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Revealing Glory

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His Glory; and His disciples believed in Him. (Jn. 2:11)

Jesus is still manifesting the Glory of God (Jn. 1:14), so that “thirsty” people can become believing disciples. He is looking for people that He can reveal Himself in and through (Jn. 14:16-17). How does He do it…through greater manifestations of His Glory. You see, the Glory is God’s essence on full display. It is His love, His wisdom, His creativity, His anointing, His power, and His wealth… the sum total of all that He is. Jesus revealed it; full of grace and Truth and now His desire is to release that same Glory into our lives.

Humanity was designed to reflect His Glory.

  • Isaiah 40:5 Says that His Glory would be revealed and that all flesh would see it together.
  • Psalm 19:1 Says that the heavens declare the Glory of the Lord.
  • Hebrews 1:3 Says that Jesus was the brightness and expressed image of the Father’s Glory.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 Says we are being changed and increasing in Glory through the Holy Spirit.

It Requires Fellowship!

We cannot manifest God’s Glory however; until we gain some personal experience and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus; we simply cannot live our lives fulfilling the purposes of the Father, without the anointed leadership of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 4:18-19). We too must be equipped and empowered (Acts 1:8), so that we reflect Him. Jesus’ promise to us; is that when we have experienced the Presence of the Holy Spirit, we will do the greater works, because of the influence of the Glory (Jn. 14:12).

The Believing Factor:

Notice: The key to our stewardship is our “believing heart”! As we abide in the Glory, effective spiritual growth and fruitful ministry begins to flow freely. Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover” (Mk. 16:17-18). In these days, God is raising up a believing generation, those who will walk in great passion, see amazing things and carry the Kingdom to the farthest corners of the Earth!

Its the revelation of God’s Glory that marks the believing heart as “Chosen”, “Royal”, “Holy” and “Special”… and sets us in position to proclaim the praises of our King (1 Pet. 2:5-10).

Spiritual Identity

The Apostle Paul writes: “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead” (Eph 1:19-20, NLT).

If you want to walk in the fullness of God and power of the Holy Spirit, you need to know your spiritual identity! You will need to read the words of Jesus very carefully… meditate on who you are and begin to believe it until you see it manifest on the outside. Get some fruit on those branches!

Jesus stresses the importance of fruitfulness and drawing your strength from Him: “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:4-5 NLT).

Co-laboring:

You need to know how to draw upon the inexhaustible resources of heaven… God’s love, power, wisdom and abundant grace. These things are available when you remain in Jesus! You and I have such a limited strength in our “self”… that is, our own understanding and experience. We must rest totally upon the mighty, explosive power of God through His Holy Spirit. The responsibility for fruitful ministry is a shared reality between ourselves and the Holy Spirit. Its God, the Holy Spirit who works in and through us producing fruit and changing the lives of individuals. Our role is to trust God and obey Him as co-laborers. Success in ministry is simply offering the love of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.

An example comes to mind as about 5 years ago I remember praying for a man who was almost completely deaf from years as part of a rock-n-roll band. My hope was to release the power of God and see this man completely healed, but nothing happened. Again I prayed with similar results. To truly trust God means leaving the results to Him… my responsibility was to obey the mandate of advancing His Kingdom.

Hear that once more: “Obey the Kingdom mandate and leave the results to Him!”

Your Identity Emerges from Within:

Your spiritual identity does not come from your results, but from your obedience to the principles Jesus spoke of and demonstrated. In the Great Commission, Jesus instructed His followers saying, “Go, make disciples… teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you… and I will be with you, always” (Mt. 28:18-20). Its the “principle of beholding” – what you continue to look into; listening and studying and believing… becomes your resource. Don’t keep trying to give what you do not have… instead go after His fruit by going after His heart. Ask yourself: “What do you see when you look into His Words?”

  • Do you see His heart?
  • Do you see His eyes on fire for the purposes of the Kingdom?
  • Do you see your life as an extension of His love?

The Apostle James said it was like looking into a mirror (Jms. 1:21-24). We must never forget what kind of man we see, when we look into the mirror of God’s Word! You have to lay aside everything you see in the natural and gain a vision of what is spiritually real and spiritually effective for breakthrough. Staying “connected to”, and staying “focused on” the Vine is always the greatest challenge.  When the power of God seems obstructed or unable to flow, then there is a deeper, clearer revelation awaiting us. Its a mystery that remains… and further revelation will come, if we wait for it with hungry hearts. We must never allow our perceived limitations to undermine our trust in Him.

Its from our observation of Christ… that we bear fruit and people are set free!

