THE GLORY OF GOD

All Topics, Grace, Jesus, Love, Mercy

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

Robert D. Pace Human nature drives people to succeed. While the pursuit of human achievement is a...

GOD’S NAME REVEALS YOUR ASSIGNMENT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God has an...

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 6:17-18 In Christ’s day few men demonstrated a...

IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

Is it Worth it to Serve the Lord? Robert D. Pace Malachi 3:13--16 Malachi, whose name means...

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS  Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:1-11 (Illustration) Some years ago, two artists...

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Scientists call the Second...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

The Spirit of Python

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 16:16-34 INTRODUCTION This particular account takes us out of the...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:13-20 The Bible discloses two groups of people that...

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace Four thousand years ago Moses...

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Romans 14:7-9 The Holy Spirit, the inerrant Author of...

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

Prophetic Insight Robert D. Pace The safety of mankind is at stake! Isis, Al-Qaeda, Hamas,...

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS ROBERT D PACE   From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything...

TEAR IT DOWN!

Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 1:4-10 What we have to understand is this: Before converting to Christ,...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:1-6 It seems almost foreign to Americans that...

The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

POWER OVER SIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Humor) Everyone wants mastery over various...

Building on the Rock

Mark E. Hardgrove Matthew 7:24-27 INTRODUCTION This particular parable is included in a series of...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

Water Baptism: A Post Conversion Experience

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Water baptism, in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Despite...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 3:1-5 Here in Mark 3, we find a lesson on how to worship...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 1:1‑4, 14 Awhile back, I asked several Christians what...

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

by Robert D. Pace In recent weeks, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into Israel, yet...

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace How would you like to wear a crown today? You can! And we will...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The study of clouds in Scripture is fascinating. Most...

THE GOSPEL OF POWER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 16:15-18 Opening Remarks I believe many Christians have a...

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Titus 3:3-7 One of Christ’s great commands is for Christians...

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH FAITH?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:1-6 Faith is a premier aspect of the Kingdom of...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

Robert D. Pace During the Vietnam War, a West Point graduate marshaled a group of new recruits...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Joshua 21:42-45 INTRODUCTION Reading these lists, whether it is a genealogical...

“I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!”

“I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!” Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:17 Alvin Tofflier...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

Don’t Overlook Jesus

Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Philippians 4:11-13 INTRODUCTION When I was in high school wrestling, my coach...

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

Robert D. Pace Dynamic Messengers are rare, but desperately needed! They are prophetic people that...

NONE CAST ASIDE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Isaiah 42:1-4 This message is for those that have, at some...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

JESUS: GOD & MAN

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Teaching Outline The nature of Jesus Christ has been debated...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

MEN IN BROWN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace It’s Christmas...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

Robert D. Pace The boast of the Laodicean Church was, “I am rich!” (Revelation 3:17) Gloating over...

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Pharisees...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Near the close...

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

Securing the Favor of God Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) In its simplest terms, divine...

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-17 For several weeks, I planned a different message...

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Jeremiah 33:1-3 Opening Remarks I want to examine one verse of...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I. Types of Fasts Fasting can be broadly characterized in...

WHAT NEVER HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

Let’s journey back several thousand years to Jerusalem during Passover week. This was the holiest of the seven Hebrew festivals that attracted thousands of worshipers. Some traveled hundreds of miles to attend this celebration in the religious capital of the world—Jerusalem. What a sight it must have been! For seven days the Priests appeared in their royal apparel, led the people in worship, offered sacrifices, and blew shofars (2 Chronicles 30:21). Everything was leading to the Day of Atonement when the High Priest would present the blood of a Passover lamb for the people’s sins. Not only was Jerusalem sightly its aroma was pungent.

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks (Quote) A USA Today poll found that only...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

By Dennis Bratcher Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western...

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 15:1 2 The Bible describes Christianity as...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 As the Endtime draws nearer the needs of mankind...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Jesus was surrounded by...

