From Daniel's Desk on 3/9/2020
My Title: You Are a Minister of a New POWER FULL Covenant
My Verse: 17-18
"17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."
Identity. We, as Christians, have FORGOTTEN who we are... or just were never taught. Our sufficiency comes from God, who HAS made us SUFFICIENT to be MINISTERS OF A NEW COVENANT, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. This is our confidence the we have through Christ toward God.
How does YOUR walk with the Lord define or exemplify the glory of the ministry of the Spirit, the ministry of righteousness, that must far exceed the ministry of condemnation in glory! And the ministry of condemnation made Moses face shine so that the Israelites could not even gaze at it!!!
Never forget that you are a WALKING TESTIMONY to the fact that the SPIRIT GIVES LIFE!!! Vs. 3 "And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the SPIRIT of the LIVING GOD, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."
How Will This Make You a Better Husband/Father/Man:
Know your identity and clearly give your children an understanding of theirs. They wont all have the same goals, dreams, vision that God has given you but they should all CLEARLY understand their IDENTITY. Your walk should be defined as others as one that walks in step with the Spirit. Your MARRIAGE should be defined by others, but most importantly defined by your WIFE as one that walks in step with the SPIRIT. Your family, your family goals and your family's "mission" should be defined by walking in step with the Spirit. - If you were to ask your children today, what your family "mission" was would they be able to tell you? (Ouch. That is convicting. Gonna work on that.)
When you walk, do people see a living God walking WITH you and inside you?
Do your KIDS see it?
Do your FRIENDS acknowledge it?
Vs. 3 "Such is the CONFIDENCE that we have thought Christ toward God."
OUR SUFFICIENCY IS FROM GOD. Who has MADE us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the SPIRIT.
LORD!? WHERE HAS THIS GLORY GONE!? WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO YOUR STORY!?
The letter kills but the Spirit gives life.
The ministry of DEATH came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of it's glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory!?
If there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness MUST FAR EXCEED it in GLORY.
What once had glory has come to an end BECAUSE of the glory that surpasses it.
The LORD is the Spirit, and where the SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord (or reflecting the glory of the Lord) are being transformed into the SAME IMAGE from one degree of glory to another. For this come from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Dude. It's not WHAT you accomplish for the Lord. It's about REFLECTING Him, being transformed to look more like Him. Bringing GLORY to HIS STORY... not yours.