Friday First - Looking at the Glory of the Lord Part 1

Life can be incredibly difficult. And it seems the more dedicated we are to Christ, the more difficult it becomes. This should not be surprising to us because Jesus never promised anything other than trials, difficulties, pressures, and temptations for His own, John 16.33. But yet, He did promise to love us, never forsake us, and in the midst of all those struggles, trials, chaos, and confusion to be a present help. He promised to carry our burdens, strengthen us, and told us that during our seasons of greatest weakness He would be our strength.

During October we are discussing the need to See Jesus in the Present. Right here, right now, … in the midst of life. We’ll be focusing on Paul’s writing from 2 Corinthians 3.18 to 4.6. Much of what Paul says is not just theoretical information supplied by the Spirit, it was borne out from his heart from all the experiences he had as an apostle.

The only way to live in a troubled world is to focus on Jesus. This is the only way we’ll be effective as a believer. It is the only way to live victoriously. And it is the only way we can run with endurance. We must fix our eyes on Jesus, Hebrews 12.1-2. The Christian is to be preoccupied with Christ. Beginning in 2 Corinthians 3.18 Paul says that our have an unhindered view of Christ. This helps us in our transformation and maturity.

On Sunday, we will focus on how looking at Jesus
  • Brings clarity
  • Aids in transformation
  • Provides strength

As you prepare for worship, please think about these questions.
  • What level of suffering and affliction did Paul endure? Why do you think this was left for us in Scripture?
  • How did Paul get through these awful trials? How can we?
  • How important is it to remember God is in control and is using our trials for a purpose?
  • You are being transformed into the image into which you look. To who or what are you looking?

Matthew Allen

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