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All Things Glorious

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God's Word is His personal covenant promise to you! In fact, Jesus staked His life on it and shed His blood to establish this truth. His present desire and will is that you would take full advantage of this by acting upon the Word of God by faith. Know that when you do, His desire is for you to begin to expect the glory! He wants you to get your hope set, becoming fully convinced, that your present situation or circumstance will become glorious, based upon His promise to you.

Let me ask you a question. Way back in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve initially sinned, disobeying God's command forbidding them to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, what was the very first thing they were aware of after doing so? What was it that really got them all shook up? Unfortunately, it was not the error of their ways, or their disobedience to God's command, or even a heavy heart of repentance, but instead it was that they were aware of their nakedness! (Genesis 3:7). And the very first thing they did was to begin to sew fig leaves together as an attempt to cover up.

Why was this so startling to them? After all, most of the pictures or paintings we've seen that depict their life in the Garden, show them as being naked, don't they? You need to understand that those pictures or images we've been accustomed to are grossly incorrect. You see, up until that time they had been plugged into the life, the presence and the goodness of God, and His glory was their covering and daily life. They had never been without it; it was apart of their day to day experience and a major part of who they were.

It's important for us to take a moment and gain an understanding of what the glory really is; the glory is the essence, the sheen, the brilliance, the radiance, the magnificence, the goodness, the wealth and anointing of the life of God, and it clothed them and flowed through them. Needless to say, it greatly enhanced their lives in every way possible and added the beauty of God to their very being.

When the glory was removed, due to their sin, it exposed their nakedness, which went far beyond just the mere exposing of their flesh. It left them with a sense of an utter aloneness within their spirit, a feeling they had never experienced before, and they were in shock over this new state of awareness they had encountered. What they were experiencing was the effects of spiritual death, being cut off from the life of God and all His glory, the brightness and beauty of His being. It's important to note that, within the heart of God, mankind was never created to be without it!!!

When we think of the life of God, that same thought should reflect and include His glory. We need to begin to understand them as inseparable, and should think of them in this new way, as a hyphenated word: Life-Glory. Because really they are one. We should retrain our thinking to include both terms when either one is thought of in reference to our life in Christ.

Now you may be wonrdering where we fit in to all of this? Ephesians 2:4-5 reads; "But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)."

Let's look also at 1 Corinthians 1:30; "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption."

Praise God, though once we were dead, separated from God, we are now alive because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Yes, having been born-again, we are now "in Christ." And the Bible tells us that "He is the way, the truth and the life!" (John 14:6). So, if we are in Christ, then we are positionally in the life of God, and therefore we are also in the glory. If we have the right to experience His life, then we also have the right to experience His glory. Again, His life is the glory.

Romans 5:1-3 lays out our covenant right that we have been given to expect the glory: "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."

The word "hope" in the original New Testament Greek language, does not have the uncertain meaning of "wish," something that may or may not take place. Alternatively, the biblical word for hope is much different than we've come to know in our modern cultural thinking. Instead, it is a very strong and sure word. Biblical hope has the meaning of earnest expectation of something that is definitely going to take place, but just hasn't happened yet. It is every bit a concrete and sure word like faith. The difference being that faith takes place in the present, and hope refers to a future event - a sure event.

So the last part of that scripture tells us that we can earnestly expect the glory to show up, because we are in Christ!!! We have a right to expect this, and we should. After all, it's a sure event, and it will come to pass. Don't allow the enemy to persuade you to give up through discouragement and let go of your expectancy. Remember what Galatians 6:9 tells us, "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

You see, we've unfortunately been trained by natural circumstances and events, going by what we've seen and experienced, not to expect victory and blessing in our lives. The world models a "just get by the best way you can" mentality. However, we need to remember that they are not plugged into the life of God! Therefore we need to change our thinking, and cause it to line up with what the Word says. And yes, we need to get our hopes turned WAY UP and begin to expect His life, His glory to manifest and permeate our very being and all that concerns us, regardless of the situations life may be revealing to us at the moment. Know this: Your will and where you direct it, what you expect based on what you believe, and the tenacity in which you stand, is key to the degree of victory you will experience in this life.

Let's take a look at a sampling of some of the Scriptures that pertain to the glory in relation to us.

Romans 9:23-24
"And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory , even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?" NOTE - You were prepared for glory, and not just glory, but the riches of His glory. That ought to make you want to stand up and shout!

2 Corinthians 3:18
"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." NOTE - We are to grow in this glory, going from one glorious situation to another, and another. This does not mean that we will not experience problems from time to time, but we expect them to become glorious, we expect the victory.

Ephesians 1:17-19
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power." NOTE - Check out the glorious will of God for us! Should we expect anything less? I think not!

Philippians 4:19
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." NOTE - And His supply to us stems from His glory. When you really understand the covenant, His glory is ours to experience because we are one with Him. It's not something He is deciding, He already decided when He went to the cross.

Ephesians 3:16
"That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man." NOTE - Again, He is not holding back His glorious supply to us. It meets every need.

Colossians 1:26-27
"The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory ." NOTE - Look at the will of God here - He wants you to know and experience fully the riches of the glory - Christ in you the hope, the expectancy of glory. Begin to expect all things to become glorious.

1 Thessalonians 2:12
"That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory." NOTE - You are called into His glory. Think on this for a moment, let it sink in - you are called, ordained for it. You've got a calling to experience His glory. It's your destiny!

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
"But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." NOTE - When we receive Christ, we receive also His glory.

Hebrews 2:10-11
"For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory , to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren." NOTE - In Christ you are a son or a daughter of glory!!! It's your place of being in Him and part of your right standing.

1 Peter 4:14
"If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified." NOTE - Get a hold of this. The Holy Spirit is called here the Spirit of glory, and He is in you. How can you not expect the glory - it's in you!

Romans 8:30 Amplified Version
"And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being]" NOTE - If you're born-again, then you're justified, and therefore glorified in His eyes. Believe it, receive it and act upon it!

1 Corinthians 2:7
"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." NOTE - God ordained this wisdom for our glory - now in this life. I love how it calls Him the Lord of Glory, and He's our Lord, our God - our Glory!!!

Romans 3:23-24
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." NOTE - This says it as clear as can be. Before we accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we fell short of His Glory. But now being in Christ, it is our birthright, our inheritance, our covenant right!

I hope by now you are as excited about this as I am! After reading these wonderful Scriptures, there can absolutely be no doubt that we've been living far below what God's will for His people is. Obviously, there is much more for us to believe for and I want to break through the lies of the devil that you've possibly been believing, that you don't deserve anything better. That's a down right lie from the pit of hell and the Word of God proves it. Know that you are a special treasure in the eyes of the Lord. That's right - you are a special, prized gem to Him and He wants to bless your socks right off!

Whatever your situation is today, I want to encourage you to begin to expect the glory. Yes, expect that your circumstances, whatever they are, will become glorious and saturated with the life of God. Begin to praise Him and thank Him for it! After all, if Adam and Eve had it, and they were plugged into the life of God, then it only stands to reason that we should have it too, because we are born-again and therefore one with Christ, who is the Life-Glory! Romans 8:2 tell us; "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." And that includes you! Begin to expect the law of the Life of God, begin to expect the Glory!!!

Dan Downey
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Dan Downey 2000

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