Happy New Year, and welcome to what I believe will be a year of exceeding glory!
There are different types of glory that are described in Scripture. When we speak of glory we are usually speaking of the attributes, the nature and the character of God as it is revealed to man. Glory is God revealing His majesty and His splendor to us. Yet glory can also refer to the goodness of God showing up in the life of a born again Believer. In other words, when the blessings of God manifest in our lives, it is accurate to say that the glory of God is showing up in our lives.
Friend, I believe that 2019 will be a year of exceeding glory because God is looking to increase the manifestations of His blessings and His favor in your life! Of course, the blessings and favor of God have already been freely made available to us as a result of the finished works of Jesus. Yet I believe God wants us to walk in the manifestations of these finished works to a greater degree.
While I will be creating several online teachings on this subject in the coming weeks—in addition to teaching it at our local Bible Study—let me just briefly tell you why I believe that exceeding glory is what this new year will be all about. 2 Corinthians 1:20 in the New King James Version says this:
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
This verse is telling us that all of the promises of God have been made available to us in Christ, and that the purpose of this is so that the glory of God may be made manifest through us. This is a remarkable statement! This is saying that God is glorified every time His goodness shows up in the lives of His children. This means that God is glorified in your healing; God is glorified in your deliverance; God is glorified as you prosper; God is glorified as you walk in His divine peace and soundness.
This is important to understand because many of us have been taught to think of the glory of God as always being something that is separate and apart from us. And while under the old covenant God would often show forth His glory separate and apart from His people, the glory of the new covenant is actually this exceeding glory that the Bible talks about in 2 Corinthians chapter 3.
2 Peter 1:4 tells us that through the promises of God coming to pass in our lives, we actually become partakers of the divine nature. In other words, the more the goodness of God shows up in our lives, the more are we becoming like God. What does this mean, you may ask. Well, let me ask you this: is God sick? The answer is, of course not! There is no sickness in heaven. To even suggest that would be absurd. And so simply put, friend, we are more like our heavenly Father when we walk in divine health than we are struggling with an illness. In the same way we are more like our heavenly Father when we are prospering and all our needs are met. After all, there is no lack in heaven. There are no economic or financial downturns in God’s Kingdom.
Friend, what I want you to see and come to discover more than ever this year is that God wants you to prosper in all things and be in health. (see 3 John 2) And the reason for that is simply because that is the nature of our heavenly Father. God is good, and through us putting our faith in Jesus He wants us to become more like Him. And as we do so, one of the effects of this is that we become a blessing to others!
Exceeding glory shows up in the life of a Believer when we start to realize that God wants to manifest His goodness in our lives so that we can become His instruments and vessels through which His goodness can flow to others! Things begin to move very quickly once we start seeing ourselves as channels through which God’s love, grace and mercy can reach the people we come into contact with in our world.
And so receive this word of encouragement today! 2019 will be a year of exceeding glory. I pray you join me in believing this. This year I will be creating much more online content such as online Bible Studies in addition to the regular daily devotionals. I believe that the Lord is calling us to expand our ministry both online as well as locally. My prayer is that anything that comes forth from this ministry will be a blessing to you, and that it will continue to remind you to look to Jesus and to trust in His finished works. It is my desire that more people all around the world come to recognize that Jesus, through shedding His precious blood for us, has already provided everything we will ever need. Our righteousness has nothing to do with our own works or efforts, but it has everything to do with us placing our trust and our confidence in Him.
He is our righteousness. He truly is our sufficiency!
And so as we head into 2019, may we all see a greater manifestation of His grace, goodness and glory in our lives. May it be a year of exceeding glory.