Mobilization

 

 

Methodologies

 

 

 

HARVESTIME INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE

 

This course is part of the Harvestime International Institute, a program designed to equip believers for effective spiritual harvest.

 

The basic theme of the training is to teach what Jesus taught,  that which took men who were fishermen, tax collectors, etc., and changed them into reproductive Christians who reached their world with the Gospel in a demonstration of power.

 

This manual is a single course in one of several modules of curriculum which moves believers from visualizing through deputizing, multiplying, organizing, and mobilizing to achieve the goal of evangelizing.

 

For further information on additional courses write:

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

How To Use This Manual       .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           I

Suggestions For Group Study            .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           II

Course Introduction    .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           1

Course Objectives       .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           3

 

 

1.         Mobilization Or Manipulation?           .           .           .           .           .           .           5

2.         The Biblical Basis of Mobilization      .           .           .           .           .           .           16

3.         The Fire Of God         .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           24

4.         The Glory Of God      .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           42

5.         The Purposes Of God's Glory .           .           .           .           .           .                       63

6.         How To Glorify God  .           .           .           .           .           .           .                       72

7.         The Ark Is Coming!    .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           85

8.         Restoring The Tabernacle Of David   .           .           .           .           .                       96

9.         Wanted:  Worshipers! .           .           .           .           .           .           .                       108

10.       How To Worship        .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           133

11.       What Is Revival?        .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           152

12.       Old Testament Revivals          .           .           .           .           .           .           .           163

13.       Biblical Principles Of Revival .           .           .           .           .           .           182

14.       The Mobilizer  .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           190

15.       The Mobilized .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .                       198

16.       Principles Of Penetration        .           .           .           .           .           .           .           205

17.       After Achor    .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           216

18.       A Tale Of Three Cities            .           .           .           .           .           .           .           226

19.       Gift-Based Mobilization         .           .           .           .           .           .           .           233

 

Appendix        .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           244

 

Answers To Self-Tests.           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

 

           

 

MANUAL FORMAT

 

Each lesson consists of:

 

Objectives:  These are the goals you should achieve by studying the chapter.  Read them before starting the lesson.

 

Key Verse:  This verse emphasizes the main concept of the chapter.  Memorize it.

 

Chapter Content:  Study each section. Use your Bible to look up any references not printed in the manual. 

 

Self-Test:   Take this test after you finish studying the chapter.  Try to answer the questions without using your Bible or this manual.  When you have concluded the Self-Test, check your answers in the answer section provided at the end of the book.

 

For Further Study:  This section will help you continue your study of the Word of God, improve your study skills, and apply what you have learned to your life and ministry.

 

Final Examination:  If you are enrolled in this course for credit, you received a final examination along with this course.  Upon conclusion of this course, you should complete this examination and return it for grading as instructed.

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS NEEDED

 

You will need a King James version of the Bible.

 

 

 

I

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUP STUDY

 

FIRST MEETING

 

Opening:  Open with prayer and introductions.  Get acquainted and register the students.

 

Establish Group Procedures:  Determine who will lead the meetings, the time, place, and dates for the sessions.

 

Praise And Worship:  Invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into your training session.

 

Distribute Manuals To Students:  Introduce the manual title, format, and course objectives provided in the first few pages of the manual.

 

Make The First Assignment:  Students will read the chapters assigned and take the Self-Tests prior to the next meeting.  The number of chapters you cover per meeting will depend on chapter length, content, and the abilities of your group.

 

SECOND AND FOLLOWING MEETINGS

 

Opening:  Pray.  Welcome and register any new students and give them a manual.  Take attendance.  Have a time of praise and worship.

 

Review:  Present a brief summary of what you studied at the last meeting.

 

Lesson:  Discuss each section of the chapter using the HEADINGS IN CAPITAL BOLD FACED LETTERS as a teaching outline.  Ask students for questions or comments on what they have studied.  Apply the lesson to the lives and ministries of your students.

 

Self-Test:  Review the Self-Tests students have completed.  (Note:  If you do not want the students to have access to the answers to the Self-Tests, you may remove the answer pages from the back of each manual.)

 

For Further Study:  You may do these projects on a group or individual basis.

 

Final Examination:  If your group is enrolled in this course for credit, you received a final examination with this course.  Reproduce a copy for each student and administer the exam upon conclusion of this course.

 

 

 

II

 


 

Module:          Mobilizing

Course:           Mobilization Methodologies

 

INTRODUCTION

 

To "mobilize" means to "put in a state of readiness for active service, to use one's energies for action.” A "methodology" is a system of "methods,” a clearly defined way of accomplishing a plan or vision.

 

Worldly strategies of motivation focus on manipulation of people and other resources for the purpose of greed and selfish gain.  To "motivate" others, appeals are centered on things pleasing to the flesh or achieved by guilt, pressure, and force.  Mobilization differs, in that it is grounded in Biblical principles and the motivation comes from God rather than man.  Mobilization results from the sovereign touch of God rather than cheap emotional appeals to the flesh.

 

In this course you will learn the difference between mobilization and manipulation.  You will study the Biblical basis of mobilization and learn how the fire, glory, and worship of God are involved in mobilizing God's people.  You will study Biblical principles of revival and learn their importance in maintaining the motivation necessary for achieving spiritual vision.

 

You will also travel through the Biblical record of Joshua, learning how he mobilized God's people to take the promised land of Canaan.  You will study about the type of man God uses as a mobilizer, and how  to motivate others from passive to active involvement.

 

You will also study principles of penetration which can be applied to penetrate a nation, city, or village for God.  You will learn what to do after a "Valley of Achor" experience and how to face spiritual giants in the land.

 

This course presents methods (a clearly defined way) of mobilizing believers (channeling their abilities for action) to achieve the vision of worldwide spiritual harvest.  This course is part of the Harvestime International Institute series which is designed to take a believer who wants to be used of God and transform that wish from desire to demonstration.

 

In module one of training called "Visualizing,” students are challenged with the vision of the spiritual harvest fields to which all true believers are called.  In module two, "Deputizing,” several courses establish the spiritual foundation necessary to become a harvester. 

 

In module three, entitled "Multiplying,” students are challenged to spiritual reproduction as they multiply and share what they have learned with others. 

 

 

 

Module four, entitled "Organizing,” explains how to organize the spiritual resources resulting from the "multiplying" phase of development.  Next in order is this course on "Mobilizing" which presents methods for mobilizing spiritual forces for God and explains the practical application of the Harvestime vision to specific areas of ministry.

 

The Harvestime courses preceding this one are all very important. If you try to mobilize without a foundation, you have zeal without understanding.  You cannot mobilize without people, which makes the importance of multiplying obvious. If you try to mobilize without

organization, you have action without a purposeful plan.  

 

Many times in Christian service, we offer our best to God and think that is sufficient.  Our best is never enough.  Organization is not enough.  Spiritual reproduction is not enough.  Even a good doctrinal foundation is not enough.  True...we must offer our best..but then we must look to God to add His holy fire, His glory, and spiritual renewal.  We must learn not to rely on our training, experience, and organization.  Rather, we must rely on God's transforming touch on  the work of our hands.  Only then will we, as harvesters, be mobilized to the work of the harvest.

 

And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following.  (Luke 16:19)

 

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:  and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.  (Psalm 90:17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

 

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

 

C         Define mobilization.

 

C         Explain the difference between mobilization and manipulation.

 

C         Explain the relationship between mobilization and evangelism.

 

C         Summarize the Biblical basis of mobilization.

 

C         Discuss each of the following mobilizing spiritual forces:

 

            C         The fire of God

            C         The glory of God

            C         Worship of God

            C         Revival from God

 

C         Explain what it means to worship in spirit and truth.

 

C         Discuss how we are to worship God.

 

C         Identify Biblical principles of revival.

 

C         Explain how to mobilize passive people.

 

C         Explain how to handle failure.

 

C         Identify the Biblical principles of penetration revealed in the book of Joshua.

 

C         Identify the qualities necessary to be a mobilizer of others.

 

C         Mobilize your church on the basis of spiritual gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

MOBILIZATION OR MANIPULATION?

 

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

 

C         Write the Key Verses from memory.

C         Define "manipulation.”

C         Define "mobilize.”

C         Explain the difference between spiritual mobilization and manipulation.

C         Explain the difference between a passive and a mobilized person.

C         Summarize the relationship between mobilization and evangelism.

 

KEY VERSES:

 

But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

 

But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.  (Matthew 20:26)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

It has been said that "the successful expansion of any movement is in direct proportion to its ability to mobilize and involve its total membership in constant propagation of its beliefs, purposes, and philosophy."

 

If a goal is to be achieved and a vision fulfilled, you must take action.  If you work only with plans and programs, you have an organization.  If you mobilize people, you have a organism and each person in the organism becomes part of the achievement of the vision.

 

Outward mobilization is the result of inward motivation.  Everyone is motivated to do something.  An important key in effective ministry is to motivate and mobilize God's people for the work of the ministry.

 

 

 

 

MANIPULATION

 

Worldly strategies of mobilization center on manipulation of people for the purpose of selfish gain.  To "manipulate" means to "skillfully manage, direct, or control a person to achieve selfish purposes.”  A manipulator exploits and uses others as "things" to achieve an end.

 

In manipulation, attempts to mobilize people are centered on things that appeal to the flesh.  A person is convinced that certain actions will meet his own selfish goals, needs, or desires.  He thrives on praise and attention from others.  He strives for status and a sense of belonging.  Financial or material gain is often involved.  These are some of the inward motivations which mobilize him to action.

 

Manipulation is need based.   The leader sees a need and manipulates people and resources to meet that need. If you are "need motivated,” you soon become "need controlled.”  People will control and manipulate you to meet their personal needs.

 

Basically, there are two types of manipulation.  One is "push" manipulation which uses fear as its force.  The other is "pull motivation" which uses fleshly incentive and rewards. When believers have to be pushed or pulled into involvement in the work of the Kingdom of God, it is obvious that something is wrong.

 

In manipulation, people are often treated with partiality and sometimes leaders resort to threatening, guilt, and force to get things done.  But the Bible warns spiritual leaders to forbear (not to use)...

 

...threatening, knowing that your Master (God) which also is in Heaven neither is there respect of persons with him. (Ephesians 6:9)

 

In other words, you should relate to those you lead in the same way God relates to you.

 

"Witchcraft" is listed in Galatians 5:20 as one of the works of the flesh.  In this passage witchcraft not only refers to the evil work done by witches who are followers of Satan.  It also refers to  fleshly "manipulation" of other people for your own purposes and desires.

 

Jesus taught that believers are not to adopt such worldly methods of conduct and leadership:

 

But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

 

But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.  (Matthew 20:26)

 

 

MOBILIZATION

 

Believers are not to be manipulated or become manipulators, but they certainly are to be mobilized. God has always moved through people who were motivated to action.  Throughout the Biblical record He called people to mobilize physical, spiritual, and financial resources to accomplish His plans and purposes.

 

To "mobilize" means to "put in a state of readiness for active service, to use one's energies for action.”  In broad terms, mobilization refers to any event by which God's people are awakened and kept moving and growing until they find their place of strategic involvement in the task of completing world evangelization.

 

Spiritual mobilization differs from manipulation because it is grounded in Biblical principles and the motivation is focused on God rather than man.  It is not focused on flesh and self.  It is not need-oriented ministry, but command-oriented.

 

For example, when Jesus visited the pool of Bethesda, there were many people there who were lame, sick, and diseased.  But Jesus healed only one man.  He was command-oriented rather than need-oriented.  This did not mean He did not have compassion on the others, but He had been led by God to minister to this one man.

 

If you become need-oriented in ministry, you will soon be overwhelmed by the many needs around you.  Eventually, you will become need-controlled.   The needs of people will control your life and ministry. You will be manipulated by them and you will become a manipulator in order to meet the great demands of these needs.

 

If you are command-oriented rather than need-oriented, your ministry is God-directed instead of man-directed.  You will be motivated and mobilized by the power of God rather than the manipulation of men and their needs.

 

THE PASSIVE AND THE MOBILIZED

 

The opposite of being mobilized is being passive. It is important to know the difference between the two if you are to and motivate inactive believers:

 

A PASSIVE PERSON:

 

To be "passive" means to be "unconcerned, inactive, unresponsive, indifferent, unemotional, or unfeeling.”  Here are some  common reasons why people are passive, why they are inactive, indifferent, and not involved in the work of the Lord:

 

-They are not under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

 

-They have not grasped the meaning of the Great Commission.

