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Access to Glory

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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).

“Shepherd Shift”

“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia. Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 1:4-6)

In a recent gathering of spiritual leaders, we saw a mandate to reintroduce a correct form of shepherding which we celebrated and rejoiced to pass on to our teams. We are moving away from “control”… to real Kingdom Empowerment! This is some of the revelation we began to pray into and see as heaven’s blueprint.

MOVING TOWARDS:

  • Trusting God: God is the Chief Shepherd of His flock (Psalm 23 – the Lord is My Shepherd) – pointing them to engage heaven as their source of life.
  • Spiritual Fathering: True leaders work themselves out of a role and encourage those they are fathering to go higher.
  • Apostolic Models: True apostles always father another and build successors.
  • Spiritual Freedom: Letting people make their own mistakes knowing they will grow more.
  • Humble Servant-Leadership: Being humble seeing we do not know everything and often not more than who we are fathering.
  • Investing in Others: Trusting everyone can hear from God and the more we let them do that the more they will grow in that skill.
  • Empowerment & Encouragement: Everyone is a powerful son or daughter and God gives grace and revelation to the humble and lowly in heart.
  • Mutual Engagement: Finding rapport with people and common ground. Not this is the way we do it.
  • Pointing toward the Glory Realm: Shepherding people to find their “scroll in heaven”… Their Destiny – Calling, Passion and Vision.
  • Spiritual Sonship: Fathered to maturity… as fellow disciples growing in the counsel of respected fathers.

MOVING AWAY FROM:

  • Over control (you must meet this criteria to be in my network).
  • Overseeing (not allowing freedom).
  • Checking and vetting people, while at the same time; not believing the best about them. We are never to judge others according to the outward appearances.
  • Making them wait for your timing.
  • Being intimidated by someones strengths compared to our own.
  • Making assumptions about their contribution or relationship.
  • Asking for commitment to your events instead of respecting their calling may take them to many different activities.
  • Making judgments on a persons spirituality based on outside appearance – the Bible says “do not judge on mere appearances but make a right judgment.” God is the judge and we are not to assess them.

Meeting the Need

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” (2 Cor. 1:3-5)

Take a deep breath. Release it slowly, telling yourself quietly: I let go. I let God fill my mind with His thoughts, fill my heart with His love and fill my life with His power… My God meets all my need according to His riches in Glory in Christ (Phil. 4:19). I can simply accept the reality that God’s wisdom is present and available, ready to fill me with new understanding, light and strength. It is my spiritual discipline in faith, to let God fill every void, every emptiness that seems to separate me from the peace of God in my heart. I step into faith, believing that as I let go… God fills every need!

God’s substance is supernatural and when I step into His Presence, a divine activity moves through my life. God’s creative process is awaiting me and all I have to do is receive. This is life in the Glory Realm… its effective, productive and healing; and it is activated as quickly as I let go of my “self”. I feel my life being lifted up to where He is. The Presence of God dissolves all fear and doubts and removes every hint of frailty. I can feel His pleasure, His acceptance of me and His wealth of kindness… which washes all uncertainty away. This is love at its best, comforting and meeting me right where I am. God’s love is worth beholding, unlocking and experiencing!

3 Spheres of Supernatural Stability offered by the Father’s Love:

  1. He Strengthens My Inner-Man: (Eph. 3:16) My Spirit is revitalized with supernatural energy!
  2. I become Rooted and Grounded in Love: (Eph. 3:17) My faith creates a dwelling for Christ!
  3. I am filled with all the Fullness of God: (Eph. 3:18-19) My knowledge is established by experience – Holy Spirit rushes in!

Downloading Spiritual Love:

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Eph. 3:20)

Begin now to relax from the strain and effort of questioning, planning, and reasoning. Take a few moments to calm your thinking and place all your attention upon the words: “I let go. I let God fill my need according to His riches… found in the Glory Realms as received by faith in Christ”. As you breath out, allow the Holy Spirit to breathe into you… strength, stability and spiritual substance that meets all of your needs. Immediately, you will experience visible and tangible benefits, inside and out. You will feel renewed strength and faith, boldness and courage will well-up within you. Your prayers will be more effective, and your understanding of the Presence of God within you will be clearer. You will find that God’s love takes care of what you cannot accomplish. As you let go, God will freely and abundantly fill every need.

God is Jehovah Jireh – Our Provider:

God always provides! As the Apostle Paul has so well proclaimed, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). No indeed, if God be for us – tell me who can be against us! God gives strength, guidance, understanding, faith, healing, and supernatural supply. So be the “conqueror”, step into all that you need by faith. He loves us! Whatever life throws at you, you have; at this very moment. Make the most of every opportunity… let go of your personal striving and let God move in you and meet your every need!

“…casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7)

Consider Your Ways

“Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:4-7)

This frustrating lifestyle is often felt among Christians who are in the midst of life’s greatest tests. You see, I believe in the God of supernatural provision… the God who calls Himself “Jehovah-Jireh!” (Gen. 22:14); which means “the-LORD-will-provide”. I have seen it in my life and have no doubt that God tests me often to make sure I focus on His provision rather than any human reasoning or manipulation.

Here we can clearly see the Jewish Prophet Haggai, challenging people to consider their ways and their harvest, in order to evaluate the issues they are puzzled about, when it comes to provision. Why were they consistently overwhelmed and living in lack? Well, its like the Apostle Paul tells us… “do not be deceived, what you sow, you shall also reap” (Gal. 6:7). When a professing believer never seems to have enough and his money bag seems filled with holes, it is time for him to consider his ways before the Lord, because something is not adding up!

