Archive for the ‘Glorification’ Category


Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Day 287

“you are only visitors here . . .
your real home is in heaven”
1 Peter 2:11

We are visitors, pilgrims, aliens, foreigners, and travelers. We do live in this world and its order. In fact, we live in the midst of a rebel territory whose prince is the devil, the god of this age. A majority who follow him surrounds us. Sounds scary. It is not. Paul says, “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Even though we walk this earth and are subject to the constant barrage of its darkness causing a weariness of the pace, Paul is telling us do not look at that, it is temporary. We are encouraged to look at Jesus, the Lamb of God, who was crucified in our place and defeated the enemy and raised gloriously from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes for us. We need to keep our eye on him, refreshing ourselves as to who we are and what are calling is.

All of history is arranged for us. There is not one event or circumstance in our life that occurs outside of God’s will. God overturns nations and empires for His people. All of Egypt was overturned for the sake of Israel. God says, “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” We have a God who is a Father to us and our time here is a preparation for the great glory we shall know. Nothing can touch a child of God unless He has permitted it. So, do not be caught up in the temporal of what may be seen, but look to our Father who is preparing us for that day of final rest.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him”
James 1:12


Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Day 157

“That we should be holy and without blame”
Ephesians 1:4

Are you holy? Without blame? Many would no, but the Scriptures say otherwise: “…because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth … for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ [2 Thessalonians 2:13-14]. Salvation is often treated by many as a one time event involving believing on Jesus and that’s it. It isn’t. You are saved ‘from’ something and ‘to’ something and it is an ongoing process.

Our Father doesn’t just save you. When He chose us to obtain salvation in eternity, His purpose was to bring you to glorification – “…and whom He justified, then He also glorified” [Romans 8:30]. His divine plan is one that deeply affects every part of your life. He is a God of glory and your salvation is a glory to His grace for being made accepted in the Beloved. You are to be a praise of His glory. The great glory of His salvation is the working of His grace that continually brings change in your nature.

Salvation not only delivered us from the penalty of sin, but it delivers us from the power and presence of sin. He has given the Holy Spirit to sanctify you. It is the Holy Spirit’s purpose to fully accomplish God’s work in you, qualifying you for His glory. That’s why you are to rest in Him and not lean on your own understanding or strength. This is your confidence; God’s eternal plan is to save you today and tomorrow and He is at work in you right now to that end.

“Christ Jesus came in the world to save sinners”
1 Timothy 1:15


Monday, July 12th, 2010

Day 131

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him,
and given Him a name which is above every name”
Philippians 2:9

Christ humbled Himself for us and because He did, The Father exalted Him. Jesus repeatedly told us that if we humble ourselves, we shall be exalted. He has gone before us as our Elder Brother and is the First among many to be exalted – bringing many sons to glory.

There is a difference in Christ’s exaltation. His exaltation is above everything. He was exalted in a glorious manner, and He, “took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne” [Revelation 5:7]. God the Father gave Him the government and the plan for the history of the world and the church. He is now King of the church and He is the Alpha and Omega. Christ has completed His resurrection, ascension and coronation.

We too will be exalted and brought to glory. He controls the universe and rules over all things. It is He who declared that not one of us will be lost. We are in His hands, the One who has triumphed over all our enemies, even though we do not see it now. Everything will be brought into subjection to Him. Every knee will bow to Him. And there is a day we shall be at His side sharing in His ruling and kingdom.

“Lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world”
Matthew 28:20b


Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Day 59

“Seated with Him in heavenly places”
Ephesians 2:6

We need to realize the greatness and glory of our salvation. It’s unfortunate that we think only in terms of the forgiveness of our sins and do not consider what Christ has positively accomplished for us. God’s forgiveness of our sins came at a great price and the magnitude of His love in redeeming us is beyond our understanding. He did this to gain back what had been lost and bring us into fellowship with Him. He also did this so we may be glorified with Him.

Our great salvation embraces rescuing us from the present evil age. We who were dead are now alive. He has given a position in Him. He has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. He has made us holy and blameless. We are seated in Him in the heavenly realms. We can now behold His glory and presence. We have gained an eternal inheritance. And to seal that inheritance, He has given us the Holy Spirit for our earthly journey.

We no longer belong to the past, the world, its system, or to the devil. We are no longer to live in the past. We are called to live in the Lord today. We need to grasp who we are in Christ and know our position in Him to live in the Lord today. We have been saved by grace. That grace will now carry us empowered by the Holy Spirit. It’s done – it’s a fact. This is the day of the Lord.

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope to which He has
called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance
in the saints”
Ephesians 1:18


Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Day 34

“When Christ, who is your life, appears,
then you also will appear with Him in glory”
Colossians 3:4

There is no romantic idealism in Christianity.

Jesus told us of this reality, that the kingdom of God is taken by violence and anyone who follows Jesus must deny himself and take up His cross. He that loves father, mother, brother and sister more than Christ is not worthy of Him.

We are chosen as His sons and daughters and will be glorified in Him. Bringing us to glory begins with our walk in Him. When we are born into His family, we must pass through stages of growth in the spirit as we do in the natural. Each of these stages has a direction, a destination, and problems along the way. At salvation we face not only leaving the world, but having the world taken out of our heart as well. When we begin growing in Christ, we reach the stage where we must lose our life to gain His life. Here, the self-life must die. When we come to maturity and the fullness of Christ, we must drive the enemies of our soul out.

But, the good news is that we did not choose Him, He chose us. It is His faithfulness that will see us through this journey and He will accomplish His purposes in us. God’s word says in Hebrews that He will save us to the uttermost. We will be glorified in Him!

“And so we will be with the Lord forever”
1 Thessalonians 4:17b


Friday, March 12th, 2010

Day 26

“We shall be like Him”
1 John 3:2

One of the great promises and hope we have is the final outcome of our life. Christ, the hope of our glory, reaches all the way to our eternal state. Today we are children of God, and tomorrow there will be a full revelation of what the children of God will be. Today we are to reflect God, tomorrow the fullness and completion of that reflection will be seen for we shall be like Him.

The Son of God humbled Himself by taking on the likeness of man. Subject to temptation, trials and suffering, He demonstrated how to live a life pleasing to the Father. And by lowering Himself He has lifted us up. Through His death and resurrection He made us conquerors with Him. Through His ascension and sitting at the right hand of God, He made the way for our glorification.

When Jesus appears we will be transformed and we shall be like Him, for we shall see God as God is. Because no one has ever seen God except the Son, and the Son makes God known, we shall see God face to face as the Son. He went before us to prepare the way. This is our hope.

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”

2 Corinthians 3:18