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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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”