Surrounded By Glory
PSSBC SCHOOL 9
NIGHT OF GLORY’S SPECIAL MINISTRATION
(LESSON OUTLINE 30)
SURROUNDED BY GLORY
“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:” (John 17:22).
As Christians, we’re the fruit of Christ’s suffering. The Bible talks about the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should be revealed (1 Peter 1:11); we’re that glory; we’re His trophies. We’re the glory Jesus saw that made Him endure the cross and despise the shame (Hebrews 12:2). You’re the glory of God. No wonder the Bible declares that glorious things are spoken of you (Psalm 87:3). Not only have you been brought into the glory of God, you’re the glory of God.
This is not just to excite you, but to let you know who you are as a child of God. You’ve been called into the life of glory! The glory is yours. See yourself in the glory; see yourself before the glory; see yourself walking in the glory; see yourself carrying the glory; see yourself as the glory!
The Bible says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The Spirit of God is letting you know that the Word of God is your mirror. As you study the Word, you’re looking at yourself in the mirror of God, and the image of you that you see is actually the glory of God, meaning that your name is ‘the glory of God.’ What a confession; to get to know and declare that you’re the Glory of God! It’ll change the springs in your steps.
You’re the glory of God; that’s why you cannot be defeated! That’s why you cannot be poor. That’s why you cannot be destroyed! The more you look at the glory in the mirror of God, the more you’re transfigured; you become more and more like the image of the glory that you see in the mirror.
And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered,and his raiment was white and glistering (Luke 9:28-29).
Isn’t it amazing that as Jesus prayed, such glory emitted and beamed forth from His spirit? This let’s us know that the glory is within; it doesn’t come from “heaven.” Some people pray and say, “O Lord, let your glory rest upon me”; that was in the old testament. In the New Testament, the glory is inside you; it doesn’t come from above.
The glory of God that Moses saw, the glory that came upon him, and rested on his countenance, is inside you. Actually, the glory in you is a greater glory. 2 Corinthians 3:10-11 says, “For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remains this glorious.” Notice the construction: “…the glory that excellent; that’s the glory of the Holy Spirit in us.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of glory; He’s the glory of the Father, and He lives in you in His fullness. Therefore, every time you pray in the spirit, something happens to your physical body; the glory beams from within your spirit, permeates your body, and affects everything around you.
Those around you may not see it, but it makes no difference; they don’t have to see it. What’s important is the impact of that glory on your life, on your physical body, and on your environment. This is why you must pray in the spirit often; that glory will rid your body of sickness and disease; and the depravities and problems that ravage the lives of others won’t affect you.
Ephesians 3:20 declares, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” The power that works in us refers to the glory within. Hallelujah!
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). The Lord testified of David that he was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). When you study about David, you’ll discover he was so passionate about the glory of God. The pursuit of his soul was to have and to see the glory of God. In Psalm 63:1-2, he said, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.” What a declaration! He described the land as “a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” “Water,” in this context, typifies the Spirit of God. “A dry and thirsty land” typifies a place that’s destitute of the Spirit of God; a desolate land. David saw in the visions of God that in the sanctuary of God, there’s glory, and there’s power; so he yearned to see the same glory in a land destitute of the Spirit of God. That tells us something; it makes no difference what obtains in the city or nation where you live or the demons in that particular region that hold sway over men’s lives; you can seek the manifestation of the glory of God in that place. It doesn’t matter the wickedness that has festered or the hunger, depravity, terror, and fear that have kept men in bondage; in that “dry and thirsty” land, you can establish the glory of God. You do this through intercession and proclamation of the Word. Get filled with the Spirit and proclaim the Word over such countries, regions, cities, and towns. Don’t be quiet; keep at it until the anointing wells up in you to proclaim the Word of God that’ll change things. Under that unction, declare with boldness that the glory of God in the Gospel of Christ fills that land. Soon enough, the light of God’s Word that brings salvation, deliverance, and prosperity will shine brightly in those hitherto dark regions, and there’ll be a great harvest of souls. Hallelujah!
And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it (Colossians 3:10 AMP).
When you received God’s Word into your spirit for salvation, the Word took up residence in you, and the glory of God’s Word came into your spirit. As you keep studying and meditating on God’s Word, that glory increases in your life. Every child of God has a measure of the glory of God’s Word, but it’s up to you to manifest that glory to your world; living in it every day and letting it show in your daily walk. So, you must let the Word of God dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16), because the glory is in the Word.
What we read in our opening scripture lets us know that the new creation in Christ is renewed, refreshed, polished anew, and glows more and more through the knowledge of God’s Word. The word “knowledge” is the Greek word “epignosis,” referring to full and absolute knowledge; so the more of the knowledge of God’s Word you have, the more His glory increases in your life! Suddenly, you’d discover that the anointing on your life—and His grace at work in you have increased; your effectiveness and efficiency have increased.
Colossians 3:16 AMP says, “Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.” That means you should have God’s Word in abundance in your spirit. As you study the Word, meditate on it and let it give you a new mind-set! It’ll make your life more glorious.
You carry the glory of God in your spirit, but you can increase it; it can be stronger, and produce greater results as you increase your knowledge of the Word: “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).
Dear Father, I thank you for the joy and benefits of studying and meditating on your Word. Thank you for the awesome privilege of having the Holy Spirit live in me; He’s the glory of my life. The glory in your Word is revealed and manifested in my life, as it transforms me, causing your grace and peace to be multiplied in my life, bringing me favours and blessings
I take advantage of His glorious presence and power in me to bless my world! The glory of the Lord is revealed in, and through me today, and I’m transported into higher realms of blessings in the transcendent life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.