Glory to Glory

Sometimes the progress in our Christian life, or our life in general, is not as quick as we would like it to be, is it. You know, maybe you start a new diet or fitness plan and after two days you look in the mirror and wonder why you don’t look like an Olympian. 

In our faith life, we are the same, aren’t we. We make a commitment, step out in faith, see that the claims of Christianity are true, but then it dawns on us that we are still the same person. There has been no miraculous instant whole-life change and that seems, to us, like it’s not happening.

Maybe you react in the same way to something you did before you believed.

Maybe you still feel the pull towards doing something or going somewhere you know you shouldn’t.

Maybe old habits still linger.

But you think ‘This isn’t how it’s supposed to be now, I’m a Christian, I should be living like Jesus, or like wonderful Christian example Mr./Mrs. ___ ‘.

At this point we can become discouraged, downhearted, and maybe even deterred from walking this way. When this happens, we need to remind ourselves of the wonderful truths of the Word of God.

If God has started a work in you, it will unequivocally, absolutely, 100% be finished (Philippians 1.6). Being transformed from glory to glory comes from beholding the Lord, spending time with the Lord, meditating on the Word of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3.18). 

All I know is this
There’s nothing that You miss
If it’s not beautiful yet
It’s gonna be

When I can’t see beyond
A thousand things gone wrong
If it’s not finished yet
It’s gonna be

I believe all that You start You complete
From glory to glory

So, if things don’t feel like they’re moving on as quickly as you’d like, if you seem to have arrived at a place from where you see no progress, if you feel down and out, take a moment and behold the glory of the Lord, and rest easy in the fact that He always finishes what He starts, and He who began a good work in you will bring it completion, He is transforming you from glory to glory. 

God that saves

Music is powerful, isn’ it. Music features all throughout the Bible, too;

We are encouraged to shout joyfully to the Lord and break into praises in Psalm 98.4.

We are encouraged to give thanks to the Lord with song in Psalm 33.2.

Music accompanies the good times (Jeremiah 20.13), and the bad (Job 30.31).

We see music in times of collective worship (Ephesians 5.19-20, Colossians 3.16), and of personal worship (Habakkuk 3.19).

So, all this considered, we see that music is a gift from God to accompany our lives. Whether we play, or not, whether we can sing well, or not, music is a gift from God to be used in all situations, all to His glory.

That being said, Thursday seems like a good day to share music, no?

This week I have been listening to a song called ‘God that saves‘ by a band called Iron Bell Music, the link is below.

The lyrics are powerful, and remind us who really has the power to change us…and it’s not ourselves.

This soul once torn and beaten
Left without reason to move on
Then You reached down and brought me
Up from the valley of dry bones

You are the God that saves
You are the one that rescues me
You rescue me

As the song moves on we see more of the saving power of our Lord,

Ransomed out of the wreakage
Pulled from the ashes of sin’s hold

We certainly don’t ransom ourselves, we don’t pull ourselves from the ashes of sin’s hold. Think, two drowning people cannot save each other, we need One stood firmly on the side, pulling us out. Why is this a possibility in our lives?

Hope is flowing through these veins
Life born from grace
Grace alone

The bridge of the song repeats this wonderful line,

I hear the song
I hear the song of victory ring over me

God is the One who saves, yes…God is the One who then rejoices over us, sings over us with thanksgiving that we have heard His call and acknowledged His call, what a great point for us to ponder today; God saves, God rejoices, God sings over us.

The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17