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Manifest Glory

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Dove in Fire.jpgThe parable of the Faithful and Evil Servant (Luke 12: 35-48) teaches . . . [to continue reading please click icon]

us to be ready for the Lord’s unexpected return -- His second coming, especially when compared to Matthew 24. But in Luke 12, Jesus could also be teaching about waiting for the Lord to “turn-up.” Like waiting for the next wave of His Spirit; waiting for the next move of God [great awaking], or waiting for revival. It can be waiting for the manifestation of God’s glory -- in our churches. I have experienced His glory in church and believe me He is worth waiting for! However, I don’t think my words can do His manifest glory justice.

Recently my wife and I were worshiping with two other believers in a rehab center. As we worshiped, His Presence came. As a result, the gentlemen in the next bed began to worship the Lord and to repent for not living as he should. It was a powerful moment as the Lord came. Some may say, “But that wasn't church,” but it was because church is when two or three are come together in His Name (Matthew 18: 20). We left that rehab center full of His Glory. Often at the Meeting Place Church, the weight of His Glory is so heavy [thick] -- in a good way -- that I don’t want to move, let alone say something that will quench the moment. My wife felt this “thickness” of His glory recently during intercessory prayer -- she didn't want to move. Each time this happens we leave changed -- hungry for more or at least I know that I do. Once in the early 1990s I was at a church retreat in Hendersonville, NC and suddenly He came into our service. The atmosphere was electric. I felt as if my hair was standing on edge and as if a huge ball of fire was about to roll down the center aisle. However, in this instance, some did move out in another direction and quenched the moment. I realized then how much the Holy Spirit is like a dove and can fly away as easily as He came. I learned to not interfere with what He wants to do, but to only move and speak as He directs. I want His glory to come down and remain and not lift up.

My prayer is for each of us to be dressed, ready for service, with our lamps burning, waiting -- longing -- for Him to “turn-up.” He is worth the wait!

 

Pastor Rick

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