Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009 Devotion

2 Corinthians 3:7-18

7Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, 8will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

12Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And 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.

Quick Notes
Most of us have secrets that keep us boxed. We feel so trapped that we bury it deeper and deeper, hoping nobody will know. Yet at the same time, we want everyone to know, so that we don't have to carry the burden anymore. Through the Holy Spirit, we have the freedom to confess our secrets and to make reconciliation for any misdeeds done.

Quick Questions

Do you feel trapped by your secrets or free to reconcile? Which do you hope for? Why don't you pray for freedom in Christ?

Quick Prayer

Holy Spirit, sometimes I feel so trapped and am afraid for everyone to know what I'm struggling with. Please release me and free me to make restitution. Amen.

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