Trust His Results

The Apostle Paul writes: “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.” (Eph 1:19-20, NLT)

If you want to walk in the fullness of God and experience the power of the Holy Spirit… you will need to learn how to trust God for the results. Doing what Jesus did takes more than just a knowledge of your spiritual identity. You need to know how to draw upon the inexhaustible resources of God’s love, wisdom, forgiveness, and abundant grace; without feeling like you are the one who must produce the results. You and I have such a limited strength in our “self”… that is, our own understanding and experience. We must rest totally upon the hand of God to release His explosive power through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus stresses the importance of drawing your strength from Him: Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:4-5 NLT).

Co-Laboring:

The responsibility for fruitful ministry is a shared reality between ourselves and the Holy Spirit. Its God, the Holy Spirit who works in and through us producing fruit and changing the lives of individuals. Our role is to trust God and obey Him! Success in ministry is simply offering the love of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.

Quick Testimony:

An example comes to mind as this past week I felt lead to pray for a man who was deaf from years as part of a rock-n-roll band. My hope was to release the power of God and see this man completely whole; but nothing happened. Again I prayed with similar results. Wow I thought … this is really hard! But, to truly trust God means leaving the results to Him! My responsibility was to obey the mandate of advancing His Kingdom.

Let me repeat that word… “My responsibility is to obey the mandate of advancing His Kingdom!”

Staying connected to the Vine is always the greatest challenge when power seems limited. Its a mystery that remains until further revelation comes. And, we must never allow our perceived limitations to undermine our trust in Him.

Its Christ alone who sets men free!

Vital Signs

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His Glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” (Jn. 2:11)

These are the Kingdom’s vital signs! Jesus is manifesting the Glory of God (Jn. 1:14), so that “thirsty” people can become believing disciples.

Still today, God is taking the pulse of His Church to find signs of life. He is looking for people that He can reveal Himself in and through their daily lives (Jn. 14:16-17). How does He do it… through greater manifestations of His Glory. You see, the Glory of God is available and within reach… and His power is on full display if you can believe.

It is His love, His wisdom, His creativity, His anointing, His purposes, and His wealth… the sum total of all that He is. Jesus revealed it; full of grace and Truth, and now His desire is to release that same resource into our lives.

Humanity was designed to reflect His Glory.

  • Isaiah 40:5 Says that His Glory would be revealed and that all flesh would see it together.
  • Psalm 19:1 Says that the heavens declare the Glory of the Lord.
  • Hebrews 1:3 Says that Jesus was the brightness and expressed image of the Father’s Glory.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 Says we are being changed and increasing in Glory through the Holy Spirit.

It Requires Fellowship!

We cannot manifest God’s Glory until we gain some personal experience in God’s Kingdom and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus; we simply cannot live our lives fulfilling the purposes of the Father, without the anointed leadership of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 4:18-19). We too must be equipped and empowered (Acts 1:8), so that we reflect Him. Jesus’ promise to us; is that when we have experienced the Presence of the Holy Spirit, we will do the greater works, because of the influence of the Glory (Jn. 14:12)

The Believing Factor is The Heart:

Notice: The key to our stewardship is our “believing heart”! As we abide in the Glory, effective spiritual growth and fruitful ministry begins to flow freely. Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover” (Mk. 16:17-18). In these days, God is raising up a believing generation, those who will walk in great passion, see amazing things and carry the Kingdom to the farthest corners of the Earth! Its the revelation of God’s Glory that marks the believing heart as “Chosen”, “Royal”, “Holy” and “Special”… and sets us in position to proclaim the praises of our King (1 Pet. 2:5-10).

Have you checked your vital signs lately?

Manifesting Glory

Jesus is looking for people that He can reveal Himself in and through (Jn 14:16-17). How will He do it…through greater manifestations of His Glory. You see, the Glory is God’s essence on full display. It is His love, His wisdom, His creativity, His anointing, His power, and His wealth… the sum total of all that He is. Jesus revealed it; full of grace and Truth (Jn 1:14) and now His desire is to release that same Glory into our lives.

All of humanity was designed to reflect His Glory.

  • Isaiah 40:5 Says that His Glory would be revealed and that all flesh would see it together.
  • Psalm 19:1 Says that the heavens declare the Glory of the Lord.
  • Hebrews 1:3 Says that Jesus was the brightness and expressed image of the Father’s Glory.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 Says we are being changed and increasing in Glory through the Holy Spirit.

We cannot manifest God’s Glory however; until we gain some personal experience and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus; we simply cannot live our lives fulfilling the purposes of the Father, without the anointed leadership of the Holy Spirit (Lk 4:18-19). We too must be equipped and empowered (Acts 1:8), so that we reflect Him. Jesus’ promise to us; is that when we have experienced the Presence of the Holy Spirit, we will do the greater works, because of the influence of the Glory (Jn 14:12).

Glory produces effective spiritual growth and fruitful ministry.

The key to our stewardship of God’s Glory is our “believing heart”. Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mk 16:17-18) This believing generation can see great things, because of the Glory made manifest by the Holy Spirit.

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