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The Good Life - A Devotion

Living the Good Life - A Devotion
Living the Good Life - A Devotion
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2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NLT)
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Are you living the good life today? Do you feel free and unrestricted in pursing your dreams making things happen? Is your life glorious? Glorious simply means delightful, wonderful and completely enjoyable. Is it full of glory (brightness, splendor, magnificence and majesty)? Many put on facades of pride to make the world think that they have it altogether. They want to appear successful and so they pretend to have a “good life”. In hiding they hope that no one especially God will ever discover the true discontentment of their broken heart or dissatisfaction of their soul so they fill it with the things of this world. You can truly have a good life. Your standard of living is not influenced by the economic climate because as a Christian you belong to the Kingdom of God and operate according to God’s Economy. His Wealth is not a monetary thing but is for those who possess wisdom. It is the most valuable commodity in Heaven and can save you at the end of this world. Our lives should reflect the Glory of the Lord in every season. This includes seasons of great harvests or days of famine. In whatever conditions we live in, we are blessed. I know some of you are thinking right now that this is a “suck-it-up” statement but it’s not. Living the good life is God’s Intention for every single one of His Precious Children whether home or still living astray. God wants you to have a better life. Do you want it is the question?

Exodus 33:19-23 (NLT)
The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” The LORD continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.”

Moses requested that God’s Glorious Presence pass before him. The man was having some trust issues. He needed to see God in person. There was only one problem. Moses lived before Jesus Christ. Sin had not been paid for and mankind was having a terrible time finding God letting alone following Him due to their propensity to sin and love for darkness. The Glory of God was too much for the man. If Moses was allowed to experience all God’s Goodness at one time, it would overtake Him. God’s Love in that instant would consume the person in human form. Moses wanted to see God face-to-face but God’s Love for the man could not allow this yet. But the Lord would come closer to Moses, as close as possible. This is always God’s Intention to draw us closer and closer to Him until we are with Him forever. He wants to bless us. He wants to give us each and every promise as He planned it. God is full of goodness concerning us but we do not know God so fear His Glory coming too close to us in this lifetime.

God’s Glory is comprised of three things – His Goodness, His Mercy and His Compassion. Judgment is not a part of God’s Glory but rather is the consequence of darkness trying to overtake the Light. God’s Perfection that works in our favor produces judgment outside of faith in Jesus Christ. We are free to choose blessing or cursing just as we must choose life over death. This is a faith decision. God did not choose one man to be saved and another to die. We make that choice based on our personal knowledge of God and Jesus Christ. Those who desire to live in God’s Presence and see His Glory can do so by the Blood of Jesus Christ that is for the remission of sin. Sin kept Moses from seeing God face-to-face in this encounter and is the very thing that can still separate mankind from the goodness that God promises us in His Word. When we choose to know the true identity of God and not what other people have told us about Him, we develop intimacy. In this abiding relationship, we see that God is good. We experience His New Mercies given to us each day. We fall in love with Him as we begin to see His Compassion fill our life. God is not a man. He does not lie. He does not change His Mind. That means to experience God’s Glory and live the good life that He promised this change will begin in you.

Romans 3:22-26 (NLT)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

We all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. I think most of us get that, but what seems unfathomable is that Jesus Christ completely frees us from the penalty for our sins. We have been battling cancer with our son for almost three solid years. During that time, we have met many incredible people. Most of them are now with the Lord. When this journey began I went straight to the Throne of God. I took the invitation to “come boldly” to heart and stormed the Gates of the Kingdom. I was furious. I was crushed. I was broken. I was ready to fight for his life. After I had cried it all out, shouted down the walls, and demanded His Word to take effect – I was empty. You know the feeling. When you have exhausted all your natural, physical, emotional and even spiritual energy – so you just stop. His still small voice spoke to me. It asked one question, “Do you trust me?” My response – “Of course, I do.” He said to me, “Your son will live and not die.” This journey has taken faith to a whole new level. Each relapse lessens his statistical chances but has increased our confidence in God. But I must admit that there are times when the enemy whispers in my ear, “Why you? Why would God spare your child and allow so many others to die? What makes you so special?” I have come to only one conclusion. The faith that I have for our son’s healing and the hope I have that he will live and not die is the Word of God. That’s it. If I try to look at my life and find some credible reason that God should save my child over someone else’s I really don’t have one other than faith in Jesus Christ and His Word. I don’t deserve the kindness that God extends to me each day in His Mercy but He does it anyway. God accepted me in right standing because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ alone. Every other blessing is a bonus that grows from this seed of faith that I have planted. Healing comes from Jesus Christ. Deliverance is found only in Him. He is the only reason that I believe my son will live and die. I believe that God is always good. I accept His New Mercy as it is given. I long to live forever in the embrace of His Presence as a direct result of His Compassion. It has nothing to do with me. It is all about Him. I must keep it that way to live in His Glorious Presence and have all that He promised. God is raising the standard of my life not because of me but Jesus Christ.

