In my study time in the bible this past week, God directed me by His Spirit, to a couple of verses in the Old Testament:
“And the GLORY of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it” (ISAIAH 40:5).
“But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the GLORY of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (HABAKKUK 2:14).
I thought to myself, if “the time is coming when” (Amplified Bible), is right now…then we all better get a hold of what God’s Glory is, what it means, and what we are to do with the glory.
In some past study notes, I found this description, meaning of what GOD’S GLORY is:
“GLORY is what has been revealed; it can be seen” [See footnote [i] ].
The GLORY is like the FRUIT OF A TREE that originated from a SEED.
An example: When you plant an apple seed, the “GLORY” of that tree is the apples.
In 1802, John Chapman carried sixteen bushes of appleseed down the Ohio River. He had two canoes lashed together to transport the seeds. Most of the time he carried the seeds in leather bags or horseback, or on his own back.
He planted acres and acres of appleseed. It was estimated that during his lifetime, Mr. Chapman, we’ve come to know him as Johnny Appleseed, planted enough trees from the seeds he carried to cover an area over 100,000 square miles.
It was all about seed-time and harvest which is what God, His Word and His GLORY is all about. It’s Biblical if you think about it, even though it’s a folk-lore of a real person, it still applies in theory.
Two centuries later, some of those trees are still producing good fruit that is God’s GLORY!
“GLORY” is what comes out of something. An apple is the GLORY of an apple seed.
The WORD of God is a SEED, and when planted in your heart, mind, and soul, the seed produces tangible results, or GLORY, in your life. When you can see the FRUIT of the WORD manifested in your life, that is seeing the GLORY in your life.
I often tell the story of a conversation between my wife and I on a very windy day: “Wow, look at the wind blowing outside,” she exclaimed. As I silently stood next to her, looking out our kitchen window, I said “We can’t see the wind. We only see the trees moving because of the wind.” God speaks…allowing the wind to blow, and we see His GLORY manifested by the swaying of the tree’s branches, limbs, and leaves.
That’s my spiritual explanation and I’m sticking to it!
God has given us a book of seeds so that we can have the potential to experience GLORY, but we can’t experience the GLORY of God without first planting the SEED.
God spoke the EARTH into existence; He said and then He saw what He said (Genesis 1:3-31).
GLORY sent by the Church to God – (Galatians 1:3-5):
 May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.  Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from the evil world in which we live.  All GLORY to God forever and ever! Amen (New Living Translation NLT).
The circle is completed: “GRACE, PEACE and then the GLORY”.
God bestows GRACE upon us and our response is GLORY to Him. Of course our PRAISE to Him is a response to His glorious GIFT OF SALVATION and is part of the way that we give Him Glory–that is conveyed by the progression of the sentence here (and notice that vv. 3-5 is one sentence); going from GRACE to us from God because of the work of Christ Jesus. GLORY to God from us…because of the WORK of JESUS!
So we are praising Him for His marvelous deeds to be sure, but there is so much more here.
GLORY is not simply what we say, but it is also what we do, what we become because of the WORK OF CHRIST in our everyday lives–by His GRACE. Our lives should continue to bring Glory to God for we are “TROPHIES” of the Grace of God.
ILLUSTRATION OF GOD’S GLORY:
John Wesley was a popular evangelist in early America and often rode from one church to another to preach. On one such journey, stopped by a highwayman who shouted, “Halt, your money or your life.” Wesley got down from his horse, emptied his pockets to reveal only a handful of coins. He even invited the robber to search his saddlebags–which only carried his books. In disgust, the thief was turning away when John Wesley cried “Stop, I have something more to give you.” Puzzled, the robber turned back. Wesley then leaned towards him and said, “My friend, you may live to regret this sort of life in which you are engaged. If you ever do, I beseech you to remember this: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s son, cleanses us from all sin.’ The robber hurried silently away, but Wesley got back on his horse and rode on his way praying in his heart that the WORD might be fixed in the robber’s existence. Years later at the close of a Sunday evening service, a stranger stepped forward and earnestly begged to speak with John Wesley. Wesley recognized him as the robber who had stolen from him so long ago, but now he was a well to do tradesman and better still, a child of God. Raising Wesley’s hand to his lips he affectionately kissed it and said in deep emotion, “To you, dear sir, I owe it all.” Wesley replied softly, “Nay, nay, my friend, not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ which cleanses us all from sin.”
We all must gain experience as Christians in order to see the GLORY manifested in our lives.
Don’t run away from difficult situations, challenges and tests. As you pass your tests and exercise God’s LOVE you gain valuable experience and spiritual maturity. The same TESTS won’t stop until you pass thru.
It’s time for Christians to pass their tests. The level of GLORY you experience is connected to whether or not you pass your tests.
The WORDS you speak in the upcoming days, weeks, months, years…will either stop or cause the GLORY of God to be manifested in your life, such as it did in the story of John Wesley.
The DEVIL is after your words.
Satan stopped the Glory of Man in the Garden of Eden by speaking words to Adam and Eve that contradicted God’s Word.
SPEAKING God’s Word in order to see His Glory.
The most efficient way of bringing back the GLORY to God is for our lives to be TRANSFORMED by the work of the Spirit. This brings Glory not only for His benefit but brings Glory to Him as others note His marvelous work in us!
The words you speak will either stop or cause God’s GLORY to be manifested in your life.
THE DEVIL is after your words. Satan stopped the GLORY OF MAN in the Garden of Eden by speaking words to Adam and Eve and contradicting God’s Word (The Genesis Question: 3:1, 11).
The apostle Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia is written with AUTHORITY; not his own, but of the Christ Who sent him. By that authority he will consistently remind each one of us of the GRACE from God which transforms our lives and brings GLORY to the Lord.
To God be the Glory! Amen and Amen!!!
Footnote [i] – Creflo Dollar Ministries’ Study Notes
John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) story – Garden of Praise: John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed).
John Wesley ILLUSTRATION: Anecdotes illustrative of New Testament texts.
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Bible Translations: Amplified Bible (AMP), except where noted.