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

Robert D. Pace "Jesus was a Palestinian!" That’s now the official pronouncement of the Palestinian...

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:8-9 Years ago a convicted murderer was given a life...

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Johann von Dannecker was the famed...

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 7:24-27 The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Seven...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday: Day of Adoration Jesus makes his Triumphal Entry into...

I Want To Be Happy, But I Don’t Know How

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 12:13-21 (Illustration) A young executive pulled his new...

Malchus

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Most...

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In the early...

LOOSED!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Burdens. Constraints. Traps. When you...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace An attribute of God is any quality or characteristic that is...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS (Note to reader: This message is presented as an outline, with only portions...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Open your Bibles to 1 Timothy 4 and let’s...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 26:18-19 (Illustration) Andrew Carnegie was once asked...

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18-21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

POINT OF INSPIRATION DEVOTIONAL   Robert D. Pace In 800 BC Isaiah prophesied: “Unto us a...

THE OASIS OF WORSHIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6-7 (Illustration) We live in a unique sphere of...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

Are You Ready for Jesus

Mark E. Hardgrove John 11:45-53 INTRODUCTION Are you ready for Jesus to move in your life? Before...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 33:3...

THE CALL OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Opening Remarks Today we will examine the life...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Have you...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

Prayer is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to God. They...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One-Word...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Daniel 3:8-12 What a story! It’s a page from Scripture...

THE GARDENER

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God’s work on...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

AFFIRMING THE BIBLE AS GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NOTE: This Teaching provides an overview of...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

A KING AMONG MEN

Robert D. Pace In ancient days, Persia was governed by a benevolent, loving king. In order to...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

By Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth....

LAW OF REVELATION (Part 2) “The Principle of Connection”

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D Pace (This is part 2 of The Law...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace There is a...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

Strangers and Pilgrims

"Professor" William C. Linn Guest Contributor Napoleon was exiled twice in his life. His first...

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

Robert D. Pace The following article was taken from "The Evangel" magazine where Robert D. Pace...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Proverbs 2:1-8 (Illustration) William was sixteen when he left...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 The mandate for the Church is to spread the...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PulpitToday Sermon Robert D. Pace Introduction The first question I want to answer about this...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Luke 5:1-7 Today’s society places much...

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The Second Coming of Jesus...

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:13-14 What others say about us is important. The...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago,...

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

Robert D. Pace I find myself torn between labeling this post as a Point of Inspiration devotional...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 4:17-24 The mind is incredible.  It can instantly...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

This is an excerpt from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD, "The Scriptures, The Savior and...

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT Opening Remarks Our Scripture text...

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

Dear Faithful Viewer, Greetings, in the Name of Christ Jesus! Since 2003, God has privileged me to...

MEN AS ANGELS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 22:30 It’s almost inconceivable that the Bible would...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Grace of...

HOW THE BIBLE SHOWS THE WORLD ITS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Introduction I want to talk to you on the subject of How the...

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:15-18 Do you love God? I mean do you passionately and...

“PATHSPERITY”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 14:8‑17 “Pathsperity” is a play on words. I’ve...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

Driving Out The Canaanites

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace As we discuss Driving out the Canaanites I want you to...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" The Philadelphia ProclamationRobert D....

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Zechariah 9:9-17 In Zechariah’s days a king’s arrival was...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Isaiah 9,...

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

Why the Manna Stopped Robert D. Pace Joshua 5:10--12 For forty years the Israelites awakened with...

THE PEACE OF GOD

Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...

A Workman Unashamed

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove INTRODUCTION I realize that the phrase referring to “a workman . . ....

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 3 John 2 John was the apostle filled with God’s love and...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 9:31-35 If you opened the medicine cabinet of the average...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace When reading this account of the man with the withered hand...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace Years ago, a pastor related the story of a father, son, and friend sailing off the...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Teaching I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which command of Scripture,...

