John and Carol Arnott are the Founding Pastors and Presidents Catch the Fire (formerly known as the Toronto Airport...
“But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord…” (Numbers 14:21)
Have you felt a sense of divine dissatisfaction with where you are? I have. That is because God is calling whoever will hear. “Beloved, I have so much MORE to tell you and show you.” He is calling you into a deeper intimacy because He knows that once you have experienced the bliss of heavenly glory, you will only desire more of Him who is GLORY. According to the Apostle Peter, this salvation which we experience and which was foreseen by Old Testament prophets is the glory “into which angles long to look.”
The exciting news is that God desires to reveal His glory on the earth in our present day. This generation is exceedingly blessed to experience one of the greatest moves of the Spirit and manifestations of God’s glory in the history of the world. I believe that it is time to expect and experience more and more of the glory of God. God wants to capture this end-time generation with His power. As this happens, there will be more signs and wonders, which will amaze many and turn the hearts of the people to Jesus, our Bridegroom.
Just before we are presented as the bride to the bridegroom, the Holy Spirit will clothe and crown the bride with beauty and splendor. God’s glory will beautify the Church, causing her to be a radiant Bride. The more she is filled and adorned with divine glory, the more powerfully she will radiate the beauty of the Lord at a time when deep darkness shall envelop the earth.
“For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:2)
For the past year, my heart’s cry has been, “LORD, SHOW ME YOUR GLORY. I WANT TO SEE YOUR FACE.” Once you have tasted the glory of His presence, you cannot be satisfied with anything less.
The Hebrew word for glory is “kabod” which means “weighty, tangible, having substance.” The Greek word for glory is “doxa,” meaning “splendor, brightness, renown and fame.” God’s glory sometimes is described as the weighty, heavy and thick presence of God. When His glory comes, we know by revelation that He is real.
Once you have really tasted of and have been touched by God’s glory, you will be addicted to the glory and you will be spoiled for life – or rather, spoiled for good. When we are addicted to God, we will not want to live life without him. This sort of spiritual addiction is the most beneficial kind. It causes you to yearn for Him.
When it comes to moving into the deeper dimensions of the glory of God, a ho-hum attitude and a feeble half- hearted effort will not do. If the going gets tough, will you press through or quit? The zealous and spiritually passionate make their home in the realm of the Holy of Holies. It is a passion to be one with Him. “....that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19)
I first experienced the glory of His presence one night many years ago when I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom at about 10:00 p.m. Suddenly I heard an audible voice. It really scared me at first because I thought someone had broken into my home.
The voice started and stopped about five times. After the fifth time, I thought that I was having a nervous breakdown because I was hearing an audible voice; I threw my toothbrush down and said, “All right, I’ll listen”. Then the voice repeated the 23rd Psalm. About halfway through, I knew it was Jesus and that He loved me. As the glory of His presence came on me, I was filled with such joy and indescribable peace.
After that, whenever I would kneel by my bed and pray, that glorious presence would come. This was just the beginning of a life of experiencing the glory. The more I experienced His presence, the more it stirred up a desire and longing for a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus. When He who is the King of Glory becomes your deepest desire, your heart begins to merge with Him who is the object of your love. If we hunger and thirst for more of Jesus, the Bible promises that we shall be filled.
Let’s just take a minute and ask Him to come and fill us with His glorious presence. Don’t you feel more energized? His presence strengthens our inner man. It brings our souls into rest, refreshes our weary bodies and brings our focus back into line with His Word.
Let me give you a very valuable principle: what you long for and cherish most determines your life’s direction and values. The Holy Spirit is so anxious for us to experience higher levels and realms of glory that He keeps calling and calling, longing and longing for us to pursue more. When we ask for more, the Father will not give us a stone or a snake, or a scorpion, but HE WILL GIVE US MORE OF HIMSELF. It is the working of the Holy Spirit within that causes a passionate longing for more of God to rise up in you. Keep asking, seeking and knocking and you will continue to receive more.
We do not want to stagnate in the outer court because we are not willing to put forth the extra effort to press in further. There is such a battle raging in the soul where good pursuits become the enemy of the best. I don’t want to live in that realm. I want to passionately press in and learn to live in the secret place where sensitivity to the Holy Spirit increases. In that place, of which the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle is a type, exist greater understanding, revelation and insight. It is the place where our spiritual senses are sharpened and fine-tuned.
In Ephesians 1:17-18, Paul, the Apostle, prayed that the Father of glory would give to the Christians in Ephesus the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him and that the eyes of their understanding would be flooded with light to know and understand the great significance of their hope, calling and the riches of God’s glory in the saints.
When we are in the glory, we step into His light where the eyes of our understanding will be quickened to see things the way God sees them and from His perspective. We will have a greater realization of His holiness which causes us to have a holy awe and reverence of Him. When he saw the Lord, Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me, for I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips.”
Sanctification and transformation are part of the price of coming into the glory.
The Holy Spirit is issuing a call to us to pursue Him like never before and come into the place of communion and intimacy with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. “This is...the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face...” (Psalm 24:6)
God is raising up a people today who hunger and thirst for Him, a generation raised up by the Holy Spirit to reveal the glory of the Lord in these end times. These are the ones who know the times and seasons of God and sense the urgency of the hour.
We have really tasted the intoxicating wine of the Holy Spirit over the past 11 years. Being filled with His Spirit has brought such glorious freedom, healing, restoration and closeness to God. But I believe that He has kept the best for last.
“When the master of the feast has tasted the water that was made wine, he said to him...” Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill, brings in the cheap stuff. But you have saved the best until now! (John 2:9-11, The Message)
Are you a pursuer of His Presence? In April of this year, we were doing a meeting on the east coast of Canada. A young man said that the Lord had told him to give me some pearls. I thanked the young man but said that I already had a beautiful strand of pearls. He insisted, saying that he had never heard the Lord so clearly and that He was to give the pearls to me. So I accepted. They were an exquisite three-strand necklace of large, fresh water pearls.
A week later, I had a dream. In the dream, the Lord came to me and said, “Carol, I have given you those pearls. The three strands are to remind you of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In the dream, I thought, “Thank you Lord, but don’t you think I know that?”
But He went on to say, “Notice how the pearls are held together. The clasp is one very large pearl. Sell all and buy the pearl.”
I woke up. “Lord, what do you want me to sell? My house (I’ll have to ask John)? My horse? Lord I don’t have anything else that is of value. Please tell me what you mean?”
Then Lord spoke again and said, “I want you to sell me the most valuable thing that you own.” Lord, I don’t know what you are asking me for, please tell me.
Then the Lord said, “Carol, the most valuable thing that you own is your time. Sell me your time and you will have the pearl of great price.” The Lord referred me to Matthew 13:45-46, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Pearls form around a small grain of sand inside an oyster. The irritation causes the oyster to exude the substance that covers the grain of sand resulting in a beautiful pearl. They are made in the secret place, and when that oyster is brought up from the depths of the sea and opened, the light reveals the pearl of great price and beauty.
That is what happens to you and me when we hide away in the secret place. We emerge coated inside and out with the glory of the Lord. The pearl of great price is our lovely Jesus and a place of deep intimacy with Him. He is worth selling all that we have to obtain Him.
Are you willing to sell all, the most valuable thing that you own, your time, in order to experience more of His glory? He is extending an invitation to go so much deeper into the glory of His presence. Will you keep your appointment with divine destiny?
This archived article was written by Carol Arnott for release in Mar, 2007. Circumstances and situations may have changed regarding the author, locations and ministries. This content may therefore be outdated or misinformed.
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