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Revealing Glory

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His Glory; and His disciples believed in Him. (Jn. 2:11)

Jesus is still manifesting the Glory of God (Jn. 1:14), so that “thirsty” people can become believing disciples. He is looking for people that He can reveal Himself in and through (Jn. 14:16-17). How does He do it…through greater manifestations of His Glory. You see, the Glory is God’s essence on full display. It is His love, His wisdom, His creativity, His anointing, His power, and His wealth… the sum total of all that He is. Jesus revealed it; full of grace and Truth and now His desire is to release that same Glory into our lives.

Humanity was designed to reflect His Glory.

  • Isaiah 40:5 Says that His Glory would be revealed and that all flesh would see it together.
  • Psalm 19:1 Says that the heavens declare the Glory of the Lord.
  • Hebrews 1:3 Says that Jesus was the brightness and expressed image of the Father’s Glory.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 Says we are being changed and increasing in Glory through the Holy Spirit.

It Requires Fellowship!

We cannot manifest God’s Glory however; until we gain some personal experience and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus; we simply cannot live our lives fulfilling the purposes of the Father, without the anointed leadership of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 4:18-19). We too must be equipped and empowered (Acts 1:8), so that we reflect Him. Jesus’ promise to us; is that when we have experienced the Presence of the Holy Spirit, we will do the greater works, because of the influence of the Glory (Jn. 14:12).

The Believing Factor:

Notice: The key to our stewardship is our “believing heart”! As we abide in the Glory, effective spiritual growth and fruitful ministry begins to flow freely. Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover” (Mk. 16:17-18). In these days, God is raising up a believing generation, those who will walk in great passion, see amazing things and carry the Kingdom to the farthest corners of the Earth!

Its the revelation of God’s Glory that marks the believing heart as “Chosen”, “Royal”, “Holy” and “Special”… and sets us in position to proclaim the praises of our King (1 Pet. 2:5-10).

Evidence of Glory

What transpires as humanity moves toward the culmination of all things… is it disaster or restoration?

Scripture reveals that the Kingdom of God will come in all of its fullness… that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the LORD and culminate in a great awareness of His Presence and Preeminence. Our God shall come enthroned saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall dwell with them and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

And He who sits on the throne will say, “Behold, I will make all things new.” (Rev. 21:3-5)

The Bible reminds us that the great tragedy in the Garden of Eden was not just sin, but separation and the fact that man had “fallen short of the Glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Although many, professing to be wise; have “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things” (Rom. 1:22-23)… this tragic estrangement was never God’s intent. His delight is with man, sharing fellowship in the brilliance of His Glory (Gen. 3:8)(Ps. 8:5).

Man was created for experiences in God’s Glory (Isa. 43:7). The Children of Israel saw the Glory of God in the cloud (Ex. 16:10), and on the mountain (Ex. 24:17). The same Glory that shaped the hearts of Moses, David and Solomon; was seen filling the tabernacle (Ex. 33:7-11 & 40:34-35) (2 Sam. 6:2) (2 Chr. 5:13-14). Both Isaiah and Ezekiel saw visions of God’s Glory. From the earliest of days until now, the knowledge of God’s Glory has been a topic of prophetic importance (Hab. 2:14). The Hebrew prophets envisioned a day when God’s Glory would increase; impacting the nations and transforming the fabric of cultures and governments. For example, Isaiah prophesied the following decree of the Lord, “I will gather all nations and peoples together, and they will see My Glory” (Isa. 66:18). Ezekiel proclaimed, “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and behold, the Glory of the LORD filled the temple” (Ezek. 43:5). Each of these Old Testament people insisted that the same Glory they had experienced, would be manifest on the earth.

Just listen to these words: “The Glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isa. 40:5)

Overlooked by many, this reality began to emerge during the time of the New Testament. Jesus came as the Glory of the Father (Jn. 1:14), announcing the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mt. 4:17). Through the person and work of Jesus, a great shift took place. Strongholds of darkness were torn down. God’s Presence was increasingly experienced on a level that rivaled ancient encounters in the Garden. Reflecting on this wondrous reality, the Apostle Paul boldly declared: “We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s Glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).

It appears that many are looking for more… driven by concerns about darkness and fear. They’re not cognizant of the ever-increasing glory. They’re blind to the fact that they’re actually living in the age that the prophets longed for. Everybody keeps asking when we’re going to experience God’s Glory? Not realizing that the day of the Lord’s Presence has already begun. Jesus said, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the Glory of God?” Therefore if we, who believe; would only open up our hearts, we would finally discover the desire of the ages.

Just look into the eyes of Jesus… and there you will find the knowledge of the Glory of God (2 Cor. 4:6).

Vital Signs

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His Glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” (Jn. 2:11)

These are the Kingdom’s vital signs! Jesus is manifesting the Glory of God (Jn. 1:14), so that “thirsty” people can become believing disciples.

Still today, God is taking the pulse of His Church to find signs of life. He is looking for people that He can reveal Himself in and through their daily lives (Jn. 14:16-17). How does He do it… through greater manifestations of His Glory. You see, the Glory of God is available and within reach… and His power is on full display if you can believe.

It is His love, His wisdom, His creativity, His anointing, His purposes, and His wealth… the sum total of all that He is. Jesus revealed it; full of grace and Truth, and now His desire is to release that same resource into our lives.

Humanity was designed to reflect His Glory.

  • Isaiah 40:5 Says that His Glory would be revealed and that all flesh would see it together.
  • Psalm 19:1 Says that the heavens declare the Glory of the Lord.
  • Hebrews 1:3 Says that Jesus was the brightness and expressed image of the Father’s Glory.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 Says we are being changed and increasing in Glory through the Holy Spirit.