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Joshua 6:1-5 This is a tremendous story of triumph that Joshua...

PREPARE THE WAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist was no psychologist but he...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Marriages,...

America in Crisis!

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace The turmoil that America is experiencing is nothing new. It is...

Speak Lord, But is it Really You?

Of all experiences that exhilarate people, chief among them is when God speaks directly to the human soul. One inspired word to a thirsty, hungry traveler can refresh and sustain more than a thousand meals. It was Elijah who heard God’s instruction to “rise and eat” that received nourishment to navigate 285 miles for the following forty days

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace (This message is presented in Outline form, describing numerous...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The book of...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Romans 5:1-5 Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 3:31 Introduction The Book of Judges is intriguing...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Created in...

YOU CAN KNOW!

How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours!1 Peter 3:15 Imagine...

The Publican and the Pharisee

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS >Robert D. Pace Luke 18:9-14 (Humor) A minister received a Christmas card...

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

Deliverance Over Strongholds Luke 11:14--22 Robert D. Pace (Definition) What is a stronghold? A...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 Which great Christian do you admire? Which Bible...

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the shoulders...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 22:1-14 Life is full of temptations and tests. Everyone...

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks When Scripture says Man is “created in God’s...

AN ALTAR INVITATION

Robert D. Pace "THE BOOKS" An Altar Invitation The Bible speaks of two books being opened at the...

Biblically Woke!

Robert D Pace Biblically “Woke”! Matthew 1:24 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace [AUTHOR’S NOTATION: The...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Perhaps you...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

Robert D. Pace The ushers have distributed the sacraments, no let us prepare our hearts to engage...

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime"   Robert D. Pace In recent days, it...

Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy

By Dr. Bob Thiel, COGwriter The Palestian-dominated Gaza has been in the news a lot. Where exactly...

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Philippians 3:7 11 It is said that St. Augustine, of the Fifth...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 17:30-31 John the Baptist is Scripture’s premier Prophet of...

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had been written in Genesis and...

THE VOICE OF GOD TODAY

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:1-4 Does God speak to modern man? If so, how? For...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I typically have a single passage as my “message text,” but...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

Robert D Pace conducts "Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences" throughout America. The...

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace It begins with...

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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USAFORISRAEL

    You Can Purchase   USAforIsrael.com   Please Make Your...

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS AND OTHER BIBLE FORMULAS THAT DON’T WORK

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:7-11 Our generation has a formula for whatever need...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 3:21 Jesus said in Revelation 3:21, “he that...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a...

THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:5-8 The nature of angels is intriguing. When you...

Book Review: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

Mark E. Hardgrove, PhD I recently received a book entitled How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary...

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

A Voice in the Wilderness

Dr Mark Hardgrove Matthew 3:1-6 INTRODUCTION In Luke chapter 1, verses 1-15 we read of the miracle...

LET’S BE THANKFUL!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace The ability to...

CHRISTIANITY IN THE MARKETPLACE – DOES IT BELONG THERE?

Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:14-16 Awhile back I heard an alarming report on James Dobson’s, “Focus on...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

The pillars of Christianity are under attack! From within and without Christians are witnessing an...

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Jesus is Alive! Robert D. Pace Matthew 28:1--10 (Illustration) Perhaps you've heard this familiar...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 2:1--11 (Illustration) For many years the cinema and...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The story is...

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 18:1-11 Most people don’t recall Malchus, but he was one...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Television commercials are aimed at convincing the public...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks The name of today's message is “Always...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus knew the...

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(This is Part 1 of two messages on The Glory of God. Part 2 is attached after the Conclusion of this message) 

The glory of God is a fascinating subject of study in the Word of God. At times, it’s been presented as a mystical, beyond-our-ability-to-grasp topic. But it is not! The glory of God appears in many ways, and it’s what Christians should understand in order to live at the highest level. So, what is the glory of God? There is an interesting verse in Revelation 21 that helps us understand this. Revelation 21:22–24 says:

“I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light shall the nations walk; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it.”

