The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favourably on you, and I know you by name.” Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.” The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out My name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” Read Exodus 33:18 (NLT). Brothers and sisters, God’s GLORY is His GOODNESS revealed to humanity, as the text above identifies: mercy and compassion.
The scripture says, “the goodness of God leads a man to repentance.” Read Romans 2:4 (NKJV). Watch this, I do not believe anyone can experience God’s glory and ignore the impact, I think it is not possible, because of the weight of His presence is so authentic and life-changing.
What does the term GLORY mean? According to the Word Study Bible, it means “To be heavy”, conveying God’s infinite, intrinsic worth (substance, essence). Like I alluded to in part 1, the GLORY is God’s presence, it is God’s goodness, it is God’s favour, it is God’s immeasurable grace; it is the express image of His person – this is huge. It is the very essence of His being. Hallelujah.
The GLORY is not something spooky like some Christians sometimes make it out to be. The GLORY is a calm and soothing presence deep down in your soul; I believe the Bible calls it, “Peace like a river, joy like a fountain.” Read Isaiah 66:12. The GLORY is not something spooky, a million times no. It is a tangible experience of “joy unspeakable and full of GLORY.” Read 1 Peter 1:8 (KJV).
Sometimes, when I engage with someone whom I might not have seen at Church for some time, I hear this reason ‘they are disillusioned with the Church.’ Now, whilst they might have a good reason to feel that way; could it possibly be that they have experienced the Church without experiencing the GLORY? When your heart is ill-prepared to hear and receive God’s Word, there is every likelihood the person will experience Church but not the GLORY.
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