Growing up, I had my problems with the church. I had an encounter with the Lord as a little boy, but as time went on, I became complacent. I had my own beliefs, but they were often at odds with those who preached the Word to me. The hypocrisy of those telling me one thing, but not following what they preached, had a negative effect on me. My lack of establishing a relationship with God was one of the reasons I became complacent and drifted away. It wasn’t until after a couple of experiences with God, when my heart literally stopped, did I get to see Him. He then showed me what I was to see. And that image, along with supernatural encounters, radically changed my life. I saw Him and I will not allow any person or doctrine to take that from me.
Certain verses are permanently inked into my heart. Chapter 3 of 2 Corinthians is filled with life for me. I do not need to be commended by Christian leaders heard daily espousing a doctrine that is at odds with what I read in the gospels and epistles. My sufficiency is from God, even though I have to remind myself of that. I do not need to please another ministry or attempt to be more spiritual to please God. I cannot allow anger or hate to enter into my consciousness and still remain right before Him. Yet it has become acceptable for Christian leaders to rail about their own personal agenda from whichever pulpit or social media platform many choose to use. Division and discord, as the end result, has become acceptable. Political affiliation leads the way, no matter how spiritually off it may be. And character, decency, integrity and truthfulness doesn’t matter if you get what you want from the one you choose to follow. When did that become a portrait of Jesus? What image do you see? Read on.
As I mentioned, Chapter 3 of 2 Corinthians is filled with life for me. Specifically, Verse 18 says “We all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” We are being transfigured into His very image. The veil is taken away and we become mirrors that reflect His glory. How could anyone in Christ go from this glory that is etched permanently in us and take on an image of that which is the complete opposite? Just as we can be transformed by His glory, we can also walk in the opposite direction. You see, we “become what we behold.” And the faces and voices of so many I see and hear today reflect an image quite unlike the Savior that I do my best to behold. You have a choice to do your utmost to reflect Him or be satisfied with a poor facsimile ~ a poor facsimile which may suffice or even be accepted by some ~ but in the end, you will find this choice under the definitions of spiritual death.
Right from the beginning in the Garden of Eden, mankind was given a relationship with God and an image of glory. But the voice of another ~ a blustering cacophonous sound so unlike His voice ~ drew them near. Just like some voices today that should be rejected, but somehow have become acceptable. We all need to check ourselves and see that we are right with God. What are you hearing and seeing? Does the sound of hateful words, boastful sounds, anger and vengeance repel you or draw you near? The Lord showed me what was coming a week before the 2016 election, but I am still amazed and am having trouble being reconciled to our current state of affairs. I’m also surprised by those who have embraced that which He warned me of. Again, we can be changed into His image or embrace the antithesis of His glory. The more we behold Him, the more we become like Him. The more He is seen in us. The more He is heard in us. The more we walk contrary to that basic premise of beholding Him, the more we become what we now behold ~ that which is not of Him. That should make us take a look at our own reflection. Listen to what you say. Do not be led by those who spout venomous words of division and hate because you are afraid to take a stand for righteousness or are unsure of who you are in Him. He gave His son that you would have abundant life, yet the thief is sidling up to you and whispering lies to you. The thief looks nothing like you if you are in Him, so why hear what he has to say? Stand. The Lord will strengthen you. He is faithful. With open face and heart, you will become what He sets before you. Behold that. Become that. Right now, I am writing to you at the top of my lungs!! We need to look fully into the face of God! We cannot be like the Israelites who, when seeing he reflection of God’s glory on Moses’ face, asked Him to put on a veil because they could not bear to see His true reflection. Be like those two witnesses, Joshua and Caleb, who set His face before them when they faced the land of giants. No visage, no matter how frightening, could deter them. Yet today, so many have forgotten what they look upon and embrace, and, in essence, wear their own veil so as not to have the Lord cloud their vision.
Be like David as he shared his heart in Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” Do not allow that which has become acceptable to have any part in you. As it says in Colossians 3, “We are hid with Christ in God.” We have a new nature. That which does not mirror Him cannot remain. Do not accept a substitute gospel. Behold Him. Blessings.