And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.
Exodus 16:10 (KJV)
Anytime we find ourselves looking toward the wilderness—facing situations and circumstances to which we do not know the answer—let us be expectant that the glory of God will appear in the midst of it! Those moments where it seems like there’s no solution in the natural are in actuality the greatest opportunities for God to show up and manifest His power in our lives.
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Zechariah 4:6 (KJV)
Supernatural breakthroughs in our lives happen, not because of our might or effort, but because of our dependence and reliance upon the Holy Spirit who is the spirit of grace. The more we trust His leading and His guiding, knowing He is always working on our behalf, the more will we find ourselves walking into the manifestations of God’s unmerited favor.
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
Isaiah 59:21 (KJV)
God’s Word is to never depart from our mouth because our words release spiritual authority. Whatever we say long enough we will ultimately see. And so let us boldly say what God has said about us in His Word—He has already called us victorious!
Happy New Year, and welcome to what I believe will be a year of exceeding glory!
There are different types of glory that are described in Scripture. When we speak of glory we are usually speaking of the attributes, the nature and the character of God as it is revealed to man. Glory is God revealing His majesty and His splendor to us. Yet glory can also refer to the goodness of God showing up in the life of a born again Believer. In other words, when the blessings of God manifest in our lives, it is accurate to say that the glory of God is showing up in our lives.
Friend, I believe that 2019 will be a year of exceeding glory because God is looking to increase the manifestations of His blessings and His favor in your life! Of course, the blessings and favor of God have already been freely made available to us as a result of the finished works of Jesus. Yet I believe God wants us to walk in the manifestations of these finished works to a greater degree.
While I will be creating several online teachings on this subject in the coming weeks—in addition to teaching it at our local Bible Study—let me just briefly tell you why I believe that exceeding glory is what this new year will be all about. 2 Corinthians 1:20 in the New King James Version says this:
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
This verse is telling us that all of the promises of God have been made available to us in Christ, and that the purpose of this is so that the glory of God may be made manifest through us. This is a remarkable statement! This is saying that God is glorified every time His goodness shows up in the lives of His children. This means that God is glorified in your healing; God is glorified in your deliverance; God is glorified as you prosper; God is glorified as you walk in His divine peace and soundness.
This is important to understand because many of us have been taught to think of the glory of God as always being something that is separate and apart from us. And while under the old covenant God would often show forth His glory separate and apart from His people, the glory of the new covenant is actually this exceeding glory that the Bible talks about in 2 Corinthians chapter 3.
2 Peter 1:4 tells us that through the promises of God coming to pass in our lives, we actually become partakers of the divine nature. In other words, the more the goodness of God shows up in our lives, the more are we becoming like God. What does this mean, you may ask. Well, let me ask you this: is God sick? The answer is, of course not! There is no sickness in heaven. To even suggest that would be absurd. And so simply put, friend, we are more like our heavenly Father when we walk in divine health than we are struggling with an illness. In the same way we are more like our heavenly Father when we are prospering and all our needs are met. After all, there is no lack in heaven. There are no economic or financial downturns in God’s Kingdom.
Friend, what I want you to see and come to discover more than ever this year is that God wants you to prosper in all things and be in health. (see 3 John 2) And the reason for that is simply because that is the nature of our heavenly Father. God is good, and through us putting our faith in Jesus He wants us to become more like Him. And as we do so, one of the effects of this is that we become a blessing to others!
Exceeding glory shows up in the life of a Believer when we start to realize that God wants to manifest His goodness in our lives so that we can become His instruments and vessels through which His goodness can flow to others! Things begin to move very quickly once we start seeing ourselves as channels through which God’s love, grace and mercy can reach the people we come into contact with in our world.
And so receive this word of encouragement today! 2019 will be a year of exceeding glory. I pray you join me in believing this. This year I will be creating much more online content such as online Bible Studies in addition to the regular daily devotionals. I believe that the Lord is calling us to expand our ministry both online as well as locally. My prayer is that anything that comes forth from this ministry will be a blessing to you, and that it will continue to remind you to look to Jesus and to trust in His finished works. It is my desire that more people all around the world come to recognize that Jesus, through shedding His precious blood for us, has already provided everything we will ever need. Our righteousness has nothing to do with our own works or efforts, but it has everything to do with us placing our trust and our confidence in Him.
He is our righteousness. He truly is our sufficiency!
And so as we head into 2019, may we all see a greater manifestation of His grace, goodness and glory in our lives. May it be a year of exceeding glory.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
Psalm 143:5 (NKJV)
It is powerful to bring to our remembrance all that God has already done. When we meditate on how good God has been to us in the past, it raises our expectation for the future. Let’s never take for granted how far He has brought us, and rejoice in anticipation of the good that is to come!
Dear Grace World family,
I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!
We have people from all over the world who have subscribed to these blog posts and emails, and so for many of you Christmas may already be over. But nevertheless, I pray that you had a wonderful and blessed time with family and loved ones! And I wanted to share a little video I felt led to make today. These are just some reflections on the true meaning of Christmas. As we know, it is all about Him! Jesus is truly the reason for the season!
And so as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, and as we get ready to head into a new year, let’s reflect simply on the goodness of our God. Realize that by sending Jesus into the world, He has made His Grace—unearned, unmerited and undeserved favor—available to all who will receive Him. The Bible speaks of good tidings of great joy, which have been made available to all people! (Luke 2:10) And it is His Grace that empowers us and enables us to live successful, victorious and prosperous lives!
And so I pray this little video will be a blessing to you! Be on the lookout for more online content including videos and audios as we head into 2019. As our ministry continues to grow here locally, the Lord has put it on my heart to grow and expand our online ministry as well. Our aim is to reach as many people as possible with this Gospel of Grace!
Thank you all who are a part of our online community! You are a part of our ministry family, and we love you!
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)
At the heart of Christmas is nothing less than the Gospel: good tidings of great joy! And the angel is proclaiming that what Jesus has come to do will be available to all people. And so by receiving Him as our Savior and Lord we enter into a finished work where anything we will ever need in this life and beyond has already been made available. As we lay hold of this by faith, we realize that He truly is the greatest gift!
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5 (KJV)
Strength and power comes from our personal relationship with Jesus. Walking with Him and being in fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit gives us might and ability beyond what we could accomplish on our own. The more connected we are to the vine, the more fruit will we bear.