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Access to Glory

Lake Victoria

Our access to God’s Glory is through entering into His Presence. We enter the gates of God’s Presence with thanksgiving and step into the courts of His Glory with praise (Ps 100:4-5). The Psalmist tells us that in doing this we will experience God’s goodness, mercy and truth in ways that both transform and increase from generation to generation.

The Glory Realm:

When we spend time in God’s Presence, we are accessing the Glory Realm. Its an atmosphere that revives the heart and renews the mind of the believer. I remind folks often that we enter the Glory Realm through the Presence, because Scripture clearly tells us that Jesus is the only Door into the Father’s heart. Through activities like praying, meditating on the Words of Christ, praise and worship, and looking into His eyes, our faces reflect His influence in our hearts. At the same time, we are being changed on the inside so that our lives begin to reflect His character. As we are transformed in this way the supernatural light that radiates within us illumines our path and increases with even greater splendor.

Moses Our Example:

“When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands he was not aware that his face was radiant, because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. When Moses was finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with Him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.” (Ex 34:29-35).

Glory is Visible:

From this passage, it is abundantly clear that the Glory of God on Moses was visible; it was not merely a spiritual or moral characteristic. His face was radiant. This means that there was a shining or a glow about it. We also observe a cause and effect relationship here. Whenever Moses would spend time in the Lord’s presence and speak with the Lord, this glory would appear on his face. We also know that this was limited to Moses at that time, as it did not happen to all the Israelites. It was so unusual that everyone else who saw him was afraid of the splendor radiating from his face. That’s why he covered up his face with a veil.

New Covenant Access:

Now under the New Covenant, the Glory Realm is not limited to one man. All believers have access to God’s Presence and the Glory that radiated from the face of Moses is available to all who know Him. In fact, this glory is even more glorious than what Moses experienced. Notice how the Apostle Paul spoke of the ministry of the Spirit to the Corinthians:

“Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with Glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its Glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness?” (2 Cor 3:7-9)

The Ministry of the Spirit comes with even more Glory!

“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away…But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:12-13 & 16-18).

No Intimidation

...could I, just, um, maybe?

Wow... those look tempting

Sometimes being tempted makes us feel dirty, unworthy or defiled. Those crazy spontaneous thoughts of hatred, lust, envy or pride, can shock us and overwhelm our sense of personal accountability. Like being on a diet can make you hate to see cupcakes with that awesome fluffy frosting. We may not have committed any sin; but when tempted, we can feel like we have already failed, because of the thoughts in our minds. Satan loves to pull us in, to intimidate us with shame and false guilt!

Not every thought is ours:

We must choose not to empower our thought life. Don’t own every thought that comes into your mind! We sometimes react with thoughts like, “I didn’t know that was in there.” But we have to ask the question… “was it really in there, or did it come from outside?”

Our Thoughts:

Most of the time our thoughts are not coming out of a dirty soul that needs to repent of its filth. Temptations are often fleeting images stirred by our natural emotions. They gain entrance through the gates and doorways of our physical house; our eyes, ears, tongues, noses or sense of touch. The five senses of our human body are wonderful sources of information, but must be guarded with spiritual discernment. Satan aims to lead us into temptation so that we desire sinful behaviors.

Temptation is not sin!

Although thoughts and images can effect our desires, they must have a conception process to actually create a platform for sin (Jms 1:14). The Bible says that Jesus was tempted in the same ways we are, yet was without sin. James makes it clear that temptations must have an enticing element in them to drag us away into sin. An important lesson for our discipleship is the realization that temptation is not sin; therefore, we must not be intimidated by it. Satan may tempt us by putting evil thoughts into our mind, but we can push them right out again with God’s help. I have always enjoyed this quote attributed to Martin Luther: “You can’t help it if a bird flies over your head, but you don’t need to let him make a nest in your hair.”

Focus Your Faith:

Hebrews 12:1-2
“…Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

Jesus is the ultimate model for every Christian; yet for His life to be released within us, God urges us to fix your eyes upon Him as the “Author and Finisher of our faith”. Heaven invites you to set the lens of your heart on the real character of the Savior. Make Him the object of your delight. When we do this strength arises and temptations are melted away. The Apostle Paul tells us to war in the spirit not in the flesh arenas of life. (2 Cor 10:3-6)(Eph 6:10-12)

Seeds Invite Conflict

Seedlings
Seedlings

“The Sower sows the Word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the Word is sown. And when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts.” (Mark 4:14-15)

 In the Parable of the Sower we see one of the most overlooked secrets of the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God comes to us under enormous conflict. What might seem like a normal little teaching from our Sunday School years; takes on a more serious tone when we realize that our enemy, the devil is watching us and waiting to pounce.

Kingdom Reality Uncovered: 

Jesus reveals three things about Satan in this Parable. First, he comes “immediately” as though he were coming with fierce passion. Second, he comes for the “Word” that was sown in the human heart. And finally, we see that his ultimate destination is the heart. He is after the Word with a fierceness that most Christians do not recognize; yet because of the cunning nature in which he comes, we often miss the process altogether.

