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The Unaware Witness

October 21st, 2013

He was not aware his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.

Exodus 34:29

The one whom God uses may be the least aware of what God is doing through him. It may appear to him that it is just another day of life, and his routine and obligations are just the normal things, but the Spirit can take any person and do in and through Him remarkable things. A surrendered heart is aware of the glory of God, of the wonder of His calling, of the love of the Savior, and of the joy of fellowship with God, and such a man or woman is not conscious that God is working through them to touch others. He is concerned for others, not for how he might appear to them, except as how he may help them.

The Spirit-filled Christian realizes this as the new norm of his life, to walk in the Spirit day by day, so it seems utterly and completely within the realm of normal for God to be at work in his life and to lead him to care for others. The other extreme is the self-conscious believer, who is always looking for approval from others, for ways he can show how good a Christian he is, or for ways he can impress others. He has little compelling vision of God in his thoughts, rather his life is earth-bound and worldly. He is the type of “Moses” who is always asking, “Is my face shining yet?”

The event above occurred after the second time Moses was given a copy of the Law up on the mountain of God. Some have noticed that the first time he came down the mountain with the Law in his hands, he came as an enforcer of the Law. This time, however, his experience had been richer spiritually, and he descended as a messenger of grace and reconciliation. The first copy of the law was destroyed in Moses’ own anger at the sin of the Israelites in worshiping a golden calf. This time, however, there was the greater realization of the grace of God, of the kindness of God, and of the redemption of God. No people can have hope if all they have are rules and regulations by the Perfect God of Heaven. All people can have hope if they realize the grace and compassion of this Perfect God for sinners, such as us.

Awareness of the grace of God warms our hearts unlike anything else. If we want to be used of God, we should become acquainted with His grace, deepened in the knowledge of our redemption in Christ. That is the profound secret of usefulness - to dwell on the grace of God in Christ.

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Seeing His Glory

August 29th, 2013

Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before creation of the world.

John 17:24

Moses prayed to see the glory of God, and that prayer was the culmination of the work of God in his life over many years. As a young man he wanted power. In his middle years he wanted protection. In his old age he wanted to be left alone to live a quiet life. God took Moses and taught him that the purpose of his life was not just for him to live as he chose, rather it was given him by God for God’s purposes, and Moses was to be God’s instrument to deliver the nation from Egypt and into Palestine. And not just to show them physical deliverance but to introduce them to the covenant into which God had called them.

Through the disturbing call of God in his life, Moses began to see that God was some One greater than he had known, and asked God to show him his glory (Exodus 33:12-23). God often has to disturb us in order to bless us. We want to be left alone, but God has a better plan, one that will result in our own blessing and a divine change in our lives.

But in the New Testament, we do not see man praying to see the glory of God, rather we see the God-Man praying that we might see His glory. “Oh, I know, pastor,” someone might say, “this is about heaven, that when we die we will see the glory of God when we are in Jesus’ presence.” Certainly in heaven we will be with Christ and we will see His glory, but this passage is not only about heaven. It is about the Spirit’s work in our hearts today. John 17 follows John 16 and there Jesus said about the Spirit, “He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you” (John 16:14-15).

The Spirit guides us into the truth about Christ and through revealing the meaning of His Word, He pulls back the curtain in our hearts that we may gaze upon His glory more perfectly. Knowledge leads us to this revelation but the Spirit takes us beyond what we can see and explain with words. Paul wrote, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19).

Has the Lord pulled back the curtain for you? Has He revealed to you the greatness of His love, a revelation and a reality that surpasses knowledge? There are some experiences with the Spirit that we cannot put into words, but the imprint on our souls and spirits should be one of hope and the deep awareness of His love for us. Let Him express His love for you.

God the Son prayed this prayer for you, according to the will of the Father, and all that is remaining is to receive this blessing through faith.

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