7 Reasons to Pursue an Encounter with God’s Glory

Hear God say, ‘It’s time for My glory to be revealed.’

In the midst of darkness; in the midst of the trial.
In the face of opposition.
Though every feeling declares otherwise.

  • The splendor and brightness of God’s glory is being seen upon you (Is 60:1)

‘And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’
(Is 40:5, NIV)


7 Reasons to Pursue God’s Glory

1. Because You Will Encounter God Himself

Moses had an intimate relationship with God. Yet he wanted more.

‘Now, show me your glory’, he asked.
And God’s reply was, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you’. (Ex 33:18, 19)

Moses was longing for God to reveal more of Himself.

For glory is a Person:

‘I Myself will be the wall of fire around you’, declares the Lord. ‘I will be the glory in your midst!’ (Zech 2:5)

In the Old Testament, nations knew of God’s glory by hearsay.
The Israelites knew of God’s glory by observation.
But Moses had a relationship with the One Who is glory. [1,2]

The Holy Spirit is calling God’s people to intimacy with Him, and so your desire for God’s glory is growing.

He says, ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.’ (Jer 29:13,NIV).


2. Because You are Stepping into Your Divine Appointment

When Isaiah was confronted with the glory of God upon His Throne, he became instantly aware of his sin. The man cried out, ‘woe is me, for I am ruined!’ (Isaiah 6:5).

At that moment an angel came with a hot coal from the altar, touched Isaiah’s lips and said, ‘your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for’.

This is the extraordinary grace of God: that He—in all His holiness and majesty—continues to pursue you.

He doesn’t wait until you have met certain conditions, feel ready, are free of weakness, or have escaped the trial.

The way to His Presence (represented by that hot coal) is the work of Jesus Christ, and Christ alone!

‘Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus…let us draw near to God’ (Heb 10:19)

The God of glory is a loving Father, Who is relentless in His pursuit of you.

Just as God revealed Himself to Isaiah because He had a commission for him, He has a work that only you can do.

And everything you need for the task ahead, can be found in your appointment with Himin the Presence of His glory.


3. Because You Are Filled with the Spirit

God instructed Ezekiel to go to the valley, to meet and talk with Him there (Ezek 3:22). When Ezekiel arrived at the place of appointment, he was confronted with the glory of the Lord.

God’s glory stood in that place.

The power of that glory was such that Ezekiel fell on his face—and then, he wrote, ‘the Spirit entered me’.

Glory is not an impersonal Heavenly substance. The ‘glory’ is the Person of the Holy Spirit.

  • In the Old Testament, prophets had a unique relationship with God
  • But now, because of the death and resurrection of Christ, there is no barrier between God’s people and His glory

This is your inheritance!
You do not have to look at a distance to encounter the glory of God. You have the Spirit of glory in and with you.

Now, you are a carrier of God’s glory. You are also clothed with His glory (Luke 24:49).

Know it, see it by faith. Don’t let discouragement, insecurity or condemnation tell you otherwise.

Where you walk, God’s glory walks.


4. Because You Will be Transformed into His Likeness

‘The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.’ (Heb 1:3a)

Glory is a Person.

Peter James and John glimpsed the radiance of Jesus’ Heavenly glory on the mountain, and it was written of that moment, ‘His face shone like the sun’ (Matt 17:2).

John saw the resurrected Christ in the fullness of His glory. He wrote, ‘His eyes were a flame of fire’ and ‘His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength’ (Rev 1:15, 16) And John ‘fell at His feet as dead’. (Rev 1:17)

Jesus’ glory is the extension of His Person, as sunshine is an extension of the sun.

And now, ‘…as He is, so are we in this world’ (1 John 4:17b, NKJV).

‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:18, NIV)

So, look into the mirror of Scripture, and pursue encounters with God’s glory.

A transformed life does not come from behaving; it comes from beholding.

For the One you see is Holy.


5. Because God Will Receive Glory and Praise

The glory released upon us, and conveyed through us to others, can only return one place—to God Himself, in praise, in renown and in worship.

David wrote,
‘Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praise’ (1 Chron 16:24-25a, NKJV)

We pursue God’s glory because He is worthy of glory! And so we see the three Biblical directions of glory:

1. Downwards: God’s glory upon us, in the Person of the Holy Spirit
2. Outwards: God’s glory being revealed in and through us to others
3. Upwards: Glory being returned to God

Paul wrote of the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit that
‘… to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.’ (1 Cor 12:17, NIV)

When you operate in the gifts and ministry of the Spirit, you are revealing God’s glory.