After all, our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and is well able to supply all our needs. In context, Haggai is rebuking the people of Judah for tending to their own welfare and neglecting the work of God. “Is it time for you, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this house [the unfinished temple in Jerusalem] to lie waste [broken down and forgotten]” (Hag. 1:4). It might be helpful to understand that the Temple was the place that housed the Glory of God. It was a special place designed by God to meet with His people and fellowship among them for their good.

The Eternal Principle:

We need to recognize the zeal of the Father’s heart is for fellowship… not just a get together; but a spiritual experience that leads to knowing His heart. Jesus said, “Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of things” like food and drink and clothing. But, He also calls us to “seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt. 6:32-33). In the midst of the directive is a promise! If these necessities of life are not being provided, we urgently need to consider our ways. Are God’s Kingdom and His righteousness really our first concern?

Accessing Promise:

We often quote the wonderful promise, “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). But we must remember that this promise was given to a group of Macedonian Christians whose “deep poverty [was not a hindering mindset] abounded in the riches of their liberality” [their giving], because “they first gave themselves to the Lord” (2 Cor. 8:2-5). That is how the Glory Realm is accessed and our needs are met in Christ… surrender and obedience to the Father’s heart.

Willing and Ready

“And the Word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.” (Acts 13:49) 

One of Luke’s purposes in writing the Book of Acts was to tell the real story of the remarkable growth of the Church. Amazing things took place in the years that followed the Holy Spirit clothing the Apostles with power to become witnesses in the world (Acts 1:8). No matter how we define this move of God in the Early Church, we must not miss the prophetic reality of Kingdom Advancement. There are regions waiting, cultures and people groups ready to be reached with the love and power of the Gospel of the Kingdom. And our calling is to disciple the nations (Mt. 28:18-20), teaching and building bridges of opportunity for generations to walk in God’s destiny for their lives. Should we not stand willing and ready to risk it all for the purposes of God’s heart?

 The Prophet Habakkuk said it this way: “For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

God’s Invitation:

These are New Days on the African landscape and the sound of a spiritual trumpet blast has gone forth from the heart of God. Many with an ear to hear have already begun to assemble. To some its a whisper and to others a shout, yet there is no mistaking its purpose in this season. Its God’s invitation that is being proclaimed in the vineyard. And the laborers carry a fresh clarity of passion in their steps. The prayer that sets the tone of our commission is simple: “Father release Your Power and Let Your Kingdom Come – Let Your Will be Done, On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

God is Hearing & Responding!

Our Father has a voice that opens the regions… gathers the nations and calls for the alien to come sit at His Throne (Heb. 4:16). This is like the time of ingathering, like the Old Testament day of first fruits. We shall rejoice and be glad in what we are witnessing in our generation! (1 Pe 2:9-10) 

The Laborers Stand Willing & Ready!

Are You Hearing the Sound?

Come join us in the adventure of a lifetime… see it for yourself. http://revivalhut.com/itinerary/

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Email from Apostle Fredrick Ochieno of Nairobi, Kenya:

  • Praise God, I hope you are good in the Lord. How is the ministry? We are praying for you and your ministry, that the good work the Lord has begun across our land shall continue with increase. Our God, He may bring to accomplishment! Pastor Zedekiah, our mutual friend in Kampala, Uganda has been asking me if we have been communicating. He understands our working together will be of great inpact in the Kingdom. I want to break through all silence by saying - God has a great plan for us! I need you Man of God to help our ministry. There is something God wants to do through you to train our leaders and help us fulfill our ministry here in Nairobi – Kenya. Thank you for your faithfulness and we shall be ready to move with you in opening an Apostolic Training Center in this region.
    Be Blessed Apostle Fredrick Ochieno

My Response:

  • Hello Apostle Fred;
    Great to hear from you and know of your communication with Pastor Zedekiah. I love where God has placed key people to advance the Kingdom of God. It is a great joy to work with precious like minded brothers who understand the destiny God has for their lives. I agree with you in the fact that God has a rich inheritance established in the Glory Realm for each of us. It becomes our right and privilige to move in faith and embrace the resources He has made available. I speak blessing over you and your family and your ministry in the land of Kenya. May you live in grace and sense the closeness of His promise. We shall see His hand at work in these days.
    We have been very busy with things in Uganda as we now have four new churches planted out of the Apostolic Training Center that was opened this past March 2012. God is moving so fast… just this year we have seen 15 new congregations open in the RevivalHut Ministry network. God continues to raise up leaders and train for advancemnet in the fields. It is His doing as we see Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania bearing fruit to the Glory of God. I am anxious to get back on African soil, but right now we are waiting upon God’s timing and listening for His direction. Please continue to pray for us and use the teachings on our website to encourage spiritual growth. If they are helpful to you – share them freely. www.RevivalHut.com We believe God is up to something big in all of East Africa. Join us in this adventure and we shall bless each other with our communications. It is a New Day!
    Blessings Pastor Ron Bateman

Response email from Apostle Fred:

  • Praise God – Man of God, I hope you are good in the Lord. I am grateful for allowing us to partner with what God has started in the Apostolic Training Centers through you. Pastor, I have discussed the issue with our regional church leaders, and we have agreed to start immediately the program as from next week… every Saturday from 5-7pm, and sunday from 4-6pm Kenya time. As I said, we are giving church hall to be used in this program and God will do something powerful among us. Pastor, we look forward to receive manual as you promised so I can prepare for the classes next week. I hope to hear from you soon. Greet your family and brothers in the Lord.
    Your Ministry Partner,  Apostle Fredrick Ochieno

Swing wide you heavenly gates and prepare the way for a new generation of radical lovers… The fields are ripening and the harvest is truly plentiful!

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