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Encountering Glory

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Encountering Glory

The Glory of the Lord is the most awesome sight in Heaven. It moves the Angels to sing of His holiness and bow to His majesty. Although, the Glory of the Lord may be experienced; it is often misunderstood and seen as a rare occurrence here upon the Earth. The Bible talks about the Glory in many ways in both the Old and New Testaments. Still it remains only a vague concept to most Christians. It is my belief, that the Glory of God should be a central focus for the Church and a passion for all who long to know Truth.

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

In Scripture, Moses contends for God’s Presence with a passionate plea, ”If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” (Ex 33:15-17). We need to contend for the Presence of God in our lives and never settle for our perception of reality.  Note that Moses pulled upon God’s Presence with earnest expectation and God says, “I will do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”  He wanted God’s Presence to go with him, but he wanted something greater. He wanted to see evidence of God’s goodness and encounter His Glory.

He said, “Please, show me Your glory” (Ex 33:18).

What a prayer! He not only wanted to know that God was with him, he insisted upon the manifestation of that Presence… God’s goodness. We could say, he wanted God’s Presence made known to him, made visible and tangible. Think about it… if Moses could see the Glory of God, why shouldn’t we?

I believe as a Child of God; I can see the Glory too.

We must understand that the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord. The Bible speaks about our ability to see the Glory with the eyes of faith.

  • “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the Glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor 3:18)

The Bible also points to where we find the knowledge of the Glory of God.

  • “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)

Spending time alone beholding Him and worshiping Him, will cause us to have a greater hunger for His Presence and His revealed Glory in our lives. Seeing Him in the pages of God’s Word and knowing that there is more of God available in our lives, will cause us to search for deeper experiences with Him. We can begin to have Glory encounters of our own, where we get firsthand knowledge of His goodness and His power.

Hunger for the Glory

The Glory of the Lord is the most awesome reality of Heaven. It moves the Angels to sing of His holiness and bow to His majesty. Although, the Glory of the Lord may be experienced; it is often misunderstood and seen as a rare occurrence here upon the Earth. The Bible talks about the Glory in many ways in both the Old and New Testaments. Still it remains only a vague concept to most Christians. It is my belief, that the Glory of God should be a central focus for the Church and a passion for all who long to know Truth.

Just consider for a moment the experience that King Solomon was able to share with us at the completion of the Temple in 2 Chronicles 6-7.

Then Solomon spoke: “The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud. I have surely built You an exalted house, and a place for You to dwell in forever (2 Chr. 6:1-2). Now, my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place. Now therefore, Arise, Oh Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, Oh Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints rejoice in goodness. Oh Lord God, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed; remember the mercies of Your servant David.” (2 Chr. 6:1-2 & 40-42)
When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the Glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the Glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the Glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever.” (2 Chr. 7:1-3)

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

Moses Gives Insight:

Moses contends for God’s Presence… with a passionate plea, we hear his desperation, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” (Ex 33:15-17). We need to contend for the Presence of God in our lives and never settle for our perception of reality. Note that Moses pulled upon God’s heart with an earnest expectation of going beyond the Presence and seeing something more… encountering something more. And God says, “I will do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” He wanted God’s Presence to go with him, but he wanted something greater… something visible, tangible and real. He wanted to see evidence of God’s goodness and encounter His Glory.

He said, “Please, show me Your Glory!” (Ex 33:18).

What a prayer! He not only wanted to know that God was with him, he insisted upon the manifestation of that Presence… God’s goodness. We could say, he wanted God’s Presence made known to him, a manifestation… made visible and tangible. Think about it… if Moses could see the Glory of God, why shouldn’t we? Why can’t we see His Glory?

I believe as a Child of God, we can see the Glory! (Heb. 1:3)

The Bible speaks about our ability to see the Glory with the eyes of faith. We must understand that the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord.

  • ”But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the Glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor 3:18)

The Bible also points to where we find the knowledge of the Glory of God.

