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Sharing in His 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.” (Jn. 17:22-23)

The Glory which the Father gave to Christ Jesus has been offered to us. As we come to experience Him and begin to look into His Glory… we are changed. We are transformed in that place like no other place. Its a place of incredible revelation! If we continue to come up into that place, climb the mountain of the Lord, and abide in His holy place, we will be continually changed from one state of Glory to another (2 Cor 3:17-18). Glory will increase in us in the same way that faith increases when we exercise it in the trials of life. What emerges as we are stretched and transformed is pure gold… precious and tested by fire.

Weightiness of the Glory:

Gold is weighty like Glory; called “kabod” in Hebrew. Glory is the weighty manifestation of God’s Presence that is revealed more visible on the other side of tests. When we are changed from Glory to Glory through the trials of life, gold appears in our character and it is manifesting an eternal weight of Glory for us (2 Cor 4:17).

Joy in the Greater Glory:

So count it all joy when tribulations come, knowing that it is perfecting and completing you (Jms 1:2-4). You are His temple being overlaid with gold – every part of your inner and outer man is increasing in Glory. In Moses’ day there was a curtain keeping the weighty Glory separated from the rest of the temple, but when Christ paid the ultimate price of redemption on the cross, the veil was rent in two and the way burst open for the presence and power of God to fill the whole temple with Glory. So – we must not miss our opportunity to rejoice… the way is made for us to enjoy the greater Glory of the latter house of God (Hag 2:9).

Jesus Christ is your hope of Glory! (Col 1:27)

If Christ be in you and if you are allowing the Holy Spirit to form the mature stature of Christ in you, then your heart is an everlasting door that can provide opening for the King of Glory to come through into the atmosphere of your life (Ps 24:7-10). Jesus Christ is the King of the Glory.

Ezekiel 10:4 – “Then the Glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’s Glory.”

We are the Ark of His Covenant – Overlaid with Glory – a Temple of the Holy Spirit where the Eternal weight of Glory increases even as the noonday sun takes ownership of the sky.

The Key of Blessing

Hearts are shaped by Blessing

“You are blessed with all spiritual blessings” (Eph 1:3).

Blessing is a powerful key. Blessing is God’s primary tool of confirming identity and establishing you into your purpose. When God blesses you, He accepts and receives you as His own. In Hebrew, the word blessing means: to be empowered to prosper.

“Empowered to Prosper!”

A simple way to recognize blessing is through honoring treatment. To be regarded as ones who have great worth and value tells others that favor and blessing rest upon our lives.

Jesus used the word “blessing” more than anyone in human history. When Jesus blessed people (children or adults) He was empowering them to prosper.

Blessing is a powerful form of communication.

The highest form of blessing comes from a parent to their child. God’s original intent was to provide a safe place to release and nurture identity into children. To communicate blessing and transfer values among family members is why God established the home. The home is to be a haven where children are loved and affirmed as their identity is being uncovered and embraced as their own. Home should feel like a house of blessing.

The Key of Blessing… affirming words.

Every child needs to hear the words, “I love you, and I am proud of you.” A parent’s affirmation and blessing can empower their children to prosper and thrive as adults. The effect of parental blessings affect each of us throughout our lives; in our marriages, businesses, and even in our ministries. One of the biggest misconceptions about blessings is that they should be given only to those who deserve them. I would propose, that the door of any child’s heart can be opened by using the key of blessing.

Daniel’s Words

The clearest picture we have of a satanic principality ruling over a nation is found in the ninth and tenth chapters of the book of Daniel. These chapter’s describe what happened after the Prophet Daniel set himself to fast and pray until he received revelation concerning the prophetic future of the nation of Israel (which was being held captive by the nation of Persia).

Daniel’s Season of Prayer & Fasting:

After twenty-one days of seeking the Lord, an angel approached Daniel and explained why it took so long for his prayers to be answered. The angel comes to respond to Daniel’s heart, “Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand… thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia” (Dan. 10:12-13).

  1. Notice, the angel was sent to answer Daniel’s prayer on the first day of his fast, but he was hindered in his journey by the prince of the kingdom of Persia.
  2. Notice also the mention of the word “prince” in this verse. Both times they are translated from the Hebrew “sar”, which means a chief ruler, leader or commander over an army.

Since the earthly ruler of Persia could not hinder an angel from completing his assignment, and the chief prince Michael is commonly known to be an angel of the highest order, the term “prince of Persia” must refer to the satanic ruler of the spiritual kingdom of darkness that operated over the physical nation of Persia.

Princes & Principalities:

There are principalities that rule in the realm of the spirit over cities, regions, nations and governments. Some of these spiritual powers are good, and some are evil. Revelation 12:7 tells us, “And there was a war in heaven (ouranos – the abode of God, also the spirit realm); Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (satan); and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not…” Angelic forces are doing battle in the heavenly realm even as you read this, fighting one another to gain control over the regions of the earth.

A messenger angel was dispatched to bring Daniel revelation from God concerning the prophetic future of the nation of Israel; but he did not possess enough power or authority to break through the forces of darkness that were controlling the spiritual regions above Persia. Michael is one of the chief princes of heaven. Everytime you find him mentioned in Scripture, he is doing battle with the spiritual forces of darkness. So, Michael was sent to engage the forces of darkness and to open up a highway for the lesser angel to pass through and deliver God’s message to Daniel. The last part of verse thirteen says, “…I remained there with the kings of Persia”, indicating that the messenger angel was restricted by the forces of darkness until Michael set him free, allowing him to resume his journey.

