Gravity’s invisible force keeps my feet on the ground. Jesus’ invisible force lifts me up with hope and encouragement. He captivates me with His glory!
The Holy Spirit is teaching me that the goal of His teaching me isn’t to impart information but to propagate His radical transformation in me by creating in me an ever-growing hunger and thirst for righteousness and the willingness to surrender to and obey His will by letting Him live unhindered in and through me every moment of every day. I long to learn to fully and continually let go and let Jesus!
God has had me spending time reading and pondering 2 Corinthians 3. He’s been teaching me that the “hope of glory” isn’t just “the hope of all the glorious things to come,” but also the hope of glory now, in this life, today. Yes, in this very moment. In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul describes the glory that was on Moses’ face and then says that the ministry of the Spirit is even more glorious. He calls it “the surpassing glory” and says that we are now experiencing “ever increasing glory.” Christ-followers aren’t supposed to just hope to cope in this life. We’ve been supernaturally empowered to live each day with the expectation that we will encounter, actualize, and actuate God’s glory all day long!
Beware of preachers who seldom mention Jesus in their sermons or who present Him as mere theology instead of as living reality. They can lead you into spiritual captivity.
Freedom is the ability to resist and to overcome destructive desires. Captivity is being controlled and dominated by them.
When any desire is allowed to override rationality, conscience, and self-control it opens the door to demonic captivity. Blame and bitterness are the chains of emotional captivity.