Expect God‘s glory!
It’s exciting to have your needs met by faith in the Word of God! It’s great to receive healing when you’re sick. It’s marvelous when God lifts you out of financial difficulties and supplies your needs supernaturally. It is a thrilling experience when, by standing in faith on God’s promises, you step out of trouble and into victory.
If you know what that’s like, you’re probably saying, “Oh, yes! Amen, Brother Copeland. That’s the greatest way to live!”
There was a time when I would have agreed.
But fasten your seat belt, my friend. God has shown me in His Word that He has something even better for us. It’s a life so powerful, it exceeds anything we could ever ask or think, a life so full of the fiery light of God that darkness of every kind flees from its very presence.
I’m aware that there are some religious folks who would rather I didn’t say such things. They don’t think we should ever expect anything grand and glorious in this world—just in the world to come. They try to keep people from getting their hopes up.
But I want you to know something right now: My greatest intention is to get your hopes up. When I say “hope,” I’m not talking about the weak, wistful kind of wishing the world calls hope. I’m talking about real, Bible hope, the kind of hope the Apostle Paul was referring to when he said: “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ [the Anointed of God], according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed…” (Philippians 1:19-20).
The terms earnest expectation and hope found in that scripture come from two Greek words, each of which can be accurately translated hope. Paul put both of them side by side for emphasis. If you’ll research them, you’ll find they mean a confident expectation, a happy anticipation of good, a strained expectancy and eager longing. They refer to an expectation so strong that it absorbs all your attention.
Raise Your Sights
If you know how to live by faith, you’ve experienced that kind of hope. Maybe you’ve been sick, for example, and you set your hope on the fact that by the stripes of Jesus, you were healed (I Peter 2:24).
You began to meditate on those scriptures until you built an inner image of yourself healed. As that image grew more crisp and clear, you began to expect—or hope for—that image to become reality. Eventually, faith rose up, put substance to that internal image and turned it into an external reality.
What you did was activate the scriptural process described in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for….” That spiritual process always works the same way. Hope forms the image according to the Word, then faith rises up and gives substance to that image, making it a reality in the natural, physical realm.
So, in the light of all God has promised us in His Word, what are you and I to expect? What should we be hoping for? What inner image should so capture our hearts and minds that it is all we can see?
Certainly, healing is great. Financial supply is also great. But could it be that God has something even grander for us to fix our hope upon?
Yes, He does according to Romans 5:1-2: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ [the Anointed One]: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Read that last phrase again. It says we’re to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God! We’re to expect the glory, not just the healing!
As long as you just expect healing, you’ll always be battling it out with your flesh. But if you expect the glory, you’ll be raising your spiritual sights to something bigger than healing. You’ll be expecting the very presence of God to rise up in you so powerfully that instead of believing for healing every six weeks, you’ll walk in divine health every day!
When you expect the glory, you’ll start living like what you really are—joint heirs with Jesus!
That’s Heavy, Man What do I mean by the glory?
The first time the glory is mentioned is in the book of Genesis and it’s referring to the wealth of God. So, God’s glory includes His wealth, but it’s much, much more than that. The word glory actually means “heavyweight.” God is heavy with everything you could ever want or need. He is so heavy with healing that if everyone in the whole world believed Him for healing at once, no one would have to wait until tomorrow to get healed because God got tired.
In the book of Exodus, God’s glory could be seen going before the Israelites in a pillar of a cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21). Habakkuk described God’s glory as lightning-like shafts of splendor that streamed from His hands. “…and there [in the sunlike splendor] was the hiding place of His power” (Habakkuk 3:4, The Amplified Bible). And when Ezekiel saw God in His glory, he said He was a fire from the loins up and from the loins down (Ezekiel 8:2).
The fire of God is called the glory. The wind of God is called the glory. The smoke of God is called the glory. The fullness of God is called the glory. It is all the glory because the glory of God refers to the supernatural life and essence of God. The very power that makes Him God!
Many have thought that kind of awesome glory must be reserved for God and God alone. Not according to the Bible. Psalms 8:5 tells us that in the beginning man was crowned with that glory—crowned with the same fire and flame of beauty that was on God Himself.
To crown means to anoint! God put His hands on their heads and crowned them with His own presence and glory so that they began to shine just like He shines. They were not standing unclothed and vulnerable to the elements but surrounded and protected by a shimmering force field of glory.
