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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)

The Father’s Countenance

“Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:5)

“My child why are you constantly complaining about your situation?”

The time has come to open up our eyes to the wonderful help that comes from the countenance of the Father! May I remind you what happened to the Children of Israel while in the wilderness. They complained and gossiped… they went around the mountain year after year. They were only eleven miles from the promise land – yet they wandered around the mountain year after year after year – forty long years they remained there. In fact, many got so comfortable hanging on to their baggage, that they made friends with other folks just like themselves. They were looked forward and never seeing themselves correctly.

Choices:

The Children of Israel were a difficult group to lead through the wilderness. They chose to complain about their problems… to everyone they came in contact with. Rather than praise God right into the Promised Land, they chose to murmur! Do you complain and tell others how big your problems are… or do you tell your problems how big your God is?

God has promised to make a way where there seems to be no way! He will even make a road in the middle of the wilderness and create rivers in the desert.

Faith talking people focus on the road more than they do the wilderness! God made the road and has already walked it ahead of you and it’s safe, reliable and trustworthy. You don’t have to just try to find your way through life. God has a plan just for you (Jer. 29:11) with specific direction on the way! The road itself is clear – it’s the way to eternal and abundant life! It’s your choice… focus on your problems or focus on the Lord. Start today telling your problems how Big Your God is – instead of telling your God and people how big your problems are. Walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).

  • “So Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mk. 11:22-25)
  • “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness. And rivers in the desert.” (Isa. 43:18-19)
  • “The righteous shall live by faith!” (Hab. 2:4)

Finding Comfort in the Father’s Countenance: It was David’s Remedy (Psalm 42-43 & 142-143)

  1. Remember the Lord: He is your strength, your help, your shield and defender.
  2. Meditate on His Promises: Remind your heart that He has not left you.
  3. Consider His Purposes: Testify of all the Works of His hands.
  4. Worship Him: Praise Him and enter His gates with thanksgiving.
  5. Pray: Cry out to Him – With Voice and Volume!
  6. Agree with His Covenant Realities: Declare His Word over your battle.
  7. Renew your Mind: Pour out your heart to Him and receive His Kingdom.
  8. Cast all your Cares upon Him: Lift up your hands… to receive Father’s embrace.
  9. Take Refuge in His Love: Take Shelter Under the Shade of His Wings.
  10. Focus on His Pleasure: See the Smile on Your Father’s Face!

“We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12)

Taking Your Stand

Scripture: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” (Ephesians 6:13-14a)

Thought for Today: “Having Done All – Take Your Stand”

When you find yourself at the place where you have done all you can, prayed, fasted, stood your ground, fought the battles and declared your position then all that is left is… to stand. As futile as it sounds, the battle is the Lords and we must let it be won by Him.

Moses told the people of God, “Do not be afraid – Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today! The enemy you see today you will never see again.” (Exod 14:13)

Stand & See:

When your back is to the wall and the enemies are breathing down your neck, hype and empty promises feel like a wet blanket. The battle is for your stance. Its the highest prize of all, because the ground you have already taken came at such a cost. A weary saint must be able to keep their heart in the fight (Mt 15:8). So positioning to see His salvation can feel like waiting for a victory in the midst of the midnight hour. What we reach for and what the goal has meant to us is that we be found faithful in Christ Jesus.

Trust Positioned:

Our trust in Him is a prevailing force that enables us to now be still and watch His hand at work on our behalf. This lifestyle of prayer and fasting can be bitter-sweet, because at times its triumph and at times its stillness. Its the knowing part of the Psalmist’s words “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). Having done all to stand… we stand… and stand again.

3-Ways We Take Our Stand:

  1. Resistant: (Jms 4:7) We resist the demonic forces that battle in the spirit realm, defying our advancement and challenging our right to the promises of God.
  2. Consistent: (Ps 149:5-6) We stand firm in our praise of God as warriors, equipped for battle wait for the sound to advance.
  3. Persistent: (Mk 11:22-23) We speak His Truth in faith to friend or foe and acknowledge that the battle is the Lord’s. He shall do it!

