God has the ability to give you more than you can imagine. Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worked in us, unto Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Not just more than you can imagine but exceedingly abundantly above what we can imagine. I don’t know about you but I cannot quite wrap my brain around that concept. When we earnestly pray for God’s guidance, we must anticipate His response and wait patiently. The problem is that we get distracted, forget what we prayed or just plain give up. For example, instead of praying, “God, I want to witness to someone,” instead pray, “God place a person in my path that needs you, allow me to recognize this through Your spirit, interrupt me and give me the words to convey your great love and power.” Sometimes begging God for a task just so we can see Him work is a bigger blessing. Sometimes we feel that God is silent. And sometimes He is. Teachers are usually silent during a test. God was silent in John 11:1-45. Although Jesus dearly loved Lazarus, Mary and Martha, He tarried when Lazarus was sick. Well one funeral and four days later Christ yelled, ‘Lazarus come forth.’ Sometimes we get too comfortable with God. God always rescues us but it may not look like what we want it to look like. Sometimes God wants us to understand Him just a little more. He wants us to seek Him a little more. He wants us to read a little more. He wants to reveal Himself to us and bring us closer than you have ever been to Him and sometimes He accomplishes that through silence. In His silence, wee should seek His face more, we should beg to know more, desire more, confess more, love more, listen more and be prepared to know Him more. That is where our hope lies. In Him and only Him. We are nothing without Him.
The word immediately can be defined as instantly or without delay. How often do we do things immediately? Or how often do we do things without really thinking about it? This same urgency describes each of the 12 disciples reaction to Jesus’ call. They all immediately left their nets, fields and offices to follow Him. Matthew 4:18-22 18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them,“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. Immediate obedience. In fact, when Jesus performed miracles and healings, the people were immediately healed. Mark 1:42, 42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. Luke 8:44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. What would happen if we had the same faith? We feel the Spirit beckoning us to talk to someone about Christ, we turn the other way. We are put in a position to give someone hope, and we keep our mouths shut. Every day we are given opportunities to be immediately obedient to God. What will you do today to be immediately obedient? I encourage you to begin preparing yourselves to attend God’s house tomorrow. Pray for the services, teachers, pastor, children and worship. Be bold and ask God for a blessing. He always provides…
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
“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”. Veils are interesting articles. My first thought is one of a bride on her wedding day. On this day, she opens herself up to a new life with her husband. When the veil is lifted, she can see more clearly. When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the tablets, the people could not look at him because his face shone so strongly with God’s light. Moses had been in a face to face conversation with God and it was literally written all over his face! Once we meet with Him, our veil is removed and we can see life clearer; a different perspective. Our countenance can be overshadowed by sin. The veil keeps us from being true, open and confident individuals with the gospel but removing the veil brings boldness and courage to our walk. Our lives change, our countenance changes, and we have a peace when we meet with God. When the veil is lifted, ignorance is taken away, our minds are no longer blinded and our hearts are no longer hard. There is freedom in God. I love sharing God with others because you can see their life change right in front of you. The new way with God in our lives gives us confidence to face the any adversaries and we can become bold in our actions for God’s Glory. V16 tells us that when a person come to Christ, our veil is to be lifted and taken away. The veil can be symbolic of Christ and the only way to the Father. Because He finished the work on the cross, we can now go directly to God through Jesus. We are separated from God, veil between us, before accepting Christ. True believers are commanded to let their countenance show proudly and openly. That same unveiled face will one day see Christ. Sometimes during worship, I think about seeing His face one day. It gives me chills. Think about His unveiled face for a moment. That thought makes Him worthy of worship.