The Coming Glory
By Dan Luehrs
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth, And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you"† (Isaiah 60:1-2).
There is going to be a generation alive on earth that will receive the outpouring of His glory that He has promised in these verses. I believe we are that people. When Jesus came to earth, the people could not believe that they could be the generation of the long-awaited Messiah.
If now, is not the time of His glory, when?† Does not darkness cover the earth and deep darkness the people? Then we can expect it! When you cannot turn on the TV for five minutes without hearing of perversion over and over, we're in darkness! When children are killing children for fun, we're in deep darkness. When churches are ordaining homosexuals, we're in deep darkness!† We should not only believe that His glory is coming in a much greater way, but we must be expecting and be preparing for it! Jesus said that the Scriptures must be fulfilled and this is one of those.
Notice that Isaiah says, "His glory will be upon you." This excites me! If you have ever sensed the presence of God on you just once, you're hooked! I remember the first time I felt His presence. I was teaching my first Bible study and after I was done teaching I sat down and it felt like I was glowing; like light was shining from me: for it was all so new to me. Then the next time I shared a testimony in a church service it happened again. You might say that was just the anointing. What do you think the glory is a cloud you can see with your natural eyes?
Just what is the glory?
We are to arise and shine when we sense His presence. This means to do whatever He has laid on your heart to do. There are many times I sense His presence and its not just when I'm preaching. It's been at the ball game when my sons are playing, at the bank, the beach, or up thirty-five thousand feet in an airplane. I would love to live in His presence twenty-four hours a day if I could. But I have found that when He comes, I have a job to do. It might be to pray, witness, write or to just sit and wait on Him. It could be God confirming to me that this is His will for me to do something. In fact, it is very easy to get addicted to His presence and to rely on it all of the time. This has happened to me for a while until the Lord corrected me by showing me some Scripture on this.
††††††† "BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH..." (Hebrews 10:38).
To live by faith is to fight the good fight of faith. But when we are in His presence, it does not take much faith whatsoever, for He is right there. God will give us times of refreshing that may go on for a few days like a spiritual vacation. This has given me much strength for the battle that is just ahead. A lot of people have learned to sit in His presence in this last out-pouring of His Spirit. Many came to services and just have soaked away in His presence for hours upon hours, for what? We are to be changed from glory to glory in His presence in order to be prepared for the battles that lay ahead. Most of the time I need His presence daily and He graciously gives His Spirit without measure. Think of it as rain that causes growth to come to the crops. What if it rained all the time? The crops would die for lack of sunshine. So it is in the spirit: we must have rain and sunshine to grow. Spiritual sunshine causes heat and stress to come in our lives. But I can thank God that He knows when I need rain or sun.
In Luke 3:21-22 Jesus was being water baptized and Holy Spirit baptized at the same time. He was being anointed for the ministry to which the Father had called Him. Did He go right into ministry when the anointing came? No, He went straight into the wilderness. Thatís great stress! In fact, when He was FULL of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit led Him there! We would never go there on our own if God were not going before us. When you are so hungry for God, you would follow Him anywhere or you would rather die!
Itís only after we are tested in the wilderness or under great stress that our obedience is really tested. Then we can be ready for ministry that God has prepared for us. This is why every person used of God MUST go through the wilderness experience. All the great saints have gone through it like Joseph, Moses, David, John the Baptist, Paul, and yes, even Jesus. If we would enter our ministry without going through the wilderness experience, God would have to apologize to these men. For it says of Jesus:
"And when the devil had finished every temptation, (testing) he departed from Him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district" (Luke 4:13-14).
It's only when self is broken that God can entrust us with great signs and wonders in ministry. If we are not broken of self, then the devil will have a hay day with us. Pride will eat us up from the inside out and ministry will be over! God has prepared for Himself a group of people that have paid the price in the wilderness and have died to self; unlike the children of Israel that fought against God in rebellion for forty years when they were in the wilderness.
It is time for the Church to arise and walk in the glory that Jesus is walking in. The glory will manifest itself as in Isaiah 61:1-4:
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives, And freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastation's, And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolation's of many generations."
This truly is the good news of the Kingdom. Though it may be darker now then ever, I am looking for the light!
We are to shine brightly in this time of darkness and not hide ourselves in the four walls of our sanctuaries. Luke 1:79 says, "TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH..." The darker it gets, the brighter the light gets! When it just begins to get dark, the headlights of a car don't shine too brightly. But when it's fully dark, the lights will shine very brightly to lead the way. So it shall be with His glory.
To shine literally means, "to be set on fire!" Isn't that what happens when you light a candle or turn on a light switch? Does not the Church of the living God need to be set on fire? I had a vision of myself being set on fire in 1996. I saw myself preaching in a church and I was like a walking matchstick, as in the commercial of "Match Light Charcoal." This match had arms and legs with its head on fire. All of a sudden, the whole matchstick and all became a flame of fire! Not just a little fire, but like the afterburner of a jet fighter! I said, "What was that all about Lord?" He gave me Hebrews 1:7, "I am making My ministers a flame of fire!"†††
Do you see that Jesus and His apostles were on fire? But there is something coming that's even greater than what they had! I want to tell you what I see coming. Isaiah 60 says, "Your light has come, it has risen upon you and the glory will appear upon you!" I get excited about this because these are the greatest days to be alive. The word "rises upon you" means to "shoot forth as beams of light as the sun!" This is just how I felt the first time I ministered under His powerful anointing. Only life can give forth life; death cannot bring life. When the lights are turned on all darkness must flee. As we go forth with His glory, we shall bring life and not death because He is living inside of us. Now is the time that God is going to reveal His glory in us and through us to this dying world. "And nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising" (Isaiah 60:3).
Listen to what Paul writes in Romans 8:18 (KJV): "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."†††
The glory of God is coming very soon to those who have been faithful and obedient to their Lord through all their sufferings and sorrow. His glory is about to be uncovered. God has hidden it until now; like when Joseph was hidden in prison and Moses was hidden in the wilderness. God does His great works under-cover. Does not nature teach us this with a baby being hidden in its mother's womb? All of God's creation awaits for this to come forth.
"For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God"† (Romans 8:19).
We are hidden away for a time and a purpose. Whatever you are going through right now that you wish wasn't there, God is using to prepare you and position you for His glory, just like Joseph and Moses.
IT'S NOW TIME TO GIVE BIRTH
Right now, the earth seems to have gone crazy with the different weather patterns and all; nothing seems normal anymore. Jesus said, "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs" (Matthew 24:8). When a woman goes into labor, she starts with smaller pains first; then it grows into greater pains until full travail. We Christians in the earth are at the point of travail. Do not let this cause you to fear, for this very thing will bring us into the greatest freedom. "Into the freedom of the glory of the children of God" (Romans 8:21). We are getting ready for a new age, wherein righteousness and holiness reign. The devil and his group think they have the new age coming, but it is only death! The real new age is when Jesus Christ and his saints will reverse the curse of the devil and bring a blessing.
"For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now" (Romans 8:22).
The devil and his hordes have not hurt the true Church of Jesus Christ. They have only perfected it through tribulations. We must not get bitter, but better through it all, to the point of us becoming more and more like Jesus.
"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him..." (2 Timothy 2:12 KJV). What a promise! Does not a woman suffer in childbirth only to receive the promise of a newborn?
"And not only this, but also we having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body" (Romans 8:23).
Aren't you tired of this old flesh and the sinful nature? Very soon God is going to deliver us from this body of death. We have His word on it! Now, we have the down payment of His Spirit, which is called the first fruits; but our full redemption is coming!
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