Now the Just shall live by Faith! (Hab 2:4)

Having Done All

Today is day 15 of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Scripture: Ephesians 6:13
Thought for Today: “Having Done All” 

Spiritual Battles in Uganda

Spiritual Battles in Uganda

When you find yourself at the place where you have done all you can, prayed, fasted, stood your ground, fought the battles and declared your position then all that is left is… to stand. As futile as it sounds, the battle is the Lords and we must let it be won by Him. 

Moses told the people of God “Do not be afraid- Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today! The enemy you see today you will never see again” (Exod 14:13) 

Stand & See: 

When your back is to the wall and the enemies are breathing down your neck, hype and empty promises feel like a wet blanket. The battle is for your stance. Its the highest prize of all, because the ground you have already taken came at such a cost. A weary saint must be able to keep their heart in the fight (Mt 15:8). So positioning to see His salvation can feel like waiting for a victory in the midst of the midnight hour. What we reach for and what the goal has meant to us is that we be found faithful in Christ Jesus.   

Trust Positioned: 

Our trust in Him is a prevailing force that enables us to now be still and watch His hand at work on our behalf. This lifestyle of prayer and fasting can be bitter-sweet, because at times its triumph and at times its stillness. Its the knowing part of the Psalmist’s words “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). Having done all to stand… we stand… and stand again. 

3-Ways We Stand:
Resistant: (Jms 4:7) We resist the demonic forces that battle in the spiritual realm, defying our advancement and challenging our right to the promises of God.
Consistent:
 (Ps 149:5-6) We stand firm in our praise of God as warriors, equipped for battle wait for the sound to advance.
Persistent:
(Mk 11:22-23) We speak His Truth in faith to friend or foe and acknowledge that the battle is the Lord’s. He shall do it! 

Now the Just shall live by Faith! (Hab 2:4)

View from Inside

A friend of mine keeps a gold fish in an aquarium in his office. The fish is over 10 years old, but is only about 4 inches long. A gold fish in the wild can reach 2 feet in length, because it is a type of carp. The point is that a fish will only grow as big as its surroundings allow.

Church Culture: 

So much of “church culture” has insulated people from real ministry and like those gold fish, there is no incentive toward growth or spiritual health. The comfortable messages and limited challenge leaves them feeling good about their tank, but unaware of the ocean outside. If we create small tanks, we can’t expect to grow large fish. Small or large spiritually is never really defined by the size of the tank, however; its defined by the vision it gets exposed to.

Part of this is simply human nature, some people are leaders and some are followers; but, we must not allow that to be an excuse for apathy. There should be a voice inside of every Christian leader that breaks the cycle of indifference in their ministries. We are not merely preaching to get our people to agree with our ideas and compliment our pulpit skills. We are called to be spiritual fore-runners, looking ahead into uncharted territory. I believe we are in trouble in our little fish tanks, because we are consistently limited by our view from inside.

Living By Faith!

A healthy ministry is engaged in changing the world. Its not content in entertainment or just edifying itself. The view from inside is way too limiting and  never creates enough challenge to cause its participants to live by faith. The Bible’s most vital truth is its unrelenting definition of its adherents: “The Righteous shall live by faith.” (Hab 2:4)(Rom 1:17)(Gal 3:11)

Fresh Vision:

We have a mentality that keeps trying to grow a bigger tank, when in reality our many “Mega-churches” show us what we really need is to smash the tanks altogether and allow the fish to get their gills into some fresh water. Vision is transformed by what we breathe.  

Rivers of Living Water are poured out from God’s throne (Rev 22:1) and have their resource made available through pulling upon His heart (Jn 4:10). To become a ministry that releases the kind of power that awakens the nations, means our living must be done in the midst of the ocean we call humanity. It’s only there that faith will begin to grow, because it puts a demand upon our character, our heart and our anointing. If we never feel a demand upon our faith, we will never pull upon God’s heart for more resource.

The Adventure of the Ages:

So, position your life in such a way that you feel the current hitting you in the face. The Holy Spirit will begin to enlarge your heart and your spirit will begin to soar. Its the adventure of the ages; Christ inside of you, living His life through you. You will find yourself reaching, touching and healing those who were only visible by your view from inside.

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