Manifestations Of The Glory Of God
by Evangelist Andreas Huebner
“The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.” Psalm 104:31
The Glory Of God Is Appearing
The works of God often go far beyond our intellect and powers of imagination. Those who say that miracles are no longer happening do not know Jesus Christ! During our crusades again and again we see how God is making the impossible happen: blind eyes are opened, the deaf hear, cripples’ limbs grow again, crutches and wheelchairs go flying, the bound are set free, lives are totally changed – in an instant. When I see this, I am overawed and I can only say, “Lord, how great thou art!” – These are all manifestations of the Glory of God.
“Just a minute”, you might say, “the Glory of God? The Old Testament mentions it. In those days the Glory of God was so glorious that the people could not go near, when it was present.” – Yes, right! But that is precisely the difference between the Old and the New Covenants. Jesus has rent the veil. By His blood we have access to the throne of God – and thereby to His Glory. In Luke 11:20 Jesus says, “But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.” And where the Kingdom of God is, there also is His Glory. Deliverance (as in Luke 11:20) therefore is a manifestation of His Glory.
What Is The Glory Of God?
God is glorifying Himself in us! He is showing His greatness, His Glory, in you and in me. His Glory – deliverance, healing, restoration, provision … -what else belongs to it? The Glory of God in us is so hard to describe, because it encompasses everything: the whole Gospel. Because of Jesus Christ the Glory of God is ours. It belongs to us and we must make it a part of our lives. Therefore God delivered His son up for us. When Jesus in John 17 prayed for His people, He said, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them…”. To you! And to me!
The word “Glory”, as expressed in the Old Testament, means “abundance, welfare, honor, dignity”, among other things. These are the things God wants to grant to us. He wants to bless us abundantly. He wants us to be well. He wants to change our lives, so that we have life in abundance – and that other people discern His Glory by what they see and hear from us. “Glory” is to do with “reigning”. And we can only “reign in life”, as Romans 5:17 says, when the Glory of God is manifested in our lives.
And there is another thing that happens because of the Glory of God: When I preach the Word in crusades or pray for people there, I do not have to send them back home with a promise. No, God’s answer appears instantly! His Glory appears at once! Healing takes place instantly. Lives are changed – from totally broken to perfectly whole and new – in an instant. Where the Glory of God appears, every work of the enemy comes to nought all at once. We need no longer have to dream that “some day” the Glory of God will visit us. No, the Glory of God is already present. The dream became a reality – more than 2000 years ago on the cross at Calvary! We only need to comprehend it – and take it!
More Of The Glory Of God
I am always overwhelmed when I see the Glory of God in our crusades. But I am no more content with this great power falling during crusades. I have understood that God wants to give more. And I want to see that happen. I no longer want to see His Glory only while I am ministering in the Third World, I want it to be present with you and with myself, in our everyday life. I want to see the same things happen with each of us here in the so-called Western World that I see during the crusades.
I refuse to think in low dimensions. I refuse to pray in religious modesty, for God does not call someone praying that way “humble”, but rather “of little faith”. Jesus likes us coming to Him with great expectancy. I do not want to be lukewarm. I want to burn for Jesus Christ! I am longing for His Glory to be revealed in my life and to shine through me! Every area of my life shall be full of His Glory. He wants to bless me “according to his riches in glory”! (Phil. 4:19). And what about you?
Spreading The Glory Of God
That leads us to the second aspect of the Glory of God in our lives: Freedom, health, strength, welfare, prosperity, reputation … All these are wonderful things, but this is not all. God does not only want us to live in His Glory – we are also to spread His Glory abroad. God’s Glory is not only to show in us, but also through us. That is what is meant by “Go ye into all the world …”. How easy will it be to reach people for Jesus Christ, when they see the Glory of God in us and in what we do? The world needs to see that we are living in the Glory of God and that we are willing and able to share it with the people!
Just imagine a church that is totally seized by the Glory of God! “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid”, says Jesus in Matthew 5:14. What is a city set on a hill? It is a church living in the Glory of God, a church that has got all the blessings of the Gospel, a church of overcomers, a church of victory! No one will fail to see it: It will rather irresistibly attract people. And in the Glory of God it will move mountains!
A Reflection Of The Glory Of God
We are called to the Glory of God! The Bible explicitly confirms that in 2 Thess. 2:14 :
“… whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
No trial, no power of darkness, no work of the devil is able to withstand the Glory of God that is reality in our lives. Victory, life, freedom, health, welfare, and whatever good things are possible – they belong to us – in Jesus. We are kings and priests, sovereigns in Christ. The Word of God even says that our whole life is a reflection of the Glory of the Lord:
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV
This verse also tells us how this happens: by the Spirit of God. The more we yield to the Holy Spirit, the more the Glory of God will show in our lives, and the more we will realize who we are in Christ and what He is able to do in us and through us. Praise be to God.
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