Friday – March 30, 2018 – Experiencing the Glory of God.
Romans 8:35-39 (NIV) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The fullness of experiencing the glory of God awaits us for when we receive our resurrected bodies. However, we do experience the firstfruits of His glory when we receive the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:23 (NIV) Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
Glory has to do with weightiness. It has to do with clout. It has to do with authority and beauty. It has to do with matter. Nothing matters more or has more matter than the glory of God. Nothing outweighs it, and nothing can shake it. Even the persecution that came to the Church, which was designed to destroy it, actually served to strengthen it.
Like a house (life) that is built on a rock, when the storms come, it will continue to stand. That contrasts with a house (life) that is built on sand. When storms come, it will be washed away with the storm. Because believers in Christ are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, led by the Spirit, are having their character developed by the Spirit, are empowered by the Spirit and have begun to experience the glory of God, nothing can wipe them out.
Prayer: Thank You, Holy Spirit for enabling me to experience the firstfruits of the glory of God and for nothing being able to separate me from the love that You have for me.