The following are four principles from God’s Word prompting
ongoing transformation in Christ.
Seek the face of Christ: This
month’s exhortation is a further application of this
life-changing theme from July’s newsletter in which I cited
Psalm 105:4, where God has commanded us to seek His “face”
and strength continually. There can be no discovery of God’s
face without Christ’s power because there is too much
opposing such a steadfast, continuous pursuit.
Here are some steps which I think are crucial to the pursuit
of Christ’s face:
1. Make your time with Christ in His Word a daily
non-negotiable. Psalm 1
2. Ask the Spirit to reveal the face of Christ to you
throughout your intake of His Word. This is what the Spirit
of God is in you to do! 2 Cor 3:17-18
3. Seek to learn more about the Bible. But make the
disclosure of your Lord in His Word through the Spirit your
ultimate and daily ambition throughout your “quiet time”.
4. Ask yourself this question continually - “what does this
text tell me about my Lord?”
5. Look at the Word of Christ as the Spirit’s mighty sword
to cut through the dullness and hardness of your sin nature.
Heb 4:12 By faith, expect His sword to show you Christ’s
beauty. In the exposure to His beauty, confidently
anticipate an increased hunger to be more like Him. His Word
is a dynamic mirror. It reveals Christ, and thus increases
your longing to be transformed in very specific areas. James
Seek the cleansing of the Spirit: One of the dominant truths
of Scripture is its omnipotent transforming power. But the
Word teaches that this trans-formation is hindered when we
are not freshly surrendered and cleansed while spending time
Here are some helps to follow at the outset and throughout
your “quite time”:
1. Devote yourself in prayer imploring the Spirit to
accomplish in you the dynamic of Heb 4:12 [see above]. Often
we have not because we ask not. James 4:2. The Word is a
sword so sharp it pierces to the core of our souls to bring
God’s evaluation of our conduct as well as our motives. This
evaluation from our Lord will be very consoling and
edifying. But it will also be dreadfully convicting.