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Clothed in Glory

It’s interesting to me that all of the creatures God made had coverings… except man. Animals had fur, birds had feathers and fish had scales or shells. But man did not have any outer covering, as he didn’t need it before the fall. Why? Because God clothed man in His Glory.

“You made him (man) a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him (or clothed him) with glory and honor.” (Ps 8:5)

God’s Original Intent:

The atmosphere of the Garden of Eden was permeated with the same splendor as heaven. There was no sin in the beginning and man walked with God everyday in a peace filled relationship in the “cool of the day”. This means they walked together in a spiritual dimension where they shared a oneness that was maintained by God’s Glory (a covering) and God’s Honor (atmosphere).

The Garden of Eden was Heaven on Earth:

The original Hebrew word for “crowned” means “to encircle”, “to surround’. In other words, Adam and his wife were surrounded by God’s Glory and Honor. They had been clothed with the Glory of God and didn’t need natural clothing and they were living in an atmosphere of perfect relationship and did not need natural knowledge. God was giving man a wonderful environment to rule, where God would truly be their provision and protection if this stewardship could be maintained.

Losing the Glory:

However, once they had been deceived by the serpent and sinned, they were no longer able to focus on spiritual reality as the Glory that once clothed them, seemed to lift. They found themselves naked. Notice that they immediately respond to their new condition by becoming afraid. They made coverings for themselves and hid from God. This is an interesting response since Adam and his wife felt no shame of being naked before they sinned (Gen 2:25).

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” (Gen 3:7)

Why would they even consider making coverings for themselves? Weren’t they the only human beings in the Garden of Eden? Weren’t they surrounded by only animals, birds and fish?

Hearing God’s Voice:

The reason is given when Adam is answering God’s call “He answered, I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid” (Gen 3:10). Adam and Eve were afraid, because they were naked before God. I understand being ashamed, but why would they be afraid? They were afraid, because they were naked and had lost their original God given Glory. Now they found themselves controlled by a deception, a satanic lie that they needed natural covering and natural knowledge to sustain their lives. This came as a fulfillment to what God said to them earlier, “…you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Gen 2:17). The moment they were no longer in God’s Glory, they died spiritually and inner peace was replaced with fear.

Spiritual Death:

We are able to see a powerful expression of God’s Fathering love in the moments following the broken relationship. God, seemingly unaware of man’s location, calls out to man and asks him of his connection to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God says, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree I commanded you that you should not eat?” (Gen 3:11)

Spiritual Life:

Then God makes the first sacrifice, in order to clothe them properly.  ”The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (Gen 3:21). God would spill the blood of a lamb; one of His created beings, to provide a garment suitable to cover human shame. This would serve as humanity’s first revelation that spiritual life is in the Blood.

The Apostle Paul said it this way, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” (Rom 3:23)

Our spiritual death has its connection to sin by the loss of our covering (God’s Glory) and our relationship (God’s Honor) based on His Presence (Holy Spirit atmosphere). Yet the Apostle Paul goes on to tell us of the reality of God’s grace… God’s favorable actions toward us who trust in Christ Jesus. He  tells us that God has restored access to His Glory and Honor in the free gift of salvation. Access to all that was lost could be restored through the Blood of Jesus. 

“We have been freely justified through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:24).

The Gospel of Restored Glory:

This good news cannot be overstated, because it is not accomplished by anything man can do (Rom 3:20)(2 Cor 5:21). God proved His love by sending Jesus to die for us, in our place and for the spiritual relationship to be restored that once was established in the Garden of Eden. The Bible says that when anyone turns to God in faith, a veil is lifted from their hearts and they are enabled to behold the Glory of God in the very face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 3:16-4:6). As believers who continue to look into that Glory a transformation takes place, whereby we are being changed into the same image (God’s original intent) from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor 3:18).

Jesus Said – Be Clothed In Glory: Power from On High!

“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city (Jerusalem) until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Lk 24:49)

Govern Your Territory!

The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! (Ps. 110:1-2)

God is calling every Believer to Govern their Spiritual Territory!

In Psalm 110:2 we read the word “rule”… or Rada in the Hebrew. It speaks to us of extending the authority of our King – Jesus, who destroyed the oppressive works of the devil. He conquered death and the grave triumphantly through the Cross of Calvary. His resurrection signified the crushing of the headship of Satan once and for all… life over death and righteousness over sin. Not only was it a completed work that accomplished God’s purpose, but it serves as the springboard of delegated authority offered to all who believe, to advance the victory won 2000 years ago! You and I can rule in the midst of our enemies… by recognizing that any challenge, aimed to hinder love or distract us from Kingdom purpose; is an enemy of Christ. You were anointed for this very purpose!

How?

Governing your spiritual territory is accomplished by prayer, praise, perseverance and practicing His Presence… leaning into the Holy Spirit for vision and effective strategies. It was the compelling stewardship once laid out in the Garden of Eden… (Gen. 1:28) “fill and subdue”; but it was lost because of silence, passivity and sin. Yet the command is just as real as from the moment it was first delivered to the Adamites… “take dominion of the Garden.”

