Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Word-Filled Wednesday

(Photo from Google Images)


As promised, here are a few additional insights I want to share on God's glory, based on our Bible study entitled Breaking Free by Beth Moore.

She asks what it means to be created for God's glory. After considering the ways I could answer, I find her insights beautifully summarize my many thoughts.

God wants to make Himself recognizable to us and
God wants to make Himself recognizable through us.

I shared what I was learning last week about how God makes Himself recognizable to us. Now let's explore how He wants to make Himself recognizable through us.

1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us ..."So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." He's telling us His glory should be visible in everything we do. That's quite a tall order (particularly considering our fallible human nature!) Beth explains "Living a life that glorifies God is synonymous with living a life that reveals God." Feeling a bit overwhelmed by that enormous responsibility? Be encouraged by the words of Romans 3:23..."for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

In Colossians 1:24-27, Paul reveals that Christ himself dwells in the life of every believer. He takes up residence the very moment we believe and accept His sacrifice for our sins. Unless (or until) that time, we have no hope that He will be recognized in us. As Beth explains, "If we are not occupied by the Holy Spirit, we have nothing in us for Him to show." Christ is truly the fallible human's only hope of glory. I love this quote from Beth Moore,
"We were created for the purpose of giving His invisible character a glimpse of visibility. If we grasp all the eternal implications of such a destiny, we would want to do anything possible to make sure all the hindrances were removed."

If we are growing and maturing in our faith as we should, His spirit and glory should become increasingly recognizable in us, the longer we walk with the Lord. If we're completely honest with ourselves, we'll know if this is true of us. If you're unsure, ask Him if your life is glorifying Him in every possible way. Remember, we are assured in Romans 8:1 "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." If He sheds light on an area of weakness or shortcoming, it's not for the sake of condemnation, but rather for our freedom! Don't be afraid to let go of that which is holding you back from allowing God's full glory to be shown in your life. Embrace the promise in 1 Corinthians 2:9 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."

Praying for you and with you and He empowers us mightily to bring Him the glory He deserves...may it be so.

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18 comments:

God Chaser said...

Waht a wonderful picture- she truly reflects the scripture. Thanks for sharing these wonderful words of wisdom-give much food to chew upon today.
Be blessed with joy and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in which God's glory shall be revealed through you.

Seeking to recognize Him
Seeking to reveal Him
Willnette

Just a little something from Judy said...

The "Breaking Free" study is so powerful. I love the quote of Beth's that you shared, "Christ is truly the fallible human's only hope of glory." That in itself is so freeing. It is not us...it is only Him. Thank you for sharing this today.

Susan said...

Oh what a PERFECT picture for that verse!!

I'm so blessed you are enjoying "Breaking Free", I sure did!

Loved this:

God wants to make Himself recognizable to us and
God wants to make Himself recognizable through us.

AWESOME!!

Have a blessed WFW♥

LauraLee Shaw said...

I want His Glory to be increasingly recognizable in me! This is wonderful!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Everything I read in the word last night spoke of being transformed, and then this morning I turn on my computer and it is your wfw post scripture.

What a beautiful photo and I just know God has more about this thought today.

Thanks Tracy!
Holykisses,
Lea

Cheryl said...

Beautiful photo. I love Beth Moore. She has such a way of sharing.

Thanks for your prayers!

Love,
Cheryl

Kristi said...

What a precious photo! I loved your Words of wisdom today. It is all for His great glory...every part. Blessings to you.

Laurie Ann said...

I love the picture you chose for this verse and the post that goes along with it. Praying He is revealed through me. It seems unfathomable but is true nonetheless. We do give visible glimpses of the invisible God. May they be beautiful glimpses! Happy WFW!

Kristen said...

I love this post... and love the picture you put w/ the scripture. To and Through...

I would love to do the Breaking Free Study - I have the book, but haven't done the study.
Thanks for sharing...

Alexis said...

This was a GREAT post! I read it twice... because it is so good. Thank you so much for sharing today!

Denise said...

I love this.

Deanna said...

hmmm............ isn't it great!
1 Corinthians 2:9 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."

Becky said...

That picture is PRECIOUS and such a great illustration for this verse!

lori said...

The prayer of my heart...that the Lord be recognizable in ME...
Peace to you for sharing this!!

lori

Special K said...

wonderful picture...great word...thank you for sharing!!! Revealed to us AND in us...all for HIS glory! I so totally agree...Lord help me...

e-Mom said...

Nice, nice, nice.

Beth Moore is so wise! Love this: God wants to make Himself recognizable to us and
God wants to make Himself recognizable through us.


Happy WFW, Tracy!

Amydeanne said...

glad your surgery went smoothly!

great prayer for today!

Tricia said...

Hey Tracy
What good words of truth and encouragement! I so desire for my life to show forth the glory of God, and on those days when I mess up I often feel so bad... but His grace is sufficient and amazing, and He often uses my "messes" to teach me and show me more about Him and about myself, and to help transform me to be more like Him...

Thanks for sharing this... I have been busy lately and have missed stopping by consistently...

Blessings!