God's Glory Releases Transformation!
John Piper defines the glory of God this way,
“The manifest beauty of His holiness.”
So how best do we describe God’s holiness? John Piper also did his best to describe His holiness in these words,
“God’s holiness is his infinite value as the absolutely unique, morally perfect, permanent person that he is and who by grace made himself accessible — his infinite value as the absolutely unique, morally perfect, permanent person that he is.”
John 17:22-23 says that God gives us His glory so that we may be one. He gives us the “manifest beauty of His holiness” that draws us into the oneness and unity that is shared by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:22-23
What if we all ask for the glory of the Lord to permeate our lives, our relationships, our churches, cities, and nations? What if we surrendered to His glory so that His holiness transformed us to be one even as God is one?
I believe that we have looked upon the glory of God in too narrow of a way. Often I hear His glory described as His presence but it truly is so much more than “God with us.” It is the manifestation of the beauty of His infinitely unique and morally perfect nature that is eternal.
If His glory is the manifest beauty of His holiness and we are given His glory, then we will begin to be the evidence and embodiment of who He is as we allow the Spirit to grace us the glory of the Lord. Unity and oneness will begin to be manifest in our families and in the family of God so that the world will know and see Jesus in His manifest beauty and as John Piper says, “In His infinite value.”
If the glory of the Lord is His manifest holiness, then isn’t that the key to seeing true purity and the undiminished value of God return to the Church so that the world can see Him as He is? It is time for His glory to fill our lives, our homes, and our gatherings so that the fullness of Christ will transform us and transform every place our feet and hands touch.
Far too often we have tried to display His true nature apart from His glory— which in turn is apart from His holiness. This has merely created striving, formulas, and methodology for being “Christ-like.” It is time to ask for His glory to return to the Church, to our homes, and to our hearts so that by His grace we begin to see the manifest beauty of His infinite value displayed.
Let’s ask Him for His glory so that we can be transformed and be the evidence of His infinite value and purity in the midst of a world that has traded true beauty and the value of holiness for defilement and perversion.
His glory is the key for transformation!
Give Thanks! The Key to Breakthrough
Psalm 107 begins with the words, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever!”
This psalm then goes on to recount the many ways that God has displayed His goodness to His children throughout the ages. After each reminder of His acts of deliverance and goodness there is a declaration of “Give thanks to the Lord…”
As I was reading this psalm this morning I had a picture in my mind of the Lord riding swiftly upon the praises of His people. In this picture there was a sickle in His hand and with this sickle He was removing the thorns and thistles that had entrapped many of His sons and daughters from moving forward.
This still picture then began to have movement and turned into a vision of men and women who were trapped and in great distress but their cries for help turned into shouts that declared His goodness. As they releases these declarations of His goodness, a great acceleration took place and as He rode upon the praises of thanksgiving this sickle quickly and suddenly freed them from this captivity.
Then as they were freed from their captivity the sacrifice of thanksgiving permeated their entire being and they began to ride with the Lord and together they went forth with this sickle to free men, cities, nations and the captives who would join God’s great end time army.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.”
I sensed that there is a “sacrifice of thanksgiving” that the Spirit is prompting many to release in this hour. It may be a shout, a declaration or an act of sacrificial thanksgiving that declares His goodness to you and to mankind. This will be the key to your breakthrough! Don’t release it merely for the sake of breakthrough but because it is truth and He is worthy!
He is Holding You
I woke up this morning with deep compassion in my heart for those who are hurting. It is a compassion stronger than my human emotions or ability to muster up; it is the Father’s compassion for His children who are hurting.
Many of you reading this have fought so hard to stay in faith and bravely clung to your determination to believe in God’s promises despite adversity. You have wondered why others are experiencing breakthrough and you are not. You feel very alone in this battle.
But I hear the Spirit saying that you are not alone! The Father’s arms are open and He desires for you to surrender all of your pain, disappointment and fear to His powerful embrace. He will hold you and His perfect love will heal your pain, renew your hope and calm your fears.
This is a real invitation, not just a nice picture. Get somewhere that you can be still and receive the invitation for Him to hold you.
I also felt that as you allow yourself to be held and comforted that He would take the battle out of your hands. The battle that you are facing belongs to Him. It is too big for you and as you turn your focus on being loved by Him and trusting Him, it will take away the swirl of warfare that has exhausted you.
I will welcome you and be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:18.
He has offered an open invitation into rest and comfort. God’s arms are spread wide to receive you and to relieve you of the burden of the battle. Faith and hope are found in rest and peace.
Even now His arms are wrapping around you; breathe deeply the fragrance of His love.
Sign of the Olive Tree
Two years ago our oldest daughter gave us a going away gift as we prepared to move from California to Oregon. It was a beautiful gardening pot with a tiny seedling of an olive tree planted in it. For us it was the signature of God that it was time to go to our new home. Noah received an olive branch from the dove as a sign that it was time to leave the ark in order to establish his new home on the new land that was before him.
When we arrived in Oregon our little seedling was not doing very well with the colder climate. Somehow it survived but it never grew. Two years has passed (as of June 13th) since we arrived in Oregon and for the first time that little seedling has begun to grow. It not only is growing but it is thriving! Like the butterfly on it’s pot it has gone from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
This morning when I looked out at it, growing both high and wide, I felt the Spirit say that it is a sign of a time that His Church will thrive.
Anouncement of Hope
“It’s going to be better than you think!”
I don’t know what you’ve been waiting for but your Father surely does. Although your mind and the enemy of your soul may shout doubt and defeat, the Lord has good news for you.
Romans 5:5 says,
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Hope was not poured into our hearts in order to bring us to places of disappointment but to reveal the love of God that never disappoints.I find that more often than not right before the breakthrough there is the most warfare against our hope and the truth about the love of God in our life.
When the battle rages and you feel like letting go of hope then it is time to let the voice of truth come forth.
Let both praises and declarations of who He is ring forth with clarity and boldness until your soul comes back into alignment with what your spirit already knows.
John 16:13 says,
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
The Spirit comes and guides us into all truth and that truth gives us hope; a hope that does not disappoint. We are children of God and our Father loves us with a love that exceeds every expectation.