Show me Your glory

Exodus 33:15-20 (NIV)

‘Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

First Moses asks for God’s presence to go with them and God assures Him that it would because He is pleased with Moses.

Now He is asking to see His glory. Although Moses cannot see His face he gets a glimpse of the Glory of God!

Wow. Moses is so hungry to know that the presence of God is going with Him so that the Israelites will be distinguished as He leads them.

He won’t move until He is assured he is in the will of God, wanting God to shine through Him.

But now to ask for His glory as well? That’s right, first His presence and then His glory. Glory will come forth once His manifest presence is established.

If you have cultivated His presence in your life it’s time to ask God for His glory. He wants to distinguish you and set you apart so others will be drawn to Him through you.

Cry out “Show me your glory” and watch God shine through you just as he did Moses.

A ray of hope

Lamentations 3:21-25 (LB)

“Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek for him”

Can you feel the anguish and agony of Jeremiah’s lament? The nation he loved had been destroyed and taken into captivity.

The sign of the prophet Jonah was nowhere to be seen in Jeremiah’s life, and unlike Jonah, he wept all the louder when he saw his nation taken away under force.

But in the midst of his lamenting, Jeremiah sees the truth, the ray of hope like a shaft of light piercing through the blackness of his dark dungeon.

He sees the God of mercy, the God of reconciliation, our God, who is longsuffering and full of unfailing love. He does not afflict willingly but rather desires to restore his fallen children.

God’s mercy had still kept them from complete destruction, His wrath had been held back enough to leave room for repentance that would enable God to pour out His love once more.

Amidst all the torture and heartache there still remained a compassionate God who, at our slightest turning would begin to pour out His mercy which comes afresh every morning.

Yes, it is true. Jesus is wonderfully good to everyone who waits upon Him and seeks Him out. Oh friend, there is still hope for you! You have not gone so far as to wander beyond the redemption of the Saviour.

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us; that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth” Hosea 6:1-3 (NIV)

Keep your oil burning

Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV)

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. See more here

Are you like the pure virgin awaiting your saviour to come and be united with you?

Have you been cleansed by the blood of Christ, filling yourself daily with the Holy Spirit’s anointing as you meditate on scripture and pray?

More importantly are you relying on the oil of the Holy Spirit anointing to help you wait patiently for your Bridegroom?

Your oil is the continual flowing of the Holy Spirit in your life and your lamp is your spirit (your vessel). How much oil do you hold right now? Is it enough to last until your Bridegroom appears?

Jesus desperately wants to come and pick you up in His arms and take you to the place he has prepared for you. All He requires of you is that you would wait for Him without falling asleep.

This marriage requires unity, oneness and a very close relationship with the Lord.

The oil is only for you. You cannot share someone else’s relationship with God, nor can you give someone else your oil. It is given only for you because all must stand before the judgement seat of Christ and give an account.

The number ten represents testing and trial. This is exactly what this long wait for the wedding is about; a test to see if we will wait the distance before He comes, however long that might be.

The problem for the foolish virgins, was that, because the Bridegroom took longer than they had anticipated, they ran out of Holy Spirit anointing and were therefore not ready.

Don’t get impatient, He is on His way!

Keep your lamp (spirit) burning brightly for He may even come at midnight. And do everything you possibly can so that the door does not shut on you.

Prepare for the work

Jeremiah 1:18-19 (MSG)

“Stand at attention while I prepare you for your work.
I’m making you as impregnable as a castle,
Immovable as a steel post,
solid as a concrete block wall.
You’re a one-man defense system
against this culture,
Against Judah’s kings and princes,
against the priests and local leaders.
They’ll fight you, but they won’t
even scratch you.
I’ll back you up every inch of the way.”
God’s Decree.

Are you ready to begin the work that God is preparing you for? He has been strengthening your character with patience, stamina and passion.

He has also been putting together all the talents within you to equip you for this moment.

You will be hurled into a divine work but you will also need to remain solid, steadfast and unshakable through it.

