Daily D – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
2 Corinthians 3:17, 18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)
When you gaze in the mirror, do you see who you were or who you are becoming? If you belong to Jesus, you will see his transformative work in you as you move from your troubled past into your glorious future.
When Peter, James, and John beheld Jesus’ transformative glory on the Mount of Transfiguration, they never wanted to leave.
In the perfection of his beauty, in the wonder of who he really is, those men were ready to lay aside everything forever. They wanted to remain in his presence in all his glory.
Jesus escorted his three disciples back down the mountain just as Moses had to go back to the camp from God’s presence. Trouble awaited on both occasions. Our mornings with God prepare us to bear his goodness and glory in the troubles we encounter throughout our days. We bring his transforming presence to the problems created by disregarding his way, truth, and life.
Daily visits with our Father in heaven transform our hearts and minds. His presence becomes ever more visible to others. Features soften and shine. Smiles come easily and unforced. Speech is shaped by gentle regard.
We cannot enter the presence of God and leave unchanged.
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I will enter into God’s presence day by day so that I may bear his presence all along the way.
Our Father, thank you for bidding us come into your presence. Thank you for opening the way through what Jesus did for us on the cross. Thank you that we come with him. Thank you for your ongoing shaping of our lives. Thank you for squeezing out the impurities. Thank you for turning our brokenness into your masterpiece of grace. I want what John the Baptist said in John 3:30: More Jesus, please. More transformation. More of your glory. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.