Radiating God’s Glory (Part 2)

Mar. 27, 2019 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Because of the blood of Jesus, Christians have the right to have an intimate relationship with God. Spending time with the Father changes us into His image; we begin to reflect more and more of His characteristics. We start to radiate God’s glory by expressing and spreading it. He is the essence of love; this love cannot help but sink into us as a by-product of our personal relationship with Him. God’s love gives us power, which is the ability to get results; these results are His manifested glory. When we are with God and we remain in His presence, it is impossible not to experience transformation at all levels.

  1. Spending time with God changes us from the inside out and gives us what we need.
    1. Everything we need flows out of a relationship with God. There is nothing wrong with Christian principles and mechanics, but the relationship must come first.
      1. This does not mean to ignore reading the Word; we cannot have a relationship with the Father without it. He is the Word.
      2. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
      3. When we spend enough time in the Word, healing, faith, prosperity, deliverance, grace, mercy, and everything else we need comes as a result of this relationship.
      4. Spending time with God causes us to radiate His glory. It is His will for people to see Jesus when they look at us.
      5. …He that hath seen me hath seen the Father… (John 14:9).
    2. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3).
      1. Jesus is the exact expression of God’s glory. If Jesus, with His physical body, was able to be the perfect image of the Father, then we have access to that same ability.
      2. God does not just have love, He is love. As Christians, this is the most basic thing we need, before all else. A relationship with love, itself, is bound to change us.
    3. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering (Luke 9:29).
      1. When we spend time in prayer and fellowship with God, transformation takes place. Studying and meditating on the Word will change us.
      2. Change takes place at all levels when we develop a relationship with God. Hate transforms into love, unforgiveness transforms into forgiveness, and poverty transforms into abundance.
      3. When we are tempted to say or do something we know we should not, we can pray and confess the Word to fight against the temptation.
      4. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy (Jude 1:24).
  1. For true change, we must depend on the Holy Spirit. We cannot change ourselves.
    1. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).
      1. We will not succeed if we try to change ourselves; real change only comes through the help of the Holy Spirit, who works in us.
    2. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:15-18, NLT).
      1. The new covenant definition of “the veil” is the condemnation that comes from the law. It says we do not measure up to the standard when we do not keep all the law, and tells us we deserve curses and punishment because of our failure to do so. Satan puts this veil over our eyes; when we turn to Jesus, it is removed.
    3. Even today when the proclamations of that old, bankrupt government are read out, they can’t see through it. Only Christ can get rid of the veil so they can see for themselves that there’s nothing there. Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him (2 Corinthians 3:15-18, MSG).
      1. “The proclamations of that old, bankrupt government” refers to the law.
      2. We no longer have to look at God through multiple rules and regulations—we can now see Him as He is.
  1. Studying the Word helps us to see God more clearly. We change as we behold Him.
    1. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2).
      1. Looking upon God transforms us; it is impossible to stay the same when we see Him.
      2. The more we understand the Gospel of Grace, the more we see Jesus.
    2. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
      1. The Holy Spirit has accepted the responsibility for changing us. We do not have to work hard trying to do His job; we can put our confidence in Him.
  1. Being with God changes our hearts and gives us a boldness we did not have before.
    1. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires (Psalm 37:4, NLT).
      1. This does not mean God will give us whatever we want; He will change our desire and replace it with what He desires in His heart.
      2. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7).
      3. This promise works only if we have been in the Word long enough to let God shape our asking, according to His will.
    2. Keep company with GOD, get in on the best (Psalm 37:4, MSG).
      1. To keep company with God is to have an intimate relationship with Him. Spending time in His presence is powerful.
    3. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).
      1. When we have been with God, the signs will be obvious; others will notice a change in us.