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Secret of the Glory

“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him, He turned around to the crowd and asked; “Who touched my clothes?”. “You see the people crowding around you – and yet You can ask ‘Who touched Me?’” His disciples asked. But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman came and fell at His feet trembling with fear and told Him the whole truth. He said to her; “Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”. (Mk 5:30-34)

This is an amazing story, because Jesus did not walk through the crowd looking for His next victim. There was no deep revelation in His mind that somewhere in the crowd was a woman with an issue of blood. Not at all! Yet that is often how people think of healing. “If only He would get a word for me?” We have seen so much showmanship and we have little understanding of the Glory of God.

Jesus healed all who came to Him, because He carried an anointing that released the perfect will of God (Lk 4:18-21).

Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father do. Notice: She had heard about Him! She heard that Jesus was healing everyone and that power was going out of Him at the very touch of His garment. Her thought… “If I can just touch the hem of His garment.” What was the secret she understood? It was the secret of the Glory of God. She knew in her heart that God was good and that doctors had failed to cure her.

  • He didn’t pray for this woman.
  • He didn’t give her a healing!
  • He didn’t lay His hands on her.
  • She touched His garment and her faith placed a demand on His anointing… the Glory of God!

You see, the real secret we must uncover in our day is the secret of the Glory of God! The Apostle Paul said, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). There are riches in the Glory that are yet untapped, because we have not pressed in to touch, or put a demand upon the anointing that rested on Jesus.

Worship:

When you and I enter His Presence, awaken our senses to the voice of the Holy Spirit and wade into His atmosphere in worship; we are touching spiritual substance. Let me repeat that… “we are touching spiritual substance!” Its unseen with human eyes, but through faith we can navigate through the realms of Glory and fellowship with God. That is the time to put a demand upon the resources made available by the heavenly Promises of God.

Our Inheritance:

Touch the hem of His garment… go ahead and pull upon the rich inheritance He has purchased for you. Don’t wait to get to heaven or hope for a preacher to get a word for you. Your inheritance is for you… even now (Eph 1:13-14) and you can access it by faith today. Tell Jesus the whole story, but then look for His goodness to show up in your need.

He is still asking “Who touched Me?”

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).

God Will Answer

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  (Jer. 33:3)

“Call to Me - I Will Answer You”:

The Lord promises to answer the prayers of Jeremiah. Why? Because it is God’s priority to show His sons and daughters great and mighty things, which they do not know. Of course, God can do His will without us, without our asking and without our involvement. But when we ask connections happen and partnership emerges. With God, all things are possible… and by including us, it does’nt make anything less possible. He is still God and He is still sufficient in all that He puts His hands to accomplish.

Why Miss the Opportunity?

God answers prayer in a variety of ways! He is under no obligation to say, “Yes” to everything we pray… which I think is probably a very good thing. He can say ”No” much more easily than we, because He sees the big picture. He can say “Wait” with something we know is in His will, but requires an element of patience on our part. He is fond of telling me “Grow”, because I tend to get my heart tangled up in difficult problems that overwhelm my sense of duty.

But, of all His answers I like the one where He becomes still… it pulls me in, captures my attention and helps me realize I need His Presence even more than just His revelation. I know that sounds odd, but really should we not listen more for His breath than His voice. I love His voice and tend to run passionately to the closest ears I can find to spout off the latest and greatest that God is speaking in my “quiet times”. But, His Presence is our life!

Notice: Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Mt. 6:6)

A Sacret Place - A Place of Secrets:

There is stillness waiting… in the secret place. There is Presence and abiding Glory that God has intended to be the most refreshing reality of “answered prayer”. The atmosphere gets permeated with the fragrance of fellowship… of worship (Jn. 12:3). Praise and worship arises and thankfulness offers a sense of peace that cannot be duplicated any other way. God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3).

The Mingling of Hearts:

I am reminded of how often God has responded to the desires of my heart without a word ever spoken (Lk. 12:30). Because He sees… He does not just hear our prayers, He sees us! He knows us and is consistently making Himself vulnerable to our need. It is so transforming, just to sit at His feet and look into His eyes (2 Cor. 4:6). You see, we need this fellowship (1 Jn. 1:1-4). We need this atmosphere more than we need a perfect answer or a powerful revelation. We need His heartbeat to register on the basic foundations of our character. We come to a God who is completely holy and often get the idea that the best thing He has to offer is “answers”. But the best thing He has to offer was proven at the cross. He offers Himself… His love and His embrace.

He Sees in Secret - But Rewards Openly:

Honestly, I pray to get my mind blown more than to get answers that fit the smallness of my asking. I have learned that God wants to do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). The God who sees in secret is the same God who wants to reward me openly. His rewards however, are things I do not know, things I cannot wrap my mind around and things that bring me to my knees (Rev. 1:17). Like Jeremiah, I find myself feeling a fire in my bones that cannot be put into words (Jer. 20:9). And yet, that is precisely where He wants me… in a place that requires me to be still and know that He is God and I am not (Ps. 46:10).

God still answers from the secret place and when He does, it releases into greater Kingdom destiny!

Gratitude

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thes. 5:16-18)

Do you want to know the will of God for your life? Here it is… Without question, this is the most direct statement from the Bible concerning God’s intent for you!

