Psalms 19:1-14 (1) – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (NIV)
Glory is the pinnacle of success and a unique asset that brings praise and honour. As confirmed by our Bible reading, God is the custodian of glory—the heavens acknowledge the glory of the Lord and nature declares His testimony. Psalms 24:8-10 also tells us that God is the King of glory, and everything must conform to His presence. Another fact about glory is that it should be evident in the lives of Christians. In particular, God can transform any form of humiliation to honour and stigma to splendour.
We see an excellent example of the transformation from shame to glory in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. Jabez, who was meant to be outstanding than his brethren, got a contrary name at birth (sorrow). But after he prayed to God, his story changed. Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, was also relegated to Lo-debar. However, one day, David remembered the house of Jonathan, and Mephibosheth moved from agony to glory (2 Samuel 9). In the same manner, I decree any affliction ravaging your life is now your glory announcer, in Jesus’ name.
Beloved, there is a greater glory awaiting us when we get to Heaven. While on earth, God can move us from obscurity to the limelight. But, there are principles that we should follow to maintain God’s glory in our lives. These are holiness, studying the Word, praying, subjecting ourselves to the Holy Spirit, through which wisdom and power flow (Proverbs 23:15-26). Glory also comes with responsibilities. We must put in more effort to maximise God’s glory in our generation. This morning, you will pray like Jabez, and the Almighty God shall launch you into the realm of glory.
Hymn: To God be the glory — Fanny Crosby (1875)
1. Father, open my eyes to behold Your glory and walk in it.
2. Father, with You, all things are possible. Please, transform my pitiable situations into glory.
1. Father, heal and deliver me, my family, nation and the Church from the sting of corruption, hatred, lack, terror and death.
2. Lord Jesus, please visit every life and home to make us fruitful.
3. I receive the grace to return what does not belong to me but is in my possession.
NO MORE AFFLICTION
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