|This ministry has a distinct kingdom, Messianic vision, identifying with God’s call and plan for the Jewish people and the church. My position is pre-trib! Personally: I was saved in 1976 while working as a war correspondent, journalist, photographer, artist and environmentalist. My calling is to share these great end-time dramas, to stand as a watchman and above all, to glorify my God.|
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Edition 410: March 28th 2018
As we approach the end of this age, the church will be immediately and irreversibly snatched away to heaven by rapture, while the world will plunge into the worst tribulation ever known. At that time, the church will receive its eternal reward, and suffer loss of reward.
What do you think is the most important thing you can have done with your life, as we approach judgement and assessment of our lives by our Messiah? Very few people would answer correctly.
The answer is simply this: Did your life glorify God?
Consider this powerful verse below. Will this be your testimony on judgement day?
Psalm 92:12-15 “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree and a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright (glorious); He is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
Glory: Strong’s H3513 – “Kabowd” Meanings: Heavy weight, rich, honourable, abundance, riches, splendour, brightness, magnificence, exaltation, dignity, reverence, grandeur.
The meaning of the word “authority” in the Bible also contains the description of a weight. Do you see the wonderful parallel? Glory is weighty and full of godly authority!
I like very much the fact that glory is defined as a heavy weight. That means it is nothing trivial, light, inconsequential or fleeting. It is the real deal. It is beautiful and meaningful. In the natural world, I think we can compare in some ways, glory to gold.
Glory, is also described as purifying, unquenchable fire. Fire generates light from within. It burns away all sin and is a holy-maker.
Glory is directly linked to holiness. When you declare His glory, you declare His character and nature – pure and holy.
When we take these meanings and relate them to our Lord and Saviour we are on the right track.
Imputing glory to God is a most powerful thing. He is full of glory anyway, but when we recognise that and change our lives accordingly, we have touched glory.
One of the many benefits is that as we glorify God, we grow quickly is wisdom, which is part of our inheritance, but it’s conditional.
How to glorify God:
Nobody can glorify God while glorifying self! Satan has infiltrated the self-life, and the world system. So, the first thing we need to do is dethrone self, humble ourselves, stoop down and bow our entire lives before Him. This is the essence of worship.
Accepting all of God’s word and everything He says about us, and Himself is the next step.
A greatly neglected practise these days is to speak and confess God’s word out loud. Doing things that we believe, demonstratively, is very powerful. Confessing words about the glory of God and physically bowing down, is good, glorifying practise. The spirit world takes notice.
If you exalt yourself (pride) you will be humbled (humiliated) and if you humble yourself you will be exalted. Lucifer reached up to God and was brought down. Yeshua stooped down in death and was highly exalted. There is so much in that!
“Whoever desire to be great among you let him become your servant.” (Mark 10:43)
Glorifying God does not come automatically. It is your wilful choice. It is necessary. The more you do it, the greater the benefits for you.
Bear in mind that Judas had the best teacher in the world. He had our Lord as his guide, yet he went to hell. You see, his heart was wrong and he never truly surrendered.
A conscious, wilful rejection of the words and opinions of the lukewarm church relating to all these things is required. There’s a reason why they are lukewarm! Obviously, the same is required for the opinions of the world as reflected in its media and entertainment realms.
A life lived for self is essentially a life that glorifies Satan. You see, when you have self on the throne of your life, you have dethroned God. That is the epitome of pride, and all pride is headed is headed for destruction.
“He, Satan, is king over all the children of pride”. (Job 41:34)
Psalm 138:6 “Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud, He knows from afar.”
I once heard Derek Prince say of this verse: “The Lord knows the proud from afar – and that’s where He keeps them!”
A worldly orientated life is just as doomed. It will be filled with demonic influences and everything that ultimately opposes God.
1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God will abide forever.”
All worldliness, pride, sin and foolishness comes from a heart not right with God.
Many times it comes as a result of a curse. It comes as result of failure to repent, which always leads to pride, which then blinds you further, ultimately leading to destruction.
