God's Holy Fire: 'Transformed with Ever-increasing Glory'

Monday, November 19, 2018

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 [and reflect] 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 3:17-18 NIV

Key Thought

I love the phrase "transformed ... with ever-increasing glory." This progressive transformation is the crescendo of the Holy Spirit's grace until we finish our life's symphony in Jesus. While most of us think of miracles as some kind of special healing, this change in us is the most amazing miracle of all: We are changing, throughout our lives and regardless of age, to be more and more like Jesus. We can't make these changes on our own. We can't make them happen. But as we dance through life led by the Holy Spirit, we are transformed with ever-increasing glory! Incredible! So let's keep looking at Jesus and reflecting more and more of that glory.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, you are holy; on my own and without your grace, I am not. You are divine; I am not. You are majestic; I am not. Yet because of Jesus and because of the work of your Holy Spirit within me, I know I am becoming what, on my own, I am not — more like Jesus each day. So I yield my will and offer myself to be used for your glory and to be formed to be progressively more like Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV —  And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate [and reflect] the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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