The Glory That Is To Be Revealed To Us

This phrase from Roman’s 8:18 jumped out to me a while ago and again recently, “The Glory That Is To Be Revealed To Us.” Let me give you a fuller context. [ Italics mine]

16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. PS 19:1

I cannot speak for you, but in my experience most people are like me. We have spent much of our lives avoiding suffering. Interestingly, suffering is a requirement to join in the glory. I have heard sermons on how suffering for our faith is all that counts, suffering consequences for being stupid doesn’t. Eh…maybe. But as I have learned to embrace pain from physical suffering, emotional suffering, and even from natural consequences, by turning it over to Abba, I learn to yield to Abba. I allow unrefined bits of me to go to the cross.

So what about the glory? (Or: get me off this suffering talk please.)

As more unrefined bits leave me and go to the cross, I am transformed from glory to glory. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18)

This is the eve of Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.  On this side of the cross, we have a perspective of Hope. When Jesus died on the cross, he paid for ALL our sin. That is complete atonement only our Creator is able to provide. The result is great hope. It gives us assurance that the refining is worth it.

As we begin the Jewish year 5778, the year of open doors, may we position ourselves to expect the glory of God in us and around us. May we have eyes to see and ears to hear what Creator is doing. It requires seeing through the surface, the anger so prevalent in every quarter these days. Abba is calling the Church Universal to rise up in LOVE. Repent of our judgments and lovelessness. We are called to see the individuals who are hurting, suffering and extend a loving had. “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” [emphasis mine.]

Abba has and is pouring his love into us through the perfect atonement. May we receive it fully,  then allow it to over-flow to those around it who so desperately need it! When that happens, we indeed see the glory of God revealed!

 

Can You Say No?

I am learning...

This past summer was bookended by weddings for me. My Son Alex married Evelyn on May 28th and my daughter Kathryn married Dewey on September 9th. I have said, “no” possibly more than ever before in my life. I put other things aside to focus on and be available to get us all through the weddings. It worked. I was not overly stretched going in to the events.

Now that the weddings are over I still have to find out if I can continue to say, “no.” Sadly, I did not have a good start. I thought I cleared my calendar for the week after Kathryn’s big day. But I came home to a week of meetings and commitments. Why did I schedule my dentist the week I got back? (Can you see my hands in the air?)

How do you use your time?          Free internet image.

On top of meetings every day after I got home, I put off an important decision about doing a workshop in early October until after the wedding. Once I accepted, there were a lot more opportunities to say, “no.” Now some commitments I thought would start in September are on hold until at least mid-October so I can complete the workshop well.

So how will I do when I meet mid-October? That is a good question. And why do I make this a blog topic?

Learning to hear from God to focus on the things Abba wants us to do is important. Being distracted by less important options is a big challenge in this age of options.

I am still learning to narrow my focus and strengthen my ability to say no. When we can hear Abba’s word clearly, there is more fruit in the finished product. As we move into this new school year and Jewish new year, I am consciously examining my time use in light of Abba’s call on my life.

I hope and pray I can continue to say no in order to follow the new season and the timing of my calling. At the same time I seek to say, “yes” to Abba’s best. Not all people have the challenging relationship with the word no that I do.

How about you? Does Abba want you to say no to something so you can say yes to a more fruitful life?

Restore and Revive

September 29 through October 2

God is calling New England together in unity. Restore & Revive is taking place in Northfield, MA in a few weeks. I have been invited to teach a workshop on Monday morning, October 2nd. Also, I will be involved in intercession and generally helping out. I recently read a biography of D.L. Moody. He founded the Northfield campus to train women for the mission field. He was a well-known international evangelist in the second half of the 1800’s.

One of the goals is to bring people together from all over New England in unity. Biblical teaching, workshops, worship tent, and the fellowship of living on campus or at least spending the night nearby promises to be a rich experience for all who attend.

Workshop presenters include Dr. Claude King (TN), co-author of Experiencing God with Henry Blackaby, Gaylord Enns (CA), author of Love Revolution, Rabbi Grant Berry (CT), Author of Ezekiel Generation, and Laban Jjumba, one of the fathers of the Ugandan prayer movement.

Dr. Collins Lein (Western MA) will share on the unique sound of worship that God is bringing forth from New England, while Dave Gadoury (RI) and James Robinson (CT) present a plan for 24/7 prayer in NE and every state.

See the full schedule here: Schedule

 

Be in prayer for this event. If you listen to Christian radio in New England, please let me know what radio spots and interviews you hear and where. There are also Facebook adds. We want to know how people are hearing about this event, so please be my eyes and ears.

Please pray for the plenary and workshop speakers (I am among the latter=})

There are still many details being worked through at this point. We generally have good unity, but as we approach and people get tired, from my experience, your prayers for all the organizers will help.

You can click on any of the links to learn more and pray as you are lead. Thank You! And by all means, COME to Restore and Revive if you possibly can, for one day or the entire time!