I can’t wait for this weekend at Soma! We’ll be wrapping up our FOR/WITH/ONE/IN series and it’s gonna be awesome!
If I’ve learned one thing on this journey, it’s been this… God is constantly pursuing a closer relationship with His people!
- God is FOR His people.
- God is WITH His people.
- God is ONE of His people.
- God is IN His people!
God has BEEN chasing you… God IS chasing you… And God will ALWAYS be chasing you!
And when He catches your heart with His Spirit, an amazing transformation happens!
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. -2 Corinthians 3:12-18
When you surround yourself with the presence of God, it changes you… Your actions, your words, your thoughts and your relationships all begin to reflect the holiness and purity of God. For. A. While. And then the memory of the event starts to fade. The excitement slips. And new commitments are replaced by old habits.
But when the presence of God is literally IN you, you are re-created… Your heart, your mind and your spirit begin resemble and imitate the heart of the Father. Permanent change is slow and tedious. But. It. Lasts.
When it comes to the Spirit of God: ON does not equal IN.