God’s presence, power and greatness

read-259169_640Isaiah 40:5: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

The glory of God is represented by his presence, power and greatness, which he wants to impress on man. They manifest when his glory manifests.

His presence

When God’s presence manifested before the red sea, it parted ways. In the wilderness, the children of Israel were fed for forty years. That means the presence confers supernatural guidance and provision. The presence of God in the life of Abraham gave him a child when he and his wife were past child-bearing ages.

The presence of God cancelled out the natural limitations/principles underpinning child birth in their case. That was similar to what happened when Mary as a virgin she gave birth to Jesus, having not meet a man (Luke 1-2).

Angel Gabriel told her that the Spirit of the Lord will some upon her, the power of the highest will overshadow her and the holy thing that will come forth will be called the son of God.

The Son of God manifested the glory of God because he was Emmanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). His whole life was about revealing the glory of God, to the ultimate level because he is God (John 1:1-5).

Some verses before the focus verse were applied to John the Baptist in the writing of John in the New Testament as the one sent from God to prepare the way of the Lord Jesus (Luke 1-2).

Therefore how do you prepare, which is create the way for the manifestation of the glory of God, how did John do it? By emphasising the need for a lifestyle that pleases God. We see that John is a preacher of righteousness.

When we lose the holiness of God we lose his glory. That was what happened at the beginning, when man sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And now we have been restored into the glory because Jesus cured of the life of sin and put on us the robe of righteousness (2Corinthians 5:21).

In a vision that Zechariah was shown, he saw the high priest that wore a dirty cloth and was being resisted by the devil because of that (Zechariah 3:1-7). In a way his filthy cloth gave the devil the licence to resist the manifestation of the glory, but Jesus said the devil came and he has no hold on him, the devil could not resist the presence of God in and through their life, since he had no committed sin.

The revealing of the glory of God, demands a time of separation. That is what we observed from the life of John the Baptist who was in the wilderness until the day of his manifestation to Israel in public ministry (Mark 1:16).

He was a man who curbed his appetite. He ate locusts and honey and stayed alone in the wilderness. He lived a life of self-denial with Paul saying that those who live for pleasure are dead even though they are alive (1Timothy 5:6).

The life of God is manifested in his glory. The Ministry of John brought great changes to the nation of Israel, he got ready a people prepared for the Lord, as was prophesied by his priest-father Zechariah (Luke 1:17). The people were able to receive the massive anointing in the ministry of Jesus for healing for the sick, raising the dead and doing all sorts of things because the people showed repentance en-masse as they were baptised for the remission of their sins by John the Baptist, as a preparation for experiencing the glory of God through Jesus.

And when a critical number of people were baptised in a place, the way was made and the glory of God in Jesus could be manifested when they believe faith. His presence is accessed via relationship with him. The bible says that in the presence of God there is fullness of God (), it is where we get to experience the fullness of who he is.

His power

The power of God is needed to cause changes. When you seek change, you are in need of power. A woman came to Jesus asking that he free his daughter from the torment of evil spirit. She did not come for platitudes. She did not come for pity, or word of advice, or an analysis of the situation. She came to get freedom for her daughter and that was what she got by the word of Jesus (Matthew 15:25-28). The bible says where the word of king is there is power (Ecclesiastes 8:4).

Of Jesus, it was said that how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with Holy Spirit and power, and he went about doing great things and healing those oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). Jesus said he has given us authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the (lesser) powers of the enemy (Luke 10:19). The enemy has come to steal kill and destroy, but Jesus has come with his life, which defeats the death the enemy bring (John 10:10). It dissolves it.

His greatness

God’s greatness is seen in his various works. For example, the six days work of remaking the earth works in creation, culminating in the creation of man, expresses his glory.

In the book of Isaiah the bible says that angels in the presence of God say: holy, holy, holy, is the lord almighty, all the earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 611-5). He is great in holiness.

God’s greatness is seen also in heaven, his house. Jesus said that he is going to his father’s house, where there are many mansions and he is going there to prepare a place for us (John 14:3).

In that place, we will see the immeasurable display of the greatness, the glory of God in display. His wisdom is unsearchable.

His greatness is shown by what he can give. James said that if any one lacks wisdom he should ask God, and he will give generously (James 1:3-5).

When God told Solomon to ask for anything, he asked for a wise and understanding heart, God said yes to that request but also added that he was going to add wealth and long-life to him, in great measures (1Kings 3:1-13).

God through his greatness offers forgiveness. The bible says God offers forgiveness so that he may be feared.

God’s greatness was shown in the resurrection of Jesus. The bible says he was declared to be the son of God by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). How great the act of resurrection is!

Conclusion

We need to hunger and thirst for the presence of God, we need to seek to manifest the power and see the glory of God.

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