“Liberty to be Transformed” from Bob Hoekstra’s ‘Day by Day Grace’

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Liberty to be Transformed

Bob Hoeksra ~ Day by Day Grace Blue Letter Bible, Daily Devotionals

But 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. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Living day by day under the new covenant of grace embraces the spiritually liberating work of the Holy Spirit. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). When the Holy Spirit is relied upon, there is liberty to be transformed.

This transformation process is for every believer who lives by the terms of the new covenant: “But we all.” The terms are simple: renounce self-sufficiency (“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves”-2 Corinthians 3:5a) and rely on God’s sufficiency (“but our sufficiency is from God”-2 Corinthians 3:5b). Those who reject human resources (the flesh) seek God “with unveiled face.” They come humbly, without any veils of pretense or self-justification.

Coming to the Lord in this manner brings an ongoing blessing: “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.” Three mirrors reflect the glory of Christ from heavenly places into the experience of the redeemed here on earth: the creation, the church, and the Scriptures. The universe declares His glory. “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). Also, the Lord can be seen living in His people. “For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Corinthians 4:11). These two mirrors are helpful, but they can be distorted by sin. The mirror that reflects the Lord’s glory flawlessly is His word. “The law of the LORD is perfect…these [the Scriptures] are they which testify of Me” (Psalm 19:7; John 5:39).

As we humbly seek the Lord in His word, we behold His glory therein. The wonderful consequence is that we “are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.” From one area after another, from one degree to another, we are being changed into the likeness of the glorious Savior we are beholding. This process is carried on as only the Holy Spirit could do it: “just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Dear Heavenly Father, I long to be more like Your Son. Forgive me for neglect of Your word. Please draw me consistently to the Scriptures, that I might humbly behold the glory of Jesus. Thank You for the work of Your Spirit, who is able to transform me into a growing Christlikeness, Amen.

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“Praising, words raising” a worship prayer from LWillows

 

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“Praising, words raising”

My heart parting open, like rivers to You
Oceans becoming, with gratitude due.
My God, O my Lord how you hear our night calls;
Power reaching, rekindling and sweeping through all.

Faith climbs like a fire with flames growing bright
Embers are glowing still warmed by Your Light.
My God, O my Lord how I bend to your knee
Praising, words raising all life before Thee.

© Linda Willows 2018

Psalm 145
1I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

“Bring my all into Your Godly Roam”, a worship poem from LWillows

 

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Bring my all into Your Godly Roam

Oh Father let my heart rise higher still
Keep me in the bind of your Glory’s will
Stay the burn of ash as it falls below
And append the sway of mortal flow.

Let calm the seas of thoughts that would sail
Towards other shores, not your own, in my fail.
Bring my all into Your Godly roam,
I bid to enter, Lord, I call to be Home.

Oh Father let my heart rise high
Let nothing keep me from Your mind’s eye.
Bound in Love and captured entire,
This remaining, my one desire.

© 2018 Linda Willows

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

“Given up in Prayer’s River”…worship prose from LWillows

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Given up in Prayer’s River

Heart blushed to quiver
Life’s moments fall slivered
Altered, surrendered, given up in prayer’s river.

Deep weighs the moments
That comes in waves tendered
Rendered by life’s only, yet such lonely chance be
More that grass blowing
More than leaves lost
More than times flowing
But disciple of Thee.

Heart blushed to quiver
Life’s moments fall slivered
Altered, surrendered, given up in prayer’s river.

© Linda Willows 2018
Photograph: Forgotten-Heaven (Rome, Italy) by Claudio Beffa

Psalm 46.5 “God is in the midst of her”, Commentary by C.H. Spurgeon

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Psalm 46:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

C.H. Spurgeon Commentary on Psalm 46:5
“God is in the midst of her”
Psalm 46:5

Verse 5. “God is in the midst of her.” His help is therefore sure and near. Is she besieged, then he is himself besieged within her, and we may be certain that he will break forth upon his adversaries. How near is the Lord to the distresses of his saints, since he sojourns in their midst! Let us take heed that we do not grieve him; let us have such respect to him as Moses had when he felt the sand of Horeb’s desert to be holy, and put off his shoes from off his feet when the Lord spake from the burning bush. “She shall not be moved.” How can she be moved unless her enemies move her Lord also? His presence renders all hope of capturing and demolishing the city utterly ridiculous. The Lord is in the vessel, and she cannot, therefore, be wrecked. “God shall help her.” Within her he will furnish rich supplies, and outside her walls he will lay her foes in heaps like the armies of Sennacherib, when the angel went forth and smote them. “And that right early.” As soon as the first ray of light proclaims the coming day, at the turning of the morning God’s right arm shall be outstretched for his people. The Lord is up betimes. We are slow to meet him, but he is never tardy in helping us. Impatience complains of divine delays, but in very deed the Lord is not slack concerning his promise. Man’s haste is often folly, but God’s apparent delays are ever wise; and when rightly viewed, are no delays at all. Today the bands of evil may environ the church of God, and threaten her with destruction; but ere long they shall pass away like the foam on the waters, and the noise of their tumult shall be silent in the grave. The darkest hour of the night is just before the turning of the morning; and then, even then, shall the Lord appear as the great ally of his church.

Resource:
Blue Letter Bible.com