Some may argue, "But what about the disciples' experience on the Mount of Transfiguration? Wasn't that a manifestation of God's glory? There was an overpowering light and the miraculous appearance of Moses and Elijah."
But God's glory wasn't in Moses or Elijah or in the spectacular light. Rather, His glory was in Jesus: "...His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light...behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him" (Matthew 17:2-6).
God was saying, "Here is my glory personified - in Christ!" Indeed, Jesus is the fulfillment of all God said He was to Moses - gracious, merciful, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression of sins. And now the Lord was saying, "Here's a living picture of My glory. It is all embodied in my Son!"
I've heard some Christians say, "If only the Lord would give me a vision of the horrors of hell, I would never forsake him. I'd live for Jesus every day!" No - that kind of vision never keeps anyone. Only a vision of who Jesus is - of His glory, grace and mercy - will keep us holy. I know a man who was near death and experienced just these kinds of hellish visions. Afterward, he swore he would dedicate his life to Christ. But within weeks that vision died, and he went back to his sinful ways.
God wants to open our eyes to "...the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints" (Ephesians 1:18). He's saying, "All the glory I revealed to Moses is embodied in My son. And now I have given Him to you as your inheritance. You have a right to know Him in all His glory!" "In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:9).
Why did Moses so desperately seek a vision of God's glory? I believe the reason is found in this verse: "There I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory" (Exodus 29:43). The word "sanctified" here means "made clean." God was saying, in other words: "Moses, as you and the people worship Me, I will meet with you and give you My presence. And when I reveal My glory to you, it will cleanse you!"
“LIVING ALWAYS IN THE POWER AND GLORY OF THE LORD’S HOLY PRESENCE IN THE LAST DAYS UNTIL THE RAPTURE WILL TAKE PLACE”, (Exodus 33:15) : PART III
This is one of the most powerful verses in all of scripture. It offers hope to everyone who struggles with a besetting sin and yearns to be free and clean. God pledges, "Your temple will be made clean by a revelation of My glory. And that revelation is available to you right now - in my Son, Jesus Christ!"
Where can we find this revelation of Christ? We find it only as we come to the scriptures! Paul says that as we allow God's Word to reflect to us an ever-increasing revelation of Jesus, we will be changed from glory to glory: "We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
This revelation of God's glory will provide keeping power for our lives: "...upon all the glory shall be a defence" (Isaiah 4:5). In other words, God's glory will keep us clean in our worst hour. Satan will flee from us, for he can not face the Power and the Glory of God who dwell in us. Eventhough he may lie to us, "You're defeated! You're a cheat, a liar, an adulterer." But we can answer, "No, devil. I have a high priest - and I'm cleansed by a vision of His glory!"
When God revealed to Moses all these things about His nature, He also gave him the full revelation that he "...will by no means clear the guilty..." (Exodus 34:7). Azariah prophesied to King Asa in his most prosperous hour, "If you despise God's glory - if you excuse your sin and neglect the Lord - He will not cleanse you!" "...The Lord is with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, He will forsake you" (2 Chronicles 15:2).
What God is telling us here is so simple: "Take time to get to know my Son! Search My Word and seek Me in your secret closet of prayer. Then, as you abide in My presence, your eyes will begin to open to My glory. It is all revealed in Christ. He is the full revelation of My love, grace, mercy, kindness”.
"As you continually reflect on this revelation, it will cleanse and purify you because you'll become more and more like Jesus. As you see how loving and merciful He is to you, you'll become more loving and merciful to others. And that will be My glory revealed in you!"
Beloved, stop looking for a sign. Stop expecting some force to shake your church building, or for some preacher to lay hands on you and solve all your problems. Seek the Lord alone! His Word makes it clear - you'll either enjoy His continual holy presence or be lightly esteemed: "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him..." (16:9).
Seek Him with all your heart, and desire His presence in your daily life. Then you will know and experience the incredible Glory of God!
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Let me give you the conclusion on this sermon today by giving four important things to prepare our hearts to live our lives mindful of the presence of God and the love of God for us to enable us to live in the Presence of God .
As we all know that, we are now living at the perilous times in the Last Days prior the soon coming of the Lord Jesus. The whole world is already full of evil spirits trying to control our lives to live according to the Kingdom of Darkness. God knows exactly how His Children can overcome our flesh, the world and the Devil in our daily life if we just obey His instruction to seek His Face and surrender unto Him to receive His revelation in His Presence to live according to His Plan.
Let’s try to follow the four important things to practice in our daily life to include daily devotions, solitude, prayer and community.
1.“Devotions” are a time each day, or each part of the day, for coming into the
presence of God. It is a time alone with God spent reading and reflecting upon
reading. Devotions can include Bible reading, readings from Christian writers,
prayer, even simply being still and quiet for a time. A quiet spot where interruptions
are unlikely is best. Time can range from 10 minutes to 1 hour. Consistency and
faithfulness are key components of daily devotions.