You may come up against supernatural powers that dominate this culture, opposition in the high places of influence and spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. But you are empowered to conquer them and come out without even a scratch.

God promises that even with all of this opposition to the work, He will back you up. He is behind you all the way. And if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b NIV)

The power of laughter and joy.

Proverbs 17:22 (ESV)

‘A joyful heart is good medicine’

When was the last time you had a real good belly laugh?

The Bible tells us that laughing is a form of medicine! It actually has healing properties in all types of diseases by lowering stress.

It helps your body and mind by releasing feel-good hormones.

Amazing! Yet simple!

I encourage you to find ways to have a regular good ol’ laugh amongst friends or by watching a comedy show.

Watch how it lifts your mood and is passed onto those around you!

Let Him unlock your heart

Romans 11:32 (TPT)

‘Actually, God considers all of humanity to be prisoners of their unbelief, so that he can unlock our hearts and show his tender mercies to all who come to him.’

We are prisoners whenever we do not believe what He has promised us. We are held captive in bondage to that unbelief.

Mistrust and lack of faith are blockages we all must overcome in order to see His tender mercies.

Let Him unlock your heart in that area you are struggling to trust Him in. It may look like it is too big for Him. It may even seem like a physical impossibility. But give Him your heart and watch Him unlock the truth and bring you back into faith.

The key is in your hands.

Don’t stay where you are

Jeremiah 38:2 (MSG)

“This is God’s Message: ‘Whoever stays in this town will die—will be killed or starve to death or get sick and die. But those who go over to the Babylonians will save their necks and live.”

The warning is loud and clear that there is great danger if we remain where we are.

This may refer to a place of compromise, comfort or even disobedience. That is why we must move forward in surrender to God’s will if we are to survive.

Sometimes the most comforting choice to our flesh is to just stay in the same place and wait to be rescued.

But this is not a time for hanging around to see what happens. This is a crucial time we are in. Destruction is fast approaching if we don’t move on!

This may not mean you have to physically move jobs, houses, or churches but within all these areas there is new level of surrender taking place.

There is a spiritual shift that requires sacrifice, obedience and a passion to please Him.

God has a new land for us to experience and we cannot sit back.
Embrace the challenge, rise to a new level and give yourself wholly to God.

Build

Colossians 2:7 (MSG)

“My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.”

Has God been teaching you about a certain construction and revealing to you a plan, a blueprint of how He wants to bring this project to pass?

It may be a physical construction involving materials or a building of a great harvest of relationships and souls.

He may have been giving you strategies for a great extension on something you begun, or perhaps this is a wall He is starting from scratch. Whatever the case, your time seeking Him for the framework is coming to an end.

You are about to be released into the work. Get ready to start building with what He has shown you, using the revelations and strategies seen in your secret place.

Start living out what you’ve spent a long time learning about. Now that you’re deeply rooted in Him, go forth with confidence and watch Him build through you, what you could never have done without Him.

The moment of being afraid

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (MSG)

I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

When was the last time you were in this position, if ever? In a situation where you felt totally inadequate in your own strength to do what had been asked of you by God?

A time where you were in such lack, or so far out of your own ability that you were forced to completely rely on God and trust Him to move in a difficult situation?

This is ‘the moment of being afraid’ and it is in this place of ultimate trust that you will see the miracle working power of God like never before.

There are many ways this situation can come about. Sometimes this moment can come upon you very suddenly when you least expect it and you may find yourself in the spotlight fronting a crowd of people who are ready to hear about Christ.

You could be asked out of the blue to share your views at a business meeting, thrust on stage to perform a solo or lining up to kick the winning goal with all eyes fixed on you.

All you can do in these instances is pray for the right words or supernatural ability to succeed. These are the defining moments God uses to propel us forward into our destiny.

Don’t you love that! Now He will act on your behalf. You are out so deep that the water is over your head and it is God’s turn to make the next move.

You might be scared, but this is where it gets exciting. Just watch how He will move through you like you never thought possible.

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 (HCSB)

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