I am Going Forward in this Glory
By Minister David Adabale
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: Matthew 6:9-10; Isaiah 40:3-5
Sunday 8th December 2013
Last week, in the message 'Tuning into Glory', we understood the importance of keying into God's frequency. In particular, we learned that our source must be clear, our connection must be constant and that we must be yielded to God's will in order to experience the glory of God. We have just completed Seven Days of Glory, a seven-day fast in which we have been promised that the glory of God has been revealed and manifested in this house. God has clearly spoken as to what He wants to do in our lives; the word of the Lord has confirmed that the valleys have been exalted, the mountains have been levelled, rough places made smooth and the crooked places have been made straight.
Isaiah 40: 3-5 says, 'A voice of one calling: "In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.' Valleys speak of lack; they represent a surface having suffered a depression. However, whatever may have been removed from your life is restored today as the valleys have been exalted. The mountains and hills represent obstructions and opposition; these too have been levelled and made low. The crooked places and the rough places have been made straight and smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together as God's word has gone forth. You will notice that this declaration is made 'in the wilderness'; this is not a place of flourishing. You will also notice that these features, the valleys, mountains, the rough and crooked places each have the effect of impeding speed and advancement. Despite the apparent dryness and the things that may have impeded your progress, 'the mouth of the Lord has spoken'. We have been promised: 'The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it!'
God has declared His counsel, however it does not end there. We too have a part to play. God has chosen to work through man in the earth and therefore, in order for His Glory to be revealed, our co-operation is required. In the story of creation in Genesis 1, we see that man was made in the image of God. Adam was told to be fruitful, to multiply and was given dominion. This was an irrevocable act on God's part which meant that God relinquished His authority to act on the earth, having handed it over to man. In accordance with His un-changeable nature and His commitment to uphold His word, God limited himself such that anything that would be done on the earth would be done through man, notwithstanding that there are no limits to His power and ability. We see many examples of this principle at work in scripture: Moses was used to part the Red Sea, despite that God clearly had the power to do so without Moses. Even when God wanted to reconcile mankind to Himself after Adam's disobedience, He had to come to earth in the form and likeness of a man in order to bring about man's salvation through Christ. God's commitment to His original relinquishment of dominion to mankind in the Garden is such that He will only operate on the earth through a human being. In order for His glory to be revealed therefore, your cooperative action is required.
We have learned of the importance of being in tune with God. Today, we will focus on how to Go Forward in the glory that has been revealed. When God's word goes forth, it is looking for a man whom will catch hold of it in order for it to be actualised. Amos 3: 7 says, 'Surely God does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.' God's word requires you to be in agreement with it in order for it to be operative. An example of this can be seen in the account of God's word coming to Mary the about the birth of Christ the Messiah in Luke 1. Upon Angel Gabriel's announcement to her, 'And behold you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus' her reply was, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." God's word found agreement and manifestation followed immediately. You can therefore understand that when God speaks His word concerning your situation and you are found to be in agreement with the word, there will be a realisation of what has been spoken as the Word of God has the power within it to create what it commands. None of us have experienced seeing a two-headed dog (I hope).However, if God's Word were to go forth about one and a prophet were to catch hold of that Word, you should not be surprised when a two-headed dog appears!
God's word concerning you has gone forth. He has said, there is no more lack, no more delays and no more obstructions and no more difficulty as the valleys have been exalted, the mountains and hills have been brought low, the rough places have been made smooth and the crooked places have been straightened. It is your responsibility to hold on to that word and Go Forward in it until there is manifestation.
In the account of God's instruction to Abraham to sacrifice Isaac in Genesis 22: 1-19, Abraham set out in obedience to God's instruction. We know that when Isaac asked where the lamb for the burnt offering was, Abraham replied in verse 8, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering". This was a prophetic declaration as just before he was about to sacrifice Isaac to the Lord with the knife raised, an angel appeared, halted him and drew his attention to a ram with its horns stuck in a thicket which became the substitution for Isaac for the burnt offering. This was a manifestation of the glory of God. We are not told of when the ram became stuck in the thicket but what we do know is that by the time that Abraham was raising the knife to slaughter his son, the ram was there.
