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Clothed in Glory

It’s interesting to me that all of the creatures God made had coverings… except man. Animals had fur, birds had feathers and fish had scales or shells. But man did not have any outer covering, as he didn’t need it before the fall. Why? Because God clothed man in His Glory.

“You made him (man) a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him (or clothed him) with glory and honor.” (Ps 8:5)

God’s Original Intent:

The atmosphere of the Garden of Eden was permeated with the same splendor as heaven. There was no sin in the beginning and man walked with God everyday in a peace filled relationship in the “cool of the day”. This means they walked together in a spiritual dimension where they shared a oneness that was maintained by God’s Glory (a covering) and God’s Honor (atmosphere).

The Garden of Eden was Heaven on Earth:

The original Hebrew word for “crowned” means “to encircle”, “to surround’. In other words, Adam and his wife were surrounded by God’s Glory and Honor. They had been clothed with the Glory of God and didn’t need natural clothing and they were living in an atmosphere of perfect relationship and did not need natural knowledge. God was giving man a wonderful environment to rule, where God would truly be their provision and protection if this stewardship could be maintained.

Losing the Glory:

However, once they had been deceived by the serpent and sinned, they were no longer able to focus on spiritual reality as the Glory that once clothed them, seemed to lift. They found themselves naked. Notice that they immediately respond to their new condition by becoming afraid. They made coverings for themselves and hid from God. This is an interesting response since Adam and his wife felt no shame of being naked before they sinned (Gen 2:25).

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” (Gen 3:7)

Why would they even consider making coverings for themselves? Weren’t they the only human beings in the Garden of Eden? Weren’t they surrounded by only animals, birds and fish?

Hearing God’s Voice:

The reason is given when Adam is answering God’s call “He answered, I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid” (Gen 3:10). Adam and Eve were afraid, because they were naked before God. I understand being ashamed, but why would they be afraid? They were afraid, because they were naked and had lost their original God given Glory. Now they found themselves controlled by a deception, a satanic lie that they needed natural covering and natural knowledge to sustain their lives. This came as a fulfillment to what God said to them earlier, “…you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Gen 2:17). The moment they were no longer in God’s Glory, they died spiritually and inner peace was replaced with fear.

Spiritual Death:

We are able to see a powerful expression of God’s Fathering love in the moments following the broken relationship. God, seemingly unaware of man’s location, calls out to man and asks him of his connection to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God says, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree I commanded you that you should not eat?” (Gen 3:11)

Spiritual Life:

Then God makes the first sacrifice, in order to clothe them properly.  ”The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (Gen 3:21). God would spill the blood of a lamb; one of His created beings, to provide a garment suitable to cover human shame. This would serve as humanity’s first revelation that spiritual life is in the Blood.

The Apostle Paul said it this way, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” (Rom 3:23)

Our spiritual death has its connection to sin by the loss of our covering (God’s Glory) and our relationship (God’s Honor) based on His Presence (Holy Spirit atmosphere). Yet the Apostle Paul goes on to tell us of the reality of God’s grace… God’s favorable actions toward us who trust in Christ Jesus. He  tells us that God has restored access to His Glory and Honor in the free gift of salvation. Access to all that was lost could be restored through the Blood of Jesus. 

“We have been freely justified through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:24).

The Gospel of Restored Glory:

This good news cannot be overstated, because it is not accomplished by anything man can do (Rom 3:20)(2 Cor 5:21). God proved His love by sending Jesus to die for us, in our place and for the spiritual relationship to be restored that once was established in the Garden of Eden. The Bible says that when anyone turns to God in faith, a veil is lifted from their hearts and they are enabled to behold the Glory of God in the very face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 3:16-4:6). As believers who continue to look into that Glory a transformation takes place, whereby we are being changed into the same image (God’s original intent) from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor 3:18).

Jesus Said – Be Clothed In Glory: Power from On High!

“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city (Jerusalem) until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Lk 24:49)

The Inner Man

“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” (Heb. 12:12-15)

There is strength available from God in and through your inner man! Go after it with all of your might… you need it, the world around you needs it and God wants you to receive it. Not only is it the command of God, but it is vital to all that effects you as a believer, who finds your identity “in Christ”. Ephesians 3:16 says that you can be, “…strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man”. The Phillip’s translation says, “…He will enable you to know the strength of the Spirit’s inner reinforcement…” He will enable you… like striking a match lights a fire. This is the believer’s source of power that sustains life when all else fails. We can come to know and check our spiritual pulse often – the Holy Spirit’s strengthening our inner man.

