For years I have watched and listened to people cry out for God to pour out His glory (I was one). Crying out and spending hours pleading to God for Him to visit us (I was one). After many years of waiting, and watching and not seeing His glory, I started thinking. If what we are doing is not getting the results we want, then something must be wrong. And if we are not seeing the glory of God manifested after all these years then were does the fault rest?
- Is God not pouring out His glory because He chooses not to? Does He not want to touch or manifest His presence through signs and wonders to His children? If this is true then He must be saving up this outpouring for a time and place that is unknown to us, and if this is true then no matter how much we pray, fast, and beg, it won’t happen until that appointed time. Or maybe He is waiting for a time when we are more unified and have fasted and prayed enough; When the sum of all our prayers have tilted the scales enough to allow God’s glory to fall.
- Maybe we’ve got this all wrong. Maybe the fault doesn’t fall on God. Maybe it’s our fault and we haven’t been doing things God’s way. If this is true then we need to see what God says about it.
But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’
Here Peter, quoting the prophet Joel and is declaring that God has poured out His glory. If he is saying that they were in the last days, then we are definitely in the last days. If God poured out His glory then, He doesn’t need to pour it out now. We also read in John 17:22 where Jesus says that the glory the Father gave Him, He gave to us.
22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Here we read that not only has the Father already poured out His glory, but that Jesus has given that glory to us who believe! We already have it in us! We can stop asking and begging God to do something He did over 2,000 years ago!
So you may be asking; “if we already have His glory, how come we aren’t seeing more manifestations of it?” That’s because the glory is in YOU. If you’re not allowing it to flow out, nothing will happen. It’s not about God pouring it out; it’s about you letting it out. The glory of God is here for us to manifest the kingdom of God on this earth. We have been created in Christ Jesus to do good works. (Eph. 2:10) These works will manifest the glory of God on this earth. Out of our bellies should flow rivers of living water (glory). So if you desire to see God’s glory, to see your life and the lives of the people in your community revived, stop asking and begging God. Step out and you manifest the glory of His kingdom on this earth. Then you will see His glory “poured” out, and then you will see REVIVAL.