Recently at New Life we talked about the 'blow-overs' we tend to carry with us into a new year, and with fresh resolutions, hopefully deal with these. Of course the reality is quite different. In the light of this, just how exactly do you deal with issues, situations and things we lug with us into the new year, new situation, or new relationship?
We have suggested that Psalm 37:4, which encourages us to "delight yourself in the Lord", carries part of the answer. Once we prioritize our relationship with God, we find a greater willingness to release what held us back and weighed us down. You actually become and are becoming, the person you thought was out of reach because of your past, circumstances or how people perceived you to be.
Another way of looking at this is found in 2 Corinthians 3:18 -
"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord ,are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."
The moving towards new glory does not mean I'm moving from crises to glory. This passage means you find God's victory and glory presently where you are - overcoming the things holding you back. How? By looking at and to Jesus in a close "friendship-relationship-loyal-comitted" fashion. He removes, heals, delivers and makes right all the wrong. Then you move to the next area or place that needs His glory in life.
Because of "beholding" you get to move from "glory to glory", not sad-and-mad to sad-and-mad.