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Live Gloriously - A Devotion

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Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

If you were to light two candles, they each will produce a glowing flame. But if you take a candle in each hand and unite the two into one flame, it will grow brighter. In many marriage ceremonies, a candle is lit by the bride and groom’s parents representing each household. After taking their marriage vows, the happy couple will each take the taper representing their family to create a new flame that is their new household. The glory of one generation is passed on to the next. The Glory of God is intended to work in our life just like this new marriage tradition. The unification of the flame is so complete that it is impossible to identify the individual any longer. The Lord has called us the Light of the World. His Purpose is that we would not be hidden but fully convey the Light of His Magnificent Love. But in a world where love for God has grown cold and sin is rampant, where is the Glory of God? Believers have been instructed to let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven. However, this is not the radiance of the Body of Christ as we know it today. Rather than coming together to live what we believe, it is broken marriage representing the broken marriages as well as broken promises that demonstrate the sad condition of our union with Christ.

Ephesians 5:25-28 (NKJV)
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.

How did Christ love the church? He gave His Life for her to make her clean and holy. The church honors His Sacrifice by living up to God’s Glorious Standard rather than continuing in sin and darkness. To glorify the Lord means to honor with praise, adoration and worship. To make glorious by investing glory (exaltation, praise and honor) which allows our union with the Lord to flourish and prosper creating extreme happiness in our commitment to God through Jesus Christ. This passage represents total intimacy with Jesus Christ as we allow His Glory to cover our life. Not to take advantage of people but to wash us in the Word and present us without spot, wrinkle or blemish before the Lord. She will be holy without fault wrapped in the Glory of Jesus Christ which consumes her self-indulgent state of sin. I believe that we would learn to love and glorify God it would create stronger relationships in our lives. Submission is the key to glory and most of us have sinful pride that will not lay down without a fight. When my husband and I began dating, he decided to tell his mother about me. I was very nervous as I had three small children and felt this would sour her to our relationship. His mother proved me wrong as she was elated to have new grandchildren. When we were still dating, my husband did not share my faults and weaknesses with his mother but instead we kept it between us. This is valuable advice to all young married couples, too. We are to cover our wives (and husbands) with God’s Glory which includes love and forgiveness. If we would lavish each other with God’s Love rather than griping and complaining about every shortcoming, the Glory of God would provide the mercy, compassion, grace and love necessary for strong marriages rather than the failing fiasco that it has become today. Unity strengthens God’s Glory in our life. It begins in the most basic and traditional relationships such as friendships. It is included in the passionate union called marriage. We have the opportunity to live in the Glory of God in every single situation of our life, if we choose to unite our body, mind and spirit with the Lover of our Soul and live in partnership with Jesus Christ.

John 17:1-3 (NLT)
After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.”

God’s Glory manifesting in our life is reciprocal. As we give God more and more glory in our life, He fills us with more and more of His Glory. It is mutual. The more we love the Lord, the more space we give Him to fill our lives with the Light of His Love which begins to pour out from every crevice in our life as it overflows from the insufficient vessel called humanity. When faced with difficult situations, we must learn to lean on the leadership of Christ who when faced with the Cross saw the Glory right past it. This means that we have to know the God who we love and serve implicitly and intimately to know what to expect from Him when He is glorified. What magnificence do we find in a Savior who lets us suffer without relief? What praiseworthiness do we find in a Lord who is oppressive rather than a constant encourager? Why would we thank a God who does not provide for us that which we need leaving us exposed to the enemy and elements of this world? There is no glory in that but when we choose to become bitter and complain when uncomfortable lacking endurance and patience to reach the Glory of God awaiting us – we are no longer unified by faith and confident hope in the Lord. We do not trust Him to do what He promised so we abandon His Route of blessing and leave our union behind. We literally divorce the glorious destiny that He has created for us through a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ our bridegroom. (Psalm 73:23-25) God has glorious resources available to His People. (Ephesians 3:14-17) He promises to share His Strength with us. (Psalm 89:13-17) We must meditate on the Glory of God and figure out what it means exactly in order to have the Power that it offers in our daily life. (Psalm 145:5) “Teach me Your way, O LORD;
I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.” (Psalm 86:11-12) If we learn to apply God’s Love, Grace and Mercy to our marriages – they will thrive and prosper with longevity as they achieve the glorious destiny the Lord has ordained for such relationships. If we accept the covering of Jesus Christ and live expecting God’s Glory to permeate our union with Him by pouring all of our faith and confident hope into our commitment to Christ not pulling back or withholding any of our life from God – watch out! His Glory is about to overtake you right where you are!

