Radiance

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  Psalm 19:8

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5

 

God’s precepts give us joy, clarity, and His radiance shines forth like a beacon of hope through us to others.  The joy of serving the Lord is not only personally fulfilling, but God uses our obedience and love for Him to shine hope in the lives of others.

Spending time with Him and being filled, expecting His radiance in our lives to shine, and claiming that we are His will bring a new direction and purpose to your life.

God has given us this body to be used up for Him and His purposes!

We’ve often use this expression from Jesus in Matthew 26

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Our spirit is filled with Holy Spirit moments and direction, but our bodies and rationalizing flesh will convince us that it’s too hard, impractical, or old patterns of behaviors creep in.

The only way to overcome the flesh is to seek God consistently, watch, and pray. I have found that this means praying without ceasing, and being really honest about negative habits–call it what is and seek to change.  We serve a faithful God who will help us through this change.

May our God bring home to you a sense of your safety in Christ Jesus! May he assure you that your name is graven on his hand; and whisper in your ear the promise, “Fear not, I am with thee.” Look upon him, the great Surety of the covenant, as faithful and true, and, therefore, bound and engaged to present you, the weakest of the family, with all the chosen race, before the throne of God; and in such a sweet contemplation you will drink the juice of the spiced wine of the Lord’s pomegranate, and taste the dainty fruits of Paradise. You will have an antepast of the enjoyments which ravish the souls of the perfect saints above, if you can believe with unstaggering faith that “faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” Charles Spurgeon 

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