I had been asked to give an introduction to a well-know evangelist at a large arena in our city. I was told by the organizers, after the singing had finished, I was to walk to the platform on the stage, give a short bio and then take my place in a row of chairs behind the platform. When the time arrived, I walked to the podium and stared into the thousands who were standing in attendance and I said in the microphone, “You are not here today by accident. God has brought you to this moment to accept His Son Jesus as your Saviour. Raise your arms and hands up high if you are here today for this special moment in your life.” A large grin came upon my face as hundreds raised their hands. I stood there beaming, while the organizers on the platform seemed shocked by their expressionless faces. As I turned and started to take my place in the row of chairs, a man whispered to me, “you do know that you weren’t supposed to give an invitation to accept Christ, just an introduction of the guest speaker.” My smile disappeared and instead of sitting down, I left the platform, feeling like a young school boy who had just been ostracised by his school teacher for being a show-off in class.
Did this experience really happen to me? No, I had this dream at 4:30 AM and God spoke to my spirit and said I should come in the computer room and repeat the story before it left my consciousness. I’ll continue with my dream: After leaving the stage and going down a back hall, a man came running up to me with a glow on his face. He said, ” All of the events that had occurred just now had gone out over the radio. People were calling in to the radio station and confessing Jesus as their Saviour”. My chest expanded and my smile returned because of my boldness in the auditorium. As I lay awake in bed after the dream, a feeling of shame came into my hearing. I was accepting the glory due His Name instead of giving Him the glory! How evident is this in our everyday lives.
“It’s not enough to just understand what the Glory of God is; we must also actively glorify Him”.
Head knowledge is fine but it is much better when it is followed by action. Action is actually taking what you know and understand, and putting it into practice; it’s more than an emotional response.
I grew up in Southern California and spent hours at the local beaches during the summer. Many times when I arrived, there would be red warning flags stuck in the wet sand, which meant “riptide” was here. But people would often ignore the warnings, go out into the surf and the riptide would carry them out to sea. I would see the Life Guards running towards the water with life buoys around their necks and plunge into the surf rescuing the swimmer from drowning. They would bring them onto the sand and perform lifesaving recessatation, then have an ambulance standing byif needed. They had saved the swimmer from death. Now if that situation happened to you, would you look at that lifeguard somewhat differently than before? Would you hold the lifeguard in higher esteem than before your almost death ending experience? After someone saved you from drowning, what would you be willing to do for that person? Jesus not only saved you from death, He died in the process! What actions are you going to take for the Son of the living God, Jesus Christ?
Leviticus 10:1-2 (KJV): “AND NADAB and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.”
VERSE 3, “Then Moses said to Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified…”
Notice who God is addressing in verse 3, “By those who come near to Me…all the people will glorify Me.”
Psalm 50:14-15, 23 “Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High, And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall HONOR and GLORIFY ME.” ; “He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving HONORS and GLORIFIES ME…”
Psalm 9:1 says “I WILL PRAISE YOU, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds!” All of Psalm 9 says that ‘my glory’ is my inner self; my GLORY HEART and I am to give Him praise.
Psalm 86:9, 12 “ALL nations [people s] whom You have made shall come and fall down before You, O Lord; and they shall GLORIFY Your name.” “I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole [GLORY] heart; and I will GLORIFY Your name forevermore.”
Psalm 87:3 “GLORIOUS THINGS are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah [pause, and calmly realize what that means]!”
WAYS to “glorify” God with GLORY WORDS:
1. OFFERING A SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING.
2. HONOR HIM WITH PRAISE.
3. SPEAK OUT LOUD WITH MAGNIFICATION OF HIS MARVELOUS WORKS AND DEEDS.
4. CONFESS WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART THE GLORIOUS THINGS HE HAS DONE FOR YOU.
5. GIVE HIM PRAISE IN YOUR SINGING AND YOUR PRAYING.
Glory Heart’s Responsibilities as His Priests:
1 Peter 2:5 says, “[Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) PRIESTHOOD, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that] are acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 2:9 continues with, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Where and when to Glorify God:
Hebrews 13:15 “Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice…”
What is meant by a “sacrifice“? You might have been thinking, “I thought sacrifices were stopped in the Old Testament offerings. I thought Jesus was the last “sacrifice” mentioned in the bible.” Well, you partially correct in your saying. A SACRIFICE is something given that comes with a cost. NO cost; NO sacrifice! Verse 15 goes on to say, “a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and GLORIFY His name.”
The three “W’s”
1. Where then do we glorify God? We glorify Him every where our heart is; in church, in prayer, in our homes, in our cars, everywhere!
2. When do we glorify Jesus? We glorify Him, “constantly and at all times” with GLORY WORDS.
3. What kind of GORY WORDS? His word that is written on your Glory Heart; open up the word and pray verses dealing with His Glory.
The fruit of your lips:
Verse 15 tells us God is looking forward to the “fruit of lips”. That means He is listening to your confession. Confessing with your lips should be a celebration; an open acknowledgement that you are His worshipper, His servant and His follower. I know that this can be a hard thing to do in busy lives. BUT, that is why Hebrews 13:15 calls it a sacrifice; NO cost, NO sacrifice.
GLORY WORD Definition:
I am not, at this point in my blog, going to give you the English word definition out of Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for GLORY. I will give you the Greek word for GLORY; “doxa“. We get the word “Doxology” from the Greek word.
“Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. A-men.”
To be there before You, Lord, that’s all.
To shut the eyes of my body, To shut the eyes of my soul.
And be still and silent, to expose myself to You who are there, exposed to me.
To be there before You, the eternal Presence.