Do you desire God’s glory to manifest in your life? Would you like to learn more about the glory of God? Then join us below as we discover not only what God’s glory is, but how God has promised us access to His glory!
Promises of the Word:
From the pages of Genesis to Revelation God’s promises are written. Many of them we know—at least partly—yet, by examining the Word, we discover that they are more numerous and wonderful than we could ever imagine!
“In Jesus we hear a resounding ‘yes’ to all of God’s many promises. This is the reason we say ‘Amen’ to and through Jesus when giving glory to God.”—2 Corinthians 1:20 (VOICE)
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”—Numbers 23:19
Every one of God’s promises is sure, and through Him we have a right to access them. However, to do so we first need to understand what His promises include…
The Glory of God:
As we will discover, because of God’s great love and the Blood of Jesus… we have been granted access to God’s glory. It is a gift. But, what exactly is glory?
While any dictionary definition is going to fall short of accurately describing glory, particularly God’s glory, it does make an excellent starting place.
Some Merriam-Webster definitions of glory include:
- praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent : RENOWN
- worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving (example: giving glory to God)
- something that secures praise or renown
- a distinguished quality or asset
- a state of great gratification or exaltation
- a height of prosperity or achievement
- great beauty and splendor : MAGNIFICENCE
- something marked by beauty or resplendence
- the splendor and beatific happiness of heaven
All of these obviously fail to accurately describe the glory of God, but they do show us one thing. We can be receivers of glory—such as the glory of God—but we can also give it. And despite the promised glory of God not being a part of a trade, such as His giving us glory in exchange for us giving Him glory… God DOES deserve all of the glory we can give.
We can glorify God, worship Him, and give Him the honor that is His due. This is good, and indeed, a part of what has been placed in the depths of our souls. A desire to give God glory. It is even what the angels do and what we ourselves cannot help doing when we come to know our God.
Still, what of God’s glory? If we cannot find an accurate description of God’s glory in a dictionary, then where do we go?
Well, the Word is one spectacular source that allows us to come to know God and His glory in a deeper, richer way. Another is to spend time in His presence, in prayer, in worship, and even soaking. God’s glory can be found by us, because of God’s promise of His glory!
Moses experienced the glory of God on Mount Sinai. It was so strong that God had Moses hide in the cleft of the rock, covering Him with His hand to protect Moses and only allowing him to see His back—for God’s full glory would have been too much for the flesh and blood body of Moses to bear.
Yet, even God’s presence lingered on Moses. Even it, with a much lighter portion of His glory shining through, could not be hidden. For after Moses came down to where the Children of Israel were waiting, Moses’ face still shone from being with God. It was so blinding and overwhelming that no one even wanted to look at Moses’ face. He had to cover it! (Exodus 34)
“Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.”—Exodus 24:16
“So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”—Exodus 33:22-23
Moses being granted access to a portion of God’s glory is one thing, but where does the Word say we can have access to His glory?
There are many places in the Word that speak of this beautiful gift from God—this promise—yet, one example is based upon both Old and New Testament Scripture. For God’s glory filled the Tabernacle/Temple in the past, and now we are His flesh and blood temples day by day.
“Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”—Exodus 40:34
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”—1 Corinthians 3:16
Exodus 40:34 is one of many Scriptures speaking of God’s glory filling the Tabernacle—and later the Temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 speak of our bodies being temples to God. And 1 Corinthians 3:17 and 6:16 remind us that our bodies, like the constructed Temple of the Lord where His glory rested, should be holy.
We have been granted a beautiful gift. Access to God’s glory! Indeed, access to God in ways that none of us are worthy of…
Through the Blood of Jesus we have been redeemed, restored, granted wonderful promises and gifts from above, and, in many ways, been allowed privileges that Adam and Eve once knew. The ability to walk with God in the cool of the evening. Without fear or shame!
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”—Romans 5:1-2 (NLT)
Not only are we promised God’s glory here on earth, we are promised it into eternity. And it is not because of anything we have done that God has granted us this honor, this privilege. It is underserved. Yet, because of the Blood and love of Jesus—Yeshua our Messiah—we have been GRANTED access to God’s glory. We can stand in the presence of God, despite the fact that we have all sinned and fallen short of His glory! (Romans 3:23)
Of all the promises of God, His glory is beyond compare. It is a gift of unmeasurable price. And we should never take it for granted!
Accepting God’s Promises:
No matter which promise or promises of God we need, it is important that we not only believe, but accept each one. Not because His promises will be broken forever if we fail to properly believe or receive them, but because God does nothing against our will! Because God created each promise intentionally, knowing we would need them.
For example, let us look at God’s promise of peace. To not succumb to the cares of the world, to thrive and prosper in everything we do, it is important that we accept this promise. However, it needs to be activated in two ways. One, by asking God to grant us His promise—standing on Scripture, our faith, etc. Two, by creating a place for the promise to dwell—not turning from God, His ways, or allowing worries, anxieties, fears, etc. to stand in His way.
Simply put, to activate God’s promises we need to accept them and give them a place to reside.
We have to open our hearts. We have to desire the promises of God if they are to flourish. Yes, God will not leave us or forsake us, even if we forsake Him… but do we honestly expect Him to move in power if we say, “no.”? Do we not want to allow all God has for us by opening our hearts, changing our habits and patterns to create an atmosphere for Him, and seeking Him and His Kingdom first?
If we are willing to seek God, He will come. He will answer. And all of His promises will be ready to rest and flow through us!
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