If we want to see God’s glory manifested in our midst, we must heed and do the Word of God. We must be willing to obey Him. If we want to experience the glory of God in this generation, we must do our part. How do we do that?
First, we must be committed to God and we must obey His Word. After God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt, He gave them instructions: “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation . . . ” (Exod. 19:5–6).
God is still saying that to His people today. If we will keep His Word, there is no limit to what He will do for us. But we must do things God’s way, not our way. We can’t live in sin and claim the promises of God. It won’t work! We can’t blame God for what happens when we don’t obey His Word. In John 15:7, Jesus says, “IF ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Only when His Word is abiding in us and we are abiding in Him do we qualify to ask what we desire and to see it accomplished.
If we want to see God’s glory manifested in our midst, we must make sure God has first place in our life. In Exodus 32:1, as Moses met with God on Mount Sinai to receive the Law, the people of Israel turned away from God: “And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not [we don’t know] what is become of him.”
God wants us to serve Him, not idols. We were created because God wanted someone like Himself to fellowship with. Then He gave us a free will so that we could choose to love Him. That is a privilege, an honor bestowed upon us, and it grieves Him when we turn our backs on Him.
To see God’s glory in this generation, we must know that there is a price to pay for disobeying His Word. God is a good God, and He doesn’t allow us to sin without warning us of the consequences. He tells us to obey His Word because if we don’t, life will be hard for us.
When God warns us of the repercussions of sin, He is not trying to scare us or condemn us. He is doing preventive maintenance to help us stay on track. He did this for the children of Israel, and He does it for us. He tells us to heed His Word so we will not be hindered from receiving His blessings.
It is important for us to remember that God will always help us—and that faith is the key to receiving His help. God is always there for us. He always wants to deliver us. He will never allow us to be consumed by our circumstances if we will obey His Word. He is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). It is the will of God that we succeed in every area of life.
There is no temptation or bad situation going on in our lives that God does not know about. He always makes a way of escape for us (1 Cor. 10:13). But if we do not obey God, we limit Him. He wants us to acknowledge that He is able to deliver us from our negative circumstances. He requires that we have faith in Him.
When we obey God, we will experience victory and see His glory among us. While we live on earth, we are involved in warfare. Ephesians 6:12 says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” But we must remember that although we are in this world, we’re not of it (John 17:6,14–16). The Greater One resides on the inside of us (1 John 4:4). Because of Jesus, we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37). We have been justified; therefore, we are heirs of salvation (Rom. 8:17).
When we know who we are in Christ, we will experience victory. God wants to be involved in every area of our lives. He wants to take care of our needs and heal our hurts. And He is looking for us to believe Him and His Word. As we do, we will receive whatever we need from Him.
God wants to reveal His glory in our midst. As the people of God, we have everything to do with God’s glory being manifested in our midst on a regular basis. We have everything to do with the move of God in our churches.
The Lord is ready to pour out His anointing on people who trust Him, believe Him, and do His Word. To the extent that we give ourselves to God and obey His Word, He will give to us more than we could ever imagine. That is how we are going to usher in His glory to our generation.
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