Then, after he delivered his message, the angel said, “…and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come” (Dan. 10:20). The angel had to fight his way back out of the earthly kingdom by doing battle, once again, with the satanic principality that ruled over Persia.

Daniel’s Words:

It’s important for us to realize that Daniel’s prayers were the catalyst that released the angelic forces of God to break the stronghold the prince of darkness had over the nation of Persia. Once the satanic principality was broken, the earthly kingdom of Persia was finished as a world power. History tells us that the kingdom of Greece rose to greatness in 334 B.C. and destroyed the Persian empire. The prince of Grecia, which refers to the satanic principality that governed over the Grecian Empire, empowered Alexander the Great and his armies to conquer much of the world.

Dominion Reality:

I have heard the critics speak negatively about the theology of dominions, but this story clearly indicates the power and authority that angelic principalities have over nations and regions of the earth. It also tells us the important role that our prayers have in releasing the forces of God to break the devil’s stronghold. The angel told Daniel, “… I am come for thy words”. In other words, Daniel’s prayers were the active agent that precipitated a change in the heavenly realm over Persia.

In Matthew 6:10, Jesus told us to pray, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (“ouranos” – the dwelling place of God, and the abode of angels). God’s will is not automatically worked in the earth or in your life; it must be prayed through. Today, I encourage you to begin to value your words in prayer. Don’t let them fall upon the ground without expecting something… see spiritually and engage your faith to believe that angels are ready to lift your needs into the sphere of God’s hearing.

Its possible that your neighbor, your city or an entire nation is counting on your words!

Establish the Day

I love the opportunities that God has placed before me. Everyday there are moments where I am learning, making decisions and growing in my awareness of God’s plan for me. The Christian life is meant to be this way… abundant and full of promised goodness (Jn. 10:10). Everyday has some divine potential that God expects me to take advantage of. I must take responsibility for my perceptions and enter every moment with anticipation that God’s plan and purposes will emerge before me. What I need is less analysis and a whole lot more praise to establish the day. In this way I can redeem every moment… by choosing to glorify God in the midst of uncertainty.

Its what the Apostle Paul meant when he told us to redeem the time, because the days are evil (Eph 5:16). His encouragement was that we give thanks or glorify God, in the midst of all things (2 Thess 5:17) “…for this is the will of God for us, in Christ Jesus.”

God wants to teach us how to see!

  1. First we must trust God that every moment is a Divine opportunity;
  2. And second we must grab the greatest potential from the moment we are experiencing – through praise.
  3. Third – we will begin to see what God is doing in every step we take… because the Divine opportunities will emerge.

Better & Brighter Days:

The wise King Solomon wrote that the path of the righteous grows brighter and brighter until the full day (Prov 4:18). Brighter days are better days… established days! That idea of a  “full” day in the Hebrew (kuwn) means a day that is firm, stable and established. How does a person “establish” a day? They do it by how they think about it, speak into it and rejoice in its opportunities. We must learn to be deeply confident that God has a plan in every day to reveal His Glory! We must become fully persuaded that God is good and that He has good plans for us just waiting to emerge in the “brightness” of each day.

“The Lord is good, a Stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)

It does not matter where you are in life right now… God has much more in store for you! You may be disappointed and confused, because of recent bad news: His plans and purposes are beyond anything you can imagine. You may feel betrayed and rejected, in an impossible marriage: His mercy and grace are beyond anything you can imagine. You may be doubting and defeated, weakened by a serious illness: His healing and deliverance are beyond anything you can imagine. You may be desperate and lonely, concerned for your wandering children: His compassion and fathering heart are beyond anything you can imagine.

“No eye has ever seen, nor ear heard, nor has any man imagined the wonderful things God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9).

Yet when we begin to glorify God through open declarations of praise… then moments begin to establish the day with goodness. Brightness will reveal it.

God Remembers!

“Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.” (Gen. 8:1)

Are you feeling like your promise is always just around the corner and never in your hand? You have received words upon words, promises upon promises from the Lord and you know that fulfillment is just around the corner, yet it seems like your corner never comes. If so, I pray this word is a blessing to you.

The first time we see the phrase “then God remembered” in the Bible is in this very passage, as Noah and the crew were enclosed in the ark for the duration of the flood. As the waters prevailed on the earth, the ark was tossed to and fro in the storm. Day after day they waited for the land to be dry again. Talk about something that seems to be just around the corner.

This does not imply that God forgot; rather, it announces that the fulfillment of His promise is finally at hand. In Hebrew, the word for remembered is zakar (a verb) meaning: to recall something, to remember, to call it to mind. God remembers Noah! He remembered the promise He had given to Noah and the time for action was clicking in! God was about to act on His Word!

A New Beginning:

Notice the Scripture reference, 8:1… “eight” is the number of new beginnings. Noah and the crew were on the threshold of a new beginning. The rains have ceased and the storm is over. The ark has come to rest and the waters are beginning to subside and it looks as though the corner is finally here and their promise is at hand.

When Waiting Becomes Exciting:

Even at the point of fulfillment, there is still more waiting… but this waiting is being done in the kyros moments of the activity of God. This is when the wait gets exciting. We are waiting for these clicked in moments where all that we see is now influenced by grace. Notice the wind that passed upon the earth to dry the ground and cause the waters to subside. This is what we are waiting for… the winds of change. Winds that signify that we are remembered by God! Seasons drag on without a sense of divine purpose, until the breath of heaven is released upon our lives. That is worth waiting for… and worth waiting in.

“Be still and know that I am God!” (Ps. 46:10) …the God who remembers!

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