 

-They do not know their place in the Body of Christ.

 

-They have no goals, vision, and direction.

 

-They lack singleness of vision.  (They see so much to do and have no clear vision of their role, so they are discouraged and do not do anything.)

 

-They are consumed by the cares and involvements of the world.

 

-They are afraid their willingness to become involved will be taken advantage of by others.

 

-Authoritarian leadership that does everything  prevents their involvement.  This is a "personality based" ministry instead of a Body ministry involving all members in the work of the Lord.  (The pastor or spiritual leader is not to do the work himself.  He is to equip or mobilize the body for the work of the ministry.)

 

-They live in the past.  The Bible warns, "Remember  Lot's wife.”  Looking back to the "good old days" or "how things were done before" prevents action in the present.

 

-They are walking in the flesh:  When a person walks in the flesh, they cannot accomplish spiritual goals.  The flesh prevents you from doing "that which you would do" (Romans 7:15).  Frustration, division, and unresolved conflicts are all signs that a person is walking in the flesh.  These and similar behaviors will render people inactive in the Kingdom of God.

 

-Sin  prohibits the flow of God's anointing, His fire, glory, and revival.  Since these are the mobilizing spiritual forces, a believer who continues in sin will soon lose his motivation.

 

-Discouragement causes passivity.  A discouraged person is closed minded, has a need for power, control, and to get his own way. He avoids personal responsibility, blames others for problems, and wants to retaliate.  He is unstable and disloyal.  (See  the "For Further Study" section of this lesson).

 

-A "professional" attitude.  This is a problem that often renders people inactive in the modern church age.  This "professional" attitude is one that says  "Let's hire it done.”

 

A PASSIVE PEOPLE:

 

Passive individuals result in a passive people corporately.  Basically the passive church fits the description of the church at Sardis in Revelation 3:1.  They have a "name that they live, but they are dead.” Here is a "checklist for a passive church.”  How does your church measure up?

 

-Physical care of church facilities is below average and conveys an "I don't care" attitude.

 

-There is a heavy dependence on the pastor or paid staff to do the work of the ministry.

 

-There is a strong orientation to the past, believing that the "good old days" were better than the present time.

 

-There is declining membership.

 

-There are many inactive members.

 

-The focus is on music, children, and youth while the adults remain inactive.

 

-Economy is more important in decision-making than steps of faith.

 

-Communication is poor between members, pastor, and staff.

 

-A lack of attendance reveals a low level of concern.

 

-There is no evangelical fervor.

 

-Policy makers and aggressive members are largely from the people who were members when the congregation started or from the "good old days.”

 

-The minister views his ministry as in the past rather than in the future.

 

-The congregation is convinced that if they can find a "super pastor" to replace their minister, their problems will be over.

 

-The governing body of the congregation (board,  council, etc.) tends to see its primary role as a permission withholding body to say what can not be done.  (In an active church, the governing body encourages creativity, innovation, steps of faith, and whenever at all possible, gives rather than withholds permission).

 

-New plans are met with arguments of "why that will not work here.”

 

-The emphasis is on learning rather than doing.

 

-The typical member cannot call more than 5 people in the congregation by name.

 

-People are unusually critical about what is or is not happening.

 

-New members find it hard to gain a sense of belonging and to feel needed.

 

All of these items exhibit unconcern, indifference, and lack of involvement.

 

 

A MOBILIZED PERSON:

 

A mobilized person is readily adaptable and responsive to the direction of the Holy Spirit.  He is not set in his own selfish ways.   He has prepared his spiritual vessel (his "wineskin") to receive the "new wine" (new things God is doing).  A mobilized person is God-dependent rather than self-dependent.  He is spiritually rather than fleshly motivated.  He is excited about the work of God and involved in the Kingdom of God. 

 

A mobilized person is willing to act--even take risks of faith--and take responsibility for his actions. A mobilized person is stable, loyal, and instead of revenge in times of crisis, he seeks a solution.  He is command-oriented rather than need-oriented.  He does not manipulate and exploit others.  He is compassionate, loving, and involved in and excited about the work of the Kingdom.

 

A MOBILIZED PEOPLE:

 

Review the signs of a passive church given previously in this lesson.  Think about the opposite of each of these signs.  The opposite of each behavior describes a mobilized, motivated church.

 

A mobilized church is spiritually renewed. A mobilized church is motivated, set aflame with love and compassion for the lost.  It is composed of a group of people actively involved in the fulfilling of the Great Commission. It has a Kingdom rather than a denominational mentality.  It is a worshiping, revived church filled with the demonstration of the power and glory of God.

 

QUALITIES OF A MOBILIZER

 

Once there was a famous scientist named Sir Isaac Newton. He studied and recorded the natural law of motion.  The first law of motion was that...

 

"A body in motion tends to remain in motion and a body at rest tends to remain at rest."

 

This is true spiritually also.  People will remain indifferent, unconcerned, and inactive unless motivated and mobilized for the work of the Kingdom.

 

This is where the ministry of a "mobilizer" comes in.  A mobilizer is one who mobilizes others. But in order to do this he must first be mobilized himself. A mobilized person then mobilizes others by example and encouragement rather than force and fear.

 

A mobilizer is committed to the specific task of the Great Commission. He concentrates on concerns outside of himself and his own personal and selfish needs.  He is not an organizational man. He is not a denominational man.  He is Kingdom man.  His purpose, goals, and objectives focus on the Kingdom  of God.

 

A mobilizer equips others for the work of the ministry by challenging them with spiritual vision, grounding them in  foundations of faith, and challenging them to spiritual reproduction.  He helps people discover and release their potential without feeling threatened by their spiritual growth and advancement in the Kingdom of God.

 

Actually, the spiritual leaders which God sets in the church as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are all to be mobilizers.  Their purpose is to "equip" others for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).

 

A mobilizer never views people as inanimate objects to be used to get something done.  He knows that mobilization involves more than saying "do this" and having a person do it.  He recognizes that other people are created in the image of God and not "things" to be used, even in the work of the Kingdom.

 

A mobilizer is courageous in the face of opposition and has a deep spiritual experience.  His life has been touched by God's power and glory.  He walks in integrity and maintains a close, personal relationship with the Lord.

 

Joshua, the man chosen by God to mobilize Israel to take the Promised Land, is one of the best examples of a mobilizer.  You will study more about him and the qualities of a mobilizer in Chapter Fourteen of this course.

 

Many believers are spiritually dead because they have dead men preaching to them. They are inactive, passionless, indifferent, and unconcerned.  If you lack a burning heart, those you lead will lack it.

 

A passionless religion will not put out the fires of the enemy raging across our world today. The best way to fight fire is with fire. As Elijah learned, the wood is not enough, the altar is not enough...even our sacrifices are not enough.  We must be touched by the fire of God!

 

Numbers 16:46-48 records how Aaron was used by God to stand between the living and the dead, providing a bridge of life.  This is what a mobilized person does.  He stands between the dead (passive) and the living (active).  He is used of God to mobilize believers to action. He carries the censor filled with the fire of God, igniting each life he touches with its flame.

Many people are trying to lead God's people and do God's work with hearts than have  never been truly set ablaze or hearts that have lost their flame.  Can the fire that set the desert bush ablaze in the time of Moses set our hearts aflame until we are burning for God?  Can the fire that Ezekiel saw depart stage by stage from Israel return to us today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOBILIZATION AND EVANGELISM

 

For what purpose are we mobilizing people?  Why should we try to motivate a passive people?  If people are comfortable in our church congregations and their needs are being met, why stir things up?

 

We must be concerned with mobilizing spiritual resources because it is the only way the great spiritual harvest of our world can ever be reaped.  We are mobilizing spiritual resources for the purpose of evangelism.

 

There is a difference between mobilization and other approaches to evangelism.  In most evangelistic programs, the center of attention is the "gifted" (or sometimes in the modern church the "professional") evangelist.  In this type of evangelism, the focus is on increasing the number of listeners.  Advertising, invitations, radio and television interviews, and many other means are used.  Everything possible is done to broaden the impact of the evangelist's ministry.

 

Nothing is wrong with these methods.  It is important that we take full advantage of the gifted men known as "evangelists" which God has set in the Church.  But to meet the challenge of the great end time spiritual harvest that is upon us, we must assume a "mobilized approach" to evangelism.

 

A mobilized approach to evangelism focuses on all believers, rather than just those with the specific ministry gift of evangelism.  It seeks to multiply the number of converts by motivating each one of God's people to "do the work of an evangelist" (II Timothy 4:5).

 

This type of mobilization is done within the Biblical framework of the Church.  It is called "body ministry,” where each person assumes his position based upon his spiritual gift.  Then the whole body functions in unity to achieve global objectives in harmony with that of the Great Commission.  In mobilization for evangelism, we use every legitimate means available, to reach every level of society, presenting the whole gospel to all men.

 

THE TIME FOR MOBILIZATION

 

In a natural army, troops are mobilized in time of war and/or great need.  Spiritually, this is a time of warfare.  We are in the greatest battle ever for the hearts, souls, and minds of men and women throughout the world.   This is a time of great need.  We see it as we look at the spiritual harvest fields of the world, ready to be reaped, but with few labors working feverishly in the setting sun.  Now is the time for the mobilization of God's people.  As the prophet Micah said, "Mobilize!  The enemy lays siege..."  (Micah 5:1, The Living Bible).

 

But in order to mobilize, we must return to God-commanded rather than need-oriented ministry.  We must rely on God rather than self.  Organization, cooperation, multiplying, doctrine...all of these are important. But only God can send the fire, the glory, and the revival that mobilizes His people.    As a body without breath and life, so is a people of God who are organized, united, and doctrinally grounded, but yet lacking the breath of life of the Holy Spirit.

 

If you rely on your education, you accomplish what education can do.  If you rely on skills and hard work, you will obtain the results of your hard work and skills.  When you rely on committees alone, you can get a lot done...but only what committees are capable of doing.  But when you rely on God, you get what God can do!

 

Human effort will never get the job done.  The great end time harvest cannot be reaped by fleshly methods:

 

Are ye so foolish?  having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?  (Galatians 3:3)

 

This work cannot be accomplished by manipulation or by human might or power.

 

Then He answered and spake unto me, saying...Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord of hosts.  (Zechariah 4:6)

 

Many years ago, God gave a prophet named Zechariah a vision of a golden lamp stand.  The lamp furnished light through a bowel that received oil coming from a living olive tree.  The lamp burned as long as the oil flowed.

 

You cannot do God's work without the anointing of God continuously being channeled into your life.  You must be attached to the living olive tree.  As a fruit bearing branch you must be grafted into the vine (John 15).  This is divine motivation.  This is sovereign mobilization.

 

Jesus was touched by this mobilizing fire of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:18).  The first church was set ablaze by the power of Pentecost (Acts 2). David knew the power of the Spirit (II Samuel 23:2). Ezekiel testified to it repeatedly. Ezra (Ezra 7:6) and Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:18) also felt the motivating, mobilizing forces of God when the hand of the Lord was upon them.  The Apostle Paul knew it (II Corinthians 1:21-22). 

 

And you can know it too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF-TEST

 

1.         Write the Key Verses from memory.

 

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2.         Define "manipulation.”

 

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3.         Define "mobilize.”

 

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4.         Explain the difference between spiritual mobilization and manipulation.

 

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5.         Explain the difference between a passive and a mobilized person.

 

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6.         Summarize the relationship between mobilization and evangelism.

 

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(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)

 

 

FOR FURTHER STUDY

 

 

1.         Read the story of David's army in I Samuel 30.   Observe how these men met the description of a discouraged person:

 

"A discouraged person is closed minded, has a need for power, control, and to get his own way. He avoids personal responsibility, blames others for problems, and wants to retaliate.  He is unstable and disloyal.” 

 

What did David do to change the situation?   Do you know discouraged people?  How could you encourage them?

 

2.         The nature of human motivation was studied by a man named Abraham Maslow.  He claimed that  in order to motivate people to action you must appeal to their basic needs which include the following:

 

-To fulfill one's potential.

-To grow and develop.

-To be creative.

-Esteem of others.

-Esteem of self.

-To belong.

-To love.

-To be loved.

-Shelter.

-Safety.

-Sex.

-Thirst.

-Hunger.

 

While these are important to life in this world, they are all fleshly desires.  People who are mobilized on the basis of an appeal to such needs will not long remain motivated.  When their own selfish needs are not being met, they will retreat to inactivity.