I want you to notice that last phrase “the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it,” because this brings understanding to the word glory. When kings present their glory for others to acknowledge they take things that are treasured and rare; things that are exquisite and even priceless, which testify to their value or the weight of their worth.

It is not coincidental that the Biblical word glory is translated from the Hebrew word kabod, which also connotes “weightiness; heaviness; or heft.” That means, in whichever way God chooses to manifest his glory, it is revealed through the weight of its worth. It supplies testimony to his incomparable character; to the superabundance of his grace and goodness toward mankind; and the splendor he displays in Creation.

(Transition) But let’s be more specific. How can we zero in on some identifiable aspects of his glory?

God’s Glory Revealed to Moses

In Exodus 33 and 34, Moses stood before God and daringly requested to see his glory—something that would identify God’s greatness. And he was undaunted by Moses’ petition! He was delighted to answer it and even culled out a place for Moses to witness it. It’s often called the “cleft of a rock.” The story is recorded in Exodus 34:6—7. (ESV)

The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, (7) keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.

God could have answered Moses in numerous ways:

He could have said, “Moses do you see the stars? Each twinkle reflects a faint witness to my infinite creative power.” But that wasn’t God’s response.

Or, the Lord could have pointed out the beauty of a sunset painted with a hundred colors. But the Lord didn’t say that.

He could have taken Moses upon the wings of angels and soared with him through the galaxies, showing him the planets and world’s beyond reach of our telescopes. But he didn’t do that either.

There are many ways God could have described the weight of his worth but did you notice how God revealed it to Moses? He chose to define his glory through a self-revelation. A revelation comprised of eight statements regarding his character and nature. Let’s investigate these acclamations:

1. First, notice that God declared his name to Moses. And in order to emphasize its unparalleled glory he uttered it twice. He declared himself to be “The LORD, the LORD.” In so doing his proclamation affirmed that he was the One, True, Supreme Being who had no equal! Praise God that there is no God but Jehovah!

2. Second, God then testified to his mercy. What is mercy? Mercy is an deliberate act of God. It is not feeling sorry for another and it is not having mere sympathy for someone. Mercy is a purposed, intentional, deliberate act. So, in what ways does God’s intentional mercy manifest? It manifests when he extends protection, provision, guidance, and presence toward his creatures. Consider four passages that identify God’s mercy:

The first is found in Lamentations 3:23—24. “Because of the LORD’s great love [same Hebrew word as mercy] we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. (23) They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” The wondrous meaning of this passage tells us that God’s mercy cannot be exhausted! He is infinite in this virtue!

Ephesians 2:4 says “God . . . is rich in mercy.”

David said 1 Chronicles 21:13 that the Lord’s “mercy is very great.”

Micah 7:8 says God “delight[s] to show mercy.”

3. The third aspect of God’s self-declaration to Moses regards the glory of his grace. He lets us know in verse 6 that he is a wondrously gracious God. And grace is something none can live without! What it grace? It is God’s free, undeserved gift of goodness. As sinners, we do nothing to deserve grace he simply bestows it from the depths of who he is.

4. Next, God said he is “slow to anger.” In other words, He is ever-patient with us. I am so glad God doesn’t zap us every time we stumble or commit a grievous sin. God is wondrously longsuffering

5. Fifth, the Lord then made a pronouncement of his “steadfast love” to Moses. God is not fickle. He is steadfast! God has perfect, unwavering, unquenchable love toward mankind. And he has made of Covenant of Love toward his chosen people that promises never to withdraw it!

6. Next, coupled with super-abounding love, God also told Moses that he was “steadfast in faithfulness.” He is absolutely reliable, trustworthy, just, and you can depend on his unwavering care.

