Understanding God’s Glory
Bible reading – Exo. 33:13-23
Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation [is] thy people. And he said, My presence shall go [with thee], and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not [with me], carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? [is it] not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that [are] upon the face of the earth. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, [there is] a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
Every man born to this world comes with a glory. Everyone has a destiny to fulfil in life. Your glory is wrapped up in your destiny. No one ever fulfils destiny having his/her glory buried. It is however in the process of fulfilling ones destiny that one’s glory shines forth. Little wonder, all that the devil concerns himself with in a man’s life is to prevent that man from fulfilling destiny so that he will operate throughout his life time far below what God intends for him.
The Bible declares that there are levels of glory. 1Cor. 15:41
What is glory?
Glory in a simple term means the presence of God; it is the manifestation of God’s presence in the life of a believer. Revealed and abiding presence of God is also known as the Shekinah glory. Isaiah 40:5
Jesus Christ is presented as the revealed glory of God – Heb. 1:3a
Dictionary defines glory severally as:
· Great beauty or splendour, that is so overwhelming. It is considered powerful.
· Honour, admiration, or distinction, accorded by common consent to a person or thing high reputation.
· That quality in a person or thing which secures general praise or honour.
From whom is Glory?
God is the giver of all glory, and all glory must be to Him. John 17:22, Isaiah43:7
Glory belongs to God and only He can give the glory to whosoever He wills.
All glory must be returned to Him. God does not share His glory with anyone – Isa. 42:8
How can we experience the glory of God?
· Embrace the word of God because the word of God is the strength of God’ glory.
· Be filled and led by the Spirit of God.
· Live the life of holiness and righteousness.
· Seek God’s face before embarking on any endeavour.
· Seek the praise and glory of God in anything you do.
PASTOR FEMI ATODE
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