HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we begin 2019, the Lord has given me a theme for this New year! I began teaching the church here at Oasis of Faith a few weeks ago, preparing and getting us ready for what I believe God has given us, as we are expecting greater manifestations of God’s glory unlike anything we have ever seen or experienced before. I want to begin looking at Hebrews chapter 4.
Hebrews 4:1-2; “Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Way too many Christians focus too much on what hasn’t happened in their lives, rather than celebrating what God has manifested in their lives. That’s the devil’s way to keep you distracted with the everyday cares of life. But I want you to know that God gravitates toward an attitude of gratitude. If you want to experience more of God’s glory manifesting in your life, then I want to encourage that now is the time to begin to create an atmosphere of gratitude toward the Lord!
Let’s look at what the Psalmist David said in Psalm 22 verse 3. “But You are holy, O You that inhabits the praises of Israel.” If need the Lord to show up right in the middle of your problem or circumstance, the best thing you and I can do is to stop right where we are and begin to start giving God praise for what He has already done in our life. Remember, where the Lord is, the devil can’t stay! We are to begin to expect even greater than we have already experienced. People who are not expecting anything are not really believing, neither are they exercising their faith muscle. So hold fast, keep confessing the Word and expect God to manifest what it is that you might need at that point in in your life.
The best is yet to come! A new wave of God’s glory is what the “True Believer” is about to see and witness. Now let’s deal with the glory of God. The glory of God is: (1) The manifested presence of God, (2) The manifested power of God, and (3) The manifested goodness of God. This can all be seen as we look at Exodus chapter 33.
Verses 11-23 “And the Lord spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man departed not out of the tabernacle. And Moses said unto the Lord, “See, You say unto me, Bring up this people and You have not let me know You will send with me. Yet You have said, I know you by name and you have also found grace in My sight. Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You, that I may find grace in Your sight: and consider that this nation is Your people. And He said, My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. And he said unto Him, If Your presence goes not with me, carry us not up here. For wherein shall it be known here that I and You people have found grace in Your sight? Is it not that You go with us? So shall we be separated, I and Your people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that you have spoken: for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name. And he said, I beseech you, show me Your glory. And he said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the Name of the LORD before you; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. And he said, You cannot see My face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by: And I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back parts: but My face shall not be seen.
Notice that Moses didn’t ask to see the Lord’s presence, neither did he ask to see the Lord’s power, nor did he ask to see the Lord’s goodness. Moses asked the Lord to see His glory! The interesting thing here is that where God’s glory is, so is His presence, His power and His goodness! The word of the Lord for you and me this New Year in 2019 is: “Expect greater manifestations of Gods’ presence, His power and His goodness in this New Year!” Now let’s take a quick look at the 8th Psalm verses 1 and 2.
“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Your Name in all the earth! Who has set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have you ordained strength because of Your enemies, that You might still the enemy and the avenger.
The presence of the Lord stops and stills the avenger—the devil—your enemy! Another translation of the Bible says it this way, “Our enemies shall fall back and perish in His presence!” The Bible says in Psalm 16:11, “…in His presence is fullness of joy.” Next month we will look at what happens when God’s power shows up on the scene.
In closing I want to encourage you to expect greater manifestations of God’s glory, stay in faith, stay in prayer, stay in the Word and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and remember God loves you; we love you and JESUS IS LORD!”
In The Service of Our King,
Darrell G. Harrelson