  1. Rejoice!
  2. Pray!
  3. Give Thanks!

The Discipline of Gratitude:

Its a lifestyle of gratitude that God is looking for in His Child! It is a discipline, a witness and a sphere of authority… to live in such a way that others see you as a positive influence in a very negative world. Gratitude is one of the greatest Keys of the Kingdom! It positions the believer to see, hear and respond to things under unique environmental laws – laws governed by the Holy Spirit. Gratitude is a postured heart that moves “you”, your mind, will and emotional “you”… from limitation and fear to optimism and love. The Discipline of Gratitude means we are practicing and producing an attitude of being thankful, even when the future is cloudy ahead of you. This is a real test to our worship as lovers of God, as Christians; we are to be found expressing to the Lord our appreciation and reverence for how He has and still is releasing grace into our lives.

God offers us the Wow Factor!

We are grateful because His blood has redeemed us. As a discipline, this means we are to realize our indebtedness to God and “practice” our faith, in awesome wonder of what He has done for us. It has a relational application in that it helps us deal with others with support and appreciation for how they have benefited our lives. This Discipline of Gratitude enables us to know Him and His will more and more… as we keep our focus on God’s promises and not our circumstances. His provision and care are amazing! They are an expression of His mercy… not merely our experiences. Christianity is not for our personal benefit… it is for His glory. Seeing life from the perspective of what “I can get” or what I feel “I deserve”; rather than what I have already been given, creates “self” problems. We must discipline ourselves to see God as the Father of every good and perfect gift (Jms. 1:17)… and then live out loud (Heb. 13:15), expressing the wonder of His favor toward us. Remind yourself… He is looking for worshipers! (Jn. 4:23-24)

See God as the Father of every good and perfect gift… and then live out loud!

New Covenant Believing

Most churches have not understood the reality of New Covenant Believing. The challenge is that the Spirit of the Lord has set us free and we are not sure what we should do with our religious standards! Trying to fulfill the Old Testament Law has caused us to loose sight of “grace through faith” and minimize the very power of the New Covenant itself. Many denominational structures have become very good at mixing the Old Covenant instituted by Moses with the New Covenant ratified by the Blood of Jesus. They have forgotten that the Old Covenant has become obsolete while the New Covenant is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

The New Covenant of Liberty:

It is our freedom… our Day of Jubilee if you will! Jesus said, “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!” (Jn. 8:36). The problem with living under religious systems is that they tend to teach the burdens of faith, rather than the freedom of belief. Stepping away from grace will always lead to a loss of freedom in Christ. But Christ has made us free to celebrate and worship in the power and leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Understanding Covenantal Seasons:

The Old Covenant brought death (and always will), because it was designed to be a “tutor” that would bring us to Christ. The New Covenant brings life as the morning speaks of a New Day, because it reveals the victory over sin and the wealth of strength offered to the believer by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:1-11). Make a note of the word “believer”, its not a title, but an activity. You see, the central goal of the Old Covenant is to behold our sin and make sacrifices according to how we have fallen from Glory (Rom. 3:23), but the goal of the New Covenant is to behold the Glory of God as it is revealed in the face of Jesus (2 Cor. 4:6), and experienced in our personal transformation (2 Cor. 3:4-18). This means we are called to worship and celebration by what we see in the eyes of Jesus. Our praise is motivated by the fact that we are moving from one level of Glory to another level of Glory by the Spirit of the Lord… its our freedom in Christ.

How Jesus has Set Us Free:

Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I call you friends, for all the things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you” (Jn. 15:15). Jesus gave His disciples some of the most amazing secrets, like keys to His Father’s heart. And He made it clear that the things He was telling them would need the help of the Holy Spirit to understand and walk out daily (Jn. 16:12-15). Obedience was not going to be bound to a set of rules, but a hearing and perceptive ear. As these disciples were able to hear the voice of the Spirit, they would begin to obey the purposes of God by relationship and honor… “friendship”.

Favor & Fellowship:

The Holy Spirit is changing us and it effects our behavior, our attitudes and our believing. To live in the freedom of listening to the Holy Spirit’s Voice releases two powerful realities… favor and fellowship. Knowing you are loved and accepted by God allows you the freedom to grow in the knowledge of the Glory of God as you look into the face of Jesus. When we live in relationship, we experience the power of love and the freedom that comes to those who walk honorably toward the heart of the friend. In this case God is calling us to see ourself as His friend, His Child and His Chosen One.

Living by Human Standards:

Living by human standards distorts our view of real friendship. When we find ourselves unable to live up to the standards set by those we perceive to be more mature than us, it releases guilt, shame and issues of condemnation. When we live according to some arbitrary religious standard and find ourselves successful without the need of relationship, we become vulnerable to personal pride and boasting. It doesn’t make having some basic standards wrong, it just means they are subjective and difficult to measure in changing times and cultures.

Jesus came to do away with the measurements on all levels and substitute His life for any standard, perceived or real… we become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21).

Jesus Christ became our “Standard Bearer” so that we could walk in freedom. Being led by the Holy Spirit; and feeling the joy of a living relationship with the Father, is New Covenant Believing. Its a freedom to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit and live out of the abundance of our growing knowledge of Christ’s victory at the cross.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1)

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