Summary: This sermon deals with the need for Christians to understand that we exist to reflect the glory of God.
Get Over It
November 1, 2004
I. Moses asked to see it on Mt. Sinai, and it blew the priest away in the temple. John and Peter saw it, and heaven glows with it. It fills the scripture, and it has the ability to touch the lives of all who live.
A. The SHEKINAH glory of God. God’s Glory, the thing that changes worlds.
B. It is the thing that we should seek. We should pray for it to the extent that we have to wonder if we are bugging God, but we won’t be.
C. The word glory is an honor word. The Hebrew word for Glory comes from a word that means heavy or weighty.
D. The glory of God is the thing that outlines the significance of God. It sets God apart from all other things in the universe. Moses knew that, (Exo 15:11 NIV) "Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you-- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
E. God’s Glory is God’s priority! It is the thing that makes Him known for who He is among humans.
F. Heavens’ staff meetings are to answer one question, how can we reveal God’s glory today?
G. Heaven’s to-do list has one thing on it reveal the Glory of God.
H. We’re big on purpose statements in our world today, and the purpose statement hanging in heaven is Reveal the Glory of God.
I. God exists to show people Himself! (Lev 10:3 NIV) Moses then said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: "’Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’" Aaron remained silent.
II. We ask questions like why did God harden Pharaoh’s heart? The answer is simple for His glory. (Exo 14:4 NIV) And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD."
A. We seek answers to those questions so we can justify God. We want a logical answer to appease those who ask How could God make some’s heart hard? The answer is for His glory. To reveal Himself.
B. We want an explanation. The explanation is God does not have to explain himself to justify Himself to us, GET OVER IT!
C. We want to know why the heavens exist, (Psa 19:1 NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
D. We want to know why God chose the Israelites as has people, wanna guess?(Isa 43:7 NIV) everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."
E. We want to know why people suffer? (Isa 48:10 -11 NIV) See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.
(Psa 50:15 NIV) and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
F. Isaiah understood, (Isa 63:14 NIV) like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name.
G. Jesus even told us to make glorifying His name priority.
(Mat 6:9 NIV) "This, then, is how you should pray: "’Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
H. Jesus understood His place, (Heb 1:3 NIV) The Son IS THE RADIANCE OF GOD’S GLORY and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
(John 12:27 - 28 NIV) "Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ’Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again."
I. (John 17:4 NIV) I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
J. It is a shame that we don’t understand our place. We exist to reflect God’s glory in whatever way God intends. Everything exists to show God’s glory in every way that God intends.