THE GLORY OF THE LORD - PART 1
FRIDAY 28 JULY 2023
The glory of the Lord is an emblem of all divine blessings in the Kingdom of light, and its given of God's presence as a means to experience His favour and honour, to do kingdom exploits or to accomplish great deeds.
Reference: Isaiah 60:2 New Living Translation (NLT) "Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the LORD rises and appears over you."
The above Scripture noted that darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth. No wonder, the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. The Psalmist prayed, "Consider the covenant [You made with Abraham], For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence" (Psalm 74:20 AMP). For this reason, the glory of God rises and appears over the saints, meaning that the glory is in God as in a fountain, and so, from Him, it is derived and extended to us, in the midst of the world full of darkness.
The Greek Grammar for Glory is Kleos, which is closely associated with the English word, "loud" and in the context of today's topic, it conveys an implied meaning of the great things we hear about God. For instance, Psalm 87:3 reads, "Zion, you are the city of God, and wonderful things are told about you" (CEV). In other words, glorious things are ascribed to the city of God. Another Scripture says, "Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you" (Isaiah 12:6 NIV).
Nobody else in heaven and on earth can give glory, except God; it is only in His power to give it, and it comes as a result of His manifest presence in our Christian lives through His Son, Jesus Christ. To instantiate this, Jesus said to the heavenly Father, "I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one...Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world" (John 17:22&24 NIV).
Beloved, understand that the glory of God is not a common presence. It is a very strong manifestation and it is for those who are chosen in Christ Jesus, sanctified by the Word and Spirit, and are ever ready to engage the life of the Spirit. It is usually associated with the saints, not the world. Got it? Aside from the saints, the carnal man cannot have access to the glory of God because darkness covers the earth, and deep darkness, the carnal people therein.
Although the people of the world can experience a glimpse of the unseen glory of God when they are invited to the gathering of the saints, they cannot continue with the experience except they become born again in such gatherings, commit themselves fully to the Lordship of Christ and remain transformed. This is usually because when His glorious presence is fully manifested in such meetings, it is contagious.
The greatness of the glory of God is a great deep. It is incomprehensible, unsearchable, incalculable and incomparable. When its visible, even the miraculous becomes a norm. Its worth is far above all things and valuable beyond all earthly treasures. When it rises, it wields or exerts a supernatural force of eternal influence which I personally liken to the flow of a deep-surging mass of waters. Beloved, let the glory of the LORD continue to rise and appear over you today and always, as you walk with God faithfully in Jesus' Name, Amen. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Psalm 19:1; Psalm 102:15; Proverbs 25:2; Psalm 104:31-32; Habakkuk 2:14.
Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, your glory rises and appears all over me - always. Therefore, I walk in the presence of your glory with great joy, fulfilling all your good pleasure in Christ. May all wisdom, majesty, dominion and authority be ascribed to you, now and forever, in Jesus' Name, Amen!