 

You cannot mobilize  people for spiritual purposes on the basis of fleshly needs.  You must mobilize them for spiritual purposes on the basis of spiritual principles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER TWO

 

THE BIBLICAL BASIS OF MOBILIZATION

 

OBJECTIVES:

                                                                                   

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

 

C         Write the Key Verse from memory.

C         Explain how mobilization is divinely ordained.

C         Identify descriptive Biblical terms implying mobilization.

C         Identify a Biblical command for mobilization of believers.

C         Explain how mobilization was practiced in the New Testament Church.

C         List Old Testament examples of mobilization.

C         Summarize what you learned about mobilization from the life of Gideon.

 

KEY VERSE:

 

Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the Word.  (Acts 8:4)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Throughout the Biblical record, God worked His plan and accomplished His purposes through people who were mobilized for action.   Scriptures reveal that mobilization is divinely ordained and implied by descriptive terms in the Biblical text.  It is illustrated in the Old Testament and in the New Testament Church, and it is central to the command given to believers to fulfill the Great Commission.

 

In this lesson you will study the Biblical basis of mobilization.  You will also learn the central truth of Biblical mobilization.  It is the fact that such mobilization is not based on the recruitment of vast physical or financial resources.  God does mighty things through just a few people who are mobilized to action and answer His call.

 

MOBILIZATION IS DIVINELY ORDAINED

 

Read Ephesians 4:11-16.  This passage reveals that the reason the Lord gave special leadership gifts to the Church were for the purpose of equipping (mobilizing) people for the work of the ministry. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are all to be "mobilizers.”  They

are the special ministry gifts ordained by God to equip (mobilize) believers for the work of the ministry.

 

 

The fact that the Holy Spirit indwells and endows each believer with spiritual gifts also confirms that the mobilization of the entire Body of Christ is divinely ordained (Romans 12:3-8 and I Corinthians 12:1-31).

 

MOBILIZATION IS IMPLIED BY DESCRIPTIVE TERMS

 

The descriptive terms used for the Church also imply mobilization.  Romans 12:3-8 and I Corinthians 12:1-31 speak of the Church functioning as a "body,” with each believer mobilized to fulfill his unique purpose.  The priesthood of all believers described in Hebrews 10:19-22, I Peter 2:9, and Revelation 1:6  implies the mobilization of the entire Church for the work of the Kingdom.

 

MOBILIZATION IS CENTRAL TO BIBLICAL COMMANDS

 

Mobilization is central to Biblical commands given to believers.  For example, the Scriptures  clearly declare that believers are created to do good works.  (See Ephesians 2:10, Titus 2:14; 3:8, James 2:17, and I Peter 2:12).  If we are to accomplish these, we must be mobilized to act.

 

Mobilization is also central to the fulfillment of the Great Commission to spread the Gospel to the nations of the world:

 

Go Ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost;

 

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you...  (Matthew 28:19-20)

 

Go, preach, teach, baptize...these are all action words.  A mobilized force of believers is necessary to fulfill these commands.

 

MOBILIZATION IS PRACTICED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

 

The New Testament Church was a mobilized group of people. They were ministering daily in the temple and in every house (Acts 5:42).  They were praising and worshiping God, and the Lord was increasing their number daily (Acts 2:47).

 

Even persecution did not dampen their enthusiasm.  Persecution resulted in the scattering of their membership but...

 

Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the Word.  (Acts 8:4)

 

 

The first church formed missions teams and sent them to other nations (Acts 13:1-3). They ministered from Jerusalem to Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the then-known world.  They literally "turned the world upside down" for God (Acts 17:10).

 

MOBILIZATION IS ILLUSTRATED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

Mobilization is also illustrated in the Old Testament.  Read about how God mobilized His people for...

 

            -The building of the tabernacle:                      Exodus 35:4-29

            -The conquest of the Promised Land:             Joshua 1:10-15

            -The building of the first temple:                    I Kings 5:13-18; I Chronicles 29:1-9

            -The building of the second temple:               Ezra 1:5-6; 3:8-13; Haggai 1:2-15

            -Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem:                Nehemiah 2:17-6:15

 

You can also study the record of Old Testament battles where God mobilized His people to subdue the power of the enemy.  One exciting example is the story of Gideon.

 

THE GIDEON FACTOR

 

One of the great Biblical principles of mobilization is that God accomplishes great things through just a few people who are mobilized for His purposes.  We will call this the "Gideon factor" of mobilization because it is illustrated by the story of a man named Gideon. 

 

Read Judges 6:11-24. When the angel appeared to Gideon, the man was not talking about fighting or penetrating the land.  He was doing just the opposite.  He was hiding from the enemy who had come into the land after Israel had sown their seed.  The enemy was stealing the harvest and Gideon was attempting to reap a limited harvest in secrecy and fear.

 

This is a picture of much of the "reaping" activity going on in the world today.  People are attempting to reap a spiritual harvest for God while cowering in fear, in hiding from the enemy.  As long as we assume this defensive position, our "threshing out" of the grain will be limited.  As Israel, we will be "greatly impoverished.”

 

When the angel spoke to Gideon addressing him as a "mighty man of valor,” we can imagine that Gideon looked around and said to himself, "I don't see any mighty warriors.”  He did not really recognize that the "Lord was with him.”

 

All Gideon saw was the overwhelming situation which surrounded him.  He asked, "If the Lord

 

be with us, then why is all this befallen us?  Where are all His miracles which our fathers told us of?"

 

When you look at the conditions of your nation and the world around you, you may question  "If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened?  It is discouraging.  It is overwhelming.  Where is God's miracle-working power?"

 

It is in this context of fear and doubt that God still calls "Gideons" today.  The truth of the "Gideon factor" is that God calls weak people to do mighty things.  The angel told Gideon, "Go in this thy might...have not I sent thee?"  The only motivation that will empower us to meet the difficult challenges of our generation is the promise that the Lord is with us.  This promise of His presence is given to those who are mobilized to action and respond to His call to go:

 

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations...and lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.  (Portions of Matthew 28:19-20)

 

Gideon questioned the angel, "How can I do this?  My clan is the weakest and I am the least in my family."  Moses felt the same way. So did Jeremiah and even the Apostle Paul.  You may also feel that way.  You may feel limited by your social standing, finances, educational background, or abilities.

 

But God works through weak people who are mobilized to respond to His call:

 

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called;

 

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

 

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.

 

That no flesh should glory in His presence.  (I Corinthians 1:26-29)

 

The particular ability with which God gifted Gideon was not only his skill in commanding an army.  It was the capability of motivating others to join him in the task.  We know he was successful in this because 32,000 men responded to his call to arms!

 

But after God encouraged Gideon in his recruiting efforts, He demonstrated that He works just as well with a few as with many.  God eliminated 22,000 of the potential fighters.  Anyone who was fearful was allowed to go home.

 

God then proceeded to sift out 9,700 more men. Those who were not concerned and alert (who were not watchful while drinking) were also sent home. This left just 300 men...one percent of the original volunteers.  Imagine how Gideon must have felt, facing an army of 135,000 men! The odds were 450 to one in favor of the Midianites.  But God accomplished great things through these few men.  They won the battle with the enemy.  They reclaimed the territory rightfully theirs.  They were able to reap their harvest.

 

When the strong confederacy of the Midianites, Amalekites, and others gathered together against God's people, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon. The Hebrew word translated "came upon" literally means "clothed.”  God's power was given to Gideon at the point and time of need...not before and not after.  You will find the same is true in your life.  The mobilizing power of God does not come upon you until you heed His call to go.

 

The camp of the invading enemy is described as "settled in the valley as thick as locusts.” Their camels were like the "sand on the seashore.”  It was a vast multitude.  Gideon surprised the enemy with trumpet blasts and waving torches.  It was probably the biggest camel stampede in history!  Gideon's victory involved a good strategy and carefully coordinated, organized action, but it was more than that.  It was an effort ordained and mobilized by the power of God.

 

You may be a weak and fearful person working with weak and fearful people who are few in number.  But God can give you His power just as He did Gideon.  Are you low on men, finances, and material resources?  Rejoice...God delights to do great things through limited natural means...And when He does, He will get the glory! 

 

The story of Gideon demonstrates that a handful of warriors, mobilized by the power of God, organized around a common vision and strategy can succeed against overwhelming odds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF-TEST

 

1.         Write the Key Verse from memory.

 

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2.         How is mobilization divinely ordained?

 

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3.         What are some descriptive Biblical terms implying mobilization?

 

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4.         Identify one Biblical command for mobilization of believers.

 

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5.         Explain how mobilization was practiced in the New Testament Church.

 

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6.         List Old Testament examples of mobilization.

 

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7.         Summarize what you learned about mobilization from the life of Gideon.

 

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(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)

 

 

FOR FURTHER STUDY

 

Several of the New Testament parables told by Jesus reveal the importance of mobilization. Study the following parables:

 

1.         Believers should be mobilized to seek for those lost in sin:

 

            -Parable of the lost sheep:                               Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:4-7

            -Parable of the lost coins:                                Luke 15:8-10

            -Parable of the lost son:                                  Luke 15:11-32

 

2.         Believers should be mobilized to be ready for the return of Jesus:

           

            -Parable of the talents:                                    Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27

            -Parable of the man on a long journey:           Mark 13:34-37

            -Parable of the servants:                                  Matthew 24:43-51; Luke 12:39-46

            -Parable of the watching servants:                  Luke 12:36-38

            -Parable of the ten virgins:                              Matthew 25:1-12

 

3.         Believers should be mobilized to do the work of God in spreading the Gospel:

 

            -Parable of the sower:                                     Matthew 13:3-8; Mark 4:3-8

            -Parable of the tares and wheat:                     Matthew 13:24-30

            -Parable of the net:                                          Matthew 13:47-50

            -Parable of the mustard seed:                         Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:31-32;

                                                                                    Luke 13:19

            -Parable of the talents:                                    Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27

            -Parable of the harvest:                                   Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 10:2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER THREE

 

THE FIRE OF GOD

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

 

C         Write the Key Verses from memory.

C         Discuss spiritual parallels of the benefit of natural fire.

C         Define "the fire of God.”

C         Summarize what the Bible teaches about the fire of Pentecost.

C         Identify purposes of the fire of God.

C         Explain how to experience the fire of God.

 

KEY VERSES:

 

And when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from Heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.

 

And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house.

 

And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshiped, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.  (II Chronicles 7:1-3)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

In Chapter Two you examined the Biblical basis of mobilization, learning that God moves through mobilized people, whether they be many or few.  This chapter is the first of several focusing on spiritual factors that mobilize the people of God.  In this and the next few lessons you will study the fire of God, the glory of God, and the worship of God.

 

Pause now and read again the Key Verses for this lesson (II Chronicles 7:1-3).  You will note that the fire of God fell first, then the glory of God was revealed, and finally the people of God

entered into true worship.  The fire of God, the glory of God, and true worship are all spiritual forces that mobilize and equip God's people for action.

 

 

 

NATURAL FIRE

 

There are many positive benefits of fire in the natural world.  Fire provides energy and warmth. It is used to prepare food.  Controlled burning of land provides ashes which fertilize the ground to make better harvests.

 

Fire consumes waste matter.  It burns out impurities in gold and silver.  Fire attracts people, which is evident from the crowd that always gathers when something is set ablaze.  Fire kindles other fires, but it is the tendency of fire to go out if it is not continuously fueled.  A flickering flame that is almost out, however, can be fanned again into a brilliant fire.

 

SPIRITUAL FIRE

 

Natural fire is a parallel of spiritual fire.  The fire of God provides energy for the work of God.  It warms the cold, indifferent spirit.  It results in spiritual food and abundant spiritual harvest.  The fire of God consumes the waste of your life, working just as it does in gold and silver in the natural world to burn out the impurities. 

 

A man or woman set ablaze by God's fire attracts people to the message of the Word. As natural fire, spiritual fire kindles other fires.  A believer burning with a passion for the lost and demonstrating the power of God soon ignites the lives of those around him.

 

But as fire in the natural world, spiritual fire must be continuously fueled.  Was there a time when you were once more spiritually ablaze for God than you are today? A flickering flame that is almost out can be fanned again into a brilliant fire.

 

Just as God supplied the fire for the altar of burnt offering, He supplies His fire from Heaven to touch your soul.  But you have the responsibility of keeping the flame burning (Leviticus 9:24; II Chronicles 7:11).  You are spiritually combustible.  Your spiritual nature is created to be set ablaze by the spirit of God.  This is our prayer for you as you study this lesson "Ablaze For God.”

