Have you ever had an all access pass to an event or concert? This pass or wristband means you get to go behind the scenes and meet people up close and personal. Face to face! When Justin experienced this, he got to see the depth of who these people really were. Through these experiences, those face to face moments changed him deeply.
We all can have a ‘face to face’ all access pass with God. Being face to face with God brings freedom, reflection and transformation.
Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God living spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
The spirit of God wants to spend face to face time with you. The spirit of God that was moving over the surface of the waters in Genesis. The spirit of God that parts the red sea, the spirit of God that raises Jesus from the dead, that spirit of God… that Holy Spirit wants to have face to face time with you.
He wants each one of us. Get some face to face time in with Him…. So how… how do we have a face to face relationship with God…. With the living spirit of God?
Justin covers three steps on how to have face to face time with God:
Takeaway: Being face to face with God brings freedom, reflection and transformation.
1. Have you ever had an “All Access Pass” or a similar privilege? Going behind the curtain allows us to see someone face to face, including God. What 3 things are brought about by meeting God this way?
2. Read 2 Cor. 3:17-18. It refers to a time when Moses received the ‘Access Pass’ and was allowed to be in the presence – face to face – with God; how was he transformed?
3. Being face to face brings an intimacy, and the God of Moses and Jesus is a living presence who wants to meet us face to face. Reflect on that for a moment and write what that means to you.
4. First, Acknowledge Him: you must see and recognize Him. What does John 14:15-17 say about the Holy Spirit and His relationship with you?
5. Connect with Him: Read John 15:1-8 [the illustration of the vineyard with God as the gardener and his followers as the vine who produce the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control]. Take a minute to reflect on relationships in your life and the fruit you are producing.
6. Worship the Spirit: what are some things that Justin suggested that speak personally to you? Choose one or two to focus on this week and record the results of your discovery.
7. Freedom in Christ: the reward for being a Christ-follower is the full focus on Christ and to refer all parts of your life to Him, trusting that He alone will meet your needs. How do you find freedom in Christ? Is there a veil you need Jesus to remove?