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Being Transformed in The Presence of God

Being Transformed in The Presence of God
    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. 2Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
    Throughout the devotionals that I write, I often speak of spending time daily studying the Word of God. I want to emphasize that we shouldnt study for the sake of collecting intellectual stockpiles of knowledge only, or to get some tips on how we should live in certain situations. To do so would only relegate the Bible to an encyclopedia of sorts, and it is much more than that. In effect, it is our lifeline to understanding how we can know Gods will for our life, and it is a way that He can speak with us.
    There is a bigger emphasis than just reading and studying the Word of God, and it is that we are spending time with Him, in His presence. He knows our heart and He can see our true desire to know more about Him, and to have a closer relationship with Him. As we spend time with Him, we start to reflect His Glory within our lives. Those around us see something happening within our lives and they are naturally drawn to it, as His radiating glow of energy flows from our very presence.
     When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. Exodus 34:29 (NIV)
    You cannot spend time in the company of God and have it any other way. A transformation is occurring and as we continue to seek and spend time with Him, we continue to be transformed.
    The word transformed in the verse above is translated, metamorphosis. This refers to a complete or marked change in appearance, character, or condition, and even substance. Thats a pretty graphic and powerful definition of what happens to a person who meets the living God, and spends time in His presence. This is no ordinary description mind you, as it is only used three times in the New Testament; once hear, and once where we are being told to be transformed in the renewing of our minds in Romans 12:2. And it is written once in Matthew 17:2 to describe what happened to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, when He began to shine.
    When we see the Lord as we read His Word, study His Scriptures and worship Him in song and deed, we experience His glory, and it is reflected in our whole countenance, and in our attributes and character; as we are transformed. This transformation continues until we see the Lord face to face, and we become like him.
    Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1John 3:2 (NIV)
    We need to guard ourselves against having a devotional life with the Lord that is basically informational. We need to be careful that we dont just read the word, and miss having a meaningful, interactive relationship with Jesus. We should be praying to, and speaking with, the Lord every chance we get when we open and spend time in the Word. We should be asking Him to open our eyes so that we can see what it is that He wants us to learn. And we should be asking Him to open our ears so that we can hear Him speaking to us, as He shares His insights with us, guiding us into all understanding.
    Hey Christian, do you want to know and experience Jesus in the most intimate way? If we enter into our devotional time saying, Lord, I want to hear from You, then we will be transformed; that metamorphosis will occur, and we will experience the type of relationship with God that He intends.
    STUDY QUESTION: According to Exodus 34:29, what was the effect of Moses spending time in the presence of God?
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you talking to God during your time of devotions, or are you primarily just attempting to study and learn?
    APPLICATION: Pray before you study the Word. Ask God to speak to you and show you what He wants you to know as you read. Spend time with Him during your worship, focusing and thinking about Him, and being still and quiet. As you read, as you worship, you will feel His presence in a profound way.
    Father, Thank You for a personal relationship with You. Thank You for speaking to me as I meet You daily while reading Your Word and spending time with You. I would ask that You would continue to speak to me, and empower me to do all that You have for me to do. In Jesus name, amen&
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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