THE GLORY OF GOD
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The Glory of God SUNDAY 12/02/2018
Sermon notes and Scripture references
We were created to live in the glory of God
The Bible talks about the glory of God over 400 times
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23 KJV).”
What is the glory of God?
What will it cost you if you sin? Deuteronomy 28
Where the glory of God is, there is:
#1 – Beauty and dignity #2 – Peace #3 – Hope #4 – Prosperity
#5 – Joy #6 – Health and healing #7 – Success
#8 – Wisdom and understanding - it is called the mind of Christ. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV).”
#9 – Victory “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; (Isaiah 54:17 KJV).”
#10 – Blessing to society, asset
Eli’s grandson named Ichabod meaning “glory gone”, from the word chabod “glory”, because the glory of God has left this place, glory gone.
The Book of Revelation speaks of the glory of God departing from churches
Absence from the glory of God or loss of the glory of God – all have come short and sinned
#1 – Defeat #2 – Strife and division #3 – Failure
#4 – Misery, depression, discouragement, despair, shame and hopelessness
#5 – Disease #6 – Families are broken
“Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. (Deuteronomy 28:30 KJV).”
#7 - Poverty
#8 – Bondage, addiction to pornography, drugs, alcohol, food, attitudes. Reference of scripture -miserable man that I am, things that I don’t want to do I do.
“For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (Romans 7:15 KJV).”
“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:24-25 KJV).”
#9 - Confusion
Prophesy – God reveals certain parts of the future to people
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3 KJV )”
Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength…..it would be like he’s living in a parched wilderness.
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5 KJV).”
Darkness is going to cover this earth. Deep darkness in people, but the glory of the Lord is going to rest on certain people. You’ll see the best of times and the worst of times. Physical picture of this in the book of Exodus. One of the judgments of God on Egypt because of disobedience to Him, was to send darkness over the land, the Bible says you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face; they didn’t get out of bed. The last verse says the light was on for the people of God in Goshen. Where God’s people were they were able to see. In verse 2,it will be seen; people will look at you and say what is it about you? Something about you is different. What is it about your family? The glory of the Lord can be seen on the church. In verse 3, Gentiles will come to your light and kings to the brightness ………People will come to you and ask, “What have you got?” “What is it about you?” The glory of the Lord can be seen on you.
Adam and Eve, they like you and I were created to live in the glory of God, God created them and put them on the earth, they lived in His glory. There was no sin, sinless, perfect, no sin in the earth the glory was still here, living in the presence of God. Naked and not ashamed, no mind games, no nonsense between them, they had a perfect marriage, no strife, no arguing, it was perfect. They enjoyed each other. They lived in the presence of God. That was the glory of God. Then one day the deceiver came and deceived them, they disobeyed God which is called SIN. Sin is not smoking cigars, and going to bars.
What is SIN? S I N - I will do it my way, not Your (God’s) way. That’s SIN.
When you SIN you lose the glory of God. The moment they sinned, what’s the first thing that happened? Aware of their nakedness and they were ashamed of themselves. Shame and all this internal emotional garbage came into the earth. What was the first thing that happened after they sinned? He began to criticize his wife; strife broke out in the marriage. What did their children do to each other? The older child got jealous of the younger child and killed him. And strife came in the earth because the glory of God wasn’t there to stop it. They had a perfect relationship with God. He comes into the Garden and says where are you? They said we’re hiding from You because we’re scared of You. FEAR comes in. That’s a picture of the glory of God “chabod”, but Ichabod “glory lost”, look at what came in.
There was a man in the Bible, he was a judge sent to help his nation, and his name was Samson. Just an average guy but God blessed him mightily. A lot of people remember Samson for his strength, but he was really there to help that nation and he delivered his nation and protected his nation from their enemies. Why? The glory of the Lord rested on him. Listen, you don’t lose the glory of God by making a mistake. You don’t lose the glory of God by sinning. You lose it by putting your fist in His face and saying I am not going to obey You. He kept doing that. The Bible says he knew not that the glory of the Lord had departed from him. All of a sudden, what happened when the glory left? He was captured by his enemies, his eyes were put out, he was put in bondage, he became a grinder in prison and he lost his power. It is a picture of losing the glory of God and here’s what happens if it’s gone. To show you the great kindness of God, at the end of his life he humbled himself, bowed his head and said I am wrong forgive me and give me grace one more time, and the glory of God came back on his life and he did more in that short period than he’d done through his whole life.
