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.
Jesus, speaking to the unbusiness-like approach of Mary when he visited Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 Said “…But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part”. When I see Christians chasing after the things that do not matter I feel a sense of bewilderment. Dear reader, to do well in life and particularly in this kingdom we need an urgent sense of prioritization. If there are two things that matter in this kingdom, power does. Glory does; and a combination of the two represents a great deal of eternal blessing.
First why exactly do you need power and why do you need glory? The first thing Jesus promised after conversion of the brethren and reception of the Holy Ghost is power… “…But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea” (Act 1:8). See the sequence- receive power and then go out and witness. So, that passage of the Bible is basically saying you shouldn’t even witness Christ if you have not activated your heavenly power yet. Why? -Because wickedness is real. I tell you the truth brethren; oppression of the enemy is real. The bible says “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:12) No physical man without any heavenly help can wrestle against powers, rulers of darkness and win. The chances are way too slim; may be nil.
Why do you need glory? Glory was what God promised as a reward for giving our all in exchange for the cross. And the Bible says it very clearly “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:10). If we do not see glory till we meet Jesus it would entirely be our fault and we would have grossly misrepresented Jesus on the earth for glory is the very essence of God as revealed on the Mount of Transfiguration. Glory is the natural by-product of walking with Jesus. Why should the moon stay so closely to the sun and never shine? God speaking through prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 60: 1 says “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”. If your glory is not beaming, it is most likely you are very far from the source of your shining- God.
But how do we become empowered and begin to shine by His glory at once?
First, you need the Holy Ghost. It is important for us to accept as believers that without the Holy Ghost we are not worth much. The Bible speaks of the enabling power of the Holy Spirit in Acts 10:38 of … “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”. You see, even the capacity to do good as ordinary as it may seem is lacking when you do not have the Holy Spirit. Permit me to say therefore that man is basically a devil’s possession without the Holy Spirit.
Second, to be empowered of God requires that we tarry in prayer. Is it not instructive that Jesus, in spite of his being God, still had to pray? Prayer is humility and submission to God. As Christians and particularly in this season of fasting we should learn to pray more.
Lastly, people who want to shine in life must learn self denial. Let me have you know dear reader that since God experienced the disappointment of Saul, God has stopped taking people to the throne without first trying them in the wilderness. He sent Joseph to Portiphar’s house and then to jail. After he had been proven he took him to the palace. He sent David to the wilderness and then the Cave of Adullam and even made him face a bear and a lion and then Goliath. After he was proven he made him king over Israel. Do you remember the prophesy through our father in the Lord this year? He said “2020 is going to be a year of many victories and there can not be victories without battles” In the agenda of God battles are to test and prove us as axes in the hands of mighty warrior.
If you desire this year; to be a champion you need the Holy Spirit very badly, you will need to pray and lastly you should prepare very well to confront the tests of faith. But be of good cheer because you have already won.