7. Seventh, God told Moses that he “forgives iniquity and transgression and sin.” The word forgive describes how God totally removes the guilt, stain, and memory of our sin.” Isn’t it wonderful that our Lord wants to be known for this quality? He intervened through his only begotten Son to cleanse and renew us.

8. But lastly, God cautioned Moses that his glory also deals with the judgment of sin. He said in verse 8 that he “will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” The Creator of the universe is filled with love, compassion, mercy, and grace but he is also the Just Judge of all the Earth. And his holiness demands the judgment of sin! And this is why he sent Jesus into the world—to bear the judgment of sin.

These eight self-proclamations only begin to describe God’s glory. And we will continue learning of God’s glory even after a million years in Heaven.

(Transition) I want you to notice how Moses responded to God’s self-revelation of his glory.

Moses Responds to God’s Self-Revelation

1. First, it evoked worship. Exodus 34:8 says that “Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.” This is what God wants from us. When we observe an aspect of God’s glory we should acknowledge it and praise God for it.

Has God been merciful to you? Worship him!

Has God saved you? Worship him!

Has God healed you or delivered you or answered a prayer? Worship him!

2. Second, it also prompted a public testimony to God’s glory. When God revealed himself to Moses in this powerful way, Moses had an obligation to share this incredible testimony with others. And people are still reading his report today that he inscribed in Scripture.

You and I have the same obligation. As we behold his glory, we are commissioned to reveal it to others. As Christians, our duty is to testify to the wonders of God’s grace, goodness, character, and power. Our God is good, merciful, just, truthful, gracious, and compassionate. This is what others must hear!

Isaiah 66:19 shows that the duty of Believers is to “proclaim my glory among the nations.” That sounds similar to the Great Commission in the New Testament, which tells Christians to “proclaim the Gospel to all Creation.”

(Transition) Did you know there are ways that the church itself can obstruct the glory of God? Let me explain it like this:

Don’t Obstruct God’s Glory

(Example) A lunar eclipse takes place when the earth is positioned directly between the sun and moon. The earth blocks the light of the sun and casts its shadow on the moon, making the moon impossible to see with the naked eye. Thus, the moon is hidden because earth obstructs the view. So, what does this lunar analogy teach us? It shows that God, like the sun in the sky, never ceases to shine in radiant glory and beauty. But there are times when even the church (“religiosity”) can obstruct the radiance of Christ from being witnessed. It can be done in so many ways:

It can occur when Christians or the church denies the Virgin Birth of Christ.

It occurs when Christians reject Christ’s assertion that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” and suggest that there are many ways to get to Heaven.

It happens when the church denies that the Scriptures are wholly and divinely inspired.

It can happen when Christians suggest there are inspired books apart from the Bible that God inspired. Folks, this is the only book that is wholly inspired by the Spirit and breath of God.

When the Christians or the church impugn anything recorded in the Bible it diminishes God’s glory! The Holy Spirit placed every sentence in Scripture for a reason. And I urge you to never obstruct the radiance and testimony that God makes through his Word. Remember, the Bible wasn’t written to make us feel good it was written to make us live right! Most importantly, it was written for God’s glory.

(Transition) I have mentioned how witnessing God’s glory should evoke our worship and public testimony of it, but there is something else God wants to come from his glory:

3. God wants to manifest his glory upon us and through us!

Look down some verses in Exodus 34 and I want you to see what happened to Moses as he had this dramatic experience with God in the cleft of the rock. Exodus 34:29 says:

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. (30) When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.

In other words, Moses was radiant with God’s glory!

For many years, I have heard people teach that ‘God will not share his glory with anyone.’ But this is not what the Bible expresses. I trust I understand what is meant by that statement. It means God is displeased when someone wrongly treats God’s glory or claims it as being inherently theirs. Knowing there has been misunderstanding concerning this let’s consult the Bible about it.

