hope…marvelous hope…

Do you ever feel like you are treading water in this journey with the Lord?

I know that there are times where I wonder if there is any measurable difference in me because I am His?

I read this scripture and as I broke it down…it filled me with such awe and gratitude to our God but it also gave me hope…may you be filled to the measure with the hope that we have in Christ…which is immeasurable.

“And all of us,

This verse is for me…it’s for you…it is for ALL of us…no one is excluded or disqualified…
                                 

as with unveiled face,

Because of Christ we can approach Him in our humanity…the barrier has been removed…
                                                        

 [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God]

Notice the word continued…we are to continually behold in the Word of God.
                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                     
 
as in a mirror

The Word reflects the author…God…if we want to see God…be in the Word…

 the glory of the Lord,

The splendor of the Lord is on display for us to see…

 are constantly being transfigured into His very own image

There is no pause button for this change from our old image to an image that begins to resemble Him.
                                                                                                                                            
in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another;

This change is not only constant but it is gathering momentum and getting bigger…and bringing us  closer to our Maker.

[for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.

Unless we think we are somehow responsible for this transformation…it all comes from the Lord…and it could only occur through the indwelling Holy Spirit guiding us, teaching us, breathing fresh air into our lives…blowing away our old fruitless ways.

II Corinthians 3: 18 (AMP)

I am sure that my little notes couldn’t possibly add more to this wonderful passage of scripture…but I pray that it gave you just as much hope as it poured into me when I read it this week.

I am so thankful that we serve a God that doesn’t remain distant from us.  We have a God that came close and wants us to do the same.  He wants to dwell with us and inhabit our lives.  It is quite mind boggling that He would be so selfless to enable us to be transfigured into His own image… 

This scripture filled me with such hope because it made me see that in my life with God…I am constantly being changed…a change that is in increasing measure, moving from one degree to another.  It helps me put into perspective those areas where I still struggle… perhaps I don’t see that the struggle has lessened and to a small degree, I am beginning to look a lot more like my Savior.

It also reminds me of the importance of staying in His Word…without a steady intake, I won’t see the Lord…and I won’t see areas in my life that need to be banished.

Stay encouraged my friends and bask in the graciousness of God…may our reflections begin to look more and more and like Him.

 

Helen

 

2 thoughts on “hope…marvelous hope…

  1. Karen L. says:

    Maybe what we are seeing when we look in a mirror is the transformed self–however little at a time–not because of our work, but because of His promises. God doesn’t push the pause button….though we feel stalled, he is always working, coming to us, loving us, nudging…

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  2. kimz says:

    Sometimes is feels like the pause button is on. Like when you pause a dvd and it stays on the same scene until you press play. I think sometimes the process of santicfication can feel like transformation a second at a time!!
    I love the part you wrote about gathering momentum and getting bigger. Maybe all my seconds are adding up to hours and days.

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