When I think about the glory of God*, I become so terribly overwhelmed and what was on my heart to write starts to quiver and become clouded by my lack of understanding of His true value and worth that I cannot describe with human words.
With that being said, I want to approach something that I am being taught. It is a very, very sensitive teaching that God has so graciously been writing into my heart and I will try to get language for it.
We tend to use “gray areas” to endorse sinful lifestyles, habits, or ways of thinking very much. I believe that we have cried out for revival but neglected areas of sin in our lives that hinder this great outpouring to the masses and in the secret place that we truly desire.
I have heard people most often use Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10:19-24* to advocate these “gray areas” of sin in their lives. When I say “gray area,” I mean sin that people are convicted about by the grace of the Holy Spirit but don’t necessarily have specific ‘evidence’ to back up its wickedness. They don’t necessarily have to be secret, hidden things, and they don’t even have to be things that are used as excuses because they aren’t clearly stated in the Bible. Many times they are things that are “justified” to other brothers based on differences in doctrinal belief, justified by accepting lies of weakness, or justified by using oneself as a point of exclusion from a certain sin.
However I believe that this is very black and white. I believe that we are to love the justice of God just as much as we love the mercy of God.* He is just because He is just, and merciful because He is merciful. And for that we should rejoice and not diminish either quality. He desires to draw from the depths of His mercy to destroy your sin so that you can see Him for who He is. There is no middle ground between righteousness and wickedness. Having addictions (the way you look, overeating, drugs, sex, etc.), listening to music that doesn’t bring GLORY to the name of Christ, watching movies that don’t bring GLORY to the great God worthy of all glory is wicked junk that must be taken care of by the casting of it onto the powerful God in flesh who has so graciously offered* to take it and dispose of the wickedness. That is the beautiful part of the equation.
The sin I have struggled with the very most in my life is the way I see myself as a woman in comparison to other women that I see on the magazines in the checkout aisle, or women I’ve seen in movies, or women I see on giant prints as I pass by Victoria’s Secret. It has been a long time coming for me to see this come to an end by a deep, true deliverance in my life. Although I have been with Jesus for a long time, this is something I am JUST NOW truly beginning to go to the root about to pull up. The world is not my standard—heaven is my standard. I have neglected pulling these self-degrading mindsets to the surface for fear of letting go of control and because of a lack of the fear of God in my life. What I have been praying into is that this sinful mindset would be so overshadowed and therefore erased by a tidal wave of understanding of the glory of GOD. It’s a phrase that has become so regular to me from being brought up in church; “the glory of God,” “to God be the glory,” “show us your glory, God.” But when I think about His GLORY, and His worth above everything in this carnal place, I completely relinquish the things of the world that I have held on to. It is like I have no choice, and not because some God in the sky is forcing me to let go, but because I become so distracted from the world when I actually meditate on Him and catch a glimpse of His true beauty. I think this is one of the grandest things I have ever encountered.
If there is something in your life that you are unsure about being a “sin,” or if you want to go deeper into the knowledge of God but something is holding you back, pray into it and ask the Lord in his great mercy to reveal whatever it is that is standing in the way.
When He shows you, or if He’s already convicted you about something but you are unsure in your mind how to see change, ask yourself what spirit it endorses. If it is anything that detracts, deters, hinders, or completely prevents God from getting ALL glory, then something is wrong. Plastic surgery? It’s wrong because it is endorsing a worldly culture made by man instead of a heavenly culture created by God. Smoking? It’s killing you and God created you for life. In an adulterous relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend from your relationship with God? Start being faithful and do whatever it costs. Eating too much? Start using the self-control provided to you by the Holy Spirit. Do you starve yourself? Do you look in the mirror and think, “I am junk,” or “I really need to look like ‘this’ or ‘that?’” You are allowing a lie to dwell and control a piece of your sacred mind, and you will not be brought further into the glory of God until it’s dealt with.
I am at the beginning of this journey, only starting to really practice this from the moment-to-moment. I compacted it a lot so I hope it makes sense. But the important thing is that He is changing me and I am becoming more free with every moment that I choose to not embrace the lie of the world. I hope that you as well will choose the freedom of God.
1 Corinthians 10:19-24 What am I trying to say? Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods? No, not at all. I am saying that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God. And I don’t want you to participate with demons. You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too. What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord’s jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than he is? You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.
Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Psalm 58:10-11 The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged. They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked. Then at last everyone will say, “There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
John 14:13-18 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! “If you love me, obey[a] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[b] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.[c] 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.
1 Corinthians 3:16,17; 6:19,20 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are… Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 John 1:9-2:2 f we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Deuteronomy 10:17 “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.
Psalms 50:6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge.
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Hebrews 11:16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Psalm 29:3-9 3 The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
Revelation 1:14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire.
Revelation 4 Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God. In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal.
In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”
Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,
“You are worthy, O Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
and they exist because you created what you pleased.”