  • ”For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)

Look Into the Face of Jesus:

Spending time beholding Him and worshiping at His Throne, takes us somewhere in the spirit. It transforms our sense of reality and moves our heart into intimate places with the heart of God. These encounters deepen our knowledge of how love and grace are imparted, because we are introduced to heaven’s atmosphere. These encounters cause us to have a greater hunger for His Voice and His revealed Glory in our lives. Seeing Him in the pages of God’s Word is just the beginning… faith inspires a deeper search, knowing that there is more available for our lives. Deep cries out to deep… we go deeper and we begin to have Glory encounters of our own, where we gain firsthand knowledge of His goodness and His power.

You and I were made to drink of His Spirit and share in His Glory! (1 Cor 12:13)

Hope of Glory

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27)

This “hope of Glory” is the wonderful internal reality of the Holy Spirit’s power… Christ on the inside! It is as if you and I could be worn like a glove. We are God’s expression of Heaven on Earth. The Sons and Daughters carry the Father’s substance and yes we really are the ambassadors of His character and priorities from the “other world”. This Glory of the Lord is more than just filler… its the most awesome sight in Heaven. It moves the Angels to sing of His holiness and bow to His majesty.

Although, the Glory of the Lord can be experienced; it is often misunderstood and seen as a rare occurrence here upon the Earth. In fact all of creation still yearns to see more of it. The Bible talks about the Glory in many ways in both the Old and New Testaments. Still it remains only a vague concept to most Christians. It is my belief, that this spiritual substance should be a central focus for the Church and a passion for all who long to know God!

  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

In Scripture, Moses contends for God’s Presence with a passionate plea, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” (Ex 33:15-17). We need to contend for the Presence of God in our lives. Note that Moses pulled upon God’s Presence with earnest expectation and God says, “I will do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” He wanted God’s Presence to go with him, but he wanted something greater. He wanted to see evidence of God’s goodness and encounter His Glory.

He said, “Please, show me Your glory” (Ex 33:18).

What a prayer! He not only wanted to know that God was with him, he insisted upon the manifestation of that Presence… God’s goodness. We could say, he wanted God’s Presence made known to him, made visible and tangible. He wanted to see the manifestation of that Presence! Think about it… if Moses could see the Glory of God, why shouldn’t we?

I believe as a Child of God; I can see the Glory too.

We must understand that the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord. The Bible speaks about our ability to see the Glory with the eyes of faith.

  • “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the Glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor 3:18)

The Bible also points to where we find the knowledge of the Glory of God.

  • ”For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)

Spending time alone beholding Him and worshiping Him, will cause us to see His Glory. To nurture a greater hunger for His Presence is the first step… and yet there is more. His revealed Glory comes with the “face to face” encounters in our lives. Seeing Him in the pages of God’s Word and knowing that there is more of God available in our lives, will cause us to search for deeper experiences with Him. We can begin to have Glory encounters of our own, where we get firsthand knowledge of His goodness and His power.

Let’s go deeper!

For His Purpose

Releasing the purposes of God East Africa

Releasing the purposes of God in East Africa

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn. 3:8)

Woven into the context of Christ’s purpose for being manifest in the flesh, is an incredible revelation… sinning is in agreement with the devil’s plan for your life! In contrast, the alternative that Christ offers… is freedom from sin and freedom from the deceptive works that the devil continues to release in the earth. Jesus instructed His disciples to pray for the release of heaven’s authority and power… “on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). As we pray then, we are actually praying for heaven to touch earth… to break the power of sin and free us from the residue of its effect on our lives.

Think about it – when Jesus came He brought His world into focus, so that it could be understood and stand in direct contrast to the devil’s schemes. Jesus was offering us freedom and empowerment to influence the world in which we live. He demonstrated the Kingdom of God on earth every time He touched a leper or healed a cripple! His example expressed God’s goodness, love and power; through signs and wonders, miracles and supernatural manifestations. This experience of Kingdom life (Acts 10:38) was meant to be training and basic discipleship for believers to do the same on earth today (Jn. 14:12). This was the purpose and we must embrace it!

