GOD’S GLORY BRINGS SUPERNATURAL PEACE AND CHANGE
God’s glory releases the peace of Heaven. Not only are things created in God’s glory, but with His glory comes great peace. When the angel showed up to the shepherds in the middle of the night to announce the Savior’s birth, the glory of God came and brought peace to their hearts: “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid” (Luke 2: 9, KJV). Just a few verses later, Luke writes, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” (Luke 2: 13-14). Jesus’s reign would be one of peace, but it would be connected to His glory.
Paul writes to the Philippians, telling them that there is a peace that comes from God’s presence, “which passeth all understanding,” and it is able to “keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4: 7, KJV). Because God is not a God of confusion and anxiety (see 1 Cor. 14: 33), he tells us that the peace of God should rule in our hearts: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Col. 3: 15).
How do we allow God’s peace to rule in our hearts? We cultivate a life of intimacy with Him. We get to know the Prince of Peace. As we seek Him on a consistent basis, then our hope and expectancy is to experience God’s presence. No matter what we are experiencing in our lives, once God shows up with His glory there is a peace present within it that causes our hearts and minds to be still: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isa. 26: 3).
If you truly desire to have that one minute with God, then quiet your spirit and start thinking about God and His goodness. God doesn’t move when there is confusion, but when you are overshadowed by His glory and the peace of God is ruling and reigning in your heart. The Kingdom of God is a reign of peace.
Before Jesus ascended back to the Father, He spent about forty days with His followers, teaching them about the Kingdom of God. Then He told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father (see Luke 24: 49). Little did the disciples know that through a one-minute encounter with God their lives— would be forever changed.
Even though this encounter would just take one minute, they waited in the upper room for ten days before the Holy Spirit came upon them in power. Many times, in order to get our one minute with God, it may take days. Even still, we must never lose expectancy for it:
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2: 2-4).
When God’s presence shows up, people are changed. On the Day of Pentecost, supernatural change took place as the disciples— who were afraid, questioning, and maybe even feeling defeated— had a one-minute encounter with the Holy Spirit. It is wise for us to remember that we cannot change ourselves or will ourselves out of our circumstances. We cannot heal ourselves, strengthen ourselves, or cure ourselves.
We need to experience God’s presence for change to occur. This is why it is so important for us to pursue God’s glory. The apostles waited for the promise of the Holy Spirit. The King James Version uses the word tarry. Too many believers miss their breakthrough because they refuse to tarry. Yes, change comes in one minute— but never forget, that one minute is on God’s timetable.
We must trust Him and His divine timing, all the while, praying, declaring, standing, believing, and praising.