10 Nov Glory is my Home
Very often at our Koinonias we enter the depth of understanding who we are in Christ. It is really important to want to see your true purpose and to accept it directly from the Father. The Lord is opening up our real aim; He is telling us what thoughts He has about us; and He is showing us the plans Jesus has for our lives. Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Our aim is the heart of the Father, His glory, as well as its manifestation on the earth. We touch His glory, and the Lord partially opens up our purpose for us. He trusts us with the mystery, and we correspondingly search and get deeper into this mystery.
There are services when people say, “Glory has come.” For me, it means that the Lord Himself has come, and everything is being focused on Him, on His personality. At such a time, He is speaking into our hearts out of His heart (and it is different from the power time when different miracles, healings, and signs take place). At this time, we can understand more about “who we are” or we “reveal the mystery” about the work the Lord assigns to everyone. For me, to experience the glory means to know Him—literally not to boast in anything besides what you
know from the Father. Glory is a special condition and a kind of “status” that you reveal by your obedience; following God reveals and fulfills the trusted work to you, and the Father is returning to you what has been yours from the beginning of everything and what was lost through the Fall. We have a great inheritance that belongs only to the Sons—those who know their Father and walk in His love. The Father is glorifying His true Sons, visiting them, and manifesting for them and through them His presence and His works. Jesus is the major example of this way:
“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:4–5).
When the Father glorifies, it literally means that He confirms that you are worthy of your inheritance. The crown is not being given from the Father to the son so easily or without efforts because, as a result of the Fall, people lost who they were; they lost their sonship. This means that every one of us should walk a particular path to find who we are, to open it and to walk in it—and as a result, to be glorified by the Father. I like the quote from Rick Joyner: “When you have a clear vision of your aim and the determination to focus on reaching this aim, you probably will see everything you will need to go through on this way to reach the aim.” We see this in the life of Christ; He knew from the beginning who He was and what He was supposed to come through—even when the Pharisees, disciples, and His earthly parents didn’t realize it till the end or didn’t see it at all (Mark 6:3; Luke 2:50; 8:19; 18:34; John 7:47). We all can feel some events taking place, sometimes even really unpleasant ones, and no matter how hard we try and want or don’t want [these experiences], inside we know that it all will take place, and moreover, it is supposed to happen like that. “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:26). The Lord suffered for us. In the Garden of Gethsemane He underwent a great pressure, and still He chose to fulfill the will of the Father. We have the same choice: “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” (Rom. 8:17). We are not carrying the cross of Jesus, as no one besides Him could walk His way. When we suffer with Him, it literally means that, following His example, we want to go till the end and look inside of ourselves, look with His eyes, crucify any yoke that hinders us, overcome any fear, and become a true Son, an heir of the glory.
I want to note that there also “sufferings” that people create for themselves, and it has nothing to do with the Scriptures quoted above. Because of the fleshly condition of pride and offensiveness, some people think that the whole world is against them, and as soon as someone “outside of their world” makes some remark or challenges or reproves them, a rough and dramatic reaction takes place. People with such a mindset think that they are being persecuted for Christ, but actually this uncircumcised mindset comes as a result of a lack of koinonia, fellowship inside of the Body, where there is no deadlock in the isolation of your thoughts, but everything is being brought up in the light. There is grief and suffering that could be avoided, and they happen by chance “if necessary.” When the Lord disciplines, you can humble yourself and surrender into His hands, or you can continue being stubborn, which in my opinion can launch the “if necessary” thing. “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials” (1 Pet.1:6).
And there are sufferings for Christ. This is the time when a man gives his life for Jesus, and in the name of faith gives his life for others. It is the highest honor and foundation of it—the deepest love and revelation of the glory. I think that the most important thing in sufferings is what follows after them—and it is Resurrection and Life. For we all go not to the end, but to the Beginning, to Life; we go to the home of the Father. And a lot of Sons go to the Father.