Release GloryDo you have a person or circumstance in your life that is causing you aggravation? Perhaps it is the attitude or action of someone that irritates you. It may even be a small thing, but it is a source of frustration.

Sometimes, we are tolerating things that we shouldn’t be—and it is right to be honest, confront and deal with those issues. However, there are times God allows aggravations in our lives because He has a greater purpose.

I believe God wants to show you the potential for His glory in that situation that has been causing you ongoing irritation, annoyance or even grief.

The Oyster and the Pearl

Recently the Holy Spirit reminded me of the oyster and the pearl.

The pearl doesn’t start out as something glorious. It begins as a foreign object—a fragment of shell, or even a parasite—that is invasive to the oyster. In order to protect itself, the oyster systematically coats the invader with layers of nacre, known as ‘mother of pearl.’ [1]

Eventually, that which is a constant irritation becomes an object of great worth and beauty.

The pearl has become a metaphor for something of high price, rare and beautiful. Jesus used the pearl as a metaphor in two parables. (Matt 7:6, Matt 13:45-46)

Stay Soft and Release God’s Glory into that Situation

Many people, in order to stop the pain, harden themselves against the source of an aggravation. They close their hearts or become critical and judgmental towards that which is causing frustration.

However, the oyster feels the irritation in its soft tissue.

Your Father says, ‘Stay soft and vulnerable before Me! Allow yourself to feel the irritation and welcome it as a reminder. Release my Presence and glory over that thing that is causing you aggravation.’

When we do that, we are like the oyster. We are releasing the glory of God over that which has been painful. We are participating in Heavenly transformation.

**Unlike the oyster, however, we are not acting to defend ourselves. God Himself is the only defense we need. ‘But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.’ (Psalm 3:3)

Release Forgiveness

The oyster begins to coat the object that is causing irritation with a mineral substance known as nacre. Eventually that thing which was a cause of aggravation has a beautiful coating on it.

‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’ (Col 3:13)

Has a person been a source of aggravation or ongoing hurt? Release glory, release the Presence of God through forgiveness.

Any time you are reminded of the pain, continue to maintain an attitude of forgiveness.

Release Blessing and Prayer.

Speak blessing towards that issue, or that person who is aggravating you. The root words of the Greek word for blessing, eulogeo, means to speak well of. [2]

Jesus said, ‘…bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’ (Luke 6:28)

Turn ongoing irritation into a reminder to pray for that person or situation.

When you pray, you are releasing the glory of God, you are releasing His power. You are participating in Divine transformation.

An Opportunity to grow in Christ-likeness

Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies and do good to them. This is an opportunity for you to be like Me. You can reflect the nature of your Father in Heaven.’ (Luke 6:35-36)

Then He says, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:37-38)

Jesus’ promise of Heavenly overflow was made in the context of forgiveness and releasing others from condemnation.

When we release forgiveness, when we bless and pray in the face of frustration and hurt, God looks at our hearts and He sees something of great value. He sees someone He can entrust with His Kingdom and His power.

Forgiveness is Powerful

When our lifestyle is one of releasing goodness, forgiveness and blessing, then in our extremity we will do what come naturally.

Stephen, at his moment of martyrdom, asked God to forgive those who stoned him. ‘Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”’ (Acts 7:60)

In that moment Stephen stood as an intercessor before God, standing in the gap for those who were against him. (Ezek 22:30)

At the time of his greatest need, Stephen cried out for God’s mercy on his killers. He released the glory of God over his persecutors. A young man named Saul was in the crowd approving of the stoning that day. Later, Jesus appeared to Saul and called him to follow him—Saul became the Apostle Paul.

Make the choice to release the glory of God over that pain, that problem or that person. Your attitudes, words and actions will result in the Holy Spirit transforming that situation into a pearl—a prize of eternal value.


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[2] Strongs G2127, G2095, G3056

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40 thoughts on “Release Glory Over That Source of Aggravation (Prophetic Insight)”

  1. Once again you have sent divine confirmation for my situation. For the past year my family and I have been battling our landlord of the home we are renting. Things just recently, in the last few months took an ugly turn and we now have lawyers involved. I have actually been praying for the last two years for God to bless us with a home we could own. A home that is large enough for our large family (8 kids). I told God in December 2015 that 2016 would be our year of conquering, and then the devil started attacking…please pray for me and my family that this issue will be resolved soon and in our favor.
    Thank you in advance!

  2. That was a right on time word for me. I’m dealing with that exact issue in my matriage, but to God be the glory for sending an on time word through his divine people. I bless God.

    1. Hi Andrea, believing with you to see a shift in your marriage and relationships. May much glory go to Jesus through your testimony in days ahead

  3. A very timely article I received in my email. Our prayer group is under heavy barrage and ongoing, not only aggravation, but oppression from a number of people.
    We have shown goodness and kindness but it seems the more they are flexing their power.
    How can forgiveness be given when it is not accepted?
    Many thanks, for your article. God knows what is going on, indeed!
    Please pray for us and with us about this situation… that the “pearl of great” price, the glory of God be realized and revealed through these irritants.
    God bless you and your ministry.

    1. Sometimes God calls us to honour and bless even when it does not make sense… believing with you, for a new season of grace in your ministry of prayer.

  4. We have been pastoring a church and we also have a daycare. The lack of Christian and qualified workers is our biggest aggravation. Please pray for our church. Church on the Way! Thank you Pastor Don Glass

    1. Hi Pastor Don, praying with you today for a release of the workers you need, and for your church and daycare. You have large hearts – may you be filled, pressed down, shaken together and running over with the supplies that you need!

  5. Hey Helen,
    Great timely and confirming article. I didn’t realise how wide spread this was, as I have been talking to a few people recently about issues with unforgiveness.
    I remember Holy Spirit prompting me many years ago about blessing and praying for those who persecute you or are harsh with you, as it dissarms the work of the enemy but blessing invites the work of the Spirit. Prov 15:1
    I love the point about Stephens prayer and Sauls redemption, how powerful.
    Despite the intensity in the atmosphere I hope your having a great 2016.

    1. Love that insight about disarming the work of the enemy, David… that’s what happens when we move in the opposite spirit, the ways of the Spirit of God.
      2016 has been a year of challenge and breakthroughs for us – answers to prayer and supernatural protection – exciting times!

  6. The Lord always provide all our needs… this is a very timely WORD for the circumstances I find myself with dealing with an individual in my workplace. God’s ways are always the very best for us in the end.

    1. So true Deborah, and He has available to you all that you need, an overflow of patience and the ability to bless under trial. Believing with you for the shift to take place.

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