Monday, June 10, 2013

TRULY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE by Gary Wilkerson

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV).

What an amazing God we serve. He says, “When you come to My house on Sunday to be filled with My glory, it won’t start fading on Monday. It won’t be weakened by Tuesday so that you have to yearn for next Sunday. My glory resides in you at all times, and it isn’t fading—it’s growing!”

This message is not for just a small portion of the body of Christ. It is truth to all who follow Jesus, from the weakest to the strongest, from the youngest to the oldest. The promise of God to fill us with His glory is “yes and amen” to every believer.

As Paul declares, His manifest glory brings freedom from bondage to sin, from despair and defeat, from lukewarmness and apathy (see 2 Corinthians 3:17). We are being transformed by His glory into His own image. That is the kind of glory that causes people to rush to God with unashamed hunger.

It is time for us to put aside everything that veils God’s glory in our lives. Does anything in your heart hinder God’s glory from drawing others to you? Are you burdened by habitual patterns of sin? Does slander, bitterness or unforgiveness reside in your heart?

It does not have to continue. The veil of fear that Satan has placed over you will not work anymore. His lie that you are too weak will not hold power over you. God says His glory rests on weak, earthen vessels. It shines through people who are brokenhearted, whose lives are in turmoil. When our Lord manifests His glory, He transforms defeat into victory, fleshly weakness into heavenly strength.

Believe His word to you: “You don’t have to lead a defeated life. You don’t have to live without a testimony. I will manifest in ways that will astound you. Lost people are going to be drawn to Me through your life. And when this happens, they will say, ‘Truly the Lord is in this place.’”