Living By Faith

THE GLORY: GOD’S MANIFEST PRESENCE

O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for you, in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory. (Psalm 63:1-2 | AMP)

 

“He will manifest His glory where He is invited, where somebody wants Him, and believes in Him.” -Mark Hankins

 

Even though God is everywhere, He doesn’t manifest His presence everywhere. He will only manifest His glory where He is invited, where somebody wants Him, and believes in Him.

You must learn to let the Holy Spirit land on you. You will find out quickly that the Holy Spirit doesn’t land everywhere.  If He hasn’t landed on you in a while, you might want to find out what is wrong with your landing strip!  When the Holy Ghost lands on you, the glory of God is manifested. When the glory of God is manifested, things begin to change.

 

Confession: As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

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EXPERIENCING THE GLORY FOR YOURSELF

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy GLORY, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. (Psalm 63:1-2)

 

“God wants to do something in you that will shock a generation!” – Mark Hankins

 

When Paul stood before King Agrippa he explained his experience with glory of the risen Christ. He said, “I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun…”(Acts 26:13)

I remember when I was 17 years old, I cried out and said, “God, show me your glory. I can’t live off my parents’ experience, sermon, or vision.” I wanted to experience the glory of God for myself.

God wants you to experience more glory this year than you did last year. Paul said every believer should not only have an initial experience with the glory, but should go from glory to glory.

 

Confession:  But 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)

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EXPERIENCING THE GLORY

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. (Ephesians 3:16)

 

“The man with an argument is always at the mercy of the man with an experience.” – Mark Hankins

 

What is the glory? The glory of God is not just something intellectual; the glory of God is something you experience. The Apostle Paul talks about experiencing the glory of God throughout the book of Ephesians.

In Ephesians 3, Paul says that God will strengthen your inner man; this strength comes from His glory.

Moses desired to see the glory. He cried out to God and said, “Show me your glory.” David did the same thing in Psalm 63, “My soul thirsteth for thee…to see thy power and thy glory….”

God will strengthen you and increase your capacity so you will be able to possess things in your life that are exceeding abundantly above what you could ever imagine. God wants to do something in you that will shock a generation!

 

Confession: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

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SPEAKING OF HIS GLORY

In his temple doth every one speak of his glory. (Psalm 29:9)

 

“Whenever we say, “Glory,” we are including all of the goodness of God!” – Mark Hankins

 

  • God is called the “God of Glory” in Acts 7:2.
  • Ephesians 1:17 calls God the “Father of Glory.”
  • He is the “King of Glory” in Psalm 24:7-10.
  • Jesus is the “Lord of Glory” in 1 Corinthians 2:8.
  • Hebrews 2:10 tells us that Jesus died to bring “many sons into glory.”
  • I Peter 4:14 says, “The Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you.”
  • In 1 Corinthians 2:7, the Apostle Paul says of his revelation, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden widsom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.”
  • John 17:22-24 describes Jesus as the Lord of Glory and says that He came that we might enjoy the same glory

 

One commentary I read defined the glory this way: wealth, numbers, commerce, power, wisdom, promotion, superiority, dignity, authority, nobility, splendor, valor, magnificence, extraordinary privileges, and advantages. Whenever we say “GLORY,” we are including all the goodness of God. We speak of His glory and carry His glory!

 

Confession: Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world! (1 John 4:4)

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THE GLORY… CONTEND, CONTAIN, CARRY

Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the GLORY of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27)

 

“The glory of God is one of the most outstanding characteristics about God.” – Mark Hankins

 

God has called us in the new covenant to be carriers of the glory.  We contain and carry the glory of Jesus. The glory of God is one of the most outstanding characteristics about God. It is literally His manifested presence. Even though God is everywhere, His presence is not manifested everywhere.

We must lift our voice and contend for the glory of God to be manifested in this generation. As we lift our voice and speak of His glory, there will be a radical change of scenery in our lives today!

 

Confession:  I lift my voice and contend for the Glory! This mystery, which has been hid from ages and generations, is now made manifest to the saints: Christ in me, the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:26-27)

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