That glory was lost to mankind when Adam sinned. But what most believers don’t realize is that the glory was restored when Jesus was resurrected! Romans 6:4 says not only that “Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father” but also “even so [or by that same glory] we also should walk in newness of life.”
You and I are supposed to be walking in the glory! We get a glimpse of what that’s like in the Bible account of the glory flowing out of the Apostle Peter with such force that people were healed as he walked by them: “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them” (Acts 5:15). It wasn’t Peter’s shadow that healed them but that field of glory that surrounded him.
That’s what God put hope in you to expect. The glory! Not just healing. Not just increase of finances. Not just deliverance. All those things are great and they’re all available to us, but God wants us to raise our expectations higher than that. He wants us to expect the glory! Everything we could ever need, and more than we would ever want, can be found in the glory of God!
It’s a Mystery Where is that glory? Not off in heaven somewhere, waiting for some great prophet of faith to pull it down. Not hovering out there behind heaven’s gates. It is inside you!
It is inside you!
I can just hear your mind working: Oh, man! I just can’t understand how that can be!
I know you can’t. It’s a mystery! As the Apostle Paul said in Colossians 1:26-27: “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ [or the Anointing] in you, the hope of glory.”
Do you realize what that verse is saying? It’s saying that the anointing of Jesus Himself, the very glory of God that raised Him from the dead, is residing right now within you and every other believer on the face of this earth. II Corinthians 4 confirms that fact, saying:
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure [what treasure? the glory of God!] in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us…. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh (verses 6-7, 11).
You are as big on the inside as all of heaven! The glory of God is in you. The faith of God is in you. The love of God is in you. The mind of Christ, the Anointed One, is in you. All the fruit of the spirit is in you. Healing is in you. Deliverance is in you. All the wealth of heaven itself is in you. Those things were born in you when you were born again and they ought to be flowing out of that mortal, subject-to-death, meat-and-blood-and-bone body you’re living in right now! The glory of God should be pouring out of that earthen vessel!
Why isn’t it? Because we’ve never developed the expectancy for it.
We’ve had the idea that glory will only come when God decides Boy, I’m going to show them something today. They haven’t seen My glory for 2,000 years. Then, Pow! He just shoots the earth with some big glory gun!
No! The glory of God is within us! It is going to manifest when we meditate on the glory of God so much that hope rises up and provides an image. Then faith will release the glory of God from the inside of us where we can’t see it—to the outside where we can see it!
Remember the words Jesus spoke to Martha when Lazarus died? He told her, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).
Those words are just as true for us as they were for Martha. If we’ll believe for the glory, if we’ll meditate on the Word of God until we develop our hope and begin to intensely expect the glory, then faith will become the substance of it—and we’ll begin to see it.
Does that sound wild to you? Well, it’s not!
If you’ll go back and read the Bible, you’ll see that’s what Christianity is all about. God intended for the Body of Christ to walk through this earth with such a manifestation of His presence in our lives that it would either scare people spitless…or draw them into the kingdom of God!
The Apostle Paul, knowing God intended us to have a foretaste of the resurrected body right here on the earth, wrote: “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him…and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection…that if possible I may attain to the…resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]” (Philippians 3:10-11, The Amplified Bible).
I’ve experienced little touches of that kind of glory and, believe me, I’m eager for more. More is coming, too!
Ashes Under Our Feet Malachi 4:2-3 promises: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Notice that scripture said “Sun of righteousness” not “Son of righteousness.” It’s talking about a bright, blazing glory. And the wings it refers to aren’t birds’ wings, they’re flames of fire that are shaped like wings.
But most exciting of all is the fact that Malachi didn’t say that “He shall go forth.” He said, “[You] shall go forth.” You and I are the ones who are going to go forth with this blazing glory—the same glory that appeared as a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day…the same glory that filled the temple with such power the priests couldn’t approach the altar without being knocked backward…the same glory that raised Jesus from the dead…the same glory that God said would fill the whole earth—that same glory is what we’ll use to tread down the devil until he is ashes under our feet!
The expectancy of that glory is going to grow so strong between now and Jesus’ return that it is going to fill churches. It’s going to come on congregations with such power that people are going to run from all over the neighborhood to find out what it is.
The glory is coming! Your confession of faith and your expectancy are going to pull it out of you, and you’re going to walk in that glory right in the face of hell and everything it has to offer.
Dare to release your expectancy of the glory.
Before long you’ll realize…you haven’t seen anything yet! –Ken Copeland kcm.org