Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
At the beginning of this series of lessons, we explained that the fire of God, His glory, and true worship are spiritual forces that mobilize and equip God’s people for action (II Chronicles 7:1-3). In the last chapter you studied about the fire of God and its importance in mobilizing you for the work of the ministry by demonstrating God’s presence, power, and approval, enabling your ministry, cleansing, refining, separating, trying, and providing guidance. You also learned of its value as a spiritual weapon to be used against your enemy, Satan.
This chapter is the first of four lessons on the glory of God. This lesson introduces basic truths about His glory. In Chapter Five you will study “The Purposes Of God’s Glory” and in Chapter Six you will learn “How To Glorify God.” In Chapters Seven and Eight you will learn how the glory of God can be restored when it has been lost.
You may have been discouraged and despondent and felt cold and lifeless spiritually. But the Word of the Lord to you is…
Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept
you; rise to a new life. Shine, be radiant with the glory of the Lord; for your
light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
(Isaiah 60:1-2, The Amplified Version)
These verses are part of a prophecy concerning Israel, the nation which is a type of the Church. You are a part of the Church, and so this verse indicates that God’s glory is to rest upon YOU (singular) as well as YOU (plural…the Church). The Lord also promised:
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, all flesh shall see it together; for
the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:5)
This verse indicates that “all flesh” shall see the glory of the Lord. “Flesh” almost seems like a disqualification to be involved with God’s glory, but this is God’s promise! If you are to see the glory and it is to be revealed in you, then you must understand what it is, its purposes, and how to glorify God.
Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.