Contemplating His Majesty

Radiant One, You give us purpose even in the hard places. You are always at work in us and we beckon You to do more. Holy Spirit we know this is not our home and rely on You to work through us now that more might receive Your hope and healing and so that Your glory is revealed.  Our eyes are on You. No matter what our eyes are on You. We are seeking and You will be found. Our delight will increase and our joy will be complete for You are. In Jesus' name, Amen
Radiant One, You give us purpose even in the hard places. You are always at work in us and we beckon You to do more. Holy Spirit we know this is not our home and rely on You to work through us now that more might receive Your hope and healing and so that Your glory is revealed. Our eyes are on You. No matter what our eyes are on You. We are seeking and You will be found. Our delight will increase and our joy will be complete for You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015

One cannot gaze at Jesus, truly reflecting on and contemplating Him—Who He is, what He has done and His faithfulness to every promise without being changed. He is Majesty, Most High and exquisite, infinite, incomprehensible Love. This love manifests in unending mercy for those who seek it and restoration of person to all the riches of relationship with Him from here through eternity with Him.

The needs of the one with eyes constantly fixed on Jesus do not change. There is still need for food and water to sustain the physical body during this lifetime, clothing to protect the physical body from the ravages of climate and circumstances and shelter to give the body a safe dwelling in which to live and rest. But when our eyes are focused on the Magnificent One and our preoccupation is contemplating His glory, our wants change because moment-by-moment, day-by-day we are being transformed by His Truth from the inside out and therewith our lives.

Knowing He is all-powerful and promises to protect and provide for us perfectly like a Shepherd for His flock, the buzzing, swirling preoccupation with worry, fear and figuring everything out can cease. In the quiet which begins to form within, we can begin to listen better. Then hearing His voice, trusting in who He promises to be, we can listen and consequently, purposefully take up the courage to obey.

This is our role: not to hurry after human plans to get “it all” done, but to gaze upon the only Holy One, revel in His superiority and bow to His plans which are always greater than ours. This is an aspect of the freedom to which He calls us and which He is offering ongoing to those who will turn from other mental pre-occupation, look to Him and follow.

Our gaze through contemplation of Him is shifted. Our gaze through considering Him is lifted. We no longer see our lives from a temporal point of view. We see the true path, which no longer leads to physical death, but through it. We understand here is not our ultimate home, thus it can never be perfect and never will be. Here is the valley of our decision.

There are supernatural powers at work. This means their power is greater than ours. There is the supernatural spiritual enemy of God and humanity and there is the Lord God. The spiritual adversary has many wicked henchmen who strive to work evil through human hearts, which then flows through lives to harm one another in every regard. This evil is the anti-thesis of our Lord, bringing with it hate, anger, pride, self-seeking, exaltation of sexual pleasure, greed, self-reliance, self-focus and the like.

But this evil will always remain less than the Victorious One who gave all for us so that we can receive the fullness of our true destiny—life with Him forever.

There is nothing which can snatch us out of His hand, stealing this destiny from us. Nothing.

No matter how much pain, injustice, illness and sorrow we suffer here, our destiny is with Him. Even now in this imperfect place where we currently live, He will work by His Spirit through us to be vessels carrying the desperately needed Living Water of His Truth, Love, Mercy (manifesting in forgiveness), healing and ongoing restoration to others in His Way, by His power, straight from His eternal, all-good, heavenly throne.

Death is not the end. It is a door. Made to love, we miss those who precede us into eternity with a pain which is not merely feeling, but is also tangible physical. Yet we journey on for there is the promise we will meet again in His Presence where finally we will see the One we now seek and contemplate face to face and where we will finally be at bliss-filled, joyous, eternal rest—living right where we have always belonged.

The journey begins and continues by seeking and then contemplating Him. Through these even now we receive many blessed gifts—portions of our full inheritance from Him which is yet to come.

8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you…16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor. 4:8-12,16-18 NIV)

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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.

Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss.    For information email elizabeth@eaglesnestfoundation.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org  

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

2 thoughts on “Contemplating His Majesty”

  1. Thank you for sharing these prayerful stories. I need to accept this guidance and follow Gods Word and will. I struggle with caring for my spouse who has dementia. Our son is a Marine who will be reassigned closer to us too. Thank God.

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    1. Thank you for sharing. I am praying for you and your family and it blesses me to know what He has me write blesses you. So thankful your Marine son will soon be reassigned closer. Thank you for your family’s service… I am grateful. May the Lord hold you close in a way you can feel. May you know His love and care and be able to rest in it more and more. May He guide you specifically, grant comfort to your spouse, keep your son safe and assure you of His purposes (that He is using you for great good every day.) God bless you!

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