Glory results in miracles, signs and wonders; in healing and deliverance—which in turn bring glory to God. (Luke 5:25-26)


6. Because His Glory is Your Destination

Jesus prayed, “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24, NKJV)

To live in God’s glory is your eternal destiny.

Your home is Heaven—a place that shines with the glory of God (Rev 21:11) and needs no light other than God Himself (Rev 22:5).

  • This is why you experience a deep and compelling desire to know Him in His glory

You want others who don’t yet know Jesus to have a place beside you in Heaven.

The desire for God’s glory is in their very DNA, and when they see the Spirit upon you, they will be homesick for what you have.

They will want to encounter God for themselves. (Ecc 3:11)


7. Because Jesus’ Glory Will be Known to the World

It’s time to pursue God’s glory, because this is the time Jesus’ glory is appearing to the world.

Not just ‘here a little and there a little’, but like the rush of an incoming tide

  • Like the rising of the sun, that cannot be held back

‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.’ (Hab 2:14)

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you…the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you…” (Isaiah 60:1,2 NKJV)


Prayer

‘Lord Jesus, We want to see You in Your fullness. Reveal Your glory, reveal Your splendor, Your brightness, Your majesty.
Remove every veil that has kept us from seeing you.
We cry, ‘Show us Your glory!’


Notes:
[1] See Josh 2:9-11, Ex 20:18-19, 33:10

[2] The Hebrew word translated glory in relation to God’s manifested Presence, is kabod (Strong’s H3519), which means glory, honor and abundance. It is used of God’s Presence, and also of wealth and of reputation. The word from which this is derived is weight, and so, there is a sense of weightiness and substance conveyed in this word.

It first appears in relation to God’s manifested Presence in Scriptures such as Exodus 16:7, 10 and 24:16, 17

The Greek word translated glory is doxa (Strong’s 1391). It similarly means glory, and honor, reputation and is used of Heavenly brightness.

[3] Strong’s G5321, phanerosis. This Greek word translated manifestation, means ‘exhibition’ and comes from a word meaning to make manifest, to appear.


Discernment can Propel You Into an Encounter with God’s Glory

The gift of discernment of spirits is a powerful weapon in times of spiritual warfare, and can be of great assistance when ministering freedom to individuals.

  • And those with a gift of discernment have the extraordinary privilege of being able to perceive the Spirit’s anointing!

Yet many who have the gift of discernment have difficulty knowing what to do with what they are feeling or sensing.

In this recently updated third edition, I have added a chapter on five specific spiritual attacks discerners face and how to overcome each one. I have revised other chapters, added new content and finished with an inspirational chapter on how the gift of discernment can propel you into an encounter with God’s glory.

‘Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment’ incorporates wisdom from Enliven Blog as well as additional valuable material on how to be protected as a discerner in times of spiritual warfare.

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© 2019 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

35 thoughts on “7 Reasons to Pursue an Encounter with God’s Glory

  1. Sashi Sehgal

    This is more than a good word! So good Helen, thanks again for articulating what the Spirit is saying so clearly and with some great reinforcements from the Scriptures. Amazing. My testimony is that this is what He has been targeting me in to, just recently He has really called me to press in with tongues in the Spirit and there is such grace that He is bringing back. It is like being born again, again! Yay God. Bless you Helen, much appreciation. Trust you both had a great break.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Wow, Sashi, it’s great to hear of the move of the Holy Spirit you are experiencing on your life! Malcolm and I have been encountering God in unusual ways and we are constantly talking about what he’s up to. What great days we are in, and this is just the beginning.

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  2. Juliet

    Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Lord show us your glory! Increase our capacity to bear it! Thank you for atoning for our sins Jesus!

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  3. Catarina Threadgold

    I LOVE the concepts of God’s glory coming DOWNWARDS, shining OUTWARDS and being returned UPWARDS.
    Just that paragraph alone is so mind shifting and liberating.

    Thank you for sharing these affirmations that are in the heart beat of our Abba.
    Bless you Helen, your ministry is very edifying to me, and the Bride.

    Love Cat

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  4. Victor Ahua

    This word is timely, a hunger to see God’s glory awakened in me recently, this morning I was praying to see more of God, it looked that for sometime darkness was just thicker around. This word is for me. I am inspired, encouraged and charged up to expect God’s Glory. Thanks and the Lord bless your commitment.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Amen, may your sense of faith and anticipation be lifted Victor, you are a gift from God.

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  5. Erica Thompson

    I am beyond grateful to receive your emails every week. What’s so beautiful about it is that the prophetic word that you give helps me to interpret my dreams. They are always right on and I just want to say that I really thank God for you!

