What God would have for you

[The Glory Unveiled]

The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” [ Exodus 33:14 NIV ]

Many times, we seem to know what we want in life for our comfort and peace. However, when those things we think we need are scrutinized by the Creator of the Universe, they lose their appeal, and we discover that what we truly need may differ. The apostle Paul pleaded with God to remove a thorn in his flesh. In that moment, he believed that was what he needed, but God gave him His grace instead. This indicates that what Paul genuinely needed was the grace of God. Moses approached the presence of God and asked to see His ways and receive favour. In response, God revealed the importance of rest and His presence. This suggests that what would fulfill Moses’s perceived needs is the presence of God. Beyond our desires, what does God want for us? On a day-to-day basis, we must strive to discern God’s will for us, as opposed to our own desires. When we gain a clear understanding of God’s desires for us, rest from ceaseless and futile labour becomes our portion. The challenges of life can be overwhelming and lead to restlessness. Therefore, when we pursue our goals and dreams without God, our energies are depleted. We are meant to rely on God’s provision for life. What God desires for us is ultimately the best we could hope for on earth. May He guide us to desire the things He would rather have for us.

Prayer_Bead: Omnipresent Father, thank you for your guidance and care. Help me to accept what you would rather want me to have. And let your name be glorified.

Wisdom_Quote: God’s provision will quench your requests.

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Deep and hidden things

[The Glory Unveiled]

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. [ 1 Corinthians 2:10 KJV ]

Humans are limited in many ways. This limitation is supposed to be a blessing in disguise, providing us the opportunity to trust the one who is limitless—God. A blind person can walk on a narrow bridge without falling into the water underneath if they follow the lead of someone who sees. The seeing person becomes their eyes, allowing them to navigate the bridge without challenges. The same analogy applies to our relationship with God. It is possible to know all things, see the end from the beginning, and plan for events months and years in advance when we trust the all-knowing One. He becomes our guide, enabling us to walk in faith without needing to see or accomplish the impossible on our own. As God takes action, we experience it by following and obeying Him. Our anchor text begins with a statement of fact: “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither has the heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” Then, it continues, almost contradicting the earlier statement, by saying that God has revealed these things to us by His Spirit. Here, we find a crack in the initial statement that believers can exploit. No one can know what God has prepared for themselves or others, nor the deep things of God. The only entity aware of it all is the Spirit of God. Because we have the Spirit of God and maintain a living relationship with Him, we can glimpse into the mind of God. This exception is reserved for the Spirit of God and those who submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If you aim to transcend the natural limitations of life, submit to the Holy Spirit and follow His lead.

Prayer_Bead: Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Spirit in me. I live a supernatural life as I align with His leading and guidance.

Wisdom_Quote: The Holy Spirit is the believer’s guide.

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Revealing His glory

[The Glory Unveiled]

When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!” [ 1 Kings 18:39 NIV ]

Elijah called for a contest between his God and the gods of the prophets of Baal, settling the controversy about whose Lord was truly God. On the day of the contest, people gathered to witness the power of the gods. Remarkably, they came not to see the prophets but to witness the power of the gods represented by the prophets. Similarly, the world seeks God through us; they come to us to see our God, and we must represent Him well. Sometimes, we get distracted, thinking people come to us because of ourselves, not realizing it’s our God they seek. When the people saw Elijah’s deeds, they didn’t praise him but witnessed his God in action. They recognized the manifestation of God’s power and exalted Him. God desires to reveal Himself to the world through vessels like us. Will you be that individual? To display God’s glory, we need to be submitted and well-connected to Him. He won’t reveal His glory through someone not connected to Him. This is why we need to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, as He is our only means of connection to God. As we walk with Him, the world begins to see Jesus in us and around us. Now, the reality is that, you might be the reason why people are not seeing God, so correct that and represent Him well.

Prayer_Bead: Dear Lord, thank you for your willingness to reveal yourself to my world through me. Glory be to Your name.

Wisdom_Quote: Jesus is our umbilical cord to God.

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Priesthood of believers II

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And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. [ Revelation 5:10 KJV ]

As priests unto God, we bear responsibilities towards ourselves and God, which are tethered to specific protocols. The Levitical priesthood adhered to particular protocols in executing their duties, and believers in Christ are not exempt from God’s presence protocols. While the protocols of the Levitical order involved rituals and statutes, the New Testament priesthood protocols center on obedience, total alliance, and reliance on Jesus Christ. This complete dependence grants us boldness. We approach God’s presence in fulfilling our priestly duties of offering spiritual sacrifices based on what Jesus accomplished, and our sacrifices find acceptance as they go to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5). In the Old Testament, the people’s sacrifices offended God due to the position from which they were offered. God values the state of our hearts more than our sacrifices. Another crucial aspect is beholding Jesus. Even though we attain right standing with God through Jesus when born again, a vital protocol in God’s presence is to behold Jesus, the gateway into the heart of God. Failing to keep our focus on Jesus may confine us to the outer courts, locked away from the tangible presence of God, as observed in the Levitical priesthood. For us as, New Testament priests, we must enter the inner courts by beholding Jesus. Amidst these actions, it is imperative to choose and use our words carefully.

Prayer_Bead: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for showing me the things I need to do in my service as king and priest and helping me to do them!

Wisdom_Quote: Boldness is the result of competence generated from consistent practice.

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Walk with God

[The Glory Unveiled]

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. [ Genesis 5:24 NIV ]

Jonah was swallowed by a huge fish because he found himself in the fish’s environment. Over time, our surroundings can engulf us, shaping us to reflect their culture when we are part of a community. This aligns with the biblical wisdom in Psalms 1:1-6, emphasizing the importance of avoiding ungodly counsel to avoid destruction. Moses spent forty days and nights in God’s presence, leading to a transformative experience where his appearance mirrored the identity of God. He became a god to Aaron and all of Egypt. Similarly, Enoch, despite living in an environment resistant to God, faithfully walked with Him, resisting societal norms. His close fellowship with God resulted in being taken by God, illustrating the power of unwavering devotion. Emulating Enoch, we should choose to walk faithfully with God, even when our world opposes such a path. Through this commitment, we undergo an inner transformation, becoming inseparable from God, rendering our environment and its elements powerless. Throughout recorded history, those who walked with God experienced profound transformation, ultimately merging into God. Choosing to walk with Him transcends the challenges of seasons and times, granting dominion over adversities. God’s presence accompanies you through both water and fire, ensuring favour in every path taken. May our hearts be filled with a constant love and desire for God, leading to a timeless and unwavering fellowship.

Prayer_Bead: Almighty God, thank you for the privilege to walk with you faithfully. Help me in that regard until I am swallowed up in you. In Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: A man who walks with God gets swallowed up in God.

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