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Fear Glory

Last weekend Andrea brought up an interesting point.  She was thinking of the sun and how a mirror so easily redirects the sunís powerful rays.  She recognized that we are to reflect Godís glory much like the mirror.  If we donít reflect Godís glory we risk being burnt.

We receive Godís grace by faith unto good works and offer in return glory to God.

Hebrews 12:28,29  ďWherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God [is] a consuming fire.Ē

The relationship between Godís grace and His glory is an interesting one.  We cling to Godís grace in our life, and we are to separate our self from Godís glory. We inhale Godís grace and we exhale glory to God.  What happens between grace and glory?  Why is it when Godís grace bears fruit in our life, we want to hold onto His glory?  Why is man so prone to covet glory?

We should all be warned, the shine, the heat, the intensity of Godís glory is a consuming fire and the longer we hold onto it the more likely we are to be consumed by it!

The answer is simple, give God the gloryÖbut how is that done?  Saying it doesnít make it so.  Humility is the way, but how do we remain humble?  The truth is humbling, acknowledging the majesty of God and recognizing His authority as Creator is crucial.  Fathom His unmerited love for all of His creation; fathom His unmerited love for you.  Recognize His wisdom, recognize His uncompromising perfection.  Know that He is God and we are but clay.  

Most of us have a healthy fear of electricity; if you have ever been shocked you know it feels as if another entity is invading your body.  Holding onto Godís glory may physically feel good, but it allows a spiritual entity to invade your spirit, namely Pride.  Holding onto glory is an open door into your holy place.  

Does man covet glory?  Why does man covet glory?

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If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. --C. S. Lewis