2 Corinthians 3:18 – “So all of us who have had the veil removed can see and reflect the GLORY of the Lord. And the Lord -who is the Spirit- makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His Glorious Image.”
Over the past several weeks one of the things that I have been ministering is – “What is God saying?” It is during times of test and trial that we find out who we are and what we genuinely believe. Because, God never changes, also meaning that His Word never changes. He can always be trusted and counted on, no matter what is happening in the world. It is times like this when the world is in frantic fear that God does His best work. In 1 Samuel 17, the people of God were paralyzed by fear. The Philistines were coming against them threatening to overtake them and take everything that belonged to them. The devil has no new tricks or lies, he has been the same since the beginning. Jesus exposed him in John 8:44 as “the father of lies.” During the battle with the Philistines a leader David came forth to stand up to the lies and defeat the enemy giant. Again, it is during times of testing that we find out who we are. Whatever the enemy is threatening you with right now, is a lie, and he is attempting to keep you from your reward. When God calls us to something an enemy will always show up, that we must overcome. Because on the other side of your battle is your reward. During any test, our prerogative must be – “What is the Lord saying?” I can tell you from experience that every test is an opportunity to grow and become stronger in faith.
During times of testing, we find out who we are.
Just like growing up in the natural, from childhood to an adult, there are progressive steps to maturity in Christ. The failure to know these steps is probably the reason for many believer’s defeat and failure to live in victory. Our goal is to grow to the place where the GLORY of the Lord is experienced in our lives and seen in our lives. The Apostle Paul said that we are to “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14). As we grow from one level of glory to another, we will ascend the mountain of the Lord (Exodus 19:3) while conquering the enemies along the way that have been assigned against us by Satan (2 Corinthians 12:7).
The first step toward success on any journey is in understanding where we are going. For every one of us that call ourselves followers of Christ, the goal must be to have an intimate relationship with God. The reason why so many do not make it up the mountain to the glory of God is that they settle for a dead dry religious life (which is not life) instead of pursuing the relationship that God desires to have with them. The goal of our journey is to become like Him. It is only out of intimacy with God that we will become like Him. Intimacy is the reason Jesus called the original twelve unto Himself (Mark 3:13). God’s whole intent in redemption is to re-establish us, His creation, back to the place that Adam lost in the garden before the fall. Relationship, walking with God, obeying Him, and fulfilling the mandate to rule on the earth (Gen.1:26) in peace while the world watches, is the reason for our journey.
It is only through intimacy with God that we will become like Him.
We see the relationship that Adam had before the fall, but in the new covenant, by the riches of God’s grace, we see that God not only restores us to the condition that Adam had. We are now “New Creations” that not only can walk with God as Adam did, but we now actually have God living in us! (Romans 8:11). God has made us His temple and God NOW dwells in us! Jesus said that the same GLORY that He had is the same GLORY that He gave us (John 17:22). The GLORY that Jesus gave us is the same GLORY that He possessed. In the Greek – GLORY means Dignity and Honor. This is the “New Creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). When this truth is realized by us it wipes out and obliterates the religious idea of unworthiness. With God, there is no such thing as an unworthy “New Creation.” If you are “In Christ”, God made you worthy to receive everything that Christ died for on the cross (Galatians 3:13,14).
God lives in us!
The Lord created man for the purpose of relationship and Moses had one of the most special relationships with God. Moses demonstrates to us how to live in the GLORY of the Lord. Exodus 33:9-11 states, “And it came about, whenever Moses entered the tent (the place of worship and prayer) that the Lord would speak with Moses. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, just like a man speaks to his friend.” That is awesome but that was an old covenant relationship, and we have a better covenant with better promises (Hebrews 8:6). Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:10 of how much richer our relationship should be, “For what was glorious (old covenant relationship) has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing GLORY of the new covenant relationship.” The Bible tells us that after Moses had these encounters with God that the visible glory of God could be seen on His face. But for us, in the new covenant that cannot compare to the GLORY we live in. Because we do not just meet with God face to face periodically, we have Him living, walking, and speaking inside of us continually. He does not just descend to meet with us – He dwells in us and with us!
We have a better covenant with better promises.
Because Moses met with God face to face it says that his face shone with the glory of God. However, since God dwells in us, our whole lives should reflect a GREATER GLORY (Dignity and Honor), not just on our countenance but in everything that we do. This is the journey, our calling – to be His temple (a place of prayer and worship) the place where His GLORY is manifested. Our lives should be a place of His presence reflecting His dignity and honor. Our maturity will be reflected by how much of His GLORY is manifested through our lives. The reality of this should be as clear Monday – Saturday as it is on Sunday morning. So, what is God saying? I believe that He wants for His Bride the church to reflect His Greater Glory on the Earth. Because He wants to reveal Himself through His son’s and daughter’s.
My prayer for you today is that the revelation of God’s Glory living in you will transform how you see yourself and will change how you live and feel about the times that we are in and reflect the Glory of God.
Pointing people to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”