Monday, August 10, 2009

Devotional - Do You Require A Re-Connect?

Good morning my friends. First day back from vacation and a load of work to start in on but always we start with the Word and prayer. It brings balance to the rest of the day.

Don't you wish sometimes you could escape from life; to just throw off everything that seems to drag us down? There are days when it seems no matter how hard you try to fly like an eagle you end up not getting any more than an inch off the ground. It's not even worries and fears that do it to us. It is more the weight of responsibilities and commitments, that sense of duty. Sometimes the joy we had in these things disappear and we feel weighted down by it all. Those are the days we lose our smiles and our sense of humour and we don't care much about our future.

I find the reason for days like this is a simple one; I've lost the vision of what it is all about. Some would say that we lose the "big picture" on these days. It is like losing a map; you know you are on a journey but you do not know where you are in that journey. Not that we have a map that shows where our journey ends but we do have access to the map that shows us purpose in our journey. If you lose this understanding of purpose, the responsibilities, commitments and the sense of duty loses all value.

We need to be reminded of what we are part of. Paul did a bit of comparison between the old and new:

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? vs. 7-8

Sometimes we look at the days of Moses and say "I wish". We forget that we live in an age that is greater than Moses. This is the age in which the Spirit of God is not simply "on" one leader but the Spirit is "in" every believer.

If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! vs. 9-11

How glorious do you feel today? I know, me either, yet that is the glory that is housed in us because of the Spirit of God in us. It is a glory that is not fading. What kind of mood are you in today? It doesn't matter, because you still house the glory of God. When we again capture the vision that we are light bearers it affects the way we approach our day. We are carrying God's glory into our day with us and when we allow the Spirit to operate through us that glory is being revealed to everyone in our day.

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. vs. 12-16

Our moods can act like veils. Our loss of understanding can act like a veil. Our loss of vision can act like a veil. Many things can "veil" the glory of God in us. We cannot afford to selfishly entertain these moods or remain out of touch with the "big picture". We need a daily re-connect so we can maintain the vision of purpose before we bear God's glory into our day. With this vision we know we can step boldly (not with arrogance) into whatever waits for us in the day. We have confidence in our God that we will be equipped to not just face but overcome anything in our day, revealing his glory so the world knows our source for all things.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 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. vs. 17-18

If you want to know what we are doing with our day this is it. We are living in the freedom of the Spirit, reflecting God's glory as we are being transformed with increasing glory. It is always about growth. The more time we spend with Jesus the more we become like Jesus. The more time we spend revealing his glory the more glory we receive to reveal. We can't step into our day under a cloud of gloom and despair. How can we? We are bearers of God's glory by the Holy Spirit in us. So shake off whatever you have to shake off, or ask the Lord to deliver you from it, and let's get on with this incredible purpose that we have, bearing God's unveiled glory.

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