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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).

Praise Conviction

The Bible says “let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” (Ps 150:6)

We are all called to be people of praise, even when it feels like a sacrifice. It is sad to watch people miss out on God’s blessings, just because they do not understand the principles He gives for our growth and discovery.

 Lately the Lord has been dealing with my heart about having a real authentic life-style of praise to Him. It is amazing to awaken our convictions of God’s faithfulness and begin to focus on His power when we praise Him… its like turning on the light in a dark room.

 We make life difficult when we focus on ourselves, our problems and our limitations. Praise helps us focus on what God is actively doing in our lives rather than willfully fretting about what is happening around us.

Whatever situation we are going through, we can know God’s heart toward us through entering the gates of Heaven through thanksgiving and praise. The Bible says:

 “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess His name” (Heb 13:15).

 What is a sacrifice of praise? Its the willingness to praise God without the feelings or the heart for it. Now this might sound strange, but in most of my praise times with God… conviction is growing inside of me. Any time I enter the gates of Heaven, I am being enlarged on the inside. He just keeps getting “gooder”. I find a transformation is always at hand, when I get into proper posture before God and His wonderful, supernatural love. Notice the Psalmist finds in his expression of praise a greater awareness of God’s goodness, mercy and Truth… (Ps 100:4-5) all as he gets inside the gates of Heaven through praise.

 Its amazing yet freeing at the same time. You and I can praise our way into convictions that all the teaching in the world could never make us truly believe. Its the value of an experience in God’s Glory that transforms our understanding… praise renews our minds.