Devotion for December 16
By byFaith Staff

Now 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, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17-18).

We live in a spiritually deceptive world that constantly seeks to trap us in paths and patterns that keep us away from the blessings God intends. So, God in his grace came to set us free from dead ends, to awaken us to a better life and a truer reality, where lasting love and significance are assured. 

Already we have the glorious blessing of our sin being covered by God’s grace, granting us his holiness. But that is not our final glory. As the Holy Spirit indwells our hearts, he also uses God’s Word to transform us more and more into Christ’s likeness. 

The affections, priorities, and ambitions of Jesus, our Savior, increasingly become ours. We live more for the Father, delighting more in his love. Our hearts beat in rhythm with his, and his joys become ours. 

There is wondrous glory in the life of every newborn child, but there is greater glory when that life is lived selflessly, heroically, and in full expression of God’s gifts. So also the glory of our new birth is transformed into even greater glory as the Spirit matures us into Christ’s likeness. 

We are never loved more by God than when we are born again, but his love becomes even more glorious as we mature by yielding to his Spirit.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the glory of my new birth. Now groom me for greater glory by making my heart sensitive and submissive to Word of the Holy Spirit.

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