The Power of His Glory
“…if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, … will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory?” (2 Corinthians 3:7-8)
Come and Rest in My Presence“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you... I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.” (Psalm 63:1,2)
Declare: “…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 Corinthians 3:18)
“How do you move from one glory to another? Move from receiving to releasing and go back again into His Presence to receive more, to be able to release more. Remember this: from Him, through Him, and all for Him.” “We have to depend upon His empowering, the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us, and bring everything back to Him all for His glory! The increase and maturity come as we make these steps our lifestyle, from Him, through Him, and for Him, to the glory of God. This is the way to go from glory to greater glory.” (Hetland, p62,60)
Receive My PowerReading: Acts 7 ESV Audio Bible
Extract: Acts 7:2,5,7,20,22,29-32,46-51,54-56,59-60 TPT
“Stephen replied… ‘listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham...He promised Abraham that he and his descendants would one day… be set free to return to this land and to serve and worship me.
Then Moses came on the scene – a child of divine beauty…Moses was fully trained in the royal courts and educated in the highest wisdom Egypt had to offer, until he rose as a powerful prince and an eloquent orator…Moses fled Egypt…The Messenger of Yahweh appeared to him in the midst of a flaming thorn bush. Moses was astonished and stunned by what he was seeing, so he drew closer to observe this marvel. Then the Lord Yahweh spoke to him out of the flames: I am the living God, the God of your ancestors. I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Trembling in God’s presence and overwhelmed with awe, Moses didn’t even dare to look into the fire…
David found loving favour with God and prayed for a dwelling place for the God of Jacob, but it was Solomon who built him a house. However the Most High God does not live in temples made by human hands… ‘Don’t you know that it is my hands that have built my house, not yours? Why would you be so stubborn as to close your hearts and your ears to me? You are always opposing the Holy Spirit, just like your forefathers!’ When they heard these things, they were overtaken with violent rage filling their souls, and they gnashed their teeth at him.
But Stephen, overtaken with great faith, was full of the Holy Spirit. He fixed his gaze into the heavenly realm and saw the glory and splendour of God – and Jesus, who stood up at the right hand of God. ‘Look!’ Stephen said, ‘I can see heaven opening and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God to welcome me home.’ As they hurled stone after stone at him, Stephen prayed, ‘Our Lord Jesus, accept my spirit into your presence... Our Lord, don’t hold this sin against them.’ And then he died.”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: Did you note the personal ways Abraham, Moses, David and Stephen encounter God’s glory?
O: Have you seen God’s glory? John 11:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
S: Discuss: What is God’s glory? His Grace? Anointing? Presence? His manifest Holiness?
Be My Spirit-led WitnessesShare the Good News. Today’s YesHEis Video Clip: Attain True Happiness
Be My House of Prayer Father, receive our worship. We bow before Your glory. Lord, we behold You with wonder! We long for the world to see You and know You as You are – glorious in splendour and holiness!
Lord, we repent of idolising media, entertainment and support, to lifestyle, wealth and status. We pray our eyes will be opened to our use of substitute comforts and that we would worship You only!
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list and family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation of our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.