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A Life of Power and Glory - Matthew 16:42; 2 Corinthians 3:18

Many want to walk in the glory of God. You may be quick to raise your hand and say,” I want to walk in the power of God.” Believe it or not God does intend for us to live in the Holy Spirit power and glory of God, but there is a price to pay to get there. The ultimate example of a person who operated in the power, glory, and anointing of God was the son of God, Jesus. He was one with the father and thus he operated with the same power and character of God himself. Jesus made a statement on how to live this anointed life. He said in Matthew 16: 41, “any man who desires to come after me, let him take up his cross and follow me.” We must deny our own wants and desires and completely embrace all of God’s heart if we want to live in the will and power of God. In John 17:3, Jesus says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Above all else, if we want to live a life of power and glory, we, as Christ followers must seek to know Christ, the Person and Savior we claim to follow and believe in. We must strive to know Him intimately. Matthew 6:33 tells us, to, instead of worrying about riches or about the basic needs in life, to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. A life of true power and glory is not so much a life based on warm feelings, or even being up on stage and having a big name and even a conference speaker or megachurch pastor, but on obedience to the voice of God and living a life of absolute faith and surrender to His will. 2 Timothy 1:7, “for he has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” Walking in the power of God begins with walking in the love of God. 2 Corinthians 3:18, “but we all with unveiled face… are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.” The glory of God comes into our life as we allow Jesus to transform us and take away impurities.

John 14:12-14, “most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also; And greater works than these he will do, because I go to my father. And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the father may be glorified in the son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”

Jesus promised his followers that we will do the very same works and even greater works than those works he did. Jesus said we would do the same works as him and even greater works than him, because he was going to his Father. I don't think that he intended that we would be superior to him in any way. Because Jesus was soon ascending to the father, he wanted to leave his followers on earth who would bear his image, reflect his glory, and carry his presence to a lost and dying world. Christ followers should carry the presence, love, and glory of Jesus everywhere they go to this world. This is the mandate on your life and why Jesus ascended to the father. Jesus has greater works for each of us to walk into; it's just a matter of faith in Jesus, surrender, and love for Him, and belief on our part.

*Wigglesworth, Smith, The Power of Faith, Whitaker House, New Kensington, PA, 2000

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