 

GOD AND FIRE

 

The Bible speaks often of the fire of God:

 

For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God...

            (Deuteronomy 4:24)

 

For our God is a consuming fire.  (Hebrews 12:29)

 

Men of Bible times who had visions of God record that His appearance was like fire:

 

Then I beheld, and lo, a likeness as the appearance of fire, from the appearance of His loins, even downward, fire; and from His loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the color of amber. 

(Ezekiel 8:2)

 

His body also was like the beryl, and His face as the appearance of lightning, and His eyes as lamps of fire, and His arms and His feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of His words like the voice of a multitude.  (Daniel 7:9; 10:6)

 

His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; (Revelation 1:14)  (See also Revelation 3:18 and 19:12 and Psalms 18:8,12)

 

WHAT IS THE FIRE OF GOD?

 

When we speak of the "fire of God" we are not talking about natural fire. Jesus said:

 

I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?  (Luke 12:49)

 

What is the fire of God?  When we speak of the "fire of God,” we are speaking of the fire of Pentecost which in the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit was actually visually demonstrated:

 

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them;

 

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  (Acts 2:3-4)

 

The fire of God is the fire of the Pentecostal experience.  It is a fire that will loose your tongue to speak.  It is a fire that will empower you to fulfill the Great Commission:

 

But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me..unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

            (Acts 1:8)

 

Jesus said:

 

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I  am not worthy to bear, He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.  (Matthew 3:11)

 

 

 

 

THE FIRE OF PENTECOST

 

Here are some facts about this Pentecostal fire:

 

IT IS KINDLED BY GOD:

 

Repeatedly in the Word, God says "I will kindle a fire" (see Jeremiah 21:14; 22:7; 49:27; 50:32; Amos 1:14; 2:2, 5).  The fire of God is not emotionalism.  It is not kindled by fast music or loud preaching.  It is kindled and set ablaze by God.  The fire of Pentecost is kindled by God Himself:

 

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

 

And it shall come to pass, in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;

 

And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit...(Acts 2:16-18)

 

IT IS FUELESS:

 

Read the story of Moses and the burning bush in Exodus 3.  This was a natural example of a great spiritual truth. The fire of God ignored the fuel potential of the bush and continued to burn.  The miracle is not in the burning bush as much as it is in the fueless fire.

 

Moses knew from his  experience in killing the Egyptian that he could never trust his own emotions or power for the spiritual work to which God had called him.  In the burning bush God illustrated that His fire burns without natural fuel.  You may have tried and failed in the work of God.  But the fire of God ignores the "fuel" of your natural talents and abilities.

 

IT IS PERPETUAL:

 

God gives the fire, but you have a responsibility for keeping it burning:

 

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. 

            (Leviticus 6:13)

 

God wants you to fan the embers of your soul.  He wants you to be set ablaze for the Kingdom of God.

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS NATURE:

 

The seven spirits of God are related to fire:

 

And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices; and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. (Revelation 4:5)

 

The seven spirits of God are:

 

            1.         Truth:                                                  John 16:13

            2.         Grace:                                                  Hebrews 10:29

            3.         Life:                                                    Romans 8:2

            4.         Adoption:                                            Romans 8:15

            5.         Holiness:                                             Romans 1:4

            6.         Wisdom and revelation:                      Ephesians 1:17

            7.         Glory:                                                  I Peter 4:14

 

When your life is touched by the fire of God, His spirit of adoption works in you.  His truth, grace, life, holiness, wisdom, and glory burn in your life.

 

IT IS RELATED TO PRAYER:

 

Read the story of Elijah on Carmel Mountain in  I Kings 18.  When Elijah prayed, the fire of God fell.  If we ever want to experience the Pentecostal fire, we must learn to pray.  In the Upper Room, believers prayed for days and then preached a ten minute message.  We pray ten minutes and preach for hours and wonder why the fire of God does not fall.

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS WORD:

 

God's Word is compared to fire:

 

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord...  (Jeremiah 23:29)

 

Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name, But His Word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. 

(Jeremiah 20:9)

 

Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.  (Jeremiah 5:14)

 

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich...(Revelation 3:18)

 

The Words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalms 12:6)

 

When the fire of God has touched your soul, His Word will be like fire shut up in your bones.  It will literally burn within you night and day.  Read Jeremiah 36. In this story, the King tried to destroy the Word of God, but found he could not stop the word of fire!

 

IT IS RELATED TO ATONEMENT:

 

The fire of God requires a holy vessel in which to burn.  Every vessel used for fire in the tabernacle and temple was holy.  You can only be holy as the cleansing fire of the atonement of Jesus Christ burns in your life. The relation of the fire to the atonement of Jesus was illustrated when Aaron stood between the living and the dead:

 

And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censor and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them:  For there is wrath gone out from the Lord;  the plague is begun. (Numbers 16:46)

 

PURPOSES OF THE FIRE OF GOD

 

As you study the following purposes of the fire of God, you will easily understand why this spiritual fire is so important in motivating and mobilizing:

 

IT EMPOWERS YOUR MINISTRY:

 

You are chosen by God in  midst of the fires of affliction. You are empowered by God to fulfill your ministry through His consuming fire:

 

As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence.  (Isaiah 64:2)

 

Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.  (Isaiah 48:10)

 

Who maketh His angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire.

(Psalms 104:4)

 

 

IT INDICATES GOD'S PRESENCE:

 

The symbol of natural fire was always used to indicate the presence of God in the Old Testament:

 

And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire...

(Deuteronomy 4:12)

 

For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.  (Exodus 40:38)  (See also Numbers 9:15)

 

The spiritual fire of God burning in your soul also indicates His presence.  Your ministry is validated by the presence of God.

 

IT PROVIDES GUIDANCE:

 

When people are mobilized for the work of the Lord, they must have direction.  The fire of God is a symbol of the direction He provides for His people:

 

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night;

 

He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.  (Exodus 13:21-22)

 

And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land; for they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that thou Lord art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.  (Numbers 14:14)  (See also Nehemiah 9:12,19; Psalms 78:14; 105:39)

 

Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.  (Deuteronomy 1:33)

 

IT CLEANSES AND REFINES:

 

In Old Testament times, fire was used to destroy anything unholy:

 

-Anything affected by leprosy was to be burned in the fire: Leviticus 13:52

 

-Idols were to be burned in the fire:  Deuteronomy 7:5;25; 9:21; 12:3; I Chronicles 14:12; Isaiah 37:19; Jeremiah 43:13; Micah 1:7 

 

-The spoil of the enemy was to be burned:  Deuteronomy 13:16

 

-God's fire in the life of a believer is also a refining one, burning out unholiness:

 

 

 

Behold I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for His work... (Isaiah  54:16)

 

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them; I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, The Lord is my God.  (Zechariah 13:9)

 

...He is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap...(Malachi 3:2)

 

If you are to be used of God, you must have the impurities burned out of your life.  If you refuse this refining process, you will be like reprobate (refuse) silver which is no good:

 

They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders; they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.

 

The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain; for the wicked are not plucked away.

 

Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them.  (Jeremiah 6:28-30)

 

IT SEPARATES:

 

Fire is used in the separation process, both in the natural and spiritual worlds:

 

Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean; nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation:  and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water.  (Numbers 31:23)

 

The fire devours the stubble, the flame consumes the chaff... (Isaiah 5:24)

 

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees; therefore every tree which  bringeth not forth good fruit (repentance)  (Matthew 3:10)  (See also Matthew 7:19 and 13:40-42)

 

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 

            (John 15:6)

 

When you are truly mobilized for God, you are separated from sin and the things of this world.  You are set apart for His purposes and the work of the Kingdom.

 

IT TRIES:

 

God's fire is a "trying" fire.  The fire tries your faith in God:

 

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.  (I Peter 1:7)

 

The fire also tries your work for God:

 

Every man's work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 

 

If any man's work abide which he hath build thereupon he shall receive a reward.

 

If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  (I Corinthians 3:13-15)

 

Wood, hay, and stubble (above the ground) are burned by fire.  Gold and silver (beneath the ground) are not destroyed by fire.  Everything you do that is visible and for show before man is a work that will be destroyed by the fire of God.   A true work of lasting value is often not seen and honored by men.

 

IT DEMONSTRATES APPROVAL:

 

Read the story of the rebellion of Korah in Numbers 16.  When the fire fell, it consumed the rebellious people and demonstrated God's approval upon His chosen leaders.  In II Kings 1:10-14 Elijah was verified as a man of God when the fire of God came down and consumed the captains and their men.   Although God may not send actual physical fire to demonstrate

 

His approval, the spiritual fire of God that rests upon your life and ministry demonstrates His approval.

 

IT DEMONSTRATES GOD'S POWER:

 

Review again the story of Elijah on Mount Carmel in I Kings 18  Elijah. In this case,  God's power was demonstrated in an actual fire. God may not demonstrate His power in an actual fire as you minister, but He will demonstrate "the fire" spiritually.  As people witness the Word of power and the signs following, they will acknowledge the one true and living God.

 

 

 

IT IS A SPIRITUAL WEAPON:

 

The fire of God is a spiritual weapon:

 

And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians.  (Exodus 14:24)

 

Understand therefore this day, that the Lord thy God is He which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire He shall destroy them, He shall bring them down before thy face; so shalt thou drive them out and  destroy them quickly, as the Lord hath said unto thee.  (Deuteronomy 9:3)

 

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He

             breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the

             fire.    (Psalms 46:9)

 

Our God shall come and shall not keep silence; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him.  (Psalms 50:3)

 

The enemy has a consuming fire set to destroy all that is good and pure in your life (see the "For Further Study" section of this lesson.)  Just as you "fight fire with fire" in the natural world by setting a "backfire,” you also fight the fire of the enemy with the spiritual fire of God:

 

And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the  bucklers, the bows and the arrow, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:

 

So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of

the forests...for they shall burn the weapons with fire; and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and  rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God.

            (Ezekiel 39:9-10)

 

The fire of God quenches the enemy's fire:

 

They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.  (Psalms 118:12)

 

Let the burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.  (Psalms 140:10)

 

For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.  (Proverbs 25:22)

 

A fire goeth before him and burneth up His enemies round about. 

            (Psalms 97:3)

 

And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.  (Psalms 106:18)

 

Even as Paul the Apostle did in the natural world, we must spiritually shake off the attack of the enemy into the fire of God:

 

And he shook off the beast into the fire and felt no harm. (Acts 28:3)

 

It was said of the man and women of faith in Hebrews 11 that they "Quenched the violence of fire..."  (Hebrews 11:34).

 

HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE FIRE OF GOD

 

Here is how you can experience and continuously maintain the fire of God in your life:

 

BE BORN AGAIN:

 

Because the fire of God is a spiritual fire, you must experience it with your spiritual being.  This means you must first be born again by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

 

RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

 

You have learned that the fire of God is related to the Pentecostal experience of baptism in the Holy Spirit.  Harvestime International Network has a course entitled "The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit" which will guide you to experience this Holy Spirit baptism.

 

LET THE FIRE REFINE YOUR LIFE:

 

Just as natural fire burns out impurities in gold and silver, the fire of God will consume the impurities in your spiritual life.  In order to continually experience the fire of God's power, you must permit the fire of God to do this cleansing work.  When you resist the fire that burns out these impurities it is like pouring water on a natural fire.  The flame is extinguished.

 

KINDLE OTHER FIRES;

 

In the natural world, a fire grows in scope and intensity as it kindles other fires around it.  The same is true in the spiritual world.  If you want to continue to experience the fire of God, you must be active in igniting others around you.  You do this by fulfilling the Great Commission and sharing the Gospel with others.  Fire attracts people, which is evident from the crowd that always gathers when something is set ablaze.  Let the fire of God within you kindle attract and kindle the spiritual flame of others.

 

CONTINUOUSLY FUEL THE FIRE:

 

In the natural world it is the tendency of fire to go out if it is not continuously fueled.  The same is true in the spiritual world.  You must continuously fuel spiritual fire by prayer and study of God's World.  A flickering flame that is almost out can be fanned again into a brilliant fire.

 

THE FIRE, THE GLORY, AND WORSHIP

 

The fire of God is related to the glory of God:

 

For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire around about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.  (Zechariah 2:5)

 

And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.   (Exodus 24:17...See also Deuteronomy 5:24)

 

...Under His glory He shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.

