On The Road To Glory Part 1
On the Road to ever-increasing Glory.
That’s where you and I as Christians were divinely designed to live.
Every day we should be walking with God down a spiritual pathway that takes us ever closer to our Lord. Every day we should be changing and growing a little more like Him.
Real Christianity isn’t just making a decision to receive Jesus Christ as Savior. It’s not just getting saved and going on to heaven. Christianity is living a life in Jesus that causes us to be constantly “Transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
When we’re living that kind of life, we’re never stagnant. We’re always developing. We’re always moving to new levels and new places in prayer. We’re continually receiving new anointings from Him. We’re always moving down the road to glory.
If you haven’t been on that road lately, or if you haven’t been progressing on it as quickly as you’d like, you can change that. You can pick up your spiritual pace, and move steadily ahead on the pathway of God.
A Different Kind of Lifestyle
Romans 12:1-2 tells us how you can do it. It says: I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Notice, that verse doesn’t just call us to give our hearts and our souls to God. It says we should give our bodies to Him. It calls us to physically act and live in a way that is totally unlike the world.
That’s right! As Christians, we should be living a lifestyle that is completely different from the lifestyle of unbelievers! Among other things, that lifestyle should include classic Christian disciplines such as prayer, worship, fasting, meditation, and study of God’s Word.
Why? Because a conscious, determined application to those disciplines keeps us on the path of change. The more we include them in our lives, the more we are able to receive the transforming grace that changes us into the likeness of the Lord.
You might say, “Pastor, are you saying that there is some kind of supernatural power in things like prayer or meditation? Are you saying they have the power to change me?”
No, on the contrary, I can assure you that Christian disciplines in and of themselves do nothing. They simply put us in a place before our living, personal God where He can change and transform us.
Things like prayer, worship, fasting, meditation, and studying the Word put us in a position where God can mold us and shape us. They keep us under His mighty, transforming hand.
O, precious Saint of God, prayerfully consider what I have just covered. Practice them, and experience the wonderful change in your lifestyle. I must close here, but we will continue along this vein next week.
A word for Today: "Better Communication"
Your skill as a communicator has a profound impact on your success in life. It greatly affects your marriage, your family and your vocation. Today we will look at the other side of the communication equation – talking. Good communication is the key to making all your Relationships more fulfilling and productive. The Book of Proverbs offer some practical steps you can take that will make you a better communicator. I would like to encourage you to start reading the Book of Proverbs today.