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Pathway for Glory

“The Glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isa 40:5)

Kingdom People are designed to carry the Glory of God and release shifts in the atmosphere where peace is needed. Throughout the Bible we are commanded not to quarrel over words or be divisive. Our affections are to be set on the Holy Spirit, who is referred to as “Comforter”, “Counselor” or “Helper”. We must recognize that the work of the Holy Spirit needs a platform, a pathway to enter. The Holy Spirit must feel welcome if He is to stay active in a person’s life.

Preparing the Way:

In the verse above, we see the central goal of John the Baptist. His ministry was to be a voice crying in the wilderness, “prepare the way of the Lord”. People needed to examine their hearts and repent of their sinful ways, because the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. John was not looking for just any Kingdom or any King. The Lamb of God would be recognized by a very interesting symbol… the ”dove”. God had given a word to John that in His baptism, the Holy Spirit would come like a dove and land upon Him and stay. God was asking John to notice how Glory would come into the world through the peace of Christ. The Lamb of God would serve as an entry point for the “dove” and for Glory to be recognized. That is an important pathway… “a place for the dove to land”. It was the pathway for Glory (Heb 1:1-4).

Looking for Peace:

This is the picture God has shone us through Noah. When the rain had ended and the ark continued to float aimlessly, Noah begins to look for a resting place. Not just any resting place, but a place for a dove to stay. Even as he waited for land to appear; he could not be confident until the dove, having been released from his own hand, found a place to land and stay. Noah was not just looking for land, he was looking for an entry point. A new day was about to begin with a rainbow… and a promise that would promote life.

Kingdom People must look beyond meetings; we are looking for an open heaven, where the dove will have a place to rest… a place that will promote life.

Peace and Glory:

Its important to understand that God’s Glory is a weighty substance that rests in the atmosphere of God’s Peace! When Jesus sent out the 12 disciples He said, “freely you have received now freely give”, yet when they went into a community, they were to look for places to impart peace. If the household was worthy, they were to impart their peace into it, but if not then they were to wipe the dust off their feet and journey to the next house (Mt 10:8-14). Peace seemed to be an atmosphere that could be imparted at the will of the disciples based on how well the house embraced the ministry of the Holy Spirit. And it would be needed, if the ministry was to continue in that region.

Making Glory Visible and Recognizable:

What Jesus was saying is that we must be looking for places where the “dove” will be welcome. Places of peace provide rest for the soul, give access to God’s deliverance and freedom from the oppression of the devil. The dove is the Biblical symbol for Peace provided by the Presence of the Holy Spirit. This is still our urgent mission; not just to win a bunch of people to our point of view, but to bring an atmosphere that unlocks the revelation, that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Peace is Heaven’s influence. The pathway for the Glory of God is a significant point of entry, where God is welcome and the Holy Spirit makes habitation among us (Eph 2:19-22).

5 Disciplines to Welcome the Holy Spirit:
1. Humility: (1 Pet 5:5-7)
2. Praise and Worship: (Psalm 63)
3. Passionate Love: (Eph 3:17-19)
4. Entrance of God’s Word: (Neh 8:1-6)
5. Fellowship of Believers: (Mt 18:19-20)

Pursue the Anointing

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Ps. 23:5-6)

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Lk. 4:18-19)

The anointing of God flows from the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is symbolically represented by several ideas in Scripture… oil, water, fire, wind, wine or a dove. When anointing begins to manifest, it can take the form of any of these symbols mentioned.