The verse that is most used about this issue is found in Isaiah 48:11. And it indeed shows God exclaiming: “I will not yield [share] my glory to another.” However, there is a rule of hermeneutics—Biblical interpretation—that scholars insist must never be violated. And it’s the regulation of context. All Scripture must be read in proper context, context, context or it can lose its proper meaning. And this most certainly applies to the Lord saying in Isaiah 48, “I will not yield [share] my glory to another.”

In the preceding chapters of Isaiah God is speaking to the nations of the world. He speaks to Babylon, Elam, and the Chaldeans. But then when chapter 48 opens, God turns his attention to Israel and begins discoursing with his chosen people. I want you to listen to this passage in its context:

“See, I have refined you [Israel], though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. (11) For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.”

When you read this passage in the proper context you see that God has chosen to anoint Israel with his glory and no other nation can ever claim that special, divinely chosen, anointed status that Israel possesses! They are the singular nation that God chose to exalt and glorify above all other nations! Through Abraham, they became his holy people. He exalted them to provide humanity with the Holy Scriptures. Through Abraham, the tribe of Judah, and through King David God birthed the world’s one and only Messiah. That is glorious! And no other nation can claim that status.

But beyond this passage in Isaiah there are numerous passages that must be ignored if God’s intention is to withhold his glory from his children.

• I want to continue by pointing out an absolutely phenomenal passage in 2 Corinthians 3:7—11 that contrasts the glory resting upon Moses with the glory that rests upon Christians:

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, (8) will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? (9) If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! (10) For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. (11) And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

• And Paul didn’t stop there with the need for Christians bearing the glory of God. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 says we go from “glory to glory.” In other words, God’s glory rests upon Christians when they accept Christ and then will increase when we are glorified with Christ’s likeness in Heaven.

• But then there is the remarkable passage of Romans 8:28—29 which describes the progression of our Faith in Christ Jesus:

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (30) And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

• There is an interesting passage in Romans 2:7—11 that tells Christians to seek the God’s glory:

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. (8) But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. (9) There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; (10) but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (11) For God does not show favoritism.

Yes, God reveals his glory! And one day, each Christian will be “glorified” and made into the likeness of Christ for all eternity! Meanwhile, I want God’s glory manifesting through my life today! I have reached the point that I cannot be totally content without the glory and presence of God! I must have it. I don’t want to live an ordinary life. I don’t want to attend a church that is ordinary. I want to attend a church filled with the kabod of God—his glory!

Do you know what this means? To attract the glory of God means we must do things differently than ordinary Christianity. No more imitating ordinary Christians. No more imitating other ordinary churches. You, I, must pull apart and dare to live in the glory of God.

Conclusion

The Lord Jesus commissioned Christians to take the “Gospel into all the world” and provide a clear testimony of God’s grace. Thus, we have a choice. We can attempt to reach the world through natural means, or we can seek to present Christ to the world through the presence, power, and glory of the Holy Spirit. I prefer the latter! When there is a manifestation of God’s divine presence it will always produce a testimony for Christ beyond anything we could fabricate.

I will continue this study next week as I teach on God’s glory manifested through you.

PART II

God’s Glory Manifested Through You!

Exodus 33:12—16

Opening Remarks

This is Part Two of my miniseries on The Glory of God. And to refresh your memory I’ll repeat the Bible’s definition of the word glory: The Hebrew word for glory is kabod, which means “weight; heft; heaviness; worth.” There is substance, weight, and worth when the glory of God  appears. And before this message concludes I want you to see that God wants you to participate with his glory. But let’s first read our text found in Exodus 33:12—16.

Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ (13) If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” (14) The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (15) Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. (16) How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” (17) And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

Did you notice the preeminent importance of God’s Presence to Moses? He said in verse 15, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” In other words, Moses was saying, “[Lord,] Without your Presence in our midst, allow us to disperse from the edge of this desert and settle in the surrounding lands. Let the people return to Egypt if they so desire. Permit your people to forget this whole mission of returning to the land of Abraham unless you abide with us in demonstrable ways.”