Mark 7:21-22 “What comes out of a man defiles a man, for from within, out of the heart of men proceeds evil thoughts...pride and foolishness.”
Any person, minister in particular, seeking self promotion, self glorification, self exaltation, or the approval of man, in any way, is not of the Spirit of God and has self-love (pride) on the throne.
Isaiah 48:18-22 “Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would be a like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea...His name would not have been cut off, nor destroyed from before Me...’There is no peace’ says the Lord for the wicked.”
The verse above is very insightful. Now consider the opposite:
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you, not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither be afraid.”
Self-centred people are normally troubled, dissatisfied and stress-filled. They have a short fuse and are generally a home for great error.
Self esteem, self worth, self importance are the rage catch-phrases of the day. There is nothing wrong with self esteem if it sees self glorifying God. The problem is that these efforts usually glorify self. Love of self is trait condemned with the love of pleasure and love of the world in the Bible, so why go there? (2 Timothy 3:4)
You can set your life to sing the praises of self or of God. Put God on a pedestal or yourself.
Isaiah 25:3 “The strong people will glorify You...”
As we glorify God, He lifts us up:
When we stoop down and bow our lives before God – glorifying Him, something amazing begins to happen. He lifts us up.
A life set to glorify God will set you free from fear, anxiety, fear, shame, guilt, rejection and many things that are not of God.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “Our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporary and the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Please note in the verse above that a weight of glory is coming as reward to believers who qualify. But note that it is eternal! Can you understand the gravity of that? How wonderful!
We must understand that this is no small issue. Even the Spirit of God glorifies God!
John 16:13-14 “When He the Spirit of truth has come He will guide you into all truth...He will tell you things to come...He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”
Those who have wrestled with God and been broken and shattered by Him are generally the ones who almost automatically, really and truly glorify God in their lives. When self effort is out of the picture, it’s easy to go God’s way.
To really truly glorify God you have to first know and understand just who He is, and know something about His glory. As a new believer you can still glorify God in your words, by faith. He will accept that and move you forward.
If ever there is a time when this practise of glorifying God is needed it is right now. That is the way to ultimate exaltation while the world is deteriorating at great speed.
As you glorify God, you destroy the works of Satan in your life.
Glorifying God’s plans for Israel:
Obviously, glorifying God includes glorifying His ways and His plans. In this day we are on the verge of great conflict relating to Israel. She is about to be attacked from every side and in every way. The Bible says it will be so.
Much of the church, particularly, the dead and lukewarm churches will back the onslaught. The nations of the world will lead the great end-time attack.
It will become very unpopular and very risky – fatal for many, to stand with Israel as we approach the climax of the age. The question is this: Will you be a spineless chicken and go with the world?
If you do, you might have some temporary victories against God, but, O you fool of all fools –you will pay eternally for your support of Satan.
Getting ready for glory:
In Genesis 19:15-16 Lot was told by the angels to hurry up to get out of Sodom. He still lingered, so the angels grabbed him and his wife by the hands and led them out. A bit further on in Genesis 19:22, we see an incredible thing: Lot is again told to hurry up and escape to the mountains, “For I can do nothing until you escape there.”
Here God is saying that He cannot bring His promised judgement on Sodom, while righteous lot and his family were still there. In other words: “God reserves His wrath for His enemies. (Nahum 1:2)
This is a perfect type of the rapture!
But it also implies readiness. In this day we must hurry up to be ready for our Lord of glory.
Throughout the Bible we see many stories of people who were not ready. Everyone used excuses for their delay. (Matthew 24:45-51)
Wake must all wake up fast and be ready in heart. Great, deep repentance is needed. A focus on materialism causes sleepiness!
Ephesians 5:14-15 “Awake, you who sleep and arise from the dead and Messiah will give you light...Walk circumspectly, redeeming the time, not as fools but as wise.”
Romans 13:11 “Do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”
Today most churches have lost the use and meaning of the word repentance. Where it is used, it is used as a manipulation to say a quick “sorry,” and to get things instead of to glorify God. A church with no emphasis on repentance is glorifying man.