(I Samuel 10:16)

...for upon all, the glory shall be a defense.  (Isaiah 4:5)

 

Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.  (Isaiah 24:15)

 

Fire and glory of God are also related to worship.  Note that the fire, glory, and worship occur in that order:

 

And when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from Heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.

 

And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house.

 

And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshiped, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.  

            (II Chronicles 7:1-3)

 

 

We cannot be mobilized for the work of the ministry by cheap emotionalism.  It must be the true fire of the living God.  We cannot be mobilized by the glory of self, man, or this world.  We must be mobilized by the glory of God.   We cannot worship in cold formality.  Our worship must be endued with the fire and glory of God.

 

Fire, glory, and worship...In that order.

 

In the next lesson you will begin your study of the "glory.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF-TEST

 

 

1.         Write the Key Verses from memory.

 

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2.         Discuss spiritual parallels of the benefit of natural fire.

 

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3.         Define "the fire of God.”

 

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4.         Summarize what the Bible teaches about the fire of Pentecost.

 

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5.         Identify purposes of the fire of God.

 

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6.         Explain how to experience and maintain the fire of God in your life.

 

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(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)

 

 

FOR FURTHER STUDY

 

1.         You must be careful not to confuse the fire of God with that of the enemy.  For example, Job's servants ran and told him:

 

The fire of God is fallen from heaven and hath burned  up the sheep and servants. (Job 1:16)

 

If you study Job chapter 1 and 2, you will discover this fire was not from God.  Here are some characteristics of the fire of the enemy:

 

            IT IS A DESTROYING FIRE:

 

And ofttimes it (the evil spirit) hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him; but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us and help us.  (Mark 9:22)

 

            IT IS FUELED BY LUST:

 

Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?

            (Proverbs 6:27)

 

            IT IS A FIRE OF ADVERSITY:

 

Read the story of the three Hebrew believers in Daniel 3.  Christians are often placed in the fire of adversity by the enemies of God.

 

            IT IS WICKED:

 

For wickedness burneth as the fire:  It shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.  (Isaiah 9:18)

 

            IT AFFECTS YOUR WORK:

 

The enemy wants to destroy your work for God by his fire.  If you are unaware of this threat, you will be like Joab who questioned "who has set my field on fire?"  (II Samuel 14:31)

 

 

 

 

 

 

            IT TARGETS YOUR FAMILY:

 

David found the enemy had destroyed Ziklag with fire and taken captive his family and those of his men (I Samuel 30:1).  Satan still targets the home and family:

 

And he burnt the house of the Lord, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem and every great man's house he burnt with fire. 

(II Kings 25:9)  (See also Jeremiah 15:13)

 

            IT TARGETS YOUR SPIRITUAL STRONGHOLDS:

 

            The enemy set on fire the strongholds of Israel:  II Kings 8:12.

 

            IT BURNS THAT WHICH IS BEAUTIFUL:

 

            The enemy burned all the palaces in Jerusalem:  II Chronicles 36:19.

 

            IT DESTROYS YOUR SPIRITUAL DEFENSES:

 

The enemy burned the gates of Jerusalem which are symbolic of your spiritual gates of defense: Nehemiah 1:3; 2:13,17.

 

            IT AFFECTS YOUR FINANCES:

 

            It was said of the fire of the enemy that...

 

It is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.  (Job 31:12)

 

            ITS INSTRUMENT IS YOUR OWN TONGUE:

 

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out;  so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. (Proverbs 26:20)

 

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.  Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth.

 

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of Hell.

 

An ungodly man diggeth up evil; and in his lips there is as a burning fire.  (Proverbs 16:27)

 

            IT IS STRANGE FIRE:

 

Some people have said in reference to spiritual matters, "I'd rather have wild fire than no fire at all."  But this is not good.  Fire out of control is dangerous in both the natural and spiritual worlds:

 

And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censor, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not.

 

And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.

 

Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified.  And Aaron held his peace. (Leviticus 10:1-3)

 

And Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord, when they offered strange fire before the Lord...(Numbers 3:4)

 

They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.  (Psalms 74:7)

 

You can see from this brief study that the fire of the enemy is very powerful.  But do not fear the fire of the enemy because God has promised:

 

Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. (Job 18:5)

 

...We went through fire and through water; but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.  (Psalms 66:12)

 

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt  not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Isaiah 43:2)

 

2.         The fire of God is also a fire of judgment.  Study the following references:

 

Genesis 19:24; 22:6; Exodus 9:23-24; Leviticus 10:2; 20:14; 21:9;  Numbers 11:1-3; 26:10; Lamentations 2:3-4; 4:11; Deuteronomy 32:22; Joshua 6:24; 7:15, 25; 8:8,19; Psalms 11:6; 78:21; 89:46; Isaiah 30:27; 42:25; Ezekiel 15; Jeremiah 15:14; 34:2; Revelation 4:5; 8:5, 7-8; 9:17-18; Matthew 18:8-9; 25:41; Luke 17:29; Revelation 20:9-10,14-15; 21:8.

 

            God's fire of judgment is:

 

            -Avenging: II Thessalonians 1:8

            -Contending:  Amos 7:4

            -Devouring: Isaiah 29:6; 30:30; Jeremiah 17:27; Ezekiel 23:25; Amos 1:14;

             Nahum 3:15;      

             Zechariah 9:4; 11:1.

            -Consuming: Ezekiel 22:31

            -Jealous: Psalms 79:5; Song of Solomon 8:6; Ezekiel 36:5; 38:19;

            Zephaniah 1:18; 3:8

            -Angry:  Isaiah 65:5

            -Wrathful: Ezekiel 21:31; 38:19; Psalms 21:9

            -Melting:  Ezekiel 22:20

            -Rebuking:  Isaiah 66:15

            -Unquenchable: Jeremiah 4:4; 17:27

            -Furious:  Nahum 1:6

            -Eternal: Jude 1:7

 

            The fire of God's judgment will be poured out at the end of time as we now know

            it:

 

            -The heaven and earth will be judged and destroyed by the fire of God: II Peter

             3:7-12

            -Hell is a place of eternal judgment and fire: Mark 9:44-48

            -The final end of Satan is fire:  Revelation 20:10

            -The final end of death and hell is fire: Revelation 20:14

            -Whoever is not in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire: 

            Revelation 20:15 and 21:8

 

            Here are some other facts about the fire of God's judgment:

 

            -You cannot hide from the fire of judgment.  There is no protection:  Nahum 3:13

 

            -You cannot deliver yourself:

 

Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame...(Isaiah 44:16)

 

-You can escape it: Through repentance you can be snatched as a "firebrand" out of the fire: Zechariah 3:2.

 

            -You can prevent the fire of judgment:

 

Seek the Lord, and ye shall live, lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,  and devour it, and there is none to quench it...(Amos 5:6)

 

            -You have been commissioned to save others from the fire of God's judgment:

 

And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.  (Jude 1:23)

 

3.         Study about the Apostle Peter's three fires:

 

-John 18:18: Around the fire of the enemy; warmed and lulled into disobedience.

 

-John 21:9:  The fire of commitment: Jesus called him to feed his sheep and to a martyr's death.

 

-Acts 2:3:  The fire of the Holy Spirit.

 

4.         If you have not experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you need to obtain the Harvestime International Institute course entitled "The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit." This course explains how to be filled with "Pentecostal fire."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER FOUR

 

THE GLORY OF GOD

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

 

C         Write the Key Verses from memory.

C         Define "glory.”

C         Identify the source of glory.

C         Summarize characteristics of God's glory.

C         Discuss where God reveals His glory.

C         Receive "glory" as a gift from God.

 

KEY VERSES:

 

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.  (Isaiah 60:1-2)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

At the beginning of this series of lessons, we explained that the fire of God, His glory, and true worship are spiritual forces that mobilize and equip God's people for action (II Chronicles 7:1-3).  In the last chapter you studied about the fire of God and its importance in mobilizing you for the work of the ministry by demonstrating God's presence, power, and approval, enabling your ministry, cleansing, refining, separating, trying, and providing guidance.  You also learned of its value as a spiritual weapon to be used against your enemy, Satan.

 

This chapter is the first of four lessons on the glory of God.  This lesson introduces basic truths about His glory.  In Chapter Five you will study "The Purposes Of God's Glory" and in Chapter Six you will learn "How To Glorify God.”  In Chapters Seven and Eight you will learn how the glory of God can be restored when it has been lost.

 

You may have been discouraged and despondent and felt cold and lifeless spiritually. But the

 

Word of the Lord to you is...

 

 

 

Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you; rise to a new life.  Shine, be radiant with the glory of the Lord; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

(Isaiah 60:1-2, The Amplified Version)

 

These verses are part of a prophecy concerning Israel,  the nation which is a type of the Church.  You are a part of the Church, and so this verse indicates that God's glory is to rest upon YOU (singular) as well as YOU (plural...the Church).  The Lord also promised:

 

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,  all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.  (Isaiah 40:5)

 

This verse indicates that "all flesh" shall see the glory of the Lord.  "Flesh"  almost seems like a disqualification to be involved with God's glory, but this is God's promise!  If you are to see the glory and it is to be revealed in you, then you must understand what it is, its purposes, and how to glorify God.

 

THE DEFINITION OF GLORY

 

"Glory" is one of the most rich words of the English language.  No single word can serve as a good synonym, but here are some words that describe "glory":

 

Honor, praise, splendor, radiance, power, exaltation, worthiness, likeness, beauty, renown,  rank.

 

When the word "glory" is used of God it is an expression of His divine essence.  The glory of God is His displayed excellence, beauty, majesty, power, and perfection of his total being.  And remember...this wonderful glory is risen upon YOU.

 

THE SOURCE OF THE GLORY

 

God is the source of the glory of which we speak. He is called "the God of glory"  (Acts 7:2). God is the one who gives glory to men.  The prophet Daniel said to the King...

 

For the Lord of Heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength and glory.  (Daniel 2:37)

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD'S GLORY

 

Here are some important facts about God's glory:

 

IT IS ETERNAL:

 

The glory of the Lord shall endure forever...(Psalms 104:31)

 

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.  (I Timothy 1:17)

 

To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  (I Peter 5:11)

 

(See also II Timothy 2:10; I Peter 5:10; Galatians 1:5; and Hebrews 13:21)

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS MAJESTY:

 

I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.  (Psalms 145:5)

 

"The glory of His majesty" is spoken of in Isaiah 2:10,19, and 21.

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS VOICE:

 

And the Lord shall cause His glorious voice to be heard...(I Samuel 30:30)

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS EYES:

 

Isaiah speaks of the "eyes of His glory" (Isaiah 3:8).

 

IT IS UNIQUE:

 

God's glory is not to be given to another:

 

I am the Lord; that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.  (Isaiah 42:8)

 

...I will not give my glory unto another.  (Isaiah 48:11)

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS HOLINESS:

 

Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods?  Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?  (Exodus 15:11)

 

The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see His glory.  (Psalms 97:6)

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS NAME:

 

Father, glorify thy name.  Then came there a voice from Heaven saying, I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.  (John 12:28)

 

We are admonished to "fear this glorious and fearful name, the Lord thy God."  (Deuteronomy 28:58)

 

IT IS ABOVE THE HEAVENS:

 

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth...who has set thy glory above the heavens.  (Psalms 8:1)

 

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. 

            (Psalms 113:4)

 

IT IS ABOVE THE EARTH:

 

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; and they glory above all the earth.  (Psalms 108:5 and 57:5)

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS KINGDOM:

 

The Kingdom of God is glorious:

 

They shall speak of the glory of thy Kingdom, and talk of thy power. 

            (Psalms 145:11)

 

Verse 12 also speaks of the glorious majesty of His Kingdom (see also Daniel 7:14).

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS THRONE:

 

God's throne is called "the throne of glory" (I Samuel 2:8; Jeremiah 14:21; 17:12).

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS WORK:

 

The Bible declares God's work is honorable and glorious (Psalms 111:3).

 

IT IS RELATED TO HIS POWER:

 

The Word speaks of the glory of His power (II Thessalonians 1:9).

 

IT IS GREAT:

 

Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord; for great is the glory of the Lord.   (Psalms 138:5)

 

 

These passages indicate that God is marked by glory, represented by glory, and surrounded by glory. Glory is a sign of His nature.  To know God properly is to know Him in His glory.

