Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace[a] with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
How To Search for God’s Presence
•Reading and Meditating on God’s Word
•Prayer/Alone Time with God (location can be anywhere )
•Fellowship with like minded Christians
Where to Start?
Understanding that we are God’s Children
1 John 3:1-2 NLT 1.See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 2.Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.
We Have Been Called (Chosen)
2 Timothy 1:9 NLT 9.For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
God seeks to show us His love and grace throughout so many examples in our Lives.
Who is God? – Fruits of the Spirit – Meditate on this
- Love Joy
- Self Control
Galatians 5:25 NLT Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Glory to glory is not moving from one state of euphoria to another, and it is not ever increasing in glory. It is to continually be changed into what you were created to be. (Discovering our Purpose). It is to be conformed into His likeness. It is to increase in the character and nature of God. It is to be Christ like in all we do.
What is our Purpose?
- First and foremost glorify God in all that we do
- All things come from Him
- It is our responsibility to be good stewards
- With God all things are possible
- With serving God as our foundation to life, watch what He will do and where He will take us
- Our individual purposes will grow and change as we grow closer to Him
How Can You Discover God’s Presence?
Cry Out to Him with a spiritual groaning that words can’t explain “Lord, I need you now more than ever” By Faith, I know that I will experience your presence Right Now “I deny myself in this moment and allow your Holy presence to infiltrate my spirit so that You may be glorified in all things, through this vessel. “May all glory, and honor, and praise be lifted up to You in this moment”, “You deserve all things Lord, Glory to your Name, Praise be to your Name Lord”, “Your will be done Lord, on Earth as it is in Heaven, in all things Lord”, “Glory, Hallelujah. To God Be the Glory.” Amen!
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Colossians 2:6-7 NLT And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.