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I love that, Erica! I recently had a dream about a place in God’s glory that is currently unoccupied, but opening up to God’s people, and it was on my heart as I wrote this. Dreams are powerful!
      Do you record your dreams? I dicta-journal mine, on my iphone.

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      1. Erica Thompson

        Yes Ma’am and they’re all consistent with every prophetic word that you post. Your post confirm what God shows me and helps me to believe. You’re a witness!!!!!! Thank you!

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  6. uwachi Mildred

    what a message in this topic that explains the word clearly and in a simple phrase. I love the expression of God presence appearing to us in the three dimension -upwards outwards and downwards. I need to more all the time to strengthen me in growth and know God more. For i have found it confusing in understanding todays’ prophetic words that is meaningful in our life

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Understanding prophetic words can take time, Uwachi.
      I believe there are times (I mention this, because it’s something He’s just prompted me to do with one of our own prophecies), when we should take a prophecy in one hand and the Bible in the other and put the two together, as the Holy Spirit leads.

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  7. Euzebio Mtavangu

    THANK YOU SO MUCH REV.HELEN CALDER; FOR REVEALING TO ME TO DAY, THIS AWESOME REVELATION OF MY DIVINE ORDAINED ENCOUNTER WITH THE GLORY OF GOD; WHICH YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH YOUR SPECIAL SPIRITUAL GIFT OF THE POWER OF DISCERNMENT.
    GIVEN THAT I HAVE BEEN ALL ALONG DYING FOR IT ,I AM VERY THANKFUL TO GOD FOR GIVING ME SUCH A TREMENDOUS GRACE TO REALIZE ACCORDINGLY MY DIVINE APPOINTMENT WITH MY CREATOR.AMEN.

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  8. karen Shanklin

    Hi Helen, thank You for those encouraging words of knowledge only God knows what we as His children are going through and He definitely know how to show up and speak words that allow “You” to know He’s right there in the mist of the battle. I just love how He speaks through You at a time of desperation, I so love Him for that and You as well, Your Ministry is such a great help in a time of need. Things that seem so far fetch and in between starts to make sense and I can actually say I know what I’m seeing, but my question in the back of my head is ??? I believe You know what I am saying. Thank You, thank You, Thank You… Deception is real.

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I’m praying for you right now, Karen. May you have the revelation of how strong you are in Him and with His Word.

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  9. Cherie Culmer

    Mighty God what a powerful and profound word. I loved the scriptures as it is the truth on which we stand on. I receive this word. May God bless and favor you always.

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  10. Addie W. Holt

    Thank God for confirmation. I’m a new pastor. The more I grow in this position is more God’s Glory shines over me. One of my family told me that I look different when I am ministering. So God bless you. My prayer is the people see Jesus and not me! Hallelujah!

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  11. Martha Smith

    Hi Hele, welcome back!
    Thats for me. So powerful, encouraging prophetic word from above. I loved it,
    “Divine appointment” with the King of glory, the God of heaven! So amazing. I receive it! Thats what i have been longing, praying for because i know if he is with me, who will be against me! Unstoppable Divine, Amen!
    I expect that ordination. “Thank you LORD, glory to you, oh God. Let only yours be done, not mine! ”
    Thank you Helen
    May God continue to equip you!

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  12. sonto

    Shalom to you Helen
    Thank you very much for praying for me. As I was reading the message from you. In did the time for God’s glory has to be revealed in me.
    Helen I believe God see my frustration but my feeling declares otherwise.
    For months now God has called me in the ministry and in the mist of my worse trials.
    I was really asking myself now if I really know how to lesson from God, because I feel like I think God is using me but at the same time I ask myself why am I falling in the hands of bad who brings me sadness. As now I am really confuse of why all this hurt has to make me go through them? How will I see God in all this. Helen I am really emotional. I need something that shows me that God is with me and He is about to take me out of this trial.

    Please continue to pray for me, I really feel very weak.

    Regards
    Sonto

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  13. Tebele Nkgapele

    This word has really lifted my spirit. My life is a mess! My wife has stage 4 breast cancer, I am working with no progress, earning 550$ per month, when I try some business it fails, I have a severe stomach ulcer, severe sinuses and high blood pressure and many other ailments but the Lord keeps me going. Keep on encouraging us. Amen

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  14. Frank Sinkala

    Good afternoon Hellen,
    Thank you for the powerful massage, and I know it is my appointed time to have an encounter with God’s glory.
    God bles you and use you more as you reach out to many souls.

    Reply

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