Psalm 73:23-26 (NLT)
Then I realized that my heart was bitter and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.

The sufficiency of God’s Grace is made evident in human weakness. When our glory fails, His Glory will shine. The trouble is that we have a long history of trading God’s Glory for “grass-eating bulls”. (Psalm 106:20) God just seems too good to be true. Salvation is just too easy to be real. We accept less than God’s Best and live in compromise because God just cannot be that good. He cannot be that kind. He must run out of mercy at some point. Why would He love me? Good question, I ask myself the same thing every time I fail or mess up. He just does! The Truth is even when I choose to give myself to someone or something else, I still belong to God. When I choose to hang on to this world with my left hand, the Lord is still holding tight to the right tugging me closer. He is always leading and guiding me to a “glorious destiny” but if I miss that destination it is not because God quit but I did. When I come to the conclusion that I desire God more than anything else on the earth, I will let go of those things keeping me from living a good life and experience God’s Glory every single day. My health may fail…actually one day it will fail. My spirit may grow weak. It battles every single day to keep me on this firm foundation of faith so no wonder it gets tired. But God…He is the Strength of my heart forever! God wants you to have a good life. He will stop at nothing to deliver every blessing and promise that He has in store for you. What is keeping you from achieving the Glorious Destiny that the Lord has for you? “Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Romans 1:22-23) We could add to the list of “look like” but I think we get the point. What if you are the only reason that you are not experiencing the Glory of God and living up to His Glorious Standard?

Deuteronomy 32:1-4 (NLT)
“Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! Hear, O earth, the words that I say! Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. I will proclaim the name of the LORD; how glorious is our God! He is the Rock; His Deeds are perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!”

To have the good life that you are promised in the Word of God begins with acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In that moment, you have immediate access to the Presence of God just as Moses requested. You can ask God to show you His Glorious Presence and He will. It helps to know, understand and accept God’s Plan for your life. Trust is formed by faith placed in God and left there to grow into confident hope. It matters how you live and what you do because that represents what you believe. Our belief becomes our testimony. It must declare that He is Glorious and believe that it is true. It must know that He is good – all the time even in the midst of trials, troubles and tragedies. Jesus Christ is the unshakeable foundation for our faith. He is our Rock to cling to. God’s Mercy accepts such a life into righteousness leaving us nothing to fear just more to grab hold of. EVERYTHING GOD DOES IS JUST AND FAIR. Every good and perfect gift is from the Father. Live in His Presence and you will experience His Unfailing Love and Compassion no matter what the situation or circumstance of your life. You can overcome anything by the Blood of the Lamb and your testimony. (Revelation 12:11) Is Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord? What does your testimony say about God today? When these two things become a standard course of action in your life – applying the Blood and telling the Truth about God – things will change. You become an overcomer who finds goodness in everyday life, in every season until you enter His Glory forever. You can have a good life. You can live in the Glory of God. It is completely up to you! (and me…)

As we begin to walk out this thing called a bone marrow transplant, I go into it without many manmade promises. But I do know this – God is good! He is gives me mercy every single day. His Unfailing Love are pursing me every moment because of His Great Compassion. His Word for my life is that our son will live and not die. I intend to hang on to my faith in Jesus Christ with confident hope that He who has promised is faithful and that the Lord will deliver the good life that He has promised us!

Psalm 89:13-17 (NLT)
Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants. Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness. You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong.