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Reflecting God’s Glory

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

In this verse, Paul is referring to Moses.  When he was leading the children of Israel through the desert, they stopped for a while at the foot of Mt. Sinai.  Moses went up to meet with God.  At one point, upon his return, the people couldn’t look at his face because it shone like the sun.

The glory of God was reflecting off his face.  Moses had to wear a veil until things were back to normal.  He had an incredible encounter with God, but it eventually faded back to the way it was.

Understand this, the Lord has greater plans for us.  The Holy Spirit is working in us to make us like Christ.  Each day we are becoming more and more like Him.  This is the glory of God in us.

This glory that God is clothing us with is different than that of Moses.  First of all, it doesn’t fade.  It is a glory that is always on the increase.  My prayer in the presence of the Lord is that throughout my life people will see more of Jesus and less of me.

Another aspect of this glory is that we reflect it with unveiled faces.  It is not a glory that frightens others and pushes them away.  It is the warmth of love and freedom that draws men and women to the cross.

Spend some time in the presence of this glory.  Let it continue to do its transforming work in you.  Make it your goal to reflect more of His beauty.

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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Light – Part 3

Proverbs 31:18
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
(NIV)

This verse really emphasizes the true purpose of a lamp.  If the sun is shining brightly, and your house has a lot of windows, there is no need for a lamp.  Turning a lamp on at that point is a waste of energy, and you probably wouldn’t even notice that it was on.

The time that a lamp is needed is after the sun goes down.  When you light a lamp in a dark room, there is no hiding it.  As a matter of fact, even a small light can have that effect.  I have been in a hotel room where the tiny red light on the smoke detector has kept me awake for hours!

The darker it gets, the more the light is needed.  That is true in the spirit as well.  We live in a dark society – spiritually speaking.  And it seems to be getting darker and darker with each passing day.  That tells me that there is a reason God has us here in this place, at this time in history.

So many people spend their lifetimes trying to find purpose.  That should be no problem at all for the Christian.  We are to shine the light of Christ wherever we are.  That is our destiny.  To light up the darkness of this world.

Therefore, I need to spend quality time in the presence of the Source of that light.  If I am to adequately reflect Christ, then I need to abide in Him.  Spend time with the Lord today.  Let His joy, strength, and purpose flood your soul.  Then allow His light to spill out to all those around you who need to come into His light.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Light – Part 1

Psalm 18:28
       You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
(NIV)

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”

Sometimes children’s songs are the most profound.  Notice how the song says I’m gonna let it shine, not I’m gonna make it shine.  Simply put, I can’t be a light apart from Christ.  He is the light of the world.

David said that it is the Lord that kept his lamp burning.  It was God who turned his darkness into light.  I am only a light as I reflect the light of Christ.  As soon as I think it is my goodness lighting up the world around me, I plunge back into darkness.

I need to see myself as the moon.  A great source of light and beauty at night. Yet none of it comes from its own glory.  The moon only reflects the glory of the sun.  In the same way we reflect Christ to the world.

When we take our eyes off of the Lord and begin to think we are so great, it is like a lunar eclipse.  Our flesh starts to cast a shadow over the light.  Depend upon God for your light today.  Then you can be the lamp God intended you to be.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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