Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

An Open Face.

An “open face” in Scripture is an honest one.

How many times God asks us to get honest with Him. To come to Him “as we are”, and not in pretending.

(Let’s face it, we often wish to be someone else….with their looks, their parents, their circumstances….etc. But God wants us. He (amazingly!) love us.)

Honesty to God is of primary importance.

(It is only the “good and honest” heart in Luke 8:15, that bears fruit, and is blessed.)

2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

The Lord showed me this verse once: I was standing in front of a mirror (glass), and looking at my reflection, I saw the Lord’s face superimposed upon it. So that when I saw myself, I also saw Him.

This is what this verse means. As we get honest with the Lord about ourselves, our attitudes, and our thoughts; The Spirit of God changes the inclination of these desires, and we “are changed, into the same image”.

This is to have the character of Christ in you. Worked in you by the Holy Spirit, as you get honest with Him.

This is often, not as easy as it seems. We think we are generally honest people, but the Scriptures tell us and experience shows us, that we are dishonest.

This began with Adam and Eve. Their sin separated them from God; so much so that they knew they were naked before Him.

So they sewed fig leaves together, and tried to cover their fault.

Then they tried to hide themselves, among the trees of the garden.

And lastly they blamed their sin, not on their own choice, but someone else.(Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed “the serpent”.).

They refused to come to God in honesty, confessing their sin; but tried to cover and lie about it. (Genesis 3:7-13)

We are their descendants. We are all born with sinful natures, and we are generally dishonest with ourselves (the Bible calls it being “deceitful”), as well as with others.

Thankfully, God has made a way for us to have victory here.

For without honestly coming to God, you are not coming.

The “pretend you” may be coming, the “excusing you” may be coming; but the real you is not.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

If you are going to get honest with God, by the help of the Holy Spirit; He rewards you accordingly.

He will give you what the honest heart seeks: His Power and Presence in our lives, to live a life of faith and trust.

Remember the “open face” is being changed into His image, or character.

As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit within us, and He will:

John 16:13 “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.”

He will guide us into all truth. He will take us by the hand, so to speak, and take us along in the great adventure of Eternal Life.

He will teach us the things of Christ, molding us into His image, as His face was superimposed on mine. I will still be there, but He will be seen as well, in my everyday life.

Ephesians 4:13, 15 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (complete) man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”

This is something you acquire, as you yield to the Lord.

We begin to see that we have been covering up our hurt, bitterness,….our attitude to this, and our anger for that;….

….and when we get honest…..we can turn to Him for the victory over these things, which only He can give.

We are us. The things that have happened to us, have happened. They can not be changed.

But we can.

God gives us His life,….joy,…peace,….patience,….and contentment (Philippians 4:11-13)…

instead of hurt,…anger,…resentment,….lust,…depression,….and so many more.

We do not “deserve” His life…..He gives freely. And He even supplies the grace as we yield.

Will we, with “open face”…in honesty….come to Him, and be changed from glory to glory (one characteristic of Christ, to another)?

If you are born again, you have the Holy Spirit within you, ready to guide you into all truth; Will you have it?

For surely God will reward your yielding, many times over, in fellowship with Him.

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