2.“Solitude” is a time of silence, away from everyday happenings of our lives. But itis more than simple silence. Solitude includes time alone—alone with God. Solitude
can be a time of reflection on the happenings of our lives and, depending upon the
circumstances of our lives, can be experienced as peaceful or distressing. Solitude
can be a quiet time of wonderment on the gift of life given to us. Solitude can be a
time of reflection on God and the Kingdom of God. However experienced, solitude
involves silence in the presence of God without any special purpose or reason
except the desire to be with God.
The obvious question is: how are we able to find solitude in our busy lives filled
with work, things to do, and people who need us? The answer to this question is
to intentionally choose to make time and to create circumstances for solitude to
occur. When traveling in the car, turn off the radio. When in the house, turn off the
television, stereo, or other "background noises". Be intentional about creating
situations where quietude is possible and solitude may result. For many of us, that
involves an intentional choice to limit or filter what we will see in terms of movies, life’
s happenings, or even news of world events. The intentional choice involves
discipline—one of the fruits of which can be found time to be alone with oneself and
with God. It is the intentional choice to create space for God by not filling our senses
and our minds with “things” that would otherwise occupy us!
For me, living a life filled with lists to help organize myself, the thought of solitude was
scary and seemed an unnecessary waste of life’s most precious commodity: time.
In the beginning, it wasn’t easy! Solitude cut against a lifetime of routines and
values all aimed at endeavoring to accomplish the most that can be done and to be
productive in the ways of the world. Over time, by practicing solitude more
frequently, I came to recognize that “being” as opposed to “doing” has even greater
fruits. The times of silence and solitude or simply “being”created opportunities
to listen for God in my life and to see God in my life!
3.“Prayer” is the third essential that embodies the practice of living in the presence of
God. Prayer is quite simply communion with God—speaking to God either by
words or by inclining of one’s heart toward the heart of God. Prayer becomes the
heart of “Living in the presence of God” because instead of carrying the burdens of
life alone, we take them to God in prayer. Not only at times of devotions, or in fixed
time of prayer, but as often as we are able! A servant of God, Richard Foster calls them
“breath prayers” and Paul says that we should “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
These prayers are regular and frequent visits to the presence of God to express a
word, a thought, a request, a blessing or concern, and anything and everything in life
that is worthy of sharing with our God who created us, loves us and wants our love
first and foremost, and wants us to respond by going forth to give this love to others!
Such times of prayer are for me an opportunity to express gratitude to God for the
blessings of life, to pray for those in all parts of my life, and to reflect upon what I can
and should be doing in life. Most importantly, these times provide an opportunity to
listen quietly for God's Will and Word to me and for me.
Continuo on 4.Finally, "Community" is essential to the discipline of living in the presence of God.
It is ironic that this is so--but experience and tradition show that living in Christian
community where the love of Christ is expressed and experienced is essential to this
spiritual discipline. The truth is that we need to recognize that God loves us all with
the same unconditional, unending love and we are called to share life in community to
experience the presence of God and to experience the love of God! Stated another
way, living in the presence of God is best experienced and most authentic when it is
lived in community.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I pray that all of you and me will be desiring strongly to seek God’s face to live more often in His Holy Presence to receive His Power and Glory to empower us to overcome our flesh, the world and the Devil and his kingdom on this earth especially when we are now truly living at the perilous time in the Last Days awaiting for the soon coming of the Lord.
I pray none of us of all congregation of this Salvation Church will be defeated by our enemies but living victoriously until the end and after all we may meet with the Lord Jesus in the clouds at His Glorious Day according to 1Thessalonians 4:16-18.
To God Be All The Glory And Honor, A m e n.
THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED THROUGH THE GUIDANCE / WISDOM AND HELP FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT - AMEN!
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It's a wonderful thing to be shut in with God, developing a consistent prayer life. God promises that as you become a seeking, praying servant, His presence will break forth in your life closing and opening doors and working His divine order all around you. Yet something even greater than this will happen: God's presence will lead you into a revelation of His glory!
There is a difference between God's presence and His glory. Most Christians know His presence - His great works in their lives - but few know His glory. In Exodus, we're given a glimpse of this difference: "Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle" (Exodus 40:34).
The apostle Paul writes that all believers' bodies are the tabernacle of God: "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16). Like the Israelites who lived under the cloud of God's presence, we're constantly under the covering of God's grace. Yet, what is the difference between beholding God's presence and beholding His glory?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Lord Gave Moses a Revelation of His Glory
Moses sought God for a continual manifestation of His presence: "...that I may know thee..." (Exodus 33:13-14). And God answered him, "...My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest" (verse 14).
Moses' request would be quite enough for most believers. We all want the presence of God and leading us, guiding us, empowering us, blessing us. Really, what more could any believer desire? Yet having the assurance of God's presence wasn't enough for Moses. He knew there was more. And he cried out, "...I beseech thee, shew me Thy glory" (verse 18).
God did show Moses His glory. But it didn't appear in some luminous cloud or in an earthshaking demonstration of power. No, God expressed His glory in a simple revelation of is nature: "The Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin..." (34:6-7). God's glory was a revelation of his goodness, mercy, love and compassion!
I've heard many Christians say, "Oh, how the glory of God came down in our church last night! There was such incredible praise, and people were slain by the Spirit." But that isn't proof of a manifestation of God's glory. It has nothing to do with God beyond human emotions. It doesn't include a revelation of who He is!