A Battle Ground:

The human heart is a battle ground over the influence of the Kingdom. The Apostle Peter said that we must become vigilant or awake and alert, because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8). We are under surveillance and Satan pays close attention to what happens at the “gates” of our hearts. This reality of a devouring lion coming to snatch away the Word makes us realize that the Seed sown in our hearts carries more potential than we often understand. Otherwise, why would Satan be so attentive to the heart.

The Word has Seed Potential:

Jesus says the sower goes out and sows the Word into the soil of the human heart. That is how the Kingdom arrives in the human heart. The Word of God is sown by means of power-packed seeds planted through preaching, teaching, reading or studying the supernatural flow of God’s Word. Its not static or just a written set of doctrines in a book called the Holy Bible. The Word is “seed” dropped into hearts like seeds are dropped into soil, with germinating potential. This amazing potential is the life-giving element which can change the whole dynamic of what takes place in the heart. The Word brings the potential for something carrying God’s thought process; that is, God’s DNA to be released inside of us. When the Word is received and believed, it brings life to the soil.

It is a threat!

It sets off an alarm in the spiritual realm, because it threatens all other kingdoms that carry dominion in the heart. Therefore, the moment the Sower sows the Word, there is an immediate reaction from Satan and his cohorts. It is the opportune time for all authority to be shifted and yet it is also a season of conflict.

The Issue is the Soil: 

Our application of these words of Jesus is vital! This Parable has been taught incompletely by well-meaning ministers for years. The point of the story is about the influence of the Kingdom of God in and through the heart of humanity. Although Jesus speaks about four types of soil or heart conditions, He is mostly focused upon our adversary rather than our heart. This tells me that He is wanting us to catch a vital principle of warfare rather than a purity lesson. Does purity matter? Absolutely; but in battle, purity often just makes us a bigger target. To just purify the heart does nothing to resist the devil’s schemes. We must step up into our authority as believers and embrace the potential in the Word sown into our hearts.

The Key is the Word Itself: 

Notice its the Word that Satan is alarmed about, in fact your heart is no threat whatsoever without the life-giving Word sown into it. Obviously the key to overcoming the conflict when the heart is under attack… is the Word! When the Word comes it invites conflict to crack it open (think about seed) so that it can release its power, release it hidden resource, release its influence within the heart. Don’t miss the hidden potential by becoming focused upon the conflict, the trial of faith or the experiences of testing, hurt or persecution; God is calling us to undergo transformation within ourselves for greater impact in the world around us.

Great Joy

Seeing The Heavens Open

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven”  Matthew 16:19a

   This morning Ron spoke to the leaders about “Keys”. 

keys to unlocking gates

Ron explained that once God opens the Heavens, there are doors and gates that provide Kingdom influence. There will be “arguments” that Satan has set up to keep you from moving forward.  One example he gave was unforgiveness.  That forgiving someone opens up many doors, but there will be arguments in your mind as to why that person doesn’t deserve forgiveness.  So once you go through a door God has opened, be very aware of the arguments, the enemy will set up.

   There was an awesome time of worship in the morning where people could “see” the Heavens open. Many went up to the altar weeping and receiving healing for their hearts. Ron then asked for testimonies. He asked for pastors to testify as to what they saw in the spiritual realm. One Pastor got up and said that he saw Heaven shaking things all over the earth.

“Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverance and godly fear.  For our God is a consuming fire.”   Hebrews 12:28

   One pastor called Ron “the man who brings rain’ in Swahili (wafula).  This is because the rainy season was supposed to be over, and there was not near enough rain for their crops, so it was looking like there would be a drought this season.  The day Ron arrived in Webuye it began to rain.  The interesting thing is that it only rains during the morning, and afternoon, and stops for the evening crusades.  As soon as everyone is packed up and leaving, the rain comes again!!  Thank you Lord for the “former and the latter rain”.

   The evening meeting brought in another 400 people, so there were about 400 crowded around the small platform, and 800 along the shops and toward the back of the meeting place.  That’s because the front has a lot of mud due to all the rain!!  Ron spoke of God’s desire to set them completely free.  That Jesus came to break off our chains, and any other bondage that the enemy has put on us.  He spoke of Paul and Silas and how praise gets God’s ear and He loves to inhabit it.  Ron then called up the musicians and told everyone “it’s times to dance, and give God something to inhabit”.   The children immediately began to dance and then dancing broke out everywhere.  Ron then quieted everyone down and began call people forward to receive the joy that only Jesus can bring.  At least 150 people ran forward to receive Christ.  After that they all began to dance again!!

   I’m closing this with a few words from Pastor Allan Mugoha.  He is a Pastor from Eldoret, Kenya and Ron will be joining him for a Pastors conference in Eldoret with crusades in the evening next Friday and Saturday.

We are blessed to have this man of God with us here in Africa, things are happening and we give God all the glory, we received him well, the meetings are going on in Webuye. I believe it is God who connected us together for the better of His glory and kingdom. He is a humble servant of God, who loves the Lord and His Word, he is preaching under divine authority and guiding of the holy spirit and that is what I love most. We are here to continue lifting him in our prayers that the Lord to continue give him more and more for us here. Mum, thanks and God bless.

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