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09/06/2011

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Gaining Credibility


"Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. " 2 Corinthians 3:4-18

Is there some secret to gaining credibility? I usually put a verse or some related saying at the beginning of the devotionals, but this time I have given you a section of scripture to read. It would be good for us to read and meditate upon these verses...For the Word of God to have any real effect on us, the words must leave the pages of our Bibles. They must leave the pages and be written on our hearts. The truths need to become internal in order for them to help in guiding our lives. With our hearts being powered by the Word, a transformation takes place. We become cognizant of the things in our lives that must change as we look to a permanent glory. "Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold" (V 12). We gain a confidence in our future as God's grace allows for forgiveness... Our self-righteous confidence converts to a boldness in the Lord Jesus. This boldness is not arrogant but humble and our credibility grows as we get closer to Christ.... "Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts...But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away" (Vs 15-16). Legalism is left behind and replaced by freedom....Freedom in Christ! The veil no longer covers our hearts as they become transparent through the transformation we have undergone. We are not afraid to have people look at our lives and see what we have become. We are credible....A little more about credibility tomorrow...

Have a great day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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