Apple of His eyes

[The Glory Unveiled]

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” [ Matthew 3:17 NIV ]

God has eyes for just one person, one picture: His only begotten Son. Anything else does not catch His attention. No wonder in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9). Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith in Him, it is impossible to please God. There’s only one identity (personality) that pleases God: His only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The other sons cannot please Him by their own merits, no matter how well they try. Sin has corrupted them to the core of their souls, so they can do nothing about their relationship with God. Just as Ishmael (son of Abraham) couldn’t have done anything to change how he was perceived as far as the promise is concerned. But for us, there is a way around our predicament. We can clothe ourselves with the identity of our elder brother, the Lord Jesus, and like Jacob, who clothed himself with the identity of his brother, we can receive the status and blessings of our brother as if they were ours, only that they will truly be ours. Now, since God has eyes for just one, we can only get God’s eyes on us when we adorn our bodies with the identity of that One, Jesus. From our anchor text, the mind of God is very clear as far as who pleases Him is concerned. In another place, in Matthew 17, God reaffirmed His decision on who pleases Him. The anchor scripture was God’s proclamation during the baptism event of His Son. As if to make everyone present aware that He had eyes for just one person. And that statement is still true till tomorrow. God has eyes for just one person, His Son Jesus, and everyone who bears the image of His Son. There is no other way to the heart of God except through the image of His Son. Would you say yes to Jesus so that you will become a child who pleases God too?

Prayer_Bead: Father, thank you for finding me in your Son. Help me to remain submitted to Him as you transform me by Him.

Wisdom_Quote: God is well pleased with the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

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Powered for your storm

[The Glory Unveiled]

And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. [ Judges 6:13 KJV ]

There is a common notion held by many people that if God is with a person, they are not supposed to experience challenges. However, we can discern from our text above that the presence of challenges is not an indication that God is not with a person, nor is the absence of challenges a sign of God’s presence with someone. So, the fact that God is with you will not always lead to the absence of challenges. In fact, the absence of challenges is not a sign that God is with you; often, the opposite is true. Gideon was a weak, fearful man who struggled with an inferiority complex. In the way he described himself and his need for validation from God regarding what God said He would do, it becomes clear that he didn’t have much faith in himself. Sometimes, challenges reveal the investment of God in us. Until the Midianites taunted the Israelites, Gideon wouldn’t have realized that he had something to offer in the deliverance of his country and people. The presence of challenges in the face of God’s abiding presence is a call to unleash the treasures of God’s mighty deposit of power within you. It is not a confirmation of God’s absence; rather, it is an opportunity to exercise our faith. When the disciples called out to Jesus for help during a storm, Jesus asked them, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:23-24). Jesus expected them to rebuke the storm because they had the power to do so. Meanwhile, the storms occurred even though Jesus (God) was with them. The storms were not a sign that Jesus wasn’t with them because He was. Instead, it was an opportunity for them to display their God-given power. The next time you face a storm, don’t question like Gideon whether God is with you. Instead, confront your storm with faith and turn the situation around for God’s glory.

Prayer_Bead: Mighty Father, thank you for the deposit of your power in my life. Help me to unleash it in the calming of every storm around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wisdom_Quote: Battles are not an announcement of God’s absence in a life.

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Keep your Eden

[The Glory Unveiled]

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. [ Genesis 2:15 KJV ]

The statement above, our anchor scripture, suggests that the garden had been created before man was brought into it. Before God entrusts us with our destinies and assignments, He first prepares the stage for executing those assignments. So, if you find yourself on the scene, it’s a communication of your assignment and destiny. The garden was intended to nurture and sustain man. Even though the garden was made to provide for all of man’s needs, he needed to tend to it to ensure a continuous yield. This revelation shows us that even the things that provide for us are supposed to be kept and maintained; otherwise, that supply could be cut off. The garden is only a garden because someone is assigned to keep it in good shape. The supply of many people has been cut because they refuse to maintain their Eden. God has provided the system that should supply for us, but it needs to be maintained. Whatever our gifts are, they are the tools we need to work in our Eden, our place of work. This is why it’s crucial to identify our gifts, talents, and skills and refine them. Our gifts become potent enough to maintain our Eden when we refine them through mentorship, practice, observation, and more. Get busy with your gifts and skills in whichever garden God has placed you to tend. Enter the garden of your assignment and maintain it with the quality of your gifts, skills, and talents. Remember that gardens can be lost, so don’t get too comfortable and don’t relent on your assignment.

Prayer_Bead: Lord Jesus, thank you for your love. Thank you for the skills and gifts you have given me to keep my garden.

Wisdom_Quote: Your garden [assignment] is proof that you have a gift.

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A Relational Power

[The Glory Unveiled]

To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: [ Acts 1:3 KJV ]

After His suffering on the cross, the Lord Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples, teaching them about the kingdom of God with convincing proofs. This marked the culmination of all they had heard from Jesus. Apostle John, one of Jesus’ disciples, recorded this in his first epistle: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1) He was describing Jesus, but his choice of words suggested that Jesus was more than the words they had heard and the man they had touched and interacted with many times in the past. It described a living experience. This knowledge released the power for infallible proofs. The sons of Sceva had no personal knowledge or experience of Jesus, so they had no access to the power that provides evidence. When they called upon the name that was supposed to usher them into the realm of power, they were confronted and overpowered by a demon-possessed man (Acts 19:14-15). To manifest the life and power of Jesus, one cannot avoid the realm of experiencing and knowing Him personally. The Lord Jesus still reveals Himself to many people, and those willing to see and hear Him can do so through His Word. Instead of pursuing the power of God like the sons of Sceva, it is better to pursue a relationship with Jesus, the source of power. Let’s actively seek Jesus.

Prayer_Bead: Almighty Father, thank you for the revelation of your Son to me. I embrace the worth of light available to me. Let infallible proofs be seen. In Jesus name. Amen.

Wisdom_Quote: Jesus power is a relational power.

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God’s Word to You

[The Glory Unveiled]

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. [ Psalms 119:105 KJV ]

Light is a seemingly useless commodity for the blind. Despite its role in facilitating unhindered vision and enabling various activities, it remains unappreciable to those without sight. Therefore, while light holds great significance, its value remains elusive to those lacking vision. Just as natural light is futile to the blind, the word of God similarly offers no benefit to the spiritually blind. “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Additionally, in John 14:17, it is explained that the world cannot accept the Spirit because it neither sees nor knows Him. However, believers, who have the Spirit dwelling within them, can comprehend Him. The Holy Spirit embodies the essence of the word of God, which is light. For those ensnared by sin, symbolized by the world, the light of God’s word, which is the Spirit, remains invisible. The word of God underscores the inability of the blind to derive benefit from what they cannot perceive. To truly experience the beauty and blessings of light, the blind must first gain the gift of sight. Jesus came to bestow light upon us while we were in darkness, but He first grants us the ability to perceive this light through our belief in Him. Our faith in Him confers upon us the right to become sons, endowing us with the capacity to see. Consequently, God’s word serves as a lamp to guide our steps and illuminate our path, directing and enlightening our way in a dark world.

Prayer_Bead: Dear Jesus, thank you for giving me the ability to see your Light that brings salvation. I embrace your gift, in Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: God’s word is lamp and light to those who have Jesus.

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