The Power of God:

As you learn to yield to the Holy Spirit, you will find yourself being fortified and built up with inner strength and power. He has been sent to nurture you, to support you, and to hold you up in times of struggle. This is the meaning behind “fullness”… filled with power! God has given us delegated authority to walk in the power He is making available to us (Lk. 11:19). Notice that the writer of the book of Hebrews speaks of our mobility as followers, as servants and warriors. His concern is the strength of our “hands” and “feeble knees” and the straight paths for our feet. Its not enough just to believe for the fullness of God, we need to have forward momentum and power rushing through our bones. We must put our faith into action and advance the Kingdom of God as leaders… violent against the enemies of our soul (Mt. 11:12). You have been anointed for this purpose… to be the scepter in the hand of the Savior – “til I (Father) make Your (Beloved Son/Jesus) enemies Your footstool!” (Psa. 110:1-4). Yeah!

Many in the Church today are trying to live the life of an over-comer without learning how to rely on the Holy Spirit’s inner strength. They are living frustrated and confused lives as they struggle to understand grace in the midst of spiritual challenges. They deal with life’s daunting problems on their own level… but there is a better way. A way where we will not fall short of the grace of God!

Be Clothed in Glory: (Lk. 24:49)

Becoming clothed in power from the Holy Spirit, allows us to accomplish spiritual tasks and find the pulse of God within. Yielding to the Spirit’s inner strength will break the frustration and anxiety of doing it on our own, and lead to peace of mind and an effectiveness that cannot be explained naturally.

“…but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the Will of God.” (Rom. 8:26-27)

These groanings can only be perceived by our learning to lean upon the Spirit’s inner pulse. The Holy Spirit is able to search our hearts and to know the innermost needs of the moment. He also fully understands God’s perfect will for our life and He comprehends secret things that are hidden beyond our finite, earthly knowledge. The Holy Spirit is able to blend all of this together and articulate the most perfect petition to God, praying on a level that we could never achieve on our own.

Knowing the Pulse of the Inner Man:

When we train ourselves to rely on the Spirit’s inner pulse and allow Him to pray through us with supernatural groaning and articulations, we will find that all things, whether good or bad, will be turned to our good as the Spirit has His way in our lives. This “praying in the Spirit” is an essential key to knowing the resources of God’s heart powerfully beating inside us… it “tunes us in” to the Will of God.

“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (Rom. 8:28 Amp.)

Continuous Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial… and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).

Inner Pulse

Check Your Inner Pulse -

Ephesians 3:16 says that we can be, “…strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man”. Phillip’s translation says, “…He will enable you to know the strength of the Spirit’s inner reinforcement…” Like a wonderful internal source of power that sustains our life when all else fails; we can come to know and check our spiritual pulse… the Holy Spirit’s strengthening.

As you learn to yield to the Holy Spirit living in you, you will find yourself being fortified and built up with inner strength. He has been sent to nurture you, to support you, and to hold you up in times of struggle. This is the meaning behind “fullness”!

Many in the Church today are trying to live the life of an overcomer without learning how to rely on the Holy Spirit’s inner strength. They are living frustrated and confused lives as they struggle to understand grace in the midst of spiritual challenges. They deal with life’s daunting problems on their own level of knowledge… but there is a better way.

Clothed in Glory: (Lk. 24:49)

Clothed in power from the Holy Spirit, we can accomplish spiritual tasks and find the pulse of God within. Yielding to the Spirit’s inner strength will break the frustration and anxiety of doing it on our own and lead to peace of mind and an effectiveness that cannot be explained naturally. 

“…but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the Will of God.” (Rom. 8:26-27)

These groanings can only be perceived by our learning to lean upon the Spirit’s inner pulse. The Holy Spirit is able to search our hearts and to know the innermost needs of the moment. He also fully understands God’s perfect will for your life and He comprehends secret things that are hidden beyond your finite, earthly knowledge. The Holy Spirit is able to blend all of this together and articulate the most perfect petition to God, praying on a level that we could never achieve on our own.

Knowing the Pulse:

When we train ourselves to rely on the Spirit’s inner pulse and allow Him to pray through us with supernatural groanings and articulations, we will find that all things, whether good or bad, will be turned to our good as the Spirit has His way in our lives. This “praying in the Spirit” is an essential key to knowing the resources of God’s heart powerfully beating inside us… it tunes us into the Will of God.

“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (Rom. 8:28 Amp.)

Mouth Full of Praise

“My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long.” (Psalm 71:8)

If your mouth is full of praise, then your life will be clothed in glory as well!

When you continually praise and worship the Lord from the heart, you will find it difficult to be critical and negative. Praise and thanksgiving transform the human reality by negotiating the atmosphere around us. There is spirit; realms of dominion, that when we set our hearts upon God, surround and cover us in Glory. Should we not prefer this atmosphere than all others?

The Spirit-filled life is a praise-filled life! The Scripture says, “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:18-20)

Praise releases the life of God into your present reality, into your relationships and into your destiny. Praise releases the benefits of the New Covenant to you. Have you any need? Praise releases God’s victory into your situations and circumstances. Praise puts the angels to work!

When you’re in the midst of a test or trial, and heaviness and sorrow try to overtake you, remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength! (Neh. 8:10).

Put off the spirit of heaviness by putting on the garment of praise and you’ll walk in victory all of your days… beginning today! (Isa. 61:3).

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