Message for August 13, 2017 from Pastor Shirley

The prophet Habakkuk got a glimpse of God’s glory. Habakkuk 3:3-4 …..”His splendor and majesty covers the heavens. And the earth is full of His praise. His brightness is like the sunlight; He has [bright] rays flashing from His hand, And there [in the sun like splendor] is the hiding place of His power”.

    Ezekiel got a glimpse of God’s glory. Ezekiel 1:26-28 “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about”. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.

     The nation of Israel got a glimpse of God’s glory when God came down to meet them on Mount Sinai.  Exodus 24:17 The sight of the glory of The Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount.

    This was all Old Testament what has this to have to do with us as New Testament believers.  The good news it has everything to do with us as New Testament believers!

   We read in Romans 6:4 that “Jesus was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father”. That same power, that same glory that Ezekiel the Israelites and Habakkuk saw, came on the scene after the Crucifixion. It was the same power that split the curtain in the Temple from the top to the bottom when Jesus dies. That same power, that same glory flashed into the pit of hell and raise Him up and stripped satan of his dominion

    The day of Pentecost 120 believers were praying in the upper room in Jerusalem the power and the glory of the Lord fell. Acts 2:2-4 That was the day those believers got totally immersed in the Spirit of  glory. That day those believers got totally immersed in the Spirit of glory. Those believers were so filled with the glory of God they began to speak a heavenly language. They went out and started turning the world upside down for Jesus. They preached the gospel and saw miracles signs and wonders followed.

    Habakkuk 2:14 “But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

    The glory that the Old Testament people saw is not coming down but the fire and the glory is coming out of us as New Testament believers. We are the temples of God’s glory in the earth.

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