Beholding the Glory of God

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Beholding the Glory of God

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“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”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 All counseling can only be effective with the serious relational contemplation of God.  This three part exercise provides an opportunity and structure in which you may be “still and know God”.


Exercise One: God the Father

 – Read Romans 8:28-33

  1. What is the Father aiming to accomplish in you “in all things”?  (see verse 29).  His goal is your utter transformation.  Do you trust His plan and faithfulness?
  1. If He is helping you become like Jesus “in all things”, how will this impact your thoughts and longings?  What if you were able to face your current trial with the mind of Jesus?  How would your response be different?
  1. Consider the faithfulness of God in that your healing (i.e., in all spheres) is as good as complete from His point of view (see verse 30).  The word “glorified” is past tense, meaning that as a believer your freedom from all suffering and sin are certain.
  1. Read Paul’s response to this reality in verse 31.  Do you resonate with his response?
  1. God gave his own Son for you.  How much does this illustrate His love for and commitment to your good (see verse 32)?   Respond with a grateful prayer.

Exercise Two:  God the Son

 – Read Romans 8:33-39

  1.  What is Jesus doing on behalf of the saint (see verse 34)? Are you comforted that Jesus is interceding for you at this time?
  1. As a result of His completed work upon the Cross, what are you now promised (see verse 35-39)?
  1. Write a genuine prayer thanking Jesus for His daily intercession for you and the assurance you have in that nothing can separate you from Him.

Exercise Three: God the Spirit

 – Read Romans 8:26-27

  1. What is the Spirit doing for you in your weakness (see verse 26)?
  1. What do you think about the Spirit praying perfect prayers for you on your behalf (see verse 27)?  Speak to Him from your Heart, He is listening.

Meditation:

Romans 8:26-39 exhibits that the entire Trinity is working on your behalf right now.  The entire Godhead is committed to loving you, changing you, and sustaining you.  Think on these things.  Spend the next 20-30 minutes praying and considering God’s love, favor, kindness, patience, and faithfulness towards you.  How has He strengthened you in your suffering?  How has He been faithful to forgive when you sin?  What blessings has He provided for you today?  Have you enjoyed a good meal recently?  How does this express God’s kindness towards you?  Write out your thoughts below as you are reminded of His goodness.  Converse with Him offering up thanksgiving and love as you behold the glory of the living God.

Timothy Paul

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