What a prayer! Moses didn’t want to proceed an inch without God’s Presence! He knew this was mandatory if the Israelites’ journey was to conclude successfully.

I wonder if you and I can agree with Moses? Could we really say: “Lord, I don’t want to proceed on life’s journey toward Heaven without your demonstrable Presence. Just go ahead and call me home.” I’ll be honest with you. If it weren’t for my loved ones, I would want to depart the coasts this instant, and let the feet of them at the door scrape up my corpse and haul me to the morgue. That’s how important God’s Presence is to me! For the Christian, life to the fullest can only be experienced as the Spirit of God manifests through us in power.

You might think: is the glory and Presence of God really that important? Oh yes, it most certainly is! The Presence of God is something neither Believers nor the church should live without. It is essential to our wellbeing.

Perhaps you’re thinking: Well, I have seen plenty of successful Christians and churches that exist without the manifested presence of God. And I will agree with you. There are many successful Christians and churches that have no pronounced degree of God’s Presence upon them. Such churches have attracted large crowds; have built state-of-the-art sanctuaries; and they possess vast resources. And according to the standard of many, they are highly successful churches. But the approval of others is not the standard to which we should aspire. Our foremost desire should be for God to appraise us as successful! And this starts with whether God’s pronounced Presence dwells in our midst.

(Transition) Let’s continue our investigation of Moses’ discourse with God in Exodus 33 and identify something else he considered important:

The Glory of Distinction

And the next word that stands out is found in verse 16, where Moses says to the Lord:

“How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

The word is distinction. God wants to place a marked distinction upon his people and the people of the world.

(Definition) According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word distinction is “The act of perceiving someone or something as being not the same and often treating as separate or different: the quality or state of being excellent or superior.”

There is only one way that Believers can be distinguished from the world. That is by God getting involved with his people. It is God’s activity that works in and among us that produces incredible miracles! To be distinguished means you are set apart from the ordinary. It means you have been endowed with qualities that others do not possess.

I have a question for you: As a Christian, what distinguishes you from others? In some way, is your life marked with unusually blessed characteristics? Don’t think what I am asking is beyond your ability to obtain! I am challenging you to never underestimate what God can do through you! That’s because, throughout Christianity, ordinary people have been anointed by the Spirit of God to live extraordinary lives! And you too can claim a life that is inundated with the glory of God!

Here is what Paul said about you in Ephesians 3:20. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” When Paul wrote these words he sent them to Believers like you and me! God wants you “to do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine.” Simply tell the Lord you want to participate with him and he will include you.

And the same goes for this church! We must pursue the glory of God and operate outside the ordinary and function under the unction! I am talking about the unction of the Holy Spirit. How many believe you and this church can function under the unction?

Remember something about the Christian life: Believers are heading toward the capitol city of the universe—Heaven—where everything radiates with the glory of God—the gates; the streets; the plants; the animals; and most importantly the saints of God! Everything there literally pulsates with God’s glory! Here is how Paul stated in Romans 8:18:

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Full and complete glory awaits us! Praise God. No more headaches, body aches, backaches, or anything less than total fulfillment in our body, soul, mind, heart, or being! Everything about us will radiate with peace, joy, love, and total contentment. This is the personal glory God has prepared for us.

The coming glory of Heaven should give Christians a hint of what they should seek today. Paul’s heavenly promise should inspire us to seek for and partake of God’s glory now! God wants to display the glory of his goodness through everyone here. He wants the kabod of his presence to reside upon his beloved. That is because the glory of God distinguishes Believers from unbelievers unlike anything else in the world.

(Transition) In what ways is God’s glory able to manifest itself through us? One way is through the fulfillment of specific promises he gives us. Let me explain.

The Fulfillment of God’s Promises Reveals His Glory

How many under the sound of my voice has God spoken to and given specific promises?