A Kingdom Mandate:

His purpose is our destiny… and we must be clear in our understanding of His heart. I believe it is safe to say that there is no sickness in heaven, and therefore; it no longer has free reign to rule over the “People of Promise”! Also, there is no poverty, depression, disease or hopelessness in heaven. What this means is that we have a real Kingdom mandate to proclaim. A new day, free from the oppression of the enemy has arrived… if we (as citizens of heaven) can see it and pursue it in faith. God’s message of Christ’s victory must be released in the nations and a new discipleship must take place. Jesus commissioned His followers with these words: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons: freely you have received, freely give” (Mt. 10:8)(Mt. 28:18-20).

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

His Purpose is Our Model:

I remember when I became a new Christian – I was told what “not to do”. I was taught that I needed help… as a “sinner” I needed to be “perfected”, before I could be of use to God. In hindsight, there was too much emphasis on me, my ability, and my religious performance. According to the Apostle John, Jesus had a purpose that He accomplished in my life and it was sufficient. His purpose was to “…destroy the works of the devil”. The word purpose in Greek is the word “tupos” and it means “model or imitation”. The truth is clear, that when Jesus was destroying the works of the devil; He was demonstrating a reality of the Kingdom for us to imitate every day. When we are given an assignment by the Holy Spirit, it is with purpose and we are being called to imitate Christ… “to destroy the works of the devil”. In fact, this is one of the ways in which we are able to give Him glory – by imitating Him!

Identifying with Kingdom Purpose:

Satan is evil – we must stop imitating him. However, he is always targeting us with lies that kill God’s purpose (Jn. 10:9-10), as he did Eve in the Garden. He is attempting to cause us to doubt our identity in Christ. If we believe opposite of who we are, (i.e.; sons and daughters of the King and made in His divine image), we become powerless to fully imitate God. Why is that? It is because when we doubt our identity in God, we also doubt our ability to be demonstrators of His power. The two go hand-in-hand. In fact, knowing who you are in Christ empowers you with heaven’s authority to demonstrate His purposes around you!

Let me repeat that word… “knowing who you are in Christ empowers you with heaven’s authority to demonstrate His purposes around you!”

Giving Us Glory

“And the Glory which You gave Me I have given them that they may be one just as We are one: I in them and You in Me. That they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (Jn 17:22-24)

All who believe in the Gospel of the Kingdom are included in this prayer. We are being invited to experience the supernatural fellowship that transforms the way we see ourselves and the way others see us. Jesus prays here that we would be one just like He and His Father are one. The Father is in Him and He is in the Father. He invites us to be in Him as evidence, so that the world would believe in Him. This fellowship is the best testimony any of us could have and its available by way of His Glory. Listen carefully to what Jesus said:

“I have given them the Glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.”

I always thought that unity came from all of us coming together and working at getting along, pretending to like each other in the name of Jesus. We just have to put our differences aside and unite around a common cause. Isn’t that what the world describes as unity? However, Jesus makes it clear that it’s the Glory that can change us and draw us together in Him. Its the Glory that creates the oneness He is after. 

Glory Causes Unity:

He gave us His Glory so that we would reflect His perfect oneness and as a result we would be united with each other. I want to propose that there is something about experiencing God’s Glory together that knits our hearts in spiritual unity. The closer we get to the fullness of God’s Presence, the more God’s Glory begins to manifest and the easier it is for us to become one in the Body of Christ. This is what makes Church – Church.

Beholding the Glory: 

Amazingly, Jesus asks His Father to bring us to where He is so that we could behold the Glory, God gave to Him. In the Old Testament, we see that the people of Israel would not even come close to God’s Glory, but now we see Jesus asking His Father to show us the Glory! God allowed Moses to see His Glory, but only as he was able to catch a glimpse of His backside. He would see God’s Goodness from the cleft of a rock (Ex 33:18-23). A protected place. Yet now as soon as we find our fellowship in Christ, we are given access to behold Glory and reflect perfect oneness!

Yearning for God’s Glory:

My heart has been stretched beyond its ability to return to its original shape. There is something about the tangible Presence of God that clothes us and transforms our vision, passion and unity. The Body of Christ is only the “Body” as it beholds and reflects this mystery of the Glory. It was designed to be clothed in Glory and yearn jealously for this covering, so all the world would know what makes us one (Jms 4:5). Human effort is insufficient to make us one. Its found in the Father giving us His Glory… the habitation of God by His Spirit (Eph 2:22).

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