God lives in "unapproachable light;" He is served by myriads of angels and other heavenly creatures. He is robed in light, and all bow down before Him. Jesus speaks of the "Glory He had with God before the world existed," -- and then He says, "The glory which you have given Me I have given them." In the original, it's clear that He means the glory is ours already--the same glory that the Son and the Father have together. He does this, when you become a believer, by "making his home with you"--by uniting you with Him. Both the Son and the Father do this, so that you are united with Him, and become as one. Yes, you retain your identity. Yes, you are always going to be "you." BUT. Even so, you "belong" to Him, in ways that no words can fathom, with a relationship so deep that it can be described as "one." This is the essence of receiving God's glory, to be one with Him so that He dwells in you and empowers and informs your entire life. Because you are still "you," you can enjoy His fullness, or live in your own spirit. The life of fullness and wisdom in Him is potentially yours, but you must cultivate it. This all sounds very mystical, but in practical terms it's not. It's really very simple. To enter into all that God has for you, just do the following:
1. Start bringing things to Him all the time. Simple, easy prayers, such as, "Lord, what should I do about this?" OR, "Sammy has been really naughty today (if you're a Mom), what should I do?" And then see if He answers. It takes a bit of practice to hear Him all the time, but once you "get on to it" it's easy, and it grows on you.
2. Meditate on Scripture. Meditation is different than study, and different than reading. Meditation is actually thinking about and praying over, what God says, and personalizing it all, with His help.
3. Listen for His voice in your spirit. It's often very quiet, but if you know Him, you can learn to recognize His voice.
4. Remember that He's interested in you: Psalm 139:
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me!
All these things take some practice--but your heritage is to be united with God, and like His Son, if you are a Christian--so be those things now, and enjoy them.
Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
"The glory which you gave Me I have given them..."
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