Maybe he’s promised to save a wayward loved one.

 

Perhaps he’s assured you he would mend a broken relationship.

 

For some, he’s promised to transform a financial situation or resituate you into another job.

(Congregational Participation) I want momentarily pause from my teaching and ask everyone to participate with me. I want you to contemplate an outstanding promise God has given you. He may have promised it ten years ago, ten months ago, ten days ago, or ten minutes ago. (Wait)

(Insight) I want to show you what happens when God fulfills a promise to you. The fulfillment of God’s promise presents his glory. It doesn’t matter what God has promised. His word is on the line when he speaks to you. And his word is holy, and just, and righteous. That means when the promise of his word appears, it is always accompanied with his glory! Isn’t that wonderful! The fulfillment of God’s promises brings a manifestation of his glory! But there is yet a deeper insight I want to mention.

 

When God fulfills a promise and manifests his glory, it means he personally steps into your situation and interrupts the normal course of events.

 

It might mean he uttered his irresistible Word from Heaven to accomplish something that nothing on Earth could accomplish.

 

Or, it could mean that he dispatched a troop of angels in your behalf and commissioned them to bind the plans of evil people and create something beyond your imagination.

Always remember: God wants to reveal his glory to you. He delights in it! The Lord of Glory wants you to participate in his plans and witness his glory.

I want to illustrate this from the Bible. Turn to Luke 2:25.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. (26) [Now here’s the promise] It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. (27) Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: (29) “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. (30) For my eyes have seen your salvation, (31) which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: (32) a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

When the promise was fulfilled God’s glory was revealed!

I have a question for you: How do you want to operate in life? Do you want to expend your energy and resources to achieve your vision? Or, do you want to call for the manifestation of God’s glory to operate in your behalf? Remember this: God will let you operate either way! He will let you choose. But there are vast differences in the outcome to our choices when we operate in the power of self or operate in the power of the Spirit.

Again, I’ll illustrate this from the Bible. The example is found in Exodus 16, where Moses shows the Israelites calling for quail one month after departing Egypt and walking through the Red Sea. (This story is also told in Numbers 11.) I’ll begin reading in Exodus 16:6.

So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, (7) and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” (8) Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” (9) Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’”(10) While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. (11) The Lord said to Moses, (12) “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” [When God fulfills his Word it provides evidence that Jehovah is the Supreme and only God!] (13) That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.

When you compare that last verse with Numbers 11:31, you discover that God sent so much quail that it rose three-high throughout the camp! And the way God brought in the quail is also interesting! Again, verse 31 says: “Now a wind went out from the LORD and drove quail in from the sea.” In other words, the quail were brought into Israel’s camp by a sovereign act of God! The wind of the Spirit shoved them in!

Here’s my observation. Which way would have been better for the Israelites to work with God: One, set bird traps and catch quail or, two, pray and believe for God to work a wondrous miracle?

(Illustration) Some years ago, a California church launched  a research campaign and spent $50,000 trying to locate the perfect place for a church. And they found it! But there was another church nearby that also needed a larger facility. The pastor started praying and God showed him the exact property to purchase. And he bought the property. What is the moral of this story. You can spend $50,000 and find the right place to build your church or you can spend time in prayer and let God show you where to build it!

(Transition) The last portion of this message deals with how you can secure the glory of God. Is that what you want to do?

How You can Secure the Glory of God

I want to once more look at Exodus 33, where Moses is asking God to show him his glory. I’ll begin reading in verse 18.

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” (19) And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (20) But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” (21) Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. (22) When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. (23) Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

Did you catch how God told Moses he could participate with his glory? [Look closely] It’s found in verse 21. “Then the Lord said, “There is a place NEAR ME where you may stand on a ROCK.”

In order to see the glory of God you must get near God. And the closer you draw to God the more of his glory you will see!

You must pray.

Read his Word.

And stand steadfastly on “the Rock”—which is Jesus Christ!

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