THE GLORY FIRE
One Sunday morning my wife Mauri and I were sitting talking about three in the morning. We were talking about a vision God had given me six and one half years before. When God called me into service at that time, I had grown to consider myself a servant of God. However, as Mauri and I talked that morning, she made the comment that perhaps I was a bondservant of God. We thought about it, and talked about it, and I realized she was right. When God had called me to let me know He was alive, well and going to move mightily in my life, He had called me into a bondservant relationship with Him. Some people might think there is no difference between the two, however let me explain how a bondservant relationship works.
A person that was a bondservant to his master was under a seven-year obligation to his master. He was to serve his master for seven years. However during the seventh year, the bondservant was to make an election as to whether or not he would continue to serve his master after the end of the seventh year, or whether or not he would end the bondservant relationship after the seventh year and go on his merry way. This decision rested with the bondservant as to whether or not he would continue to serve his master. Once the seventh year ended, and the bondservant elected to stay with his master, he would enter into a servant relationship.
I was in the seventh year of my bondservant relationship with God, and this was the year I needed to make an election to continue to serve God, or go off on my on to conquer the world. And God was allowing me the opportunity to choose. It was not as easy of a choice as it might seem. When you serve God with your whole heart, the demonic forces attack at an accelerated pace. The devil, liar and thief he is, is not stupid. We humans can see the glory of God on anointed men and women of God, and the demons of hell can too. It is like I told a young man who was going through some rough trials; if demons are sitting on the rooftop of a mall watching men, women, teens and children walking to and from the entrances to the mall, who are the demons going to attack. Are the demons going to attack the multitude walking in darkness, or are they going to attack the occasional light bulb filled with the glory of God. Duh. The demons will attack the anointed of God because the ones walking in darkness are no threat to Satan’s kingdom. And the attacks are severe.
Six and one half years of continual attacks had worn me down at times. If I had chosen to go on my own, maybe the success and riches of the world would be at my fingertips once again. I know this might be hard to believe, but I really do not enjoy being poor. However, on the flip side of the coin, God is so wonderful. Once you have been in His presence, everything else is so blasé. You can attack me every day for the rest of my life devil, as long as I occasionally get to hear His voice. A moment in the presence of God is worth more to me than the devil can ever try to throw at me. The devil is devious and evil, hmm, put those two words together and you have devil, but greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. So it really wasn’t much of choice at all. This entire decision process probably took less than a nanosecond. I am Yours Lord, forever and ever and ever. So I physically raised my hands to God and told Him that I wanted to serve Him forever. I wanted to be His servant forever. I will love Him forever. I dedicate my life to Him forever. I am His forever. Mauri and I basked in God’s presence for a long time after I physically made this election, and afterward we went to bed so we could go to church in a couple of hours.
A friend of mine was the pastor at a new church in a small town in Texas, and he had invited us to his church for his one-year anniversary. He had a small local band playing music as we walked into church that morning, and the peace of God hovered over the church as we went to sit down in the pews. As I started to sit down, between the time I started to bend to sit and was able to sit, God gave me an awesome vision.
It was a vision of Jesus on the Cross, and the glory of God surrounded the Cross. Now I know, up to the limit of my limited understanding, the power of the Blood of Jesus. I know the Blood of Jesus heals and protects and cleanses us from sin, and I always cover my family and loved ones with His precious Blood. However, this was something I had not seen before. Jesus on the Cross, surrounded by the glory of God. And God showed me how all of our sin and sickness and filth is burned away as we enter into His glory. We go through the glory of God to burn away all of our filth so that the Blood of Jesus can wash us white as snow. Glory to God. I was just standing there with my mouth hanging open when God said, “It is like when Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were cast into the fiery furnace. Not one hair on their heads was singed. But the filth, the mighty men who had tossed these three into the furnace, were killed by the flame of the fire.” Whew. I was overwhelmed as I gained fresh understanding about the power of the glory of God. The glory of God just burns the filth away.
As I finally sat down, the pastor stands up in front of the church and says, “There is such a sweet and gentle spirit here this morning, and he proceeded to have an alter call. People were giving their life to Jesus, being healed and set free, and the pastor had not even preached his sermon yet. Awesome seems like a small word to describe what was happening, but the tears of joy and forgiveness and compassion that flowed that morning, were a testament to the power of God. Glory to You Holy Father, Praise You Lord Jesus and Bless You Holy Spirit. I love You so much my words can not describe how much love I have for You.
The only time I had ever seen the glory of God had been about a year and a half before this. Now, I had seen anointed men and women of God filled with the glory of God but this particular time was totally different. The only way I can describe it is that it was like a white tornado. My first thought was that the glory of God was like a large, 12 feet or so, Styrofoam coffee cup. It was that white. But I just glanced. I immediately turned away to not look, because of how unworthy I felt to be in the presence of God. My shame at who I was, totally unworthy to be in the presence of God, was heartrending. And I don’t know why He blessed me with knowing and seeing His glory that morning. However, I do know that the saints who have fallen to their faces in the presence of God had more presence of mind than I had that morning. The number of times I have said I am sorry? No Lord, let me say one more time, “I’m sorry I did not lie face down before You when You blessed me in Your glory. I don’t know if it was my mortal fear at being in Your presence, or my unworthiness to be there? I don’t know Lord. I am sorry. I love and adore You. Please forgive me for not bowing before You.” I am totally unworthy to be called Your servant. Thank You for drawing me into Your presence. I love You Lord.
Okay. Sometimes I forget that there is a purpose to what I am writing. When you sit in the presence of God, there is nowhere else you want to be. But I will try to explain what I see. When we pull into the Cross of Jesus, we go through the glory of God. As we go through the glory of God, all garbage is burned away from us. This allows us to sit at the foot of the Cross, so we can be washed by the Blood of Jesus to make us clean and pure. This allows us to enter into the presence of God totally free of any impurities that would hinder our approach to the throne of God. I don’t know it all. All I do know is that Jesus bore all my sins and sicknesses and God cleaned me up by burning away my filth, so maybe, hopefully-prayerfully-faithfully-joyfully God has a mansion planned for me. If I was to die this very moment, I feel assured of my Salvation. I anticipate the opportunity to go home, to be in His presence forever. I truly love You Lord, thank You for all You have blessed me with.
15 ... and you fall down and worship the image I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hand?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
17 “If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
19 Then Nebuchnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.
20 And he commanded certain might men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzer was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
25 “Look!” he answered. “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire.
27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.
*** Well, maybe to be a servant of The Most High God
isn’t such a bad idea after all!!!!***