Experiencing the Glory of God
What actually is the glory of God, and how do we respond to it?
What is the glory of God? Some say it is an otherworldly form or a divine energy force that floats in the atmosphere – something ethereal or mystical. But I want to tell you that the glory of God goes beyond these things. The glory of God is his character and his divine nature; it is the very essence of his presence.
"He is the glory!"
Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus Christ is the perfect revelation of God’s glory: "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." (NIV)
He is the glory! And when God’s glory touches us, the true, weighty presence of God is being released into our lives. The Hebrew word for this glory of God is kabod, and it literally means, “the abundant riches, glory, splendor, and honor of God.” The root word it comes from indicates a literal weight. So we see that the glory of God is a tangible presence of weighty, abundant riches, honor, and glory. Moses experienced the glory and witnessed this tangible presence:
"The Lord said to Moses, 'I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.' …On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast." (Exodus 19:9, 16 NIV)
"The Lord has always chosen to release his glory through signs and wonders."
Throughout the Scriptures we read about the glory of God coming unto the people and visiting them in diverse manifestations. The Lord has always chosen to release his glory through signs and wonders.
It may come as thunder and lightning or a very loud trumpet blast (Exodus 19:9, 16). Sometimes the glory comes as a cloud (2 Chronicles 5:13-14, Exodus 40:36); sometimes it comes as a flame of fire (Exodus 40:38, Acts 2:3). Sometimes the glory comes as dew upon our clothes (Judges 6:37-38), or as a mighty rushing wind (Acts 2:2). Sometimes the glory comes as manna or provision from above (Exodus 16).
The pages of Scripture are filled with miraculous accounts of the glory of God appearing for his children: angelic encounters (1 Kings 19:5-7, Acts 10:3, Acts 12:7-11), miracles like a pool of healing water (John 5:1-15), water transformed into heavenly wine (John 2:1-11), and even financial miracles released in unexpected ways (Matthew 17:27).
Why would we expect anything different today? The Bible proclaims, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NLT). The glory of God is full of miraculous signs and wonders because it is the manifestation of a miraculous God. The glory of God always draws us closer to him because it reveals who he is.
"God is anointing us with a fresh new impartation from his Spirit!"
Often when the glory of God comes upon me I will be filled with great joy. I think this should be commonplace among believers, as the Bible says that in the presence of the Lord "there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11 ESV).
Sometimes as I stand in the glory my hands and feet will begin to drip with supernatural oil, representing the miracle anointing of God. Many times I will use this supernatural oil to pray for the sick and have seen tremendous healing miracles take place. The supernatural oil that flows from my hands often carries a heavenly aroma – the fragrance of Jesus (Song of Songs 2:1). In Psalm 23:5 David says, “You have anointed my head with [fresh] oil.” (NASB). God is anointing us with a fresh new impartation from his Spirit!
Other times in the glory of God, I have seen tiny sparkles appear in the air or on people. Sometimes the glory will come as a shower of golden rain; sometimes this golden substance will come out from the pores of my skin. I have seen this happen in many churches on many different people. The Bible speaks about the shekinah glory of God. The word shekinah means, “to be seen,” or “a visible manifestation of the divine presence.”
"Isn’t it amazing to realize that as New Testament believers we are now the carriers of God’s glory?"
This supernatural golden substance is a sign of the glory of God coming upon his people. Gold represents the glory of God. In the Old Testament the children of Israel brought their riches of gold, silver, and jewels into the wilderness tabernacle. The tabernacle was filled with these symbols of the glory of God. When the Lord gave instruction for Solomon’s temple, he told them to overlay everything with gold, including the walls and ceiling. Even the veil that separated the manifest glory of God from the rest of the temple had golden thread woven into it. God has always chosen to represent his glory with a golden substance.
Isn’t it amazing to realize that as New Testament believers we are now the carriers of God’s glory? We carry his presence here on Earth; we are his temples. If the glory of the Old Testament was just a fading glory (2 Corinthians 3:7-11), then how much more does the Lord want to cover us in the presence of his glory today!
I believe that these things we are experiencing are simply prophetic signs of the glory of God being released upon the earth. God wants us to display his glory in the earth in these days of his outpouring!
HOW TO RESPOND TO THE GLORY REALM
When you touch God’s glory he will always give you unusual instructions. The glory realm is the atmosphere of revelatory knowledge. Whatever is revealed in the Heavens becomes prophetic to the Earth (Amos 3:7).
Unusual instructions will always require unusual obedience. In order to receive from the glory realm you must be obedient to the vision. God will always ask you to do something possible so that he can do something impossible! Revelation demands activation in order to produce a manifestation. Obedience always releases the blessings (Deut. 28:1-13).
When you’ve obeyed the instruction, stand in faith. Fear never produces the miraculous, but faith always does! Don’t allow the enemy to plant seeds of doubt and unbelief. Stand in faith and watch your miracle come to pass (Hebrews 11:6).
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