It is not enough for the glory of the Lord to be released, it must be visible and it must be tangible; all flesh must see it. In the account of the siege of Samaria by the Syrian army in 2 Kings 7, the prophetic word had been spoken by Elisha and glory of the Lord was revealed and experienced by the four lepers who were encamped at the entrance of the gates of Samaria. They had reasoned that they had nothing to lose by advancing towards the enemy camp of the Syrian army as death was the worst that could happen to them. Given that death was a certainty if they continued to remain outside the gates the city starving to death, they decided to advance. They did not know that God had caused the Syrian army hear the sound of the noise of a great army causing them to flee in terror leaving their camp filled with an abundance of food, silver, gold and clothing. We are not provided with the detail but we what we do know is that by the time that the lepers arrived at the camp, it was already empty. It may well have been that as the lepers were moving towards the camp of the Syrians, the sound of their movements was supernaturally amplified and the Syrian army fled.
When Jesus was told of the sickness of Lazarus, He declared that the sickness was not to death but for the glory of God that the Son of God may be glorified through it. The word of God had been spoken. When arriving at the tomb in Bethany, Jesus cried "Lazarus come forth!" There was so much power in His instruction that had He not restricted His call to Lazarus only, I am sure that every dead person under the sound of His voice would have come of the grave! Lazarus, whom had been dead for more than four days heard God's voice and took corresponding action. He did not just lay there ignoring the word of God. He heard the voice of God and came out of the grave in his grave clothes.
A modern day example can be seen in the life of Dodie Osteen, the mother of Joel Osteen, the senior pastor of Lakewood Church whom in 1981 was diagnosed with terminal cancer and told to go home and prepare to die. She refused to accept the diagnosis and instead, stood on the word of God, and declared her healing, confessing the scriptures repeatedly. 32 years later, she is alive and well; a living manifestation of the glory of God. Similarly in the life of Tyrone Morrison, the son of Randy Morrison, a good friend of New Wine Church. When he was born he was diagnosed with a condition that would affect his growth. His parents refused the diagnosis and stood on the word of God confessing his healing. He is alive today and stands at over 6'3!
From these examples, it is clear that we need to take action. Having heard the word of the Lord, we need to do something: send an email, write a letter, make a telephone call. The road has been cleared and in accordance with our faith, we must take corresponding action. The word of God is powerful; it does not change. It does not grow old. We are told that the word does not return to God void but accomplishes the thing for which it has been sent forth. The word of the Lord spoken over your life will be actualised: all flesh shall see it.
So, what does it practically mean to Go Forward in the Glory? Well, there are four key features which involve your heart, your mouth, your hand and your heart. Together, I call these the 'Cycle of Co-operation'. Let's look at each of them more closely:
1. Your Heart: this speaks of your conviction. You must believe in your heart. You must connect with the Holy Spirit and be convinced that what God has said will be actualised. If you are not convinced, nothing happens. The spoken word must take root in your heart. Jesus said that when we pray, we must believe that we receive what we have asked for.
2. Your Mouth: this speaks of your confession. Your words must line up with what God says. The bible says that by our words we will be justified. Spiritual warfare is warfare of words. When David was facing the 9 foot giant Goliath, he boldly declared his victory over him as he advanced towards him. We win the battles of life with our hearts and our mouths. Our words create our future reality. Our words therefore must therefore line up with the word of God.
3. Your Hands: this speaks of your actions. We know that faith without corresponding action is useless. Your actions must be an expression of your faith. From the account that we have read of Abraham, we can understand that as he embarked on the journey towards Mount Moriah, heaven was clearly moving, ensuring that the ram was stuck in the thicket in the place and at the time that it would be required.
4. Your Heart: this speaks of your determination. Abraham had received God's promise of a son, despite the fact that he and his wife were well past the age of child-bearing. We are told that he did not consider the deadness of his own body or that of his wife Sarah and 'did not stagger at the promises of God through unbelief but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.' The word will be tested however you must dig your heels in dogged determination.
God's word has gone forth. The valleys have been exalted and the mountains and hills made low. The crooked places have been made straight and the rough places have been made smooth. The mouth of the Lord has spoken. It is now for us to Go Forward in this Glory in conviction, in confession, in our actions and with determination. The Glory of God shall be revealed in your life and in this house and all flesh shall see it!
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