Give God the Glory – Isaiah 43:21

 

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Every single one of us was created to bring God glory. The purpose of our lives is for God’s will to be done in them. His purpose becomes our purpose. His will our will.

For some, this is a scary statement because they view God and His will through the eyes of fear. They think that if He calls them to do something or lay down something, to die to self, there will be a loss. But the point of dying to self is not to die to self. The point is to be closer to Him, to be with Him, to be like Him, and to remove from our life anything and everything that is not reflective of Him. Dying to self equals intimacy.

Whatever God has called each of us to do, He has called us to intimacy first. He doesn’t want us to pursue ministry before pursuing Him. Spiritual gifts are a by-product of intimacy, not ministry. He doesn’t want us to try to be perfect or seek to be “good” before we pursue Him. Being a mature Christian who knows how to handle life is not the point. Relationship with God is the point. HE is the point.

Absolutely everything else flows out from that place of intimacy with Him. Intimacy allows some of God’s attributes to be passed on to us. The nearer we get to Him, the easier it is to become like Him. In fact, it is natural to become like those you spend the most time with. You begin to look like them, sound like them, and think like them. Oh, I pray that the One I spend most moments with is always Jesus!

Because intimacy is the focus of Heaven, one of the greatest prayers we can pray is: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 6:10. Jesus taught His disciples to pray like this. Why? Because Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing (Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. ~ John 5:19) – WHAT HE SAW HIM DOING IN HEAVEN!!!

Jesus teaches us to pray the Lord’s Prayer because Heaven is reality, not earth. This is hard to grasp and for some a completely foreign concept but think about it. What we see here on earth, all around us, is merely a shadow of reality, not reality itself. (“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12). The temporal is always inferior to the eternal. So, in order to stay in alignment with the heart of God, we must remember that this place we live is the inferior and we must learn to mirror on earth the activity of Heaven.

We were each created to bring Him glory. How close we come to that depends fully on each one of us. He is never holding us back from intimacy. He is so eager for us to know Him that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to reconcile us to Himself. Every one of us.

This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.” ~ Isaiah 43:21

IF you do this, THEN…

I found an interesting thing in reading the Word this morning. In Exodus 34 Moses asks God for favor and to be His inheritance (This caught my eye because part of Pastor Sammy’s teaching last night at Bible study was that we were His inheritance). He also asks for God to go with them and for the glory for all even though the people are wicked. Then God makes a promise to Moses but tells Moses to obey everything that He commands. The next three chapters are filled with tasks and I usually just run through them as unimportant but when I really looked at it every job had a purpose for preparing for a place for God in their lives and for what God was going to do. It involved men and women pulling together their abilities and resources…but only the men and women who had their hearts stirred…not everyone was onboard. In Exodus 40 toward the end (pasted below and highlighted) it says Moses finished the work assigned. The next verse starts with the word “then”….THEN (implies to me they the two passages are connected) THEN THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE TABERNACLE. Hallelujah! Does that stir anyone else? God made a promise. Conditions for the Israelites were few considering that promise.

God really spoke to me through these passages and so today I feel called to pray for our people, that all of their hearts are stirred. He spoke to me to pray for the workers behind the scenes that may be overlooked by many of us as even I overlooked the importance of the tasks in these passages. He spoke to me to pray for people to complete the tasks assigned as preparation and to take their assignments seriously.

This really struck me and something I don’t think of very often… Moses didn’t do all the work. He did his part and he heard from God and told all the people what God had commanded and then the work was completed by those that had their hearts stirred and wanted to be a part of what God was going to do. Moses called the people and the people used their God-given gifts and talents and anointing to carry it out. When they all (those with stirred hearts) had worked in unity and done their part to obey all the commands THEN THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE TABERNACLE.

This just excited me!!! Revival is probably many things. It speaks to me through these verses that living in the glory of God night and day, day in and day out definitely involves unity but not to get too hung up on those that are not onboard (YET) and it involves obedience in preparation based on God’s commands. While everyone may not be onboard because everyone’s hearts have not been stirred…it can still come for the benefit of all. Charles Finney said that, “A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God.” Maybe he’s right. Maybe it starts with obedience or is revival to bring people to obedience. Maybe it is both. IF you do this, THEN…

Have more to say on this but some of it is still just stirring my soul, like an invention trying to bubble up or something, and I can’t get the word for it yet…if that makes sense.

Exodus 40:33-37

33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work.

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34 Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels