“And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (Jesus) (John 17:22-23)
This past Friday night, I was scheduled to lead worship. That morning, during our worship intercession set for Israel, the Lord was speaking about breaking down walls, pulling down everything that exalts itself against Him. It weighed heavy on my heart all into the evening service. I felt like God wanted to bring down walls in our hearts, and release healing. Healing of deep wounds as well as pain that can and often comes with the crashing down of walls. We started worship with setting our eyes on Jesus, captured by His awesome beauty. It’s amazing how everything seems to change when you enter into the throne room…
“Here I stand before the very throne, very throne of God. I’m captivated by the Holy One. I gaze upon You as You’re shining bright, shining like the sun. Who is like You? There is no one.” (A song I heard at IHOPKC.)
As we were singing, the Lord showed me something remarkable. In the Spirit, I saw a huge, thick, concrete wall that formed a complete circle. Inside the wall was a big ball of light. I immediately know that it was the light of glory, His glory, shining inside each one of us. The ball of glory started to pulsate, and from within it, came a shout! The force of the sound and the light burst and the walls exploded out! That shout was victory. That shout was identity. That shout was the glory wanting out!
“There is a shout! There is a shout! Let the glory out! Let the glory out! Did you know that all creation is groaning for the revealing of the sons of God? Of the sons of God? I am a son of God! I am a child of God!” (A chorus we sang on Friday night.)
It struck me because whenever I think about walls coming down, I tend to think of an outside force punching the walls in. This force, the glory, was already within and punched these walls out! It led me to John 17. The glory that the Father had given to Jesus has been given to us. The Father in Jesus and Jesus in us…abiding in the vine.
I realize I’m not saying anything new, but I began to dig a little deeper by looking at that word “glory” in the Greek. The word doxa means honor, renown, glory, an especially divine quality, unspoken manifestation of God, splendor, heavy weight of glory, God’s infinite intrinsic worth, what evokes good opinion, approval, brightness, and majesties. What stood out to me was the unspoken manifestation of God and His infinite intrinsic worth…given to us! Which led me to another scripture…
“To them (His saints), God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)
The same Greek word for glory is used there. Hope, in the Greek is elpis, which means hope, expectation, trust, confidence, to anticipate, welcome, and expectation of what is sure. Hebrews 11 says that faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. It’s all connected. Our Father in heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ have given to us not just glory, but the HOPE OF GLORY. He lives inside of us, has declared us His own, and has given us all power and authority through our sonship to stand on His word. There is glory inside of us, wanting to burst out! Glory that is the substance, the essence of who He is. Glory that overflows when we abide in Him and He in us.
In my last blog, I wrote that what we believe about God, true and untrue, affects EVERYTHING we say and do. It affects who we believe we are. It affects how we see each other. It affects how well we walk in boldness, faith, hope, joy, and love. I want this revelation to change my heart. I want to see how He sees and anchor myself to this hope.
“Every word You say is true. I can do nothing apart from You. Where else could I go? Why would I try? You have the words, the light of life. You’ve given this to me. A wonderful, beautiful mystery. Jesus inside of me, the hope of glory. You are my hope, the strength of my life. You are my hope, the glory inside. There is peace that guards my heart when I meditate on things above. There is peace that guards my heart when I abide in Your perfect love. I have come to seek Your face, come before the throne of grace. I stand in expectation of what is sure. You are filling me with glory and making me pure. You are radiating glory, permeating all of me. Pure…blameless…transformed…blameless…” (Some of the things I was singing today during my devotional at the house of prayer.)