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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).

Taking Dominion

“With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Prov. 18:20-21)

Speaking – By Faith & Living with Spiritual Courage!

Notice… A vast and often untapped power is released by the words we speak! Life and death are in the power of our tongue and we overcome Satan’s lies by the word of our testimony. God’s destiny is not far from our reach, it just gets obstructed by the hindrances the enemy sets in our path. Deuteronomy 30:14 declares God’s pathway for obtaining the inheritance. He says, “Now the Word is near you; even in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”

The Apostle Paul, brings this message to the forefront when he announces to the believers in Rome that faith must be at the very center of their pursuits… He says, “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the Word of Faith that we preach) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:8-9)

Tapping Into The Promises of God:

Moses is speaking here of the opportunity to move into all that is promised in the “Promise Land” and the Apostle Paul is likewise encouraging the “seeker” to understand the way into the “Promises of Abundant Life” in Christ. The pattern is faith and courage to speak the Word of God… a life lived in obedience to the Word of God and speaking those Words over our environment. Even Jesus dealt with the devil by saying, “it is written” (Mt. 4:10). Its the activity of faith… and its the assigned obligation of all who aim to release the Kingdom of God. In this day; we must have Kingdom advancement for the obtaining of every mountain, every valley and every realm of spiritual dominion. We must rule in the midst of our enemies! (Psa. 110:1-2)

Pattern of Dominion:

  • “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.” (Mk. 11:22-23)
  • “…be wise in what is good and simple concerning evil. And the God of Peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” (Rom. 16:19-20)

The Psalmist declares, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouths and a two-edged sword in their hands!” (Psa. 149:6) Praise and Proclamation of the Word of God… these are the faith tools of our mouth. These are the weapons of our spiritual warfare! These essentials are the believers empowerment, because they cause the enemies of our soul to flee and establish God’s dominion in the Earth as it is in Heaven. God stands ready to enforce the victory He has already accomplished in Christ… Jesus  said “It is Finished!” and if we will simply speak the Word and stand in faith – He will do it!

“Rada” – Ruling as Kingdom Agents:

As Ambassadors of Heaven… this is our mandate as Kingdom Agents, to “Rule” - Rada {Hebrew} – in the midst of the enemies! We are laying hold of all that Christ has obtained and possessed for us. We are fruitful and multiplying, filling the earth and subduing it as Kingdom Agents advancing the Victory of God in Christ. We are not as those who shrink back, retreat or settle into a position of ease. It is our destiny to advance, because we have an anointing for increase and an assignment to make the very creation itself see its future in the light of God’s Purposes. And if God has established this pattern from the Garden of Eden, He will be with us.

“If God be for us, who can stand against us!” (Rom. 8:31)

Lovers of the Glory

One of the most incredible stories in the Bible is about God’s Glory touching a uniquely chosen servant, Moses. All could see the impact on Moses! All could watch the incredible sight of supernatural activity as God met daily for conversation with His friend. To experience God’s Glory takes only a surrendered heart. Yet with any encounter comes the risk of being captured and falling in love with Him… That is the essence of revival!

Consider the moment: “…when Moses entered the tabernacle, the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle and the Lord talked with Moses.” (Exod. 33:9)

God Talks With Moses:

Moses came into the actual Presence of God and experienced His Glory. God talked with Moses “as a man speaks to a friend” (Exod. 33:11)… exposing His heart and explaining His motives. These were not idle conversations, but intimate opportunities for expression. You might call it “fellowship” and I would call it fellowship in the Glory Zone. It’s important to remember that Moses wasn’t even “born again”… at least not in a New Covenant way.

If dwelling in the Glory of God was available to him, how much more by the blood of Jesus would God make this available to us?

The Soul is Thirsty:

The psalmist says, “as the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, oh God. My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God. When shall I come an appear before God?” (Ps. 42:1) There is a soul hunger and a soul thirst that can only be satisfied in the Glory Zone.

Every man must appear before God, but some; those who love His Glory, will long for the experience… because it brings renewal and revives our “spiritual man”. It replenishes the soul as no natural experience can and unlocks the hope of true revival. Face to face encounters with God are “life” to the man who loves the Glory. In fact, the Apostle Paul encourages us to go to God, who will meet all of our needs by soaking in the rich atmosphere of the Glory in Christ (Phil. 4:19).

Christ Inside is the Glory Zone:

Moses was a lover of the Glory and no matter how we view his experience it is veiled compared to the relationship we have in Christ. The Apostle Paul says, “Christ inside you is the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27). Your heart is a throne of authority where you choose who or what is seated inside. You will become what you worship and when your eyes are fixed upon the Glory revealed in Christ, then He illumines your soul. Light is released when you and I become lovers of the Glory.

Today – you can release revival and shift the atmosphere that has surrounded you… simply stop and look into the eyes of Christ and ask for a taste of His Glory! (2 Cor. 4:6).

