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The abundance of God. Have we ever thought about what that truly means? When we think about God’s abundance, we have to think about God Himself. How wonderful a thought that is! God! The Creator of the Universe. The Owner of all existing things. The Transformer of life and life definition. God is amazing. He is big. I mean, really, really BIG.

So why do we place limits upon Him?

Leviticus 26 speaks of rewards and blessings. How special we are to him. There’s so much He wants to give to us. God wants to move us into an unlimited lifestyle. A life where blessings are more than a word, they fall off of us. A life when spiritual rain pours down upon us in gifts and favor and overflows into every aspect of our lives.

But we say to God, um, Dude, You are way to big to care about that. Um, Old Man, You are way to far away to notice that. Um, Santa Clause, You are way too busy to pay attention to my entire list of needs, wants, and requests. After all, You have an entire world of mouths to feed, forget worrying about the desires of our heart.

The amazing part about God is that not only does He have an entire universe to look after, but He was the One who created that very universe!

God’s exalted above all limitations of time, space and creature-hood. He’s not limited by time, so He’s never late. He can move when it seems like nothing will turn around. God is not controlled by space. He can see regardless of how deep the pain, how far your mind. He can see all that, because he’s not limited by space. Nothing can stop God unless He desires to be limited by you. He is limited by only Himself, not us. God is so awesome that He will outwork our belief system. We may believe Him for a big thing but He will bring us a mind-blowing miracle!

And, in the end, this super cool, super awesome, super big God? Is our greatest and most neglected resource. Access to the well of God is a privilege of His covenant to us, but it is a privilege, not a requirement. It is dependant on our honoring the covenant itself by submitting to the will of our Heavenly Father.

Do we really understand God’s glory? We ask for it, we call upon it, we seek it, but do we have a full understanding of what it actually entails? Glory is the majesty that accompanies God’s presence. It is a weight that is only spiritually discerned as it descends upon the atmosphere. But here’s where it gets just a tad bit deeper (not too deep, this ain‘t seminary); God’s glory accompanies God’s presence and where God’s presence is, God is, and where there is God, there is all the blessings and anointing that by default accompanies God.

The fact is that most people desire the blessings of God. We want the cars, the houses, the favor, the righteousness…in that order please. Just kidding. Right? We are kidding, right??? Ahem. The sad truth is, for many people this is all we really know about God. This is all we can attribute to His glory. Oh, and occasionally we will throw in a John 3:16 for kicks and giggles.

The glory of the Lord comes in layers, like an onion. The above is only one layer of God, and it’s not even a full layer, more like a portion of a single layer – maybe a quarter of a portion of a layer. A quarter of a quarter of a portion…anyway, it is only one aspect of His glory. And it’s a pretty trivial aspect at that. God wants us to know that there is more to Him than material blessings, favor, and a bunch of rules. There is an unfathomably great deal more.

The faith walk is actually a treasure hunt and the Bible is our treasure map. The treasure? Discovering the multiple aspects of His glory! And to get an idea of just how really BIG this hunt is, I would liken it to being given the task of mapping out every ridge and terrain of every planet in the entire universe. Do that and you have just shaved off one layer of God’s onion glory! Congratulations!

Get the picture? Good thing we have all eternity to fulfill this mission…

Now, here’s why it’s so important to embark on this treasure hunt. Our view of God is limited to our perception of His glory. The perception of His glory is how we view God. The two are interchangeable and infinitely linked. (Oooh, fancy sentence…pats self on back.) Ready for the kicker? Everything we need is in God’s presence. God’s presence combines with His glory. Our conclusion of His glory, our conclusion of God, will determine just how much we will be able to draw from the well of His presence.

Let’s put it this way;

Our treasure hunt will determine what we think about God. What we think about God produces a conclusion about what God can do. Our conclusion produces an expectation of what God will do. Expectation produces anticipation. Anticipation produces praise. Praise ushers in the presence and glory of God!

Conclusion? The more of God’s onion that we peel away, the more true praise we are able to produce whether in our internal day-to-day life or an assembled atmosphere. You see, the greater our praise, the more we expect from His glory, the greater our faith becomes, and the more He is able to pour out. The healing, deliverance, peace, joy, blessing, gift, breakthrough…whatever we need, we receive an increase of those things by increasing our knowledge of the various aspects of God’s glory. Because all of those things are found within His glory. Layers of the onion. Peel ‘em back!

Hint: A great way to progress in this journey is by asking God to begin revealing more of Himself to you…

(Article inspired by Apostle Jones sermon, For His Glory)

1 Corinthians 3:7 “So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”

Why do you worry and fret about that which you cannot control? Does a farmer summon the rain that waters the crops? Is he the one who blesses the crops, causing them to grow within the ground? Is he, if you know, that one that resurrects the seed after it’s death in the depths of the soil so that it may sprout and produce it’s yield?

“Tel me, child, do you know who truly gives the increase? It is I. I am the miracle-worker. I am the One who provides.

“Don’t worry about the harvest for while your job is to plant, and even to water form the well of life that I provide, it is my job to bring the increase. That is why you fret and worry. You are concerned because the task seems impossible; the obstacles unsurpassable. But that is why it is my task, my job, my increase. I specialize in the impossible.

“Plant the seeds, beloved of mine, and trust me to bring the harvest.

Food 4 Thought

Blessings are for the temporary life…

But rewards are for eternity.

Have a blessed weekend!

“WHEN Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time [in that case], he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” John 5:6-8 KJV

TELL ME, oh beloved, do you want to be made well? Do the migraines torment you? Does disease ravage your bones? Does your stomach roll and expel, no matter what you eat?

TELL ME, sweet child, what does you doctor say? What meds does he prescribe to rid you this infirmity? How has that been? Are you healed? Is your body clean of the sickness beneath its sinews?

TELL ME, joy of My soul, do you want to be made well?

Why then, do you rely only on man to bring you to the Pool of Bethesda? Do you not know by Who’s power the pool gives healing? The practice of medicine is good. The work of doctors is all well. But the wisdom of man can only comprehend a small fraction of My creation.

THEREFORE, come boldly to My throne, dear child; I wait to heal your infirmity.