Recently upon preparing this article, I asked the Holy Spirit what I should write? He said, “Communicate what I am doing in this season with my people and what their heartfelt desire must be – His Glory”
The word of God states, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)
It is God’s desire for every believer to be well acquainted with His glory. Many believers are ignorant of His glory and thus are not allowing their lives to be marked by the glory of God.
When Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our sin, it wasn’t just for our sins to be forgiven, but it was also for us to be restored back to God’s original intent ‘His Glory’. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Furthermore, before Jesus was crucified He prayed to the Father, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:22)
This glory has been given to us and it is our inheritance. We must dive deep in understanding and walk in revelation of the glory, lest we live our lives without fully expressing God’s will and desire for our lives.
The glory of God is His manifest presence in and around our lives. This is where we experience and dwell in the atmosphere of heaven on earth. In this place, we can sense and encounter His love, grace and power that brings His healing, miracles and deliverance. We also begin to understand Him, His heart, His will and purposes for our lives and others.
In the Hebrew we specifically find two words to describe the glory of God, ‘Shekinah’ and ‘Kabowd’. Throughout the scriptures, wherever the glory is mentioned, both of these words are used to describe such occurrences. Shekinah is the visible manifestation of the presence of God, through the appearance of cloud, light, smoke, and fire. Kabowd is everything God is, His attributes, majesty, power, etc. Manifested through His sovereignty at His own initiative by His mercy.
The Holy Spirit is also referred to in scripture as the ‘Spirit of Glory’.
“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you”.(1 Peter 4:14)
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord”. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
As God’s children we are given the privilege to be carriers of the glory of God. The scriptures reveal this consistently.
“I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people”. (Leviticus 26:11-12)
“My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Ezekiel 37:27)
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God”. (Revelation 21:3).
Many Christians are not living in this glory, they have settled for far less in their relationship with God in their daily lives. We must continuously hunger and thirst for the Holy Spirit to birth God’s glory in and through us. Our spiritual pursuit must be focused towards Jesus, through the outpouring of His Spirit, He will transform us.
In this hour, God’s prophetic call to His church is to, “Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” (Isaiah 60:1 AMPC).
We must focus and walk in this glory intentionally. We must devote our lives to the glory of God. Our worship must be for His glory, our reading and studying of the word must be for His glory. Everything we do must be to usher in His glory!
This is my prayer, that we will all live for His glory in this hour. God bless you all
Tim Adelegan | Senior Pastor | W5 Church