Hi everyone! I pray that you've begun your journey in going from "glory to glory." If you haven't, read the previous blogs and start your journey today. I am going to side step and begin a series on "wonder." In my opinion, glory and wonder go hand in hand. Ready? Let's go!
God is highlighting the word “Wonder” in this season. If you take notice, it is everywhere- movies, songs, sermons, books, etc. As a society, we have lost our sense of wonder, and I believe He is trying to awaken us to this beautiful gift that is all around us and in us. It’s as if our eyes have become veiled and our senses numbed to the essence of creation and to the magnificence of who we are as God’s children. We have slipped down the slope of ugly and have mistaken mediocrity for greatness. Everything in our culture has gone from seeking out beauty and inspiration, to accepting and being okay with grunge and filth. Our language, fashions, music, movies, books, art, and even the way we treat each other. BUT, no more! God is raising up a multitude of creatives that are stepping out and pouring color back into the world. The pendulum is beginning to swing the other way. He is making all things new (Is. 43:19). If you don’t have the eyes to see it yet, ask for them: “Lord, give me the eyes to see what I am not seeing. Give me the eyes to see Your glory moving here on earth”.
We all have the creative power of God within us because we were created to co-create with Him (1 Cor. 3:9, John 14:12-14). He is the ultimate Creative and His Spirit is alive in us. We tend to put the word “creative” in a box limiting it to those who are artistic. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines creative as "having or showing an ability to make things new or think of new ideas." Clearly this definition is not just for those in the arts. It is for everyone. Creativity fosters wonder and wonder fosters creativity. With all of that said, I encourage you to accept God’s invitation and to step into “wonder”. Embrace it by allowing Him to unlock the creative power within you.
I will be breaking this down in the next few posts. I pray that Holy Spirit revelation will enlighten us all as to how to live a life of “wonder”.
Ponder and reflect on Isaiah 43:19, 1 Cor. 3:9 and John 14:12-14
Click the video below and experience some “wonder” in prayer.
I'd love to hear what you experienced during this prayer time in the comments below. In sharing, we help one another grow in faith. Please don't be shy.
When we were young, we memorized and learn rote prayers. Our parents or grandparents taught us to say a prayer at mealtimes and at bedtime. As we got older, we uttered short prayers if someone we loved was sick or sad. We prayed for someone other than ourselves. When we stepped out of ourselves and prayed for another, we entered another degree of glory.
At some point in our lives, we started saying a morning prayer. This usually took place while getting ourselves ready for the day or while we were driving. The prayer probably consisted of asking for help during the day. ~ Another degree of glory.
When we notice that these prayers got answered, we began to say little prayers throughout the day. ~ Another degree of glory.
Our prayers became longer and more faith filled. ~ Another degree of glory.
As our faith grew, we began feeling the need for community, so we joined a prayer group. ~ Another degree of glory.
Witnessing the power of prayer, we began setting time aside daily to commune with God. ~ Another degree of glory.
Our prayer took a shift and went from asking, to praising and worshipping. ~ A big jump into another degree of glory.
A hunger to hear from God stirred within us and we began to talk less and listen more. A conversation developed between you and God. ~ Another degree of glory.
In the past, 10 minutes felt like forever. Then an hour was not long enough. ~ Another degree of glory.
When we are satisfied with very little talking and just sitting in His presence. When we simply long for His company. ~ A magnanimous degree of glory as been achieved.
Read and ponder the following quotes. If they spark an interest read up on these saints.
'Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When the heart is pure and united with God it is consoled and filled with sweetness; it is dazzled by a marvelous light.' St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney
Scriptures to implement. NASB Translation
"Pray at all times" (Eph. 6:18
Worship with me with the song below.
When we first start out on the journey of faith, we are like a baby. We don’t know much and we have a very limited experience of God, if any at all. If we don’t choose to expand our faith, we stay the same and possibly even digress back into unbelief.
When we choose to grow, we may start out with a prayer book or a devotional that we read occasionally. Something we read or something we hear at church might stir our spirit and cause us to hunger for a little more. We then begin to read the devotional or prayer book more often, or daily. When this happens we’ve just entered another degree of glory.
The daily reading of our devotional sparks an interest in the bible. We begin looking up the suggested scriptures in our devotional. ~ Another degree of glory.
Our hunger for the Word of God increases and we join a Bible study. ~ Another degree of glory.
We find ourselves studying it like never before and cross referencing the scriptures. We hunger to increase our understanding. ~ Another degree of glory.
Revelation begins to open our spiritual eyes, and we find ourselves applying the scriptures to our everyday life. As we go about our day, we connect certain things that happen with certain scriptures. ~ Another degree of glory.
While revelation increases, our ears perk up to the voice of wisdom. We take up the scriptures and develop prayers out of them for ourselves and those we love. ~ Another degree of glory.
We find ourselves only interested in conversations about God’s Word and His faithfulness. Nothing else holds our attention for very long. ~ Another degree of glory.
The scriptures become our common everyday language. Our vocabulary becomes the Word of God. ~ Another degree of glory.
While the sequence above isn’t everyone’s experience, it is very close. You may find yourself in one area not having moved forward, or you may find yourself moving in and out of the steps. If you desire more, ask Holy Spirit for it. He will be happy to oblige.
Pray with me.
Holy Spirit I want the desire to read, study, pray and become God's Word. Give me a hunger for it that will never be satiated. Amen
Becoming His Word,
Read, study and ponder:
Hopefully the Holy Spirit has been stirring inside of you since you prayed the prayer in the last post.
The Holy Spirit comes to live within us when we receive Christ and are baptized. It is the “first installment” of our faith (Eph 1:14 & 2 Cor. 1:22). I like to look at it as God deposited into our account. We must choose to acknowledge that he made a deposit and then activate the account.
When you open a bank account in the natural, you deposit a base amount. Most bank accounts ask for a certain amount of money to be kept in the account or they charge you a fee. After you open the account, you must activate it. This requires a passcode of four numbers. As you use your account and money gets low, you make another deposit. As you learn the importance of money, you make fewer withdrawals and deposit more often.
It’s the same in the spiritual. Our account is opened at our baptism, and the Holy Spirit is our base. We activate our account with the passcode, JESUS. We begin using our account by withdrawing with prayers of petitions. Occasionally, we make a few deposits of thankful prayers. As we grow in our faith and our desire for God increases, we start withdrawing less and making more deposits of time with Him.
When we make spending time with God a priority, the realm of glory begins to open to us. Praising and worshiping Him gets us in His presence. Reading, studying, meditating and praying His Word gives us access to His mind and will. Silencing ourselves and listening to His voice gives Him the opportunity to share hidden revelations, insights, and strategies with us. It is in the listening that the Holy Spirit brings the revelation of Who God is. This is where what He is calling us to do is revealed. As we grow in our knowledge of who He is through His Word, spending time in worship and listening to Him, we begin to move from one degree of glory to another degree of glory.
In the next few posts I will break this down by using different examples.
Until then, read, study and ponder
Psalm 100, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 119:105, Matthew 4:4, Heb. 4:12
Pray with me:
Holy Spirit give me the desire to spend more time getting to know you. Open the realm of glory to me and share your secrets with me. Amen
Worship with me to the song below and let's activate the Spirit together.