 

WHERE GOD REVEALS HIS GLORY

 

In addition to explaining basic truths about God's glory, the Bible identifies where God reveals His glory:

 

IN CREATION:

 

The first way God revealed His glory to man was in the creation of the heavens and the earth:

 

The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.  (Psalms 19:1)

 

Job provides several chapters detailing how God reveals Himself in creation (see Job 38-41).  Even in basic things like thunder and the waters, the glory of God is revealed  (Psalms 29:3).

 

Satan fights the truth of divine creation very hard with lies like the theory of evolution because he knows God is revealed in creation:

 

For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, begin understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.  (Romans 1:20)

 

IN HEAVEN AND EARTH:

 

The glory of God is demonstrated in both heaven and earth, as believers reveal Him through praise, worship, and sharing the Gospel with others:

 

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.  (Psalms 57:11)

 

And blessed be His glorious name for ever; and let the whole earth be filled with His glory.  Amen, and Amen. (Psalms 72:19)

 

...His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise.  (Habakkuk 3:3)

 

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  (Habakkuk 2:14)

 

...before all the people I will be glorified... (Leviticus 10:3)

 

But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.  (Numbers 14:21)

 

Declare His glory among the heathen, His marvelous works among all nations.  (I Chronicles 16:24)

 

And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory. (Isaiah 6:3)

 

When Stephen was dying, he saw the Heavens open and saw the glory of God in Heaven...  (Acts 7:55)

 

BY HIS ACTS:

 

The acts of God reflect His glory:

 

All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.

 

They shall speak of the glory of thy Kingdom, and talk of thy power.

 

To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His Kingdom.  (Psalms 145:10-13)

 

IN JESUS:

 

The glory of God is reflected in Jesus, who possessed God's glory before the beginning:

 

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.  (John 17:5)

 

God was the source of His glory.  Jesus did not seek His own glory.  He glorified God (John 8:50).  Jesus did not glorify Himself. God glorified Him (Hebrews 5:5).

 

...Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 

 

If God be glorified in Him, God shall also glorify Him in Himself, and shall straightway glorify Him. John 13:31-32  (See also John 17:1)

 

For He received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  (II Peter 1:17)

 

Here is what the Scriptures teach about the glory of God as it is revealed in Jesus:

 

-The disciples said of Jesus, "we beheld His glory":  John 1:14

-The works of Jesus manifested His glory:  John 2:11

-He was raised from the dead in glory: I Peter 1:21; I Peter 1:11

-He was received into glory:  I Timothy 3:16

-He will come in glory:  Matthew 16;27; 24:30; 25:31; Mark 8:38; 13:26;  Luke 9:26; 21:27;

 Titus 2:13

-He will sit on a throne of glory:  Matthew 19:28; 25:31; Mark 10:37

-He will be crowned with glory:  Hebrews 2:9

-He is called the "Lord of glory":  James 2:1

-Glory is to be ascribed to Him even as to God: II Peter 3:18

-Through suffering, Jesus brought us to glory: Hebrews 2:10

-Through his death and resurrection, Jesus entered into His final glorified state:  John 12:23;

  Luke 24:26; John 7:39; 12:16

-God reveals His promises and glory in Jesus: II Corinthians 1:20

-We give glory to God through Jesus: Ephesians 3:21; Romans 16:27

 

IN SALVATION:

 

The glory of God is revealed in the plan of salvation:

 

His glory is great in thy salvation... (Psalms 21:5)

 

SPECIFIC PLACES:

 

God has revealed His glory in specific places. In times past, He revealed it in specific geographical locations.  He  revealed His glory in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple.  God revealed His glory in Israel, and now He reveals it in the Church corporately and believers individually:

 

1.         Geographic Locations:

 

God told Ezekiel to go THERE (into the plain) and He would reveal His glory, just as he had by the river of Chebar:

 

Then I arose, and went forth into the plain; and behold, the glory of the Lord stood there as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar; and I fell on my face.  (Ezekiel 3:23)

 

And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was THERE, according to the vision that I saw in the plain. (Ezekiel 8:4)

 

Moses was told to stand on a rock and THERE God would reveal His glory (Exodus 33:22).

 

 

 

2.         In The Tabernacle:

 

The glory of God was revealed in the Old Testament tabernacle:

 

And THERE (in the tabernacle) I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.  (Exodus 29:43)

 

Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (Exodus 40:34)

 

And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  (Exodus 40:34-35)

 

...And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. (Numbers 14:10)

 

3.         The Temple:

 

God also revealed His glory in the temple during Old Testament times:

 

So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.   (Ezekiel 43:5)

 

Then brought He me the way of the north gate before the house, and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord:  and I fell upon my face.  (Ezekiel 44:4)

 

Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord.   (Haggai 1:8)

 

...I will fill this house with glory... (Haggai 2:7)

 

So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord had  filled the house of the Lord.  (I Kings 8:11)

 

Now when Solomon had made an end of praying the fire came down from Heaven, and consumed the burnt offering  and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.

 

And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house.

 

And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshiped, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever. (II Chronicles 7:1-3)  (See also Exodus 40:34;14:4,17; 16:10;  Ezekiel 1:28; 8:4; 10:30-34; 11:22-23;  II Chronicles 5:13-14; 7:1-3)

 

4.         In Israel:

 

Israel was chosen that they....

 

...might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for praise, and for a glory; but they would not hear.  (Jeremiah 13:11)

 

It was said that God was " the glory of thy people Israel" (Luke 2:32).  God said to Israel...

 

...Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.  (Isaiah 49:3)

 

...The Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified Himself in Israel. 

(Isaiah 44:23)

 

But Israel failed to let God's glory be revealed in them in its fullness:

 

Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.  (Jeremiah 2:11)

 

5.         In The Church:

 

In New Testament times, God began to reveal His glory in and through a new group of people known as the Church:

 

...Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.  (Romans 9:4)

 

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord.

 

 

In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:19-22)

 

God desires a glorious Church, one that is filled with His glory:

 

That He might present it unto Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  (Ephesians 5:27)

 

6.         In Individual Believers:

 

The Church is composed of individual believers.  In order for the glory of God to be revealed in the Church corporately, it must be revealed in each believer individually:

 

Know ye not that YE are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  (I Corinthians 3:16)

 

What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

 

For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's.  (I Corinthians 6:19-20)

 

Pause now in your study and read Haggai 2:3-9. It is in the "latter house" (our bodies as temples) that the greatest glory of the Lord will be revealed:

 

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  (II Corinthians 4:7)

 

The glory (treasure) is in earthen vessels; if it was in gold vessels, people would be attracted to the vessel instead of the content:

 

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.  (II Corinthians 3:18)

 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

 

For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 

 

 

Moreover whom He did predestinate, them he also called; and whom He called, them he also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified.  (Romans 8:28-30)

 

THE GLORY OF CHRIST

 

You already learned how God's glory is revealed in Jesus, but did you know that YOU are to be the glory of Christ also?  Study the following verses:

 

...He hath glorified thee. (Isaiah 55:5)

 

Even every one that is called by my name; for I have created him for my glory.  I have formed him,; yea I have made him.  (Isaiah 43:7)

 

We are to walk worthy of God who "hath called you unto His kingdom and glory"  (I Thessalonians 2:12).

 

We are messengers of the Church and the glory of Christ (II Corinthians 8:23).  God foreordained that we should be the praise of His glory  (Ephesians 1:12). 

 

Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.  (Isaiah 62:3)

 

And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory.  (Romans 9:23)

 

Christ has received us to the glory of God...(Romans 15:7)

 

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you into His Kingdom and glory.  (I Thessalonians 2:12)

 

We are "called unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus" (I Peter 5:10).

 

According to His divine power that given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.  (II Peter 1:3)

 

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.  (I Corinthians 2:7)

 

That the name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you...

(II Thessalonians 1:12)

 

 

 

Whereunto He called you by our Gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (II Thessalonians 2:14)

 

We are to be the "praise of His glory" (Ephesians 1:12).

 

...I shall set glory in the land of the living. (Ezekiel 26:20)

 

God wants us to know the riches of glory (Colossians 1:27).

 

We are to be messengers of the glory.   Early believers were called "the messengers of the churches and the glory of Christ" (II Corinthians 8:23).

 

Declare His glory among the heathen, His marvelous works among all nations.  (I Chronicles 16:24)

 

By now you understand that you are to reflect God's glory, but you may be asking, "Where and how do I get this glory?"

 

THE GIFT OF GLORY

 

This wonderful glory of God has been reserved as a gift for YOU. Jesus said:

 

The glory which thou has given me, I have given them.  (John 17:22)

 

It is the Lord's desire that you receive the same glory with which He was glorified by the Father.  It is a gift.  All you have to do is claim it:

 

For the Lord God is a sun and shield:  the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.

(Psalms 84:11)

 

As you are changed by the Word of God, prayer, and the experiences of life which you encounter, you are in the process of receiving this glory:

 

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.  (II Corinthians 3:18)

 

The glory is reflected from the mirror (the Word) to your life.  God wants to take that which is utterly void of His glory and change it into an instrument that will reveal His glory.

 

 

 

You are to be going from "glory to glory,” not defeat to defeat!  God's glory is to be the mobilizing power upon you.  Men are saying today as never before, "We would see Jesus.”  God grant...

 

That the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting Light, and thy God, thy glory.  (Isaiah 60:19)

 

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (II Corinthians 4:6)

 

May your cry be as that of Moses:

 

...I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.  (Exodus 33:18)

 

And may it be as that of David, who longed...

 

...To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. (Psalms 63:2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF-TEST

 

1.         Write the Key Verses from memory.

 

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2.         Define "glory.”

 

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3.         Who is the source of glory?

 

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4.         Summarize the characteristics of God's glory.

 

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5.         Where does God reveal His glory?

 

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6.         In this statement true or false: You must do good works to receive glory from God.  It is not a gift. The statement is__________.

 

 

 

 

 

(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)

 

 

FOR FURTHER STUDY

 

1.         In this chapter you learned about the glory of God.  The Bible describes another glory called "vain glory.” This type of glory is...

 

            THE GLORY OF MAN:

 

All men seek glory of some kind.  If it is not God's glory, then it is vain glory. Some love the glory of men more than the glory of God:

 

Therefore, when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men.  Verily, I say unto you, They have their reward. 

            (Matthew 6:2)

 

Anything you do to receive glory from men, their praise is your reward. Paul speaks of these that "glory in appearance" but not in heart (II Corinthians 5:12). The glory of man does not last:

 

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. (I Peter 1:24-25)

 

            You should not desire the glory of man:

 

For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth; but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.  (II Corinthians 12:6)

 

I am become a fool in glorying...for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.  (II Corinthians 12:11)

 

Therefore, let no man glory in men. For all things are yours. 

(I Corinthians 3:21)

 

Paul said "Nor of men sought we glory"...(I Thessalonians 2:6)

 

            Any glory you receive should be redirected to God. Paul said:

 

And they glorified God in me.  (Galatians 1:24)

 

 

 

 

 

            THE GLORY OF SELF:

 

            You can also be guilty of vain glory by glorifying yourself:

 

It is not good to eat much  honey; so for men to search their own glory is not glory.  (Proverbs 25:27)

 

For who maketh thee to differ from another?  and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?  Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not receive it?

 

Your glorying is not good.  Know ye not that a little leaven leaventh the whole lump?  (I Corinthians 5:5-6)

 

He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory; but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.  (John 7:18)

 

Many glory after the flesh (II Corinthians 12:6).There are those who "glory in their shame" or sin (Philippians 3:19).  He says their end is destruction!  James 3:14 says if we have bitter envying and strife in our hearts, we are not to glory and "lie not against the  truth.”

 

For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of:  for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel! 

(I Corinthians 9:16)

 

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.

 

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.

 

That no flesh should glory in His presence.  (I Corinthians 1:17-29)

 

            As David, your cry should be:

 

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.  (Psalms 115:1)

 

            The "glory life" is the unselfish life:

 

I seek not mine own glory...It is my father that glorifieth Me.  (John 8:50)

 

Any glorying you do should not be in self, but in the Lord:

 

That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.  (I Corinthians 1:31 and II Corinthians 10:17)

 

            You can also glory in things that pertain to the Lord:

 

I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. (Romans 15:17)

 

            You can also glory in the cross and all it represents:

 

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (Galatians 6:14)

 

            THE GLORY OF THE WORLD AND ITS KINGDOMS:

 

            Another type of "vain glory" is the glory of this world and its kingdoms:

 

Again, the Devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them... (Matthew 4:8.  See also Luke 4:6)

 

Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

 

For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.  (Psalms 49:16-17)

 

The kings and queens and nations lost the "crown of their glory"  (Isaiah 8:7; Jeremiah 13:18; 48:18; Daniel 4:346; 5:18-20).

