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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)

That Same Anointing

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God.” (2 Cor. 1:21)

Carrying the same “Christ Anointing” is the spiritual reality of what being a Christian is all about! We should be familiar with how the anointing fits upon our lives and carry it faithfully everywhere we go! It is the Holy Spirit’s power poured out (Acts 1:8) that breaks yokes (Isa 10:27) and destroys the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8). Yet this will require a lifestyle of reaching forward consistently for more of Christ.

What to Expect:

Its not information, but power… life transforming power. Its not inspiration, its pure spiritual strength. Its not desperate, its a supernatural walk of faith. We trust in God who still does miracles, so we must move with authority and confidence in God’s will. We are not working out our religious service, we are reaching forward to carry something that rests upon us… just as it rested upon Jesus (Jn 14:12). It will feel like a readiness on the inside and a sense of purpose on the outside.

Revival Fire:

The flame that burns within our heart is fueled by that which we see through the eyes of faith. We are reaching and gaining a more excellent prize than gold or human favor. In carrying the prize, we must guard ourselves from the love of selfish ambition and people pleasing. Our reaching forward is to lay hold of Christ…

He is the Desire of the Nations (Hag 2:7)
…and the Hope of Glory (Col 1:27).

Living Free

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Col. 3:13)

There is freedom released in the heart of a man who forgives and feels forgiven by God! No question, forgiveness is the very heart of God toward us. But its also an agreement with the heart of God toward others. How do we know when we have entered into the process of Biblical forgiveness? A burden is lifted in our heart!

Forgiving is the experience that shapes the heart of every follower of Christ! When a burden is lifted – freedom breaks forth! The fruit of engaging in the process of forgiveness with God increases your ability to be yourself and love as you were created to love… with all your heart. This work of the Holy Spirit results in a tenderness toward God and those who have wounded us. We come to the other side of forgiveness when we are able to agree with the heart of God toward those who have wronged us. We begin to see those who hurt us through the eyes of Jesus. We begin to feel what He feels towards them.

Best of all, we can begin to pray for others as Jesus prays for them – without hindrance or hesitation! (Heb. 7:25)

Free of Wounds:

Jesus commanded us to pray for our enemies and bless them with our words. We can do this only as we forgive and live free of wounds. As we contend for and practice walking in forgiveness, we see the fruit of true freedom on the inside by breaking the roots of bitterness and judgmental attitudes. Forgiveness must be understood as a spiritual reality, where God gets involved on a level that goes beyond our human reasoning. Forgiving is, to our heart; like cancelling a debt we feel we are owed by the person who wronged us. Yet, when done in the power of the Holy Spirit, there is always a burst of energy to live in greater victory in Christ!

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance…” (Rom. 5:3)

Rejoicing in the Freedom:

Learning how to rejoice in the reward of our temporary sufferings and pain, is one of the greatest spiritual principles of life in Christ. We forgive because it is the will of God, but also because it releases greater freedom in the spirit! This is how we overcome everything that life throws at us… with praise. Over time, we discover the great joy that is on the other side of wounds… something is produced in us.

The process of restoring our wounded heart, begins with a choice. Choose to look up, not inward! For the strength to believe, that His love is enough to soften the hurts; comes from God through the Holy Spirit (Ps. 121:1-8). The Lord is your Keeper, He is the shade that protects from the heat of the sun, He shall preserve your soul (your mind, will and emotions). He will release in you a freedom to sustain you in your going out and coming in… forever. This promise is true and I consistently rejoice in it every time I need to forgive!

…And freedom breaks forth to sweeten my victory.

Forgiveness #1: Living Free

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Col. 3:13)

There is freedom released in the heart of a man who forgives and feels forgiven by God! No question, forgiveness is the very heart of God toward us. But its also an agreement with the heart of God toward others. How do we know when we have entered into the process of Biblical forgiveness? A burden is lifted in our heart!

Forgiving is the experience that shapes the heart of every follower of Christ! When a burden is lifted – freedom breaks forth! The fruit of engaging in the process of forgiveness with God increases your ability to be yourself and love as you were created to love… with all your heart. This work of the Holy Spirit results in a tenderness toward God and those who have wounded us. We come to the other side of forgiveness when we are able to agree with the heart of God toward those who have wronged us. We begin to see those who hurt us through the eyes of Jesus. We begin to feel what He feels towards them.

Best of all, we can begin to pray for others as Jesus prays for them – without hindrance or hesitation! (Heb. 7:25)

Free of Wounds:

Jesus commanded us to pray for our enemies and bless them with our words. We can do this only as we forgive and live free of wounds. As we contend for and practice walking in forgiveness, we see the fruit of true freedom on the inside by breaking the roots of bitterness and judgmental attitudes. Forgiveness must be understood as a spiritual reality, where God gets involved on a level that goes beyond our human reasoning. Forgiving is, to our heart; like cancelling a debt we feel we are owed by the person who wronged us. Yet, when done in the power of the Holy Spirit, there is always a burst of energy to live in greater victory in Christ!

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance…” (Rom. 5:3)

Rejoicing in the Freedom:

Learning how to rejoice in the reward of our temporary sufferings and pain, is one of the greatest spiritual principles of life in Christ. We forgive because it is the will of God, but also because it releases greater freedom in the spirit! This is how we overcome everything that life throws at us… with praise. Over time, we discover the great joy that is on the other side of wounds… something is produced in us.

The process of restoring our wounded heart, begins with a choice. Choose to look up, not inward! For the strength to believe, that His love is enough to soften the hurts; comes from God through the Holy Spirit (Ps. 121:1-8). The Lord is your Keeper, He is the shade that protects from the heat of the sun, He shall preserve your soul (your mind, will and emotions). He will release in you a freedom to sustain you in your going out and coming in… forever. This promise is true and I consistently rejoice in it every time I need to forgive!

…And freedom breaks forth to sweeten my victory.

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