It Requires Fellowship!

We cannot manifest God’s Glory until we gain some personal experience in God’s Kingdom and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus; we simply cannot live our lives fulfilling the purposes of the Father, without the anointed leadership of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 4:18-19). We too must be equipped and empowered (Acts 1:8), so that we reflect Him. Jesus’ promise to us; is that when we have experienced the Presence of the Holy Spirit, we will do the greater works, because of the influence of the Glory (Jn. 14:12)

The Believing Factor is The Heart:

Notice: The key to our stewardship is our “believing heart”! As we abide in the Glory, effective spiritual growth and fruitful ministry begins to flow freely. Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover” (Mk. 16:17-18). In these days, God is raising up a believing generation, those who will walk in great passion, see amazing things and carry the Kingdom to the farthest corners of the Earth! Its the revelation of God’s Glory that marks the believing heart as “Chosen”, “Royal”, “Holy” and “Special”… and sets us in position to proclaim the praises of our King (1 Pet. 2:5-10).

Have you checked your vital signs lately?

The Brightness of God’s Glory

Jesus is the Brightness of God’s Glory.

“Who being the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb 1:3)

Jesus Christ is the “radiance” of God’s Glory, because He is God. The “brightness of His glory” refers to the Shekinah Glory of God that would manifest in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple (Ex. 40:34-38; 1 Kings 8:10). The cloud, the fire and the powerful manifestations of God were more than just traditions. They were the platform of His relationship with humanity until God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. These amazing experiences with the Glory of God were vital to the healthy expressions of worship, because until the Day of Christ (Gal 4:4-7), sin still stood as a barrier between God and man. The Glory was in many ways a visible sign to God’s people that He was close and available! In fact, the Glory that would manifest upon the Ark of the Covenant was a demonstration of God’s heart desiring to meet with Moses and speak to the People of God (Ex 25:21-22).

In Jesus Christ - the Invisible becomes Visible!

Jesus Christ is the “exact representation” of God’s Glory – revealing His nature. All that God is, in His nature and being, is expressed and revealed perfectly in Christ. This is why Jesus is called Immanuel, God with us. Its because Jesus “is the image of the invisible God”. He has explained Him and shown the Glory to us, so we would be without excuse (Jn. 1:14-18)(Jn. 14:23)(Col. 2:9). If you want to know what God is like, take a long hard look at Him in His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6). When you see Christ - you see the Glory of God, bright, brilliant and wonderful… the Light of the World (Jn 8:12).

Revealing God’s Heart:

Jesus Christ is the revelation of God’s Glory; the radiance of God’s “spiritual substance” in the sense that God was manifest in the flesh. We get to enjoy the real heart of God as a Father, in Jesus Christ. It is impossible to separate the concept of Glory from the nature of Christ’s three and a half years of ministry among us. He came to take away the sin of the world, to destroy the works of the devil and He went about the Galilean countryside healing the sick and delivering the captives from demonic oppression. Without Jesus Christ we are in the dark, utterly in darkness concerning God. It is in Christ that God is revealed (Jn. 17:5). Our illumination is found in His brightness. He is the revelation of the Father’s heart toward our sin, sickness and deliverance. He has come to set the captives free and display the Father’s will.

Revealing Glory:

To the leper, in need of cleansing… Jesus said “I am willing” (Mk 1:41). To the woman with the flow of blood, reaching for the hem of His garment… Jesus said “Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mk 5:34). To the deaf man… Jesus looked into heaven and said “Be opened” (Mk 7:34). In all of these cases and more, we see the Glory manifest and revealed in Jesus. He said of Himself, ”The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19).

Jesus said to Martha at the death of her brother Lazarus, “Did I not say to you that if you believe you would see the Glory of God?” (Jn 11:40)

Resisting Evil

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Rom. 8:6)

We often tend to forget that worldliness and worldly people act as they do because they are carnally minded. People sin, because they take no initiative to fix their minds on Christ and His Word. Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, humanity is in a state of confusion and “spiritual death”, having fallen from God’s promise of grace and experience in His Glory.

I like to meditate on these 2 verses:

  1. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn. 1:14)
  2. “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)

We must remind ourselves to behold the Glory of the Lord in the face of Jesus every day. Jesus came, not only to forgive our sins; but to destroy the “daily works” of the devil in our lives (1 John 3:8). ”IT IS FINISHED!” was the most powerful word from the cross, in that it released a shift in the atmosphere and locked in the greatest victory humanity has ever experienced. For in keeping with God’s promise to crush the head of the serpent, Jesus removed the authority of sin, hell and the grave. Indeed you and I can enjoy life… free to live out of the freedom Christ has won for us. Satan has been defeated!

A Spiritual Battle:

To accept this truth and live in its reality, sets up a spiritual battle on the inside. And it causes us to seriously see our need to resist evil on all levels. The flesh fights and the devil roars to maintain dominance over the spirit, but in Christ the battle is already won. He has destroyed the power of sin that wants to rule in our hearts and minds. If we have accepted the forgiveness of God, in Christ; then there are no chains that can hold us in bondage to fear any longer… the curse has been broken. The platform for the devil’s power resides in deception, perversion and blindness (2 Cor. 4:4). Now that we know of God’s gift of reconciliation, we can pull upon the grace freely given to us through the work of the cross; and walk in life and peace… and experience the Glory of God once more. All things can become new! (2 Cor. 5:17)

And the promise in the midst of resisting evil, is that the devil must flee! (Jms. 4:7)

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” (Deut. 28:7)

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