“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. (Job 1:9-10 KJV).”
What did the glory of God do on this man’s life? He protected his family, everything he did went well, it prospered him financially, and his business grew. You know what that is? It’s the glory of God resting on a person like that. We see this in scripture so many times.
There’s a church in the Book of Acts 2nd Chapter, most people would like to live in a place like that. Look how those people treated each other, how they loved each other, took care of each other, that’s where I want to live. The glory of God rested on that church. Solomon built this great temple; he called the people together and said more than anything we need, we need the glory of God to rest on this place. They worshipped, they asked God to send His glory and all of a sudden as they began to worship, the Bible said a cloud came down and filled the place. That was the glory of God coming down, they saw it. It was so strong that they couldn’t minister anymore, because that cloud came down the land was blessed beyond measure. As long as they obeyed Him it was good, that was the glory of the Lord. More than anything I need, I need the glory of God to rest on my life.
The Bible says all have sinned and lost the glory. How many people have lost the glory of God? All of us, everybody that sins loses the glory of God.
If you force love it’s not love. It’s got to be voluntary. God created us to be good to us. Jesus died so you could have abundant life. He died to give it, but I have freewill and if I choose sin, I walked off. God so loved the world that He gave His Son. God opened the door and He paid a horrible price to get the door open. Galatians 3 says Jesus Christ became a curse for us, as it is written cursed is everyone who is nailed to a tree. So that, the blessing of Abraham could come upon us and the glory of God could come back on us through the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Galatians 3:13 KJV)”.
Luke 15 The Prodigal Son - it started out good for him but ended up broken, friendless, hungry, lonely, empty, wallowing in the mud. I want it done my way, I don’t want to live under your rules anymore, I want to go do it, my way. The Father let him go. He went out to do it his way. Guess what he found out? It was great. When you choose sin which is to say, leave me alone, I can do it better than You can, that’s all sin is. It will be good, matter of fact the Bible says it will be pleasurable; it will be a blast, for a while. Hebrews 11 talks about the pleasure, it starts out good for a season means it’s bad in the end. His rebellion cost him the blessing of the Father. Cost him the goodness of God. But praise God, he said I can do better than this the Bible says he came to his senses. He went home and humbled himself. Humble is the doorway to the goodness of God. You were right and I was wrong. It’s called sin. He said but I’m going to get up and go home and He’ll help me. He got up and went home. That’s called FAITH. When you go to God wanting Him to do something good for you, believing that He will help you, that’s called FAITH. When he humbled himself and got up and went home guess what happened? The Father’s heart was tender toward him. A lot of folks want you to work yourself back in but look what happened the moment he humbled himself he was embraced by the Father, the Father put the best clothes He had on him. They celebrated. He got back under the Glory and blessing of his Father by just humbling himself. Praise God for His goodness and His grace.
More than you need anything on this earth; you need the glory of God on your life. You need it on your home; we need it on this church more than anything else. The glory of God is there and the Bible talks about it. The Bible says the wages of sin is death. But that’s not true is it? You’ve sinned, I’ve sin. What does death mean? Death - you lose the glory of God. The gift of God is the glory to come back in eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. That’s why the Bible talks about that great prophesy that says the glory of the Lord will be upon you.
It’s not how smart you are. It’s not even how hard you work even though you ought to work hard. It’s not your giftedness. It’s the glory of God resting on you. If God puts His hand on you, whew, that’s it. Now we ought to do the other stuff too, we need to get an education, we need to get up and go to work, but unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain. More than you want anything else; you want the glory of the Lord.
I’m going to be one of those people in Isaiah Chapter 60 where the Bible said darkness is going to cover the earth but the glory of the Lord is going to rest on me, I’m going to honor Him. The glory of the Lord is going to rest on my house because we are going to honor Him, and I’ve got news for you the glory of God’s going to rest on this church. This church is going to bless people’s lives, it’s going to be a blessing to this city and it’s going to expand and go even beyond that. The glory of the Lord is the one thing we need.
And do not lose it.