn't it, that approach to living.
Great thoughts, thanks for sharing them with me!!

lydia said...

Thanks Chris for getting back to me on this! Ever since I found out the true Gospel of grace and was given the revelation of having an indwelling Christ, I couldn't accept the doctrine of indwelling sin - it simply has not sat well with me at all, in fact it makes my blood boil, in my former church, the "senior" pastor LOVED this doctrine, he preached it more than anything, and even wrote a book around it, anyway, since I do not identify as a sinner anymore, nor do I want to be identified by my flesh, I feel compelled to get a grip on how to disprove this doctrine, more and more it is for myself than anything, I have a hard time as well with the indwelling sin teaching that only teaches we still have sin in our flesh, or our members or whatever - I suppose it's fine if people want to believe it and teach it, but I don't think it's worth my time, I would much rather keep focused on my identity in Christ as God sees and declares me perfectly righteous. Anyway, why would God partner with sin???? He does it only because he removed them, and sees them no more and sees Jesus - I mean come on, isn't that worth focusing on for a lifetime!!!
Thanks for your comment, I am learning a lot of interesting things from you!