The Apostle Paul gives us some definition of what governing your territory looks like from his own experience. “We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits (*metron, Grk.) of the sphere (*kanon, Grk.) which God appointed us — a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.” (2 Cor 10:13-15)

Definitions of these 2 Greek words:

  • ‘Metron’ – a portioned-off measure, a determined extent, a measure or limit
  • ‘Kanon’ – one’s sphere of activity; a definitely bounded or fixed space within the limits of which one’s authority or influence is confined; a province or region assigned to a person

3 Key Truths: 1) Every believer has a ministry, 2) an assignment entrusted to them 3) by the Holy Spirit

  1. Your metron is a territory that God has measured out and given you a sense of responsibility over.
  2. Your metron is your ministry assignment and your sphere of spiritual influence… your delegated authority.
  3. Your metron is a specific location where you have a physical presence and spiritual stewardship… a physical place, position, or a group of people.

The Goal: Advance the Victory that Jesus won for Every Believer!

The Lord measures out to you a specific territory in which you are called to move in power and advance the Kingdom of God! It is up to you to govern you spiritual territory! (2 Cor. 10:3-6) It may feel like a battle, may cost you your reputation or cause you to make significant changes in your daily routine. But it is your assignment, and as a Kingdom Ambassador you represent heaven; and everywhere you go is to become an Embassy of Kingdom influence! Your goal is to govern… to rule in such a way whereby God receives all the Glory and His King is established upon the Throne of every heart within the reach of your dominion!

“I have already gone before you,” says the Lord with a shout. “Rada! Rule in the Midst of My Enemies!”

Words & Arrows

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Ps. 19:14)

Wow what a prayer…

Life carries challenges and words create trouble… the kind of trouble that hinders our ability to walk in peace on a variety of levels. When judgement or criticism is spoken (either by us or about us) we must make a choice to walk in the favor of God. Words can become arrows that harm or maintain our peace… and the “acceptable” place in God’s sight. When words are spoken that shake our identity or cause us to feel offended, we must recognize the spirit that “rules” over those words.

Every word is an arrow designed to carry power and influence… blessing or curse!

We must guard the heart at all cost, because that is where our thoughts and motives arise and bear fruit… “words”! The Bible says that out of the heart flow the issues of life. Guarding our hearts takes enormous training. I would like to suggest that the Psalmist is showing us what is at the center of that training… the spiritual principle of “agreement”. The Psalmist is saying “I want my words and my meditations to be in agreement with Your mind and acceptable to Your heart, Oh Lord!” Agreement is like spiritual glue that ties us to the Father’s power! Jesus said, “if you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, then you can ask whatever you want and it will be done for you” (Jn. 15:7). That is an agreement that offers connection to the power of God.

Agreement with evil thoughts happens by speaking evil words! To speak evil is to rehearse emotions that carry the weight of curses… an intent to harm. Situations that effect us the most emotionally are opportunities for the devil who wants to rule our thoughts, motives and actions. Don’t give the devil your agreement and he will have nothing to rule over you.

These simple things called words have the potential to become our life or death… literally!

Jesus stated that His words were spirit and life to those who believe and agree with them (Jn 6:63). The sad thing is that most of us are unable to govern our mouth, because we have weak emotions. We become easily offended and then fail to discern or control our words. Remember that self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. All the Holy Spirit needs is our agreement to release this fruit into our lives.

Listen: We can… and must agree with God!

We must look to God in faith and recognize the power of our words! We can use our words as arrows that strengthen and connect us to the power of God! Jesus has given us the ability to triumph over all the works of the enemy and rule over our soul (Col 2:13-15)(2 Cor 10:3-6). As New Creatures in Christ, new identities and thought patterns enable us to overcome the activities of Satan. Evil words are designed and spoken to make us feel we have no right to our inheritance among the righteous, but agreement offers us freedom (Col 2:4-8) and an acceptable place to rest. The Truth sets us free!

The shield of faith… agreement has the ability to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph 6:16).

Maintain the Promise

Scripture: “…And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls. (Joel 2:28-32)

Thought for Today: “Becoming A Power Team”

The Church that we see spoken of consistently in Scripture is a people of power. Jesus said the very gates of hell shall not prevail against Her (Mt 16:18). She is a people of Promise (Lk 24:49), called out of darkness and established upon a platform of supernatural love (Col 1:13-14) and Holy Spirit activity (Acts 2:4). She has stood in the midst of persecution and multiplied in the midst of division. Her character has been challenged from every angle and She has advanced in every culture. Yet, She fights Her greatest battles from within, from the very people who carry Her Promise. She will prevail, but not without a people who know how to maintain that Promise.

The Promise of the Father:

We, as God’s People; cannot emphasize this enough – The Promise of the Father is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! Jesus told His disciples to go wait in Jerusalem until they were endued, or clothed with power from on high (Lk 24:49)(Acts 1:4-8). This is the Promise that was experienced on the day of Pentecost and continues even today, and it is the force that has made the Church most effective in the modern world. Power was released that made those early followers “witnesses” in their world and that same power is alive today if we will maintain the Promise of the Father.

