THE OVERSHADOWING GLORY
By Pastor Cheryl Ellis
ONE MINUTE IN GOD’S GLORY
I have found out that the more Keith and I talk about God, the more God shows up with His manifest presence. When we’re talking to someone about how the Holy Spirit moved in our services and about all the great miracles and healings that happened because of one minute in His presence, we begin to feel the presence of God all over again. The more we talk about Him and what He has done in our lives and the lives of people we know, the more the glory of God overshadows us. It seems that God’s presence is attracted to us recounting God’s miraculous deeds.
In Psalm 78, the people of Israel are recounting the wonderful deeds of God, and that is provoking praise and awe to rise up in their hearts, thus cultivating an expectation for one minute with God:
Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. … That they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God (Psalm 78: 1-4,7).
Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain to pray. As they were praying, Jesus’s clothes began to radiate and glisten, then Moses and Elijah appeared and talked to Him there: “But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him” (Luke 9: 32)
When Peter suggested they make three tabernacles for each of them to dwell in, Luke records, “While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud” (Luke 9: 34).
I want to describe a few things that happen when you experience one minute in God’s glory.
God’s glory causes us to hear His voice with greater clarity. We long to hear God’s voice and listen to what He may say to us, expecting Him to speak at any time. We know that if we can just hear His voice regarding our situation, everything can change. It doesn’t have to be a long process in order for Him to show up— we only need one minute. This is exactly that happened with Peter, James, and John as they personally experienced God’s glory on the Mount of Transfiguration. In just sixty supernatural seconds, God can speak to us from the glory: “And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!’” (Mark 9: 7).
This is the place I want you to pursue— being overshadowed by the glory of God’s manifest presence.
God’s glory releases His supernatural creative power. Something supernatural happens when people are overshadowed by the power of the Holy Ghost. In fact, things are created when the glory of God shows up. His presence carries and releases His creative power, just as it did in Genesis 1. The Word went forth, but it went into a place where the glory was hovering: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1: 2).
It was the glory of God that appeared and caused Mary to become pregnant with the Messiah: “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1: 35, KJV).
In one moment she was pregnant with the Messiah because of her encounter with God.
She was overshadowed by His glory!