  1. Anointing can manifest as oil and offer unity and peace among worshipers of God (Ps. 133). When the anointing manifests itself as oil, it is to smooth out or lubricate your progress. When the anointing comes upon you, it will take you to the next level… into your promotion. David was anointed with oil by the Prophet Samuel and as a result, an ordinary shepherd boy became a king (1 Sam. 15:11-13).
  2. Anointing can manifest as fire and destroy yokes (Isa. 10: 27), release healing (Jms. 5:14-15) and break strongholds of idolatry (1 Ki. 18:36-40).
  3. Anointing can manifest as water to satisfy thirst (Jn. 7:37-39). The Holy Spirit can satisfy any form of thirst in your life.
  4. Anointing can manifest as a mighty rushing wind (Acts 2:1-4). When anointing manifest as a mighty rushing wind, it is to open new doors and to make a way where there seems to be no way. The anointing can also manifest as a cool refreshing breeze bringing life with it (Gen. 2:7). After God made man, He breathed the breath of life into him and that represents the Spirit of God upon man. The anointing can turn ordinary mud and clay into a living soul.
  5. Anointing can manifest as wine. The Holy Spirit is the heavenly wine! When people saw those who had been baptized in the Holy Spirit, they said they were drunk on new wine (Acts 2:12-13). Its the anointing that brings joy, excitement and wonderful experiences often attributed to wine. That is why one of the names of strong wine is ‘spirits’.
  6. Anointing can come as a symbolic gesture as a dove upon Jesus, that John the Baptist testified of seeing (Jn. 1:32) or a sudden light from heaven like the Apostle Paul experienced (Acts 9:3). These realities are wonderful signs that point to the essential messages God is speaking to individuals or groups of people at a given moment. We call these manifestations of anointing, miracles, and signs and wonders (Mk. 16:16-18)(Acts 5:12 & 19:11-12)(Rom. 15:19)(2 Cor. 12:12).

Empowerment:

Anointing enables you to fulfill God’s purpose for your life (Jn. 14:12) and do supernatural things (1 Sam. 17:34-37)! One main purpose of the anointing is to win souls (Jn. 15:16). The Bible says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). After we receive the anointing, power is available to be an effective witness and overcome life’s greatest battles.

For All Who are Thirsty: (Ps. 42:1-3 & 63:1-2)(Mt. 5:6)

Another wonderful thing about the anointing is that it does not discriminate. Whether we be male or female, rich or poor, young or old, the anointing of God can come upon you (Joel 2:28-30). Listen to these words; “…I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon My servants and upon My handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.”

Father – Revive Us Again!

Faith in the Earth

I believe God wants to bring a fresh revelation of peace to the World. There are however two major themes that run through Scripture… light will get brighter, while the darkness will get darker. God does some of His greatest works when all the Earth seemed to be asleep. It makes sense to me for the Holy Spirit to release such an outpouring of God’s Glory that all could see the goodness of the Lord in these days of confusion and desperation. But if He did this, would we recognize it?

It was Jesus who asked the question… “will I find faith in the Earth?” (Lk. 18:8)

A Fresh Vision of the Lamb of God: (Jn. 1:14)

No question, in order to release revival in any part of the world, there must be a fresh vision of Jesus… and a corresponding faith in the Earth. You might ask, “so what does that look like?” Here is a good example from John the Baptist. He understood that faith requires preparation. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). It was John who prepared the path for the Lamb of God to come into view for the nation of Israel (Jn. 1:6-10). The prophet Isaiah tells us that John needed to… “make straight in the desert, a highway for our God” (Isa. 40:3-5). So we find the powerful impact John the Baptist makes by passionately baptizing thousands of repenting hungry Jews at the Jordan River. One man was releasing a radical shift in the way people would see and feel about their future. Faith was to follow their experience in the waters of baptism. His revelation was enormously valuable… you have to change the way you think. Living with faith means a death and rebirth of heart perceptions. What an amazing reality… to carry such influence within your heart and release such impact in the Earth.

Making straight in the desert, a highway for our God!”

The valleys would need to be exalted and the mountains made low. The crooked places needed to be made straight and the rough places made smooth. And why? “For the Glory of the Lord to be revealed” in such a way that everyone would see it! Today, this is our mandate – the Glory of the Lord!

“For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea!” (Habakkuk 2:14)

Kingdom People are designed to carry the Glory of God and create shifts in the atmosphere. Shifts that release faith in the Earth. Jesus tells us to pray for the Kingdom to come and the Father’s Will to be done, in the same way that the Kingdom is a reality of Heaven… “on earth as it is in Heaven” (Mt. 6:10). John was a voice crying in the wilderness saying… “prepare your hearts, repent of your ways; for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. The Kingdom is at your finger tips and all you have to do is believe to receive it. Can you catch this revelation… believing engages the spiritual revolution we are after – God is after!