Maintaining the Promise of the Father: (2 Chron 7:14)
If My people who are called by My name will… 1st) humble themselves and pray… 2nd) seek My face… and 3rd) turn from their wicked ways.

God’s Response: Renewal, Revival and Restoration
Then I Will… 1) hear from heaven… 2) forgive their sins… and 3) heal their land.

Please notice that God’s Promise is conditional, meaning we must maintain its reality. God will only do what He can do, when we do what we have been called to do. The Church is responsible for the spiritual condition of our neighbors, city and nation, because God has given us delegated authority to advance His cause in our World. We are the Power Team in the Earth. We are the carriers of revival to different spheres of society. We maintain the Promise of the Father by fervent, persistent and faith-filled praying. When we as God’s People humble ourselves and seek His face, He will hear and respond. God will not fasten our destinies to a dead end vision or lifeless system maintained by religion. Remind yourself that it is still His Church… He is simply wanting to rule and reign in it again!

Another Great Awakening:

I believe there is gonna be another great awakening, but it starts right here with us… God’s People; humbling themselves before God, praying and fasting, turning from their wicked ways and seeking His face!

God says through the Prophet Joel; “…afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” (Joel 2:28)

The question to ask is; “after what?” Please do not forget what precedes the promise. “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning…”(Joel 2:12) “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly…” (Joel 2:15). God was saying, assemble a people who will fast and pray to recover what has been lost. This was God’s call to His People for the recovery of their Promise.

Another Example:

John the Baptist was a burning and shining lamp. It was the quality of his life and the fire of his devotion that captured a Nation. His authority to be a voice was in his lifestyle. Through prayer and fasting he prepared the way of the Lord. The same applies to us, through prayer and fasting we will prepare the way of the Lord. For Him to do a great work through us, He first has to do a great work in us. We carry the Glory of God within us… we are His Image Bearers; called to awaken and respond to His purposes in the earth (Hab. 2:14).

Revival starts with us, because we are the commissioned ones… we must maintain the Promise!

Recovering Promise

“Therefore let all the House of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:36-37)

The Church that we see spoken of consistently in Scripture is a people of power. Jesus said the very gates of hell shall not prevail against Her (Mt 16:18). She is a people of power, because of God’s Promise to accompany Her as the habitation of God by the Spirit. Clearly, She is a people called out of darkness and established upon a new platform of supernatural love and Holy Spirit activity. And She has overcome!

She has stood in the midst of persecution and multiplied in the midst of division. Her character has been challenged from every angle and She has advanced in every culture. Yet, She fights Her greatest battles from within, from the very people who carry Her Promise. She will prevail, but not without a people who know how to maintain their Promise. And, I think there will always be a need to recover what gets lost in battle or watered down by those with weak convictions.

The Promise of the Father:

The Promise of the Father is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! Jesus told His disciples to go wait in Jerusalem until they were endued, or clothed with power from on high (Lk 24:49)(Acts 1:4-8). This Promise was experienced on the day of Pentecost and continues even today as the force that has made the Church most effective in the modern world. Power was released that made those early followers “witnesses” in their world and that same power is alive today if we will maintain the Promise of the Father.

Maintaining the Promise of the Father: (2 Chron 7:14)

  • If My people who are called by My name will… 1st) humble themselves and pray… 2nd) seek My face… and 3rd) turn from their wicked ways.

God’s Response: Restoration & Revival

  • Then I Will… 1) hear from heaven… 2) forgive their sins… and 3) heal their land.

Please notice that God’s Promise is conditional… meaning we must maintain its reality. God will only do what He can do, when we do what we have been called to do. The Church is responsible for the spiritual condition of our cities and nation, because God has given us delegated authority to advance His cause in our World. We are the Power Team in the Earth. We are the carriers of revival to different spheres of society. We maintain the Promise of the Father by fervent, persistent and faith filled praying. When we as God’s People humble ourselves and seek His face, He will hear and respond. God will not fasten our destinies to a dead end vision or lifeless system maintained by religion. Remind yourself that it is still His Church… He is simply wanting to rule and reign in it again!

Another Great Awakening:

I believe there is gonna be another great awakening, but it starts right here with us… God’s People; humbling themselves before God, praying and fasting, turning from wicked ways and seeking His face!

God says through the Prophet Joel; “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” (Joel 2:28)

The question to ask is; “after what?” Please do not forget what precedes the promise. “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning…”(Joel 2:12) “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly…” (Joel 2:15). God was saying, assemble a people who will fast and pray to recover what has been lost. This was God’s call to His People for their recovery of the Promise.

Another Example:

John the Baptist was a burning and shining lamp. It was the quality of his life and the fire of his devotion that captured a Nation. His authority to be a voice was in his lifestyle. Through prayer and fasting he prepared the way of the Lord. The same applies to us, through prayer and fasting we will prepare the way of the Lord. For Him to do a great work through us, He first has to do a great work in us.

Revival must start with us, because we are His People; called by His Name to recover His Promise!

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