Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God” (John 11:40 NKJ).
Religious tradition usually teaches us that the glory of God manifests through visions of angels, lights, clouds, and feelings of anointing of the Holy Spirit and His presence. They are basically seeking the spectacular instead of the supernatural experience. There is nothing wrong to these spectacular scenes. However, to a carnal Christian, these manifestations seem to be the ultimate manifestation of the glory of God, but there’s more. There is more than spectacular if we only understand the whole meaning of the glory of God.
There is, however, the manifestation of the glory of God that manifests beyond these spiritual experiences. It is the glory of God the breaks through into the physical world and manifests itself into the physical things and become tangible, earthly, material, physical substance. The ultimate manifestation of God’s glory is when God spoke life to the dead and life came into being. Jesus called a dead man – Lazarus to life, and there was life.
You see, ultimately, the glory of God is that the very presence of God that creates, produces, generates, and bring light and life to the dead. In Him was light. In Him was life. His presence is light and life. When His presence appears in our midst, He gives us His light and His life in every particle of our being, spirit, soul and body. There is that change in our life, change in our being, and change in the behavior of our minds. Therefore, because of these changes, we effect the changes of our environment, the people around us, and the whole earth.
This is the glory of God that natural men have been seeking for. Natural men are tired of listening to too much religious talk. In reality and in all practicality, man has been seeking and searching for a real God. A God that makes sense and a God that connects with his practical daily life. Deep inside of a natural man’s spirit is a cry for help, a longing for a solution to fill in the hollow and dark chamber of his heart.
Jesus gave us the answer for this ultimate quest. Jesus said, “… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). It was plain and simple offer made by Jesus to all who are seeking and searching the meaning of life. However, men of religious tradition have kept this truth from the heart of men by diluting it with their denominational doctrines along with their unbelief.
One of the blatant lies is a denominational interpretation of the word “abundantly” which they interpreted as “to have a meaningful life”. But the question arises “What do they mean of a meaningful life?” Again, religious tradition forcefully shoved this lies into the throat of a natural man. They use “too much spiritual” lingo that a natural man could not relate to or make sense of. They leave the natural man hanging without answer to the question “What do you mean of a meaningful life?”
Why can’t religious tradition use the word “prosperity” instead of “meaningful life” when in fact it is actually the real meaning of “life abundantly.” Life abundantly is just plain and simple a prosperous life. It is a life that is living and enjoying the super abundance of spiritual, material and physical life. Contextually, prosperity message is part of Jesus’ teaching when He was here on earth. As a matter of fact Jesus is one of the extreme prosperous men who lived on earth during His earthly ministry. He is a prosperous man who teaches and preaches a prosperity message, and people knew it and believe it.
The glory of God is the manifestation of God’s presence breaking through the physical world. When Jesus turned water into wine, it was the Glory of God manifested for they glorified God. When every men and women who received their healings and deliverance from the works of evil, they glorified God. When people saw and experience the signs and wonders of Jesus’ ministry, they glorified God. And when Lazarus came back to life, they glorified God. You see, the glory of God is not limited to feelings of the presence of God, or the visible lights, clouds, lights, angelic beings, and so forth.
Jesus challenged Martha that if she can believe, she will see the glory of God. You see, faith has something to do to be able for us to see and experience the glory of God. Believe is an act of faith. Believe means to receive and to possess what we have in Christ Jesus. In Christ, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. These spiritual blessings are able to manifest in the physical world the moment we believe that we possess them.
These spiritual blessings become real in our life. Living in the glory of God is living in a tangible manifestation of the goodness and excellence of God. We have peace and joy unspeakable in our spirits (hearts). We will never beg for bread because we have God’s financial provision. We stay in divine health because we have divine healing. We are always on top of the world because we are surrounded by God’s favor.
The glory of God is not limited to “spiritual” phenomena, but a reality of God’s physical and material dealing with man through supernatural acts of His hands. Living in poverty and in lack never gives glory to God. But it sure gives glory to the devil for the devil is the thief, the killer and the destroyer of life. Living or to remain in sickness and disease does not glorify God. However, sickness and disease can be use or possible avenue to glorify to God. Because God is the Healer, He will surely heal everyone who suffers from any sickness and diseases, and that glorifies God.
The Old Testament prophets prophesied many times, in various generations, that the whole earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. It is a prophetic message that will surely come to pass now and in the future. When Jesus, the Son of God became flesh, it was a manifestation of God’s glory. Jesus’ ministry on earth was a manifestation of God’s glory on earth. His message and His acts are the manifestation of the glory of the Father. The apostles’ acts were manifestations of the glory of God, and it continues to this present day forward.
You see, prosperity, healing, deliverance, signs and wonders, baptism in the Holy Spirit, salvation of all men, are tangible supernatural manifestations of the glory of the Lord. It shall come to pass, these prophetic utterance of the Old Testament prophets that the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. But be advised only those who believe shall see and experience the glory of God. If you don’t believe, you are not going to be bothered.
Glory to God! The whole earth shall be filled with the glory of God.