The Glory that Remains-
The Bible says in First Corinthians chapter one and verse 29,
“That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1Cor. 1:29)
The Bible teaches that all glory belongs to the Lord, and that He will not share His glory with anyone.
As we have seen, there are several keys that the Lord may use to open the door of faith that leads to a miracle from God.
Although God may choose to use one or all of the keys to open faith’s door depending upon the situation, there is one key that is possibly the most important key of all.
That is the key of God receiving all the glory.
When the Bible talks about the glory of God, it uses Hebrew or Greek words that mean bigness, largeness, or awesomeness of God.
When it talks about “glorying in His presence”, it means to “vaunt oneself” or to “boast”.
When God is looking for someone to use to manifest a miracle, He is looking for someone who will always give Him the glory.
The Apostle Paul said,
“That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1Cor. 1:31)
Unfortunately, there was a time that Paul did not immediately give God the glory and a disastrous situation was narrowly avoided.
“And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.” (Acts 14:8-10)
“And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.” (Acts 14:11-12)
“Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,” (Acts 14:13-14)
“And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:” (Acts 14:15)
“Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.” (Acts 14:16-18)
These Scriptures show why it is so important that if we present ourselves as a vessel for the Lord to use and believe for God to do the miraculous, then we need to be sure that the following verse is fulfilled.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Col. 3:17)
Everyone who hears our prayer should hear a prayer prayed in the name of Jesus Christ and should hear us immediately glorifying the Lord with thanksgiving and praise for the miracle that happens.
In the Book of Isaiah chapter 58, the Lord describes what an acceptable and spiritual fast to Him is.
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” (Isa. 58:6)
“Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?” (Isa. 58:7)
“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.” (Isa. 58:8)
The word “rereward” in verse eight is an old English word meaning “rearward”.
What these verses are saying is that when we crucify our flesh and pride, when we deny ourselves and overcome fear, when we go forth in His name to do His work for His glory, then we are performing an acceptable spiritual fast unto the Lord.
His righteousness will make a way and go before us, and the Glory of the Lord is all that will be left behind when the miracle occurs, the need is met, and we are gone.
The Bible tells us in the Book of First Corinthians,
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” (1Cor. 1:27)
We must always remember that “no flesh should glory in His presence.”
God is not looking for the noble, the strong, the talented, or the well-educated to use, although these can certainly be used by God if they are humble and willing.
God is looking for those with imperfections who He can anoint to perform the miraculous.
Both Moses and David were lowly shepherds when they were called and anointed by God.
The Bible says that Elijah was a man of “like passions”.
Elisha healed others and even raised the dead, but he fell ill and died. Yet his bones were still so anointed that when a dead man was thrown into his tomb and touched his bones, he was restored back to life.
Peter, James, and John were fishermen and the Bible says,
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
The fact that they were unlearned and ignorant gave those that heard them cause to give glory to Jesus.
The Bible says that Paul had an affliction that caused many to think less of him, but it was for a reason.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.” (2Cor. 12:7)
“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.” (2Cor. 12:8)
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2Cor. 12:9)
We should never believe that our imperfections will hinder us from being used by God. The greater our physical or mental imperfections simply mean the greater the glory that will be given to God when the miraculous happens.
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2Cor. 12:10)