Posted by: heisourstrongtower | November 20, 2013

Many Strands Challenge ~ Seeking God’s Wisdom for 2014 ~ Day 52

Seeking God's Wisdom - Day 52

Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading.  You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.

1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;

https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/many-strands-challenge-seeking-gods-wisdom-for-2014/

If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.

2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.

3. Read Luke 9 – 12 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…

What is the main point of this portion? 

What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself? 

What insight am I given about myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim? 

What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?

A reflection on today’s reading…

Jesus Transfigured on the Mount

28 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. 30 And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him. 33 Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.

34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”36 When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.  Luke 9:28-36

As soon as I read the verses above I was reminded of a similar situation in the Old Testament. Do you remember that Moses had a glowing experience in the Old Testament?

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.  When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.  But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai. 

When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.  But whenever he entered the LORD’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.” Exodus 34:29-35

Shortly after starting my blog I read these verses and was inspired to write the following about them…

“Moses was blessed with a huge transformation when he was standing face to face with our Lord.  As I think about how that meeting went, I see our Lord standing before Moses resplendent in love and light and I see Moses on his knees basking in the Light from the Love of his Father.  I imagine tears running down his face and I then wonder was he even able to say a word in the presence of God.  When the meeting between Moses and God was over and Moses made his way back to the people; he was glowing, literally.  He was glowing so brightly that he frightened the people and he had to wear a veil.  How sad is that, he had just experienced the greatest moment in his life and he had to hide it.

Matt Redman had this to say about these verses, “That passage gives us insight into two things: the deep revelation of God, and the change it brings to those who experience it.  The greater the revelation, the greater the transformation.”  I am seeking that face to face time with the Lord every day; I am looking for Him to reveal to me the things that I need to be transformed.  I want to glow like Moses! Don’t you?”

What I soon found out, through reading a book called, ““Transforming Prayer”, by Daniel Henderson, was that I did not want to glow like Moses…I want to glow like Jesus did in the verses in today’s reading!!!

I want to radiate what I also found in 2 Corinthians chapter 3.  I discovered that Moses was gifted with a light that was slow-fading; a light that ultimately will destroy us because of our sin.  His glow was temporary and only exhibited a “lesser passing power of the law which was written on stone.”

We want the light that comes from the transformation of the Spirit inside of us and the promised covenant we received from God.  We want what Jesus had.  It is because of His birth, His journey on this earth, His death and most importantly His resurrection that we can now be transformed by the fruits of the Spirit… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.  I was thrilled to find out that His truth for me is written inside of me. It is written on my heart; the word heart is not being used in the English sense as the place of feeling and emotion.  The word heart in this verse is defined by the language used in Paul’s time…I like how heart is defined here much better; it is described as “the inmost self and center of the personality.”

The glory and the glow that we receive from this promise far exceeds what Moses received from God; do you want to know why?  It is found in 2 Corinthians 3:17 – 4:1…

“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[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” 

This is our promise from God that His Spirit inside of us is transforming us from the inside out and as long as we stay focused on Him we keep the glow and do not lose heart!!!

We can keep the glow as long as we seek God’s face and the illumination that we receive from Him does not have to be covered with a veil…we are allowed to let His light shine from us.  The most important thing we can do with His Light…is to Pass It On to others.

Let His Light shine from the center of your being!! 

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