Imagine you are travelling for an important job interview you have been invited to in Abuja or even outside of this country. You get to the venue of the interview only to discover you forgot one essential requirement to enter the interview room – a recent signed hard copy letter from your referee or guarantor. Unfortunately, this is one of those days when the face of the person attending to you is very hard and he’s not ready to bend the rules for anyone. So you are barred from entering the interview room for a job of a lifetime because you forgot to pack an essential document for your trip.
We have just begun an important trip. The journey of 2019. Some people will over pack for this journey, some will under pack. Some will pack non-essentials for this journey while some will pack just the required and needful things for this journey. Some people will even mistakenly carry another person’s luggage while leaving behind what was meant for them for this journey. What have you packed for the journey of 2019? What are you carrying on you and with you as you go through this year?
The Bible in Psalm 8:5 tells us that we have been crowned with glory and honour. We were not made ordinary. God bestowed glory on us and gave us dominion over the works of His hands (Psalm 8:4-6). This glory was lost through sin (Romans 3:23) but thank God for Jesus who came to restore the glory we had lost through sin. Through Jesus Christ, we have been made carriers of God’s glory. Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory. To have Jesus in you and with you is to have the glory of God in you. The more you grow in your relationship with God and knowledge of Christ, the more God’s glory increases in your life. The more we seek to do things that bring glory to God, the greater God’s glory on our lives.
To be fulfilled and successful in 2019, we must carry God’s glory with us all through this year. It’s unwise for anyone to embark on a journey of 12 months without Jesus; without the One who is the radiance of God’s glory and exact representation of God, the One who sustains all things by His powerful Word. When you have God’s glory covering you, every opposition and conspiracy against your life will be silenced. In Numbers 16:19, 42-50, Korah gathered some followers who opposed and condemned the ministry of Moses. Though Moses was outnumbered, the moment the glory of God appeared in the tent of meeting that opposition came to an end. God released His wrath and judgment on all those that were opposing Moses. I pray that this year, the glory of God will appear all over your life and everyone and everything that tries to resist and oppose you will be silenced by the glory of God.
Where the glory of God is there are miracles. In Exodus 16:6-14, the glory of the Lord descended and with it came manna; miraculous provision from heaven. In this year of moving from glory to glory, may we see the miraculous in every area of our lives as the glory of God rises on us.
The glory of God is a shelter and shield from evil. We see this in Isaiah 4:5-6. “Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.” Who can tell which calamity and tragedy is waiting to unfold this year? Who knows the storms and rains in 2019? Only God can tell, only God can secure and shield us from evil. This is why we need His glory over our lives and everything that pertains to us this year. We can’t afford to be stripped of God’s glory or for the glory of God to depart from our lives. Now more than ever before in these turbulent times we live in, do we need to be covered with the canopy of God’s glory.
We can be stripped of God’s glory when we fail to give Him the glory due to His name (Isaiah 42:8. Isaiah 48:11 Acts 12:23). His glory can depart from our lives when we don’t abide in His presence, when we fail to live for His pleasure and glory (Revelation 4:11), when we allow sin live and rule in our lives (1 Samuel 4:21-22). I pray that 2019 will not be a year of Ichabod; a year the glory will depart from our lives. May 2019 be a year of greater glory, a year where the glory of our lives, family, church and nation will be greater than the former, greater than what we have ever seen so that no matter the terror, danger, pestilence, or evil arrows flying in this year, they will not come near our dwelling places because we are enveloped in God’s glory.
The glory of God is an essential requirement for the year 2019. If you carry it with you this year, you are in essence carrying along with you divine protection, divine empowerment, divine provision and divine guidance. Perhaps you have already packed for this year and you forgot to take along the vital key for the year; you forgot how important it is to have Jesus with you and you have already started going through the year without Him, making decisions without Him. Thank God the year is still young and one can still make amends. So repack today. Drop all the non-essentials and ask Jesus; the One the glory of God shines on, to come and go with You through the journey of 2019. Ask Him for strength and wisdom to walk more closely with Him this year so His glory can increase in your life and make you well prepared and equipped for any assignment, challenge or difficulty that will come your way this year.
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