John 13:31-32 (NKJV)
So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.”

Talk about being all wrapped up in the Glory of God…The Son of Man is glorified, God is glorified in Him and if God is glorified in Him – God will glorify Him in Himself and glorify Him immediately…E-I-E-I-O. Talk about getting wrapped up in the Glory of God, I see God in this passage. I see Jesus, too. I see the Father and the Son along with His Spirit but if you ask me to explain where one begins and the other falls into place, I am not exactly sure. But what I see is God’s Glory all wrapped up in one. The Glory of God is reciprocal so that the more we glorify the Lord with our life the tighter He wraps us in His Glory which makes us righteous before God. This righteousness allows us to move closer in to God’s Presence and experience more of His Glory. He has made us the Temple where His Spirit dwells. (Psalm 26:8) We are now able to connect with God’s Glory by faith and trust in Him alone. Now the Spirit takes the Word (Jesus) and washes our life with it. As it makes us clean, you guessed it deeper into His Glory we go. As we become confident in our union to Jesus Christ (by His Glory), we begin to become bold in our relationship and will ask things of the Lord fully expecting to receive based on the Spirit connecting with the Word. As we strengthen our relationship to Jesus Christ, we lose desire for things of this world just to know Him more. Our heart’s desire will be to constantly and consistently give God Glory because He is worthy. (Isaiah 26:8) So why not now?

Romans 3:22-24 (NLT)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Unconditional love that produces infinite grace is very difficult to fathom in the world in which we live. If someone (God forbid) harmed one of my children or worse, would I be able to love and forgive them completely? I just cannot imagine it. We are made right with God simply by placing our faith in Jesus Christ which seems more difficult than it sounds. First of all, we cannot perceive God with our senses. This does not change the fact that the God who we serve is Glorious. (Deuteronomy 32:2-4) It simply represents a lack of faith. Everyone sins and falls short of God’s Glorious Standard. Now if God was some kind of control freak, I have no doubt that He could make us do anything that He desired. He would be an oppressive and punishing unrelenting master based on His Sovereign Power alone. But that is not how He is at all. He has produced a future that is good with secured hope for those who get all wrapped up in His Glory and remain faithful and true in their pursuit of His Way. His Way is not about making you do what you do not want to do but pressing out the purpose and promises that are more than we could think or ask. We do not want His Glory because we do not know God. This is the enemy’s work and the basis of his lies. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Our other problem is trying to make God’s Character resemble our own feeble state. We do not strive to know His Thoughts or pursue His Heart in terrible fear that we will not find the Love that He has promised. God created everything in this world and life to point back to His Glory. We have no excuse. (Romans 1:20-25) He went so far as to invest His Spirit (His Glory) in our life as a guarantee that everything He promised is true and set to be our inheritance, yet we still shy away from a total commitment to our love affair with Christ. (I Corinthians 6:19-20) God provides for us from His Glorious Riches. (Philippians 4:19) God strengthens us by reproducing His Glory in our life. (Colossians 1:11) He gives us inexpressible joy from the same source. (I Peter 1:7-9) All we must do is get wrapped up in the Glory of God, hold tight to His Promises by faith, and allow confident hope to keep all of our expectation in His Great Love. His Glory will overtake you in such a place if you are willing to go there. God wants your life to measure up to His Glorious Standard to bless you and prosper you!

2 Corinthians 3:9-12 (NLT)
If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.

God wants you to live in His Glory. He desires a relationship with you, His Child, that is so intimate that you come boldly into His Presence expecting to receive His Glory. It is worth getting all wrapped up in His Love so no one really knows where you end and He begins. His Glory is overwhelming and will produce the impossible in your life as you learn to invest more into His Glory. What is your investment? Love, faith, hope and commitment. The more devoted you come to giving God Glory the more He will give you to tell the world about. What glory does the Lord get when your life falls below your glorious destiny or His Glorious Riches? Nothing. But when He prospers our life from the inside out, His Glory fills the earth. You become a Light of His Love. Your life is like a city on a hill offering hope to a dying world. It is not what you do but what Jesus Christ is doing in and through you for His Glory! God’s Will for your life today is that you will become so united with His Son Jesus Christ that you live gloriously!

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NLT)
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

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