Signs of the River

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (Jn. 7:37-39)

Are you seeing any signs of the River? Just how thirsty are you?

Jesus said that when we drink from Him, receive His life and become filled with the Holy Spirit; rivers of living water would begin to flow out from within our lives. The River not only flows from His Presence, as wherever He went life would spring forth… His Presence flows through us. The Glory of the Lord becomes evident through us by the Presence of the Holy Spirit. From this Holy Spirit River, flow salvation, peace, healing and transforming joy. The joy that comes from knowing and partaking of God Himself. It is “Christ in you, the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27).

A glance through the New Testament, and especially the book of Acts; we see Jesus and His followers demonstrate the signs of Kingdom advancement (Mt. 11:4-6). Everywhere they preached the Kingdom of God broke out and healing miracles and signs of the River begin to flow (Mt. 4:23-24)(Acts 4:29-31)(Acts 5:12-16)(Acts 8:4-8)(Acts 19:11-12). Its more than just cause and effect… its the hand of God mightily impacting the world around believing people! He is wanting to break in with power, truth and compassion… and its thirst that makes His River rush in!

6 Bible Facts about the River:

1. The River flowed out of the Garden of Eden: This was the place where God communed with Adam and Eve. This river separated into four headwaters, sending out life-giving waters throughout the land (Gen 2:10-14). In this way, our Father prepared a means of life to nations and people long before they even existed.

2. The Bible begins with a River and ends with a River: In the last chapter of the Bible, we read of the River of Life flowing from the Throne of God. “On each side of the River stood the Tree of Life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the Tree are for the healing of the nations.” (Rev 22:2) Here in the final page of Scripture, we again see God’s heart for nations and people.

3. The River brings healing to the Nations: Ezekiel had a vision of a River with life-giving properties flowing out from the Temple, after God’s glorious Presence had returned there. Trees surrounding the river, bore fruit for food and leaves for healing. (Ezek 47)

4. The River of Life brings a Harvest: Where once there were no fish, fish abound and fishermen spread their nets for an abundant catch (Ezek 47:9-10). The harvest on God’s heart is souls… people from every tribe and tongue (Mt 4:19)(Rev 7:9).

5. The River of Life is a Source of Joy: The Psalmist says: “There is a river whose streams make glad the City of God, the Holy Place where the Most High dwells” (Ps 46:4). “People feast on the abundance of Your House; You give them drink from Your River of Delights” (Ps 36:8).

6. The River flows from God’s Presence: Consistently, we see that the River of Life flows from the very seat of God’s Presence, the place He inhabits and reigns (Joel 3:18).

  • “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 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. 16:15-18)

The Glory Zone

One of the most incredible stories in the Bible is about God’s Glory touching a uniquely chosen servant, Moses. All could see the impact on Moses! All could watch the incredible sight of supernatural activity as God met daily for conversation with His friend. To experience God’s Glory takes only a surrendered heart. Yet with any encounter comes the risk of being captured and falling in love with Him. Consider the moment…

“…when Moses entered the tabernacle, the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle and the Lord talked with Moses.” (Exod. 33:9)

God Talks With Moses:

Moses came into the actual Presence of God and experienced His Glory. God talked with Moses “as a man speaks to a friend” (Exod. 33:11)… exposing His heart and explaining His motives. These were not idle conversations, but intimate opportunities for expression. You might call it “fellowship” and I would call it fellowship in the Glory Zone. It’s important to remember that Moses wasn’t even “born again”… at least not in a New Covenant way.

If dwelling in the Glory of God was available to him, how much more by the blood of Jesus would God make this available to us?

Thirst:

The psalmist says, “as the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, oh God. My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God. When shall I come an appear before God?” (Ps. 42:1) There is a soul hunger and a soul thirst that can only be satisfied in the Glory Zone.

Every man must appear before God, but some; those who love His Glory, will long for the experience… because it brings renewal. It replenishes the soul as no natural experience can and unlocks the hope of true revival. Face to face encounters with God are “life” to the man who loves the Glory. In fact, the Apostle Paul encourages us to go to God, who will meet all of our needs by soaking in the rich atmosphere of the Glory in Christ (Phil. 4:19).

Christ Inside is the Glory Zone:

Moses was a lover of the Glory and no matter how we view his experience it is veiled compared to the relationship we have in Christ. The Apostle Paul says, “Christ inside you is the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27). Your heart is a throne of authority where you choose who or what is seated inside. You will become what you worship and when your eyes are fixed upon the Glory revealed in Christ, then He illumines your soul. Light is released when you and I become lovers of the Glory.

Today – you can shift the atmosphere that has surrounded you… simply stop and look into the eyes of Christ and ask for a taste of His Glory! You will find the Glory Zone (2 Cor. 4:6).

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