 

(Here are some additional verses on worldly glory:  Daniel 11:39; Hosea 9:11; 10:5; Micah 2:9; Habakkuk 2:16; Zechariah 11:3)

 

            The nations are to glory in the Lord rather than in their own strength or power:

 

...The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him shall they glory. 

            (Jeremiah 4:2)

(See also I Samuel 35:2; Isaiah 24:23; 25:3; 26:15; 41:16; 60:9; Psalms 86:9; 102:15-16).

 

 

 

2.         The Bible gives the following warnings about vain glory:

 

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in His wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

 

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness,  in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.  (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

 

Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.  (Galatians 5:26)

 

Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.  (Philippians 2:3)

 

3.         The Bible reveals the present results of vain glory:

 

The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.  (Isaiah 23:9)

 

The glory of the world is as a "fading flower and hasty fruit before summer (rotten)"...  (Isaiah 28:1,4)

 

            It also reveals the future results of vain glory:

 

Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure; and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. (Isaiah 5:14)

 

            In the end, all the glory of nations will become His...

 

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.

 

And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. 

            (Revelation 21:24,26)

 

4.         Here is some additional information about the glory of God.  Continue your study by learning about...

 

 

 

            THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF GOD'S GLORY:

 

            The glory of God appearing to Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia: Acts 7:2.

 

            THE FIRST OCCURRENCE OF THE WORD:

 

            The glory of the Lord appearing in a cloud:  Exodus 16:10.

 

            Interestingly enough, this appearance was in response to the murmuring of Israel.

 

            THE FIRST TIME GLORY WAS GIVEN TO GOD:

 

The first time glory was given to God was in the song of Miriam after Israel passed over the Red Sea from Egypt:

 

Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods?  Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?...He has triumphed gloriously (repeated frequently)... (Exodus 15:1-21)

 

            HOW GOD'S GLORY APPEARED IN PAST REVELATIONS:

 

The Bible records how the glory of God appeared when it was visibly revealed in the past.  It was...

 

            Similar to a rainbow:

 

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.  And when I saw it, I fell upon my face and I heard a voice of one that spake.  (Ezekiel 1:28)

 

            Standing:

 

Then I arose, and went forth into the plain; and behold, the glory of the Lord stood there as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar; and I fell on my face.  (Ezekiel 3:23)

 

            From the east, shining, with powerful voice:

 

And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east:  and His voice was like a noise of many waters; and the earth shined with His glory.  (Ezekiel 43:2)

 

            As a bright light:

 

Paul refers to the "brightness of His glory" in Hebrews 1:3.  Jesus said, "I am the light of the world."  Paul said, "I could not see for the glory of that light (Acts 22:11).  The New Jerusalem is described as having the glory of God as its light:

 

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  (Revelation 21:23)

 

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.

 

And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. 

            (Revelation 21:23,24,26)

 

            God dwells in the light which no man can approach (I Timothy 6:15-16).

 

            Smoke:

 

And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.   (Revelation 15:8)

 

            And where there is smoke, there is fire... A fire that could not be quenched:

 

And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.  (Exodus 24:17)

 

And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshiped, and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever. (II Chronicles 7:3)

 

And ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath showed us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire:  we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and He liveth. 

            (Deuteronomy 5:24)

 

            In and as a cloud:

 

And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.  (Exodus 16:10)

 

And the glory of the Lord abode upon Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days... (Exodus 24:16)

 

Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  (Exodus 40:34-35)

 

And it came to pass...that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared.   (Numbers 16:42)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER FIVE

 

THE PURPOSES OF GOD'S GLORY

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

 

C         Write the Key Verse from memory.

C         Summarize the purposes of God's glory.

 

KEY VERSE:

 

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.  (Isaiah 40:5)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

In the last lesson you learned basic facts about the glory of God, what it is,  where He reveals His glory, and that you have been given the gift of glory.  This wonderful gift of glory has many purposes in your life, all of which equip and mobilize you to fulfill your special part in God's plan.

 

PURPOSES OF GOD'S GLORY

 

Repeatedly in Scriptures God said that He reveals His glory that the nations may come to know Him:

 

For I know their works and their thoughts:  it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

            (Isaiah 60:21)

 

But there are many other purposes for the glory of God, most of which relate to you individually.  The glory is given for:

 

PROVISION:

 

When you are mobilized to do a work for God, you will have both natural and spiritual needs.  The glory of God provides your natural needs:

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:19)

 

The glory of God also provides your spiritual needs:

 

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.  (Ephesians 3:16)

 

STRENGTH:

 

God's glory gives you the strength to minister:

 

For thou art the glory of their strength...(Psalms 89:17)

 

Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power...

            (Colossians 1:11)

 

JOY:

 

The glory of God gives joy as you minister:

 

Let the saints be joyful in glory:  let them sing aloud upon their beds. 

            (Psalms 149:5)

 

...Let the Lord be glorified; but He shall appear to your joy, and they (the enemy) shall be ashamed.  (Isaiah 66:5)

 

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  (I Peter 1:8)

 

Glory ye in His holy name; let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.  (I Chronicles 16:10)

 

LIBERTY:

 

The glory of the Lord is responsible for delivering you from bondage into liberty.  It is His glory that will do the same for those to whom you minister:

 

Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee... (Isaiah 60:1)

 

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  (Romans 8:21)

 

 

 

 

REST:

 

As you labor and grow weary, God gives you glorious rest:

 

And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek; and His rest shall be glorious.  (Isaiah 11:10)

 

SANCTIFICATION

 

The glory sanctifies you and makes you a holy vessel, ready to be used by

God:

 

And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.  (Exodus 29:43)

 

(The reason we see so much sin in the Church is that the glory of God is not there!)

 

UNITY:

 

The glory of God brings unity, which is important as the Church is mobilized as one Body to fulfill the Great Commission:

 

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.  (John 17:22)

 

GUIDANCE:

 

God leads you by His glory:

 

That led them by the right hand of Moses with His glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make Himself an everlasting name. (Isaiah 63:12)

 

...So didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name. 

(Isaiah 63:14)

 

WISDOM:

 

The wisdom you need for effective ministry comes from God's glory:

 

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:

 

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.  (Ephesians 1:17-18)

 

REVELATION:

 

The Holy Spirit glorifies God as He reveals the things of God to you:

 

He (the Holy Spirit) shall glorify me; for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  (John 16:14)

 

GLORIFICATION OF HIS WORD:

 

Revelation always glorifies God's Word.  When it was revealed that salvation was also for the Gentiles....

 

...When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord... (Acts 12:23)

 

The Word of God is glorified as you permit it to work in your life:

 

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.  (II Thessalonians 3:1)

 

RESURRECTION:

 

You will be "raised up from the dead" by the glory of the Lord.  God is in the process of changing your vile body into a glorious one (Philippians 3:21).  When Christ appears, you will appear with Him "in glory" (Colossians 3:4.  See also I Corinthians 15:43).

 

WARFARE:

 

The enemy wants to steal your glory:

 

And they delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.  (Psalms 78:61)

 

The reason the enemy wants to steal your glory is that he realizes its important purposes in mobilizing you for the work of the Lord.  He also know that the glory of God is an effective weapon of spiritual warfare:

 

...Let the Lord be glorified; but He shall appear to your joy, and they (the enemy) shall be ashamed.  (Isaiah 66:5)

 

In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.  (Psalms 62:7)

 

But thou, O Lord art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.  (Psalms 3:3)

 

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward (rear guard).  (Isaiah 58:8)

 

Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power; thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy...Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously, the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea! 

            (Exodus 15:6,21)

 

And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory shall be a defense. 

(Isaiah 4:5)

 

For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.  (Zechariah 2:5)

 

So shall they fear the name of the lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)

For thus saith the Lord of hosts (This is God's name for spiritual battle):  After the glory that He sent me unto the nations which spoiled you; for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.  (Zechariah 2:8)

 

The glory of God is part of your defensive armor, and there is a cycle that occurs when you use that glory in warfare. His glory is your defense, and as you are delivered, you are to give glory.  As you give glory, you receive more glory:

 

And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.  (I Chronicles 16:35)

 

And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.  (Psalms 50:15)

 

Help us, O God our salvation, for the glory of thy name; and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

 

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.  (Isaiah 40:5)

 

Now that you understand the important purposes of the glory of God in mobilizing you for the work of the ministry, you need to know how to experience the glory of God.  This is what you will learn in the next chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF-TEST

 

 

1.         Write the Key Verse from memory.

 

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(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)

 

 

FOR FURTHER STUDY

 

 

1.         The revelation of God's glory is not dependent on worthy candidates.  Study about the following men to whom God revealed His glory:

 

            Abraham: A man who lied.

 

The revelation of the glory caused him to leave all behind at God's command. (Genesis 12:1-4) The Bible says "He was strong in faith, giving glory to God."  (Romans 4:20)

 

            Moses:  A stuttering shepherd.

 

            He led a nation out of bondage because of the revelation of glory. (Exodus 34:29)

 

            Jacob:  A fleeing deceiver.

 

             ...Yet God revealed His glory in a vision and made Jacob great. 

            (Genesis 28:10-15)

 

            Isaiah: A young man with impure lips.

 

            Isaiah's vision of God's glory resulted in a great prophetic ministry.  (Isaiah 6)

 

            Saul (Paul):    Originally a persecutor and murderer of God's people. 

 

            The revelation of God's glory changed his life.  (Acts 9)

 

God is no respecter of persons.  If He revealed His glory to these seemingly unworthy men, He will reveal His glory to YOU.

 

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory, and honor and immortality, eternal life...

 

But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile;

 

For there is no respect of persons with God. (Romans 2:7,10-11)

 

2.         Refer to John chapter 17 as you study the purposes of God's glory in the life of Jesus:  When Jesus said "the glory God gave Him, He gives us"...What did that glory involve?  (Note verses l and 22).  God's glory gave Jesus...

 

            -Power to lead others to knowledge of the true God: 3

            -Ability to successfully finish God's work:  4

            -Men to join in the ministry: 6,9,11,12

            -The Word of truth: 8,14

            -His commission:  8,18,23,25

            -The Church  ("those thou hast given me"): 2,24

            -The Father Himself: 23

            -Love: 23,24,26

            -Unity: 21-22

            -Joy: 13

 

3.         You previously learned how the fire of God is related to His judgment.  The glory of God is also revealed in judgment.  Read Numbers 16.  When Korah and his rebellious group gathered before the tabernacle, "the glory of the Lord appeared" in judgment.

 

            God said:

 

And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.  (Ezekiel 39:21)

 

Read Romans 2:5-10:  The greatest reward of God is to bestow his eternal glory.  The most severe final judgment is to be excluded from this glory:

 

Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.  (II Thessalonians 1:9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER SIX

 

HOW TO GLORIFY GOD

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

 

C         Write the Key Verse from memory.

C         Explain how to glorify God.

C         Discuss the continuing cycle of giving and receiving glory.

 

KEY VERSE:

 

Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?  (John 11:40)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

In the previous two chapters you studied about the glory of God and its purposes.  You also learned that you were created to glorify Him and have His glory reflected in your life and ministry.

 

If you are to experience God's glory and lead others to experience it, then  you must know how to glorify Him.  As you glorify God He reveals more of His glory to you.  Moses experienced the glory of God and led others to experience it:

 

And Moses said, This is the thing which the Lord commanded that ye should do:  and the glory of the Lord shall appear unto you...