Deep repentance is almost unknown today because the church has no idea of the true glory of God.
There are untold benefits now in glorifying and exalting our Lord, never mind in eternity.
Hebrews 11:7 “By faith, Noah being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark...”
Genesis 7:1 “The Lord said to Noah, ‘come into the ark, you and your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.”
Do you stand out in this generation, for the right reasons?
Shining lights or spiritual darkness:
The spiritual man praises God; the carnal man exalts himself and complains all the time, blaming others for his problems.
Service to God must come out of worship. Worship is evident in body positions. Bowing down, kneeling, raising arms in surrender, stretching out hands to our God, falling on your face, and the like are all evident in worship.
Prayerfulness and regular fasting are necessary requirements in our growth and in glorifying God.
You won’t see these things in most spirit-less dead churches. Their worship is a meaningless waste of time. It’s all dead, empty words of no consequence.
Most people have sold their soul to the world. We’ve all heard of various entertainers who have sold their soul to Satan. Well, if Satan is the God of this world, worldly Christians have sold their soul to Satan in just the same way, just not consciously. Whose name is on your forehead?
Many ministries have unknowingly sold their soul to Satan. Do you know that you can study God’s word and get nothing but dead letter and dead information out of it? (2 Corinthians 3:6) Studying God’s word with pride and ego in-tact is the way to ignorance and in many cases, deception.
You can study God’s word with self dethroned, and get oceans of wisdom from it.
At the end of the day, what a Bible teacher preaches is not that important. What he produces is. Pride never ever allows you into God’s glory. It keeps you short-sighted and spiritually blind.
Let’s consider this important verse below:
Philippians 2:15-18 “Become blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine like lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Messiah that I have not run in vain or laboured in vain.”
Is your church producing “shining lights” in this dark world, or is the labour of the teacher, all in vain?” How many are wasting their time making disciples of the world? I think most are!
Are you a shining light in this dark world?
Many ministers behind pulpits are silent on controversial but vital subjects like end-times because they are owned by spineless, shallow half-dead Christian boards of elders, or have to remain loyal to their dead sin-filled institution.
I saw something the other day that shocked me. Sweden, as a nation has surrendered almost totally to Islam. Their government has just introduced a new law called, “Crimes of opinion.” You can now be arrested for expressing opinions that may offend Muslims!
What was amazing to me was the fact that the churches of Sweden were all silent on this! Of course that is so because they are all spineless, totally dead institutions of hell. The churches of Sweden, and in fact most of Europe today, have no glory except the glory of the world and its god.
In the soon coming great shaking of all things, everyone will be left in one of two states. They will be full of stress, despair, anguish, despondency and misery, or they will be peaceful, content, fulfilled, joyful, encouraged, and trusting. The former will reflect the distorted, perverted glory of Satan, while the latter will reflect the glory of God.
It’s good to remember that mankind reflects the glory of his god or God.
How it all ends:
Ezekiel 43:2-4 “The glory of the God of Israel came from the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory...The glory of the Lord came into the temple by way of the gate that faces the east (Golden Gate)”
2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him, who called us by glory and virtue.”
Revelation 21:23 “The city had no need for the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and the Lamb is its light.”
The verses above speak of the final manifestation of the glory of God. All unbelievers who will not honour God in their lives will finally have to admit to the glory of God – too late.
By the way, there are some verses describing the judgement of God as being part of His glory!
At this time there is a great falling away on the go in most of the traditional, denominational churches. There is a huge revival on the go in many nations, and particularly amongst the Spirit-filled churches.
But quietly and unceremoniously there is a body of believers growing stronger and stronger in the Lord all the time. These are they who glorify God in word and deed. Please be one of them.
Job 17:9 “The righteous will hold to his ways and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.”
Psalm 64:10 “The righteous shall be glad in the Lord and trust in Him. All the upright in heart shall glory.”
I took these pictures in the wilds of Southern Africa.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!