The Key is the Sign of His Glory:

John was not looking for just any man when he looked for Jesus. He was looking for the One in whom God had spoken previously in the secret place of John’s heart. The Lamb of God would be recognized by the fact that at His baptism the Spirit would come like a dove and land upon Him and stay. God was asking John to notice peace coming into the world by way of the Glory of God. The Lamb of God would serve as an entry point for the “dove” to land… and for God’s Glory – once lost – to be recognized again.

“…to give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus.” (2 Cor. 4:6)

Atmospheres of Peace

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)

I believe God is wanting to bring a restoration of hope into all the Earth. In order to release revival in any part of the world, there must be a fresh vision of Jesus… Jesus is our Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6-7) (Eph. 2:14). Interestingly, the Apostle Paul saw “hope” as something tied directly to our joy and peace in believing. We can abound in hope, but never without the power of the Holy Spirit releasing atmospheres of peace.

Prophetically: A Pathway for Jesus!

John the Baptist prepared the path for the Lamb of God to come into view for the nation of Israel. The Prophet Isaiah tells us that John needed to “make straight in the desert, a highway for our God” (Isa. 40:3-5). The valleys would need to be exalted and the mountains made low. The crooked places needed to be made straight and the rough places made smooth. And why? “For the Glory of the Lord to be revealed” – that everyone would see it… everyone would experience God’s peace!

Kingdom people are designed to carry the Glory of God and enjoy the atmosphere of peace that goes beyond our understanding (Phil. 4:7). John was a voice crying in the wilderness… “prepare your hearts, repent of your ways, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. John was not looking for just any man when he looked for the Christ. The Lamb of God would be recognized by peace. John would identify the Messiah by this sign, at His baptism the Spirit would come like a dove (the symbol of peace), land upon Him and stay. God was asking John to notice how peace would come into the world. The Lamb of God would serve as an entry point for the “dove” to land and for peace to be recognized. Remember the phrase… “a place for the dove to land”.

Visible and Recognizable:

When Jesus sent out the 12 disciples in Matthew 10, He said freely you have received now freely give, yet when you go into a community look for places to impart your peace. If they will not receive it then take it back unto yourself, wipe the dust off of your feet and journey to the next community. What Jesus was saying is that we should be looking for places where the “dove” will be welcome. The dove is the Biblical symbol for the Peace provided by the Presence of the Holy Spirit. This is still our urgent mission; not just to win a bunch of people to our point of view, but to bring an atmosphere! Our mission unlocks the revelation that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. And all are welcome to see into its Glory and live in its Peace.

Today – let the Peace of God find its rest in your heart and mind!

Recognizing Glory

I believe God wants to bring a fresh revelation of peace to the World in which we live. And it would make sense to me for the Holy Spirit to release such an outpouring of His Glory that all could see the goodness of the Lord in these days of desperation.

But if He did this, would we recognize it? As I recall it was Jesus who asked the question… “will I find faith in the earth?”  (Lk. 18:8)

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A Fresh Vision of the Lamb of God: (Jn. 1:14)

No question, in order to release revival in any part of the world, there must be a fresh vision of Jesus. John the Baptist prepared the path for the Lamb of God to come into view for the nation of Israel (Jn. 1:6-10). The prophet Isaiah tells us that John needed to… “make straight in the desert, a highway for our God” (Isa. 40:3-5).

“Make straight in the desert, a highway for our God!”

The valleys would need to be exalted and the mountains made low. The crooked places need to be made straight and the rough places made smooth. And why? “For the Glory of the Lord to be revealed” in such a way that everyone would see it! Today… this is our mandate!

“For the Glory of the Lord to be Revealed!”

Kingdom People are designed to carry the Glory of God and create shifts in the atmosphere. John was a voice crying in the wilderness saying… “prepare your hearts, repent of your ways; for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. The Kingdom is at your finger tips and all you have to do is believe to receive it.

The Sign of His Glory:

John was not looking for just any man when he looked for Jesus. He was looking for the One in whom God had spoken previously in the secret place of John’s heart. The Lamb of God would be recognized by the fact that at His baptism the Spirit would come like a dove and land upon Him and stay. God was asking John to notice peace coming into the world by way of the Glory of God. The Lamb of God would serve as an entry point for the “dove” to land… and for God’s Glory – once lost - to be recognized again.

“…to give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus.” (2 Cor. 4:6)

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