The subject we will discuss today is a sore spot with me. I have to be honest with you. There are some people who believe the only time you can experience the glory of God is when you are in church. That IS one place you definitely experience the glory of God, BUT that is not the only place. According to Ephesians 1:22-23 ” And He put everything under His feet[l] and appointed Him as head over everything for the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way.” He fill us with ALL things in EVERY way! Everything Jesus is filled with, so are we! Jesus is definitely filled with glory, therefore so are we! Many Christians today do not know how to RELEASE the glory! It isn’t that they are not FILLED with it. We release the glory through PRAISE! Again, to minister to the Lord is to PRAISE the Lord! No wonder His glory comes forth during our praise and worship times. We should worship and praise in church and release the glory of God, BUT it is just as important that we do this during our own private prayer time. God tell us HOW we are to approach Him. He says to come before him REJOICING! We are to ENTER HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE! Whether it is in your car, in your prayer closet, your bedroom, or walking the floors of your home you can release the glory through your praise! When we get to church, releasing the glory of God through praise should just be a carry over of what we do every single day of our lives when we are all by ourselves! It is a state in which we are to live, not just occasionally visit!
At this point I am going to quote Bro. Hagin directly! I love the way he puts this and I cannot do it the justice he does.
“Believers can usher in the glory of God as they join together in prayer and praise. In the Old Testament times it says that the glory of the Lord filled the temple where people were gathered to pray.
2 Chronicles 5:6, 7, 11-14
6 King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel who had gathered around him were in front of the ark sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted or numbered because there were so many. The priests brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the most holy place, beneath the wings of the cherubim.
11 Now all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves regardless of their divisions. When the priests came out of the holy place, 12 the Levitical singers dressed in fine linen and carrying cymbals, harps, and lyres were standing east of the altar, and with them were 120 priests blowing trumpets. The Levitical singers were descendants of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun and their sons and relatives. 13 The trumpeters and singers joined together to praise and thank the Lord with one voice. They raised their voices, accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and musical instruments, in praise to the Lord:
For He is good; His faithful love endures forever.
The temple, the Lord’s temple, was filled with a cloud.14 And because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering, for the glory of the Lord filled God’s temple.”
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
7″ When Solomon finished praying, fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 The priests were not able to enter the Lord’s temple because the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord. 3 All the Israelites were watching when the fire descended and the glory of the Lord came on the temple. They bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground. They worshiped and praised the Lord:
For He is good, for His faithful love endures forever.”
Did you ever stop to think about when the glory of the Lord filled the temple? It was when the glory of the Lord filled the temple. It was when all the people were praying and singing praises unto God out loud and in one accord. The glory cloud of the Lord filled the temple so that the priests were not able to stand and minister. A white cloud came in and filled the temple. That is what united prayer can do!”
During times like these I have seen where every single person who came down for prayer whether it was healing, deliverance for their children, healing of marriages, or financial miracles every single prayer was answered and the evidence showed up that very night! I have with my own eyes seen the “glory cloud”. My church just had a tent revival. I was so excited, I had not been to one since I was eight years old. I took my phone and began to take pictures. We do that, just for nostalgic purposes at times. In one of the pictures, and all were taken at the exact time of day at the same angle, you can see the glory cloud visibly covering a lady. It was so beautiful I could not help but weep. We have heard stories of the early revival of the 1900s where children literally would play hide and seek in it, it was so thick. My husband and one of my friends has seen it in our church covering the ceiling of the church from front to back. It looks like a white mist or a cloudiness.
What does “glory” represent? What does all of this mean? The definition of “glory” in the Hebrew is ‘honor, splendor, power, wealth, authority, magnificence, fame, dignity, riches, and excellency”. You can find it in Isaiah 60:1….it says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord shines over you.”
When you are in the glory, all these things surround you and are readily available to you! How do you usher in this glory? By ministering to the Lord through praise!!
Blessings in abundance, precious reader!! I will see you next time!