 

And Moses and Aaron  went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people.  (Leviticus 9:6,23)

 

Moses led others to experience God's glory and you can do likewise.  This lesson presents Biblical principles that explain how to glorify God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO GLORIFY GOD

 

According to the Scriptures, you can glorify God in the following ways:

 

BY FAITH:

 

God's glory is revealed as you are mobilized to believe and act in faith:

 

Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?  (John 11:40)

 

The Word says of Abraham:

 

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (Romans 4:20)

 

BY REDEMPTION:

 

God is glorified by your redemption from sin. Glorification itself is called salvation and perfecting:

 

Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called; and whom He called, them He also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified.  (Romans 8:30)

 

BY REPENTANCE:

 

God is glorified by your initial repentance and conversion from sin and by your continued repentance whenever you sin:

 

And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession unto Him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.  (Joshua 7:19)

 

Repentance includes cleansing yourself from sinful attitudes and actions.  This brings glory to God:

 

The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in Him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.  (Psalms 64:10)

 

That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  (Ephesians 5:27)

 

BY CONFESSION:

 

God is glorified by your confession that Jesus is Lord:

 

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  (Philippians 2:11)

 

BY HUMBLING YOURSELF:

 

God is glorified when you humble yourself:

 

And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces, and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them.  (Numbers 20:6)

 

Humbling yourself includes fasting and prayer:

 

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward (rear guard).  (Isaiah 58:8)

 

As you humble yourself and pray, God answers your prayers and this brings more glory to God:

 

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  (John 14:13)

 

Humbling yourself means that you present your body as a living sacrifice:

 

For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.  (I Corinthians 6:20)

 

BY ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE:

 

You give glory to God when you abide (live continually) in His presence:

 

Glory and honor are in His presence; strength and gladness are in His place.  (I Chronicles 16:27)

 

You abide in the presence of God by letting Christ live in you:

 

And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 

            (John 17:10)

 

You abide in His presence by allowing God to be in and work through you:

 

In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a  crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto His people (Israel)...(I Samuel 28:5)

 

IN SUFFERING:

 

When you experience problems, trials, and suffering in life, God is glorified when you respond properly:

 

And if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.

 

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  (Romans 8:17-18)

 

Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory.  (Luke 24:26)

 

Paul said:

 

...we glory in tribulations, also knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

 

And patience, experience; and experience, hope;

 

And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  (Romans 5:3-6)

 

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

 

For which cause we faint not; but through our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

 

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

 

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  (II Corinthians 4:15,17 add 16)

 

If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.  (II Corinthians 11:30)

 

 

...Yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 

(II Corinthians 12:5)

 

And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

(II Corinthians 12:9)

 

Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.  (Ephesians 3:13)

 

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.  (I Peter 1:7)

 

For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  (I Peter 2:20)

 

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

 

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified...

 

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  (I Peter 4:11-16)

 

I Peter 5:1 and 4 indicate that as you partake of His sufferings, so you will partake of His glory.  Even sickness can be used for God's glory when healing results:

 

When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.  (John 11:4)

 

The transfiguration of Jesus occurred because of the suffering He was to face. To see the glory transfigures the trial!

 

BY ACCOMPLISHING YOUR MINISTRY:

 

God is glorified when you fulfill the ministry to which you are called:

 

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.  (I Peter 4:11)

 

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power;

 

That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

(II Thessalonians 1:11-12)

 

Your ministry includes good works and God is glorified as you do these works:

 

But glory, honor, and peace, to every man, that worketh good...

(Romans 2:10)

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.  (Matthew 5:16)

 

Good works also include your conduct and conversation.  II Peter 2:12 indicates God will be glorified if your conduct and conversation is proper.  God's work includes bearing spiritual fruit.  This also brings glory to God:

 

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  (John 15:8)

 

The fruits of righteousness bring glory to God:

 

Being filled with fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.  (Philippians 1:11)

 

God's work includes sharing the Gospel message which reveals His glory to the nations:

 

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.  (Isaiah 60:1-2)

 

Psalms 96:3 says to "declare His glory among the heathen.”

 

...and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles (nations). 

(Isaiah 66:19)

 

We are to speak of the glory of thy kingdom and talk of thy power. 

            (Psalms 145:11)

 

The message we preach is called a "glorious Gospel" (see I Timothy 1:11; II Corinthians 3:7 to 4:6; and Colossians 1:27).  When the Gospel is preached and believed, it has a glorious course (II Thessalonians 3:1).  When men receive the Gospel, God is glorified (II Thessalonians 1:12).  Those who hear and believe give God glory  (Acts 13:48).  Those who travel and preach the Gospel do it for the glory of God (II Corinthians 8:9).  Even the riches of glory are yours through the Gospel (Ephesians 1:16; Colossians 1:11).

 

As you minister God demonstrates His power and men glorify Him:

 

...For all men glorified God for that which was done.  (Acts 4:21)

 

(Read how God was glorified through the demonstration of power:  Matthew 9:8; 15:31; Mark 2:12; Luke 2:20; 5:25-26; 7:16; 13:13; 17:15; 18:43; 19:38; 23:47)

 

You glorify God by finishing the work to which you are called:

 

I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  (John 17:4)

 

You can glorify God in all you do:

 

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (I Corinthians 10:31)

 

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be  glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.  (I Peter 4:11)

 

The amount of and type of work you do may sometimes be ordinary, but it becomes extraordinary when it is done for the glory of God.

 

BY ABIDING IN HIS WORD:

 

God's glory is revealed in His words:

 

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.  (II Corinthians 3:18)

 

 

The entrance of thy words giveth light.   (Psalms 119:130)...remember that "light" is related His glory.

 

When Moses broke God's words which were written on the tables of stone, his face lost the glory.  God gives His glory to men who receive and keep His words.  We cannot overemphasize the Word in relation to God's glory, because Jesus IS the Word.

 

THROUGH PRAISE AND WORSHIP:

 

Man, so affected by God's glory, returns glory and praise to Him:

 

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me... (Psalms 50:23)

 

The highest point of worship in the New Testament occurs when the creature spontaneously glorifies God.  Glory is to be:

 

1.         Rendered To God: I Samuel 6:5; I Chronicles 16:29

 

2.         Ascribed To God:  Psalms 29:1-1.  Matthew 6:13 says  "Thine is the glory forever."

 

3.         Given To God:  Malachi 2:2

 

4.         Enabled By His Glory In Us: Psalms 57:8; 108:1, 30:12

 

5.         Done In Unity: Romans 15:6

 

Glorifying God is not done in a vacuum.  You are to give glory to God because...

 

1.         It Is Commanded:

 

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name:  bring an offering, and come before Him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 

(I Chronicles 16:29)

 

Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare His praise in the islands.  (Isaiah 42:12)

 

Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people. 

            (Psalms 96:3)

 

...In His temple doth every one speak of His Glory.  (Psalms 29:9)

 

(The following passages all concern giving glory to God: Nehemiah 9:5; I Samuel 6:5;  I Chronicles 16:10, 28-29,35; 29:11, 13;   Jeremiah 13:16; Revelation 1:6; 4:9; 4:11; 5:12-13;7:12; 14:7; 19:1; Psalms 22:23; 29:1-2; 66:2; 96:7-8; )

 

2.         It Is Due To Him:

 

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  (Psalms 29:2)

 

3.         Of His Nature:

 

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou only art holy... (Revelation 15:4)

 

That the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy...  (Romans 15:9)

 

4.         Of His Name:

 

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart; and I will glorify thy name for evermore.  (Psalms 86:12)

 

...Unto thy name give glory... (Psalms 115:1)

 

Let them praise the name of the Lord; for His name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven.  (Psalms 148:13)

 

5.         He Created All Things:

 

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  (Revelation 4:11  See also Revelation 14:7)

 

6.         He Sustains All Things:

 

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever... (Romans 11:36)

 

7.         Of Redemption:

 

When they heard these things, they glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.  (Acts 11:18)

 

Because we are called, justified, and glorified:  (Romans 8:30)

 

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)

 

8.         Of His Judgment:

 

...Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of his judgment is come... (Revelation 14:7  See also Revelation 15:4)

 

9.         Of Your Inheritance In Him:

 

That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.  (Psalms 106:5)

 

You will learn more about how to glorify God in chapters eight and nine which deal with the subject of worship.

 

THE CONTINUING CYCLE

 

In this lesson you have learned how to glorify God. As you glorify Him by following these guidelines, God reveals more of His glory in and through you.  As you give glory for what He has done, you receive glory to further mobilize you for ministry.  This continuing cycle is unending, a motivating force equipping you to accomplish what God has called you to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF-TEST

 

1.         Write the Key Verse from memory.

 

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2.         Explain how to glorify God.

 

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3.         Discuss the continuing cycle of giving and receiving glory.

 

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(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)

 

 

 

FOR FURTHER STUDY

 

1.         Read Isaiah chapter 60.  The first verse challenges:

 

Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you; rise to a new life.  Shine-be radiant with the glory of the Lord; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you!  (Isaiah 60:1, The Amplified Version)

 

The remainder of this chapter in Isaiah reveals the results when God's glory rests upon you:

 

Verse 2: Even when darkness is upon the earth, the Lord and His glory will be upon you.  You do not have to be affected by circumstances around you.

 

Verse 3:  The nations shall come to the brightness of His glory...even political leaders.

 

Verse 4:  "Sons and daughters" from far means not only your own family, but also spiritual, sons and daughters.

 

Verses 5-12:  The resources of the enemy will be set in motion for the kingdom.  (In Verse ll "forces" means wealth).

 

Verse 13:  There will be unity even among those who in the natural are quite different.

 

            Verses 14-19:  God will redeem that which was stolen by the enemy:

 

                        Verse 14: Those that afflicted you shall come under subjection.

 

                        Verse 17:  Describes a complete turn around.

 

                        Verse 18:  Warfare ceases.

 

                        Verse 16: The redeemer conquers.

 

                        Verse 19:  "Thy God" becomes "thy glory."

 

            Verse 20:  Mourning will end.

 

            Verse 21:  The righteous will inherit the land.

 

            Verse 22:  The small will become great and God will do a quick work.

 

            This description of the results of the glory of the Lord is continued in Isaiah 61:

Verses l-3: The anointing will rest upon you. Verses 4-ll:  The waste places shall be rebuilt.

 

2.         Now study Isaiah 43.  Note verse 7:  "Even every one that is called by my name; for I have created him for my glory..."  This "even every one" applies to what has been said previously. The following is provided for those who have the glory of God resting upon them:

 

            -Redemption:  1          -Deliverance:  2           -Spiritual harvest:  4-6

 

3.         Read Psalms 24.  This describes how the King of Glory comes in.  He comes upon those who:

 

            -Have clean hands:                                                                              4

            -Have a pure heart:                                                                              4

            -Have not lifted up their souls in vanity:                                            4

            -Have not sworn deceitfully:                                                              4

            -Who open their spiritual gates and doors to His presence:                7 and 9

 

4.         Note what can happen when you do not glorify God:

 

If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.  (Malachi 2:2)

 

            God's message to Belchazzar was similar:

 

...thou has lifted up thyself against the Lord of Heaven;...and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.  (Daniel 5:23)

 

Herod certainly learned a hard lesson about giving glory to God.  The angel of the Lord smote him because he did not give glory to God. See Acts 12:23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

 

THE ARK IS COMING

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

 

C         Write the Key Verse from memory.

C         Explain why the glory of God departs from His people.

C         Summarize events and their spiritual significance when the ark was at each of the following locations:

C                     Ebenezer

C                     Aphek

C                     Ashdod

C                     Gath

C                     Ekron

C                     Beth-shemesh

C                     Kirjath-Jearim

C                     Jerusalem

C         Identify four things necessary for the return of God's glory.

 

KEY VERSE:

 

Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with sound of cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.  (I Chronicles 15:28)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

God told Moses, "If you make the tabernacle according to the pattern, my glory will dwell there"  (Exodus 25:9).  Man was  originally created for the glory of God.  We were created in His image and set over the works of His hands to bring glory to Him (Hebrews 2:7).  When man sinned, the "pattern" was changed and the glory was lost:

 

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23)

 

Like the tabernacle of Moses, you are the tabernacle of God. If you build your spiritual life according to the proper pattern the glory will dwell there.  If you change the pattern, the glory departs:

 

 

 

Because that when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

 

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

 

And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beast, and creeping things.  (Romans 1:21-23)

 

Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.  (Psalms 106:20)

 

Through the judgment of God, some will repent and the glory will be restored:

 

And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand; and the remnant were afrighted and gave glory to the God of Heaven. 

            (Revelation 11:13)

 

Some will never repent and regain the glory:

 

And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues; and they repented not to give Him glory.  (Revelation 16:9)

 

The sinner is without glory.  It is restored through the redemption process:

 

...whom He called, them he also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified.  (Romans 8:28-30)

 

The "glory" also departs from God's people when sin separates them from His presence.  What can be done when the glory of God has departed because the pattern has been changed by sin? The Old Testament study of the Ark of God departing and returning to Israel provides natural parallels of a great spiritual truth that answers this question. 

 

THE DEPARTURE AND RETURN OF THE ARK 

 

The Ark of God symbolized the glory of God in the midst of His people.  The Ark preceded Israel as they traveled through the wilderness.  It led the way as they crossed the Jordan River into Canaan.  It went before them in battle as a symbol of God's presence.