The Glory Zone

Did you know that you are a carrier of the Glory?

What is the weight of this verse to you?

When you are at your best you are displaying God’s glory. This is an act of worship. It extends beyond Sunday songs. It is where you realize you are an instrument of Heaven ready to be used by the Master Musician himself.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
Romans 12:1 NLT

Being a living sacrifice means being a vessel fit for use in the Kingdom of God. When I think of a vessel I think of somthing being used to transport from one place to another. If I want my goods to arrive safely so they can be used for their intended purpose I will not place them in just any old thing.

Carriers of the glory walk like they know who they are.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. [Exod. 19:5, 6.]
1 Peter 2:9 AMPC

Operate from the glory zone asking God, “how do you want to get the glory out of me? I’m ready to see what you have placed on the inside manifested on the outside.”

Glory Zone

The glory zone is when you are at your best and you feel most alive. It is the thing your mind tries to discourage you from doing, fearing you may go into over kill. What made you want to reign in being at your best at any given moment? Fear, stress, worry? These are robbers of the glory.

In the glory zone I run with purpose. Because of the joy I have I am constantly refreshed instead of tired.

Don’t you know that as a carrier you are unique? Did you know that as a carrier you are beautiful? Did you know you are God’s workmanship, fit for good use?

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalms 139:14 KJV

When I think of the glory zone I think of thrive. There is a certain capacity God has created us for and anytime we are carrying less than what we were created for (or what we not created for) we get weary. The challenge is to work in the glory zone even when life is throwing blows that would cause us to slow down.

How do we find strength to keep running? Thankfully God foresaw theses days and declared:

I will refresh those who are weary and will satisfy with food everyone who is weak from hunger.
Jeremiah 31:25 GNT

How to Fight: Spiritual Warfare

Sometimes we feel we are given commands from God and we really don’t know how to follow through.

For me, fighting the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12), seemed abstract. Ok so how do we do that?

Thankfully God does not leave us without instructions.

Therefore submit to God.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Cleanse your hands, you sinners;

and purify your hearts, you

double-minded.

Lament and mourn and weep! Let

your laughter be turned to

mourning and your joy to gloom.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

James 4:7‭-‬10 NKJV

Honestly, these instructions on the surface are not for the faint hearted. It takes some patients to fight from this position. It takes some fasting and prayer in the middle of the night.

To me, this verse is clearly something Jesus did when he prayed to God before he was to be crucified.

Although this was not idea for Jesus’s human nature, it was God’s will that he sacrifice himself. We often say we want to be like Jesus, but what does it look like? Does it mean our life will be easy? No. But it does mean we will have the strength to endure.

This fight renews strength instead of draining it from you. Instead of being fought from this position:

It’s fought from this position:

Unconventional method, for an unconventional people.

And even through it all we automatically have the victory!

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
Deuteronomy 28:7‭-‬9 NKJV

Wielding Weapons: Skilled at Spiritual Warfare

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

I have gotten to the place where I am like, “Lord what is going on!” My soul is unrested and I am feeling exposed and on the defense. Things that used to come easy are now the areas where opposition is cropping up. I used to be able to blend in with the crowd, but now I feel like I am being called out into a battle.

May I submit to you that it is time for war in the spirit. There is a place called worship where our weapons are sharpened and forged. There is a stance called praise where our foundation is established and we are able to stand when hell is literally breaking loose all around us.

We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices. Yes he may be loud, but it only takes the stone of the word to knock him down and the sword of it’s truth to cut his head off. We even keep the back up stones for his minions. We don’t mind going to battle so as long as in the process our loved ones are set free, our lives are producing greatness, and we are walking in the fullness of who God has created us to be.

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There are too many Goliath’s staring us down, taunting us constantly. We can either stand in fear and wonder what we will do or we can go down to the brook with the determination that,” if God be for me who can be against me.” In 1 Samuel 17 David goes to prepare himself for battle, deciding that today is the day we end this mockery of God and his people. David grabbed five smooth stones from the brook. To me, the stones each represented a word from God, a guarantee that he was on David’s side.

The stone of knowing “all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord.”(Romans 8:28)
The stone of “no weapon formed against me shall prosper.”(Isiah 54:17)
The stone of “my help comes from the lord, the maker of heaven and earth”(Psalm 121)
The stone of “my God can do immeasurably more than I could ever ask, think, or imagine.”(Ephesians 3:20)

The word of God is a sword that when used correctly will blast through EVERY issue life tries to throw at us.


Reasons to Fight

Think of what is at stake. Is it worth doing nothing, hoping something will happen?

May I submit to you that life is not a game of chance, but action and reactions, choices and consequences. We can not afford to be using faulty weapons, weapons with no substance.

I choose to fight because if I don’t I will always find myself being pushed over every time I try and go towards what God has called me to. We can not afford to go uncovered for a moment. Some attacks come because the enemy knows where the weakness are with our weapons. Satan is a bully and he goes for those who are the weakest. He doesn’t want to mess with the one who knows how to wield her weapon.

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The one thing he will try to do is talk you out of using them. He will speak to your mind telling you your weapons are not enough. That they are not effective if they are not producing at the rate of someone else’s. If he can get to your mind he will try to corrupt it until you are no longer able to function. This is why the bible is constantly talking about renewing our minds and keeping God’s word before us daily.

Dear friends, I just want to encourage you to not back down from the challenges of life and know that the Greater One is on the inside of you and that if He is for you, nothing can stand against you. You are a winner, its up to you to last until the end of the battle to see that your living is not in vain.

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