February 22

Exodus 33:18-19 (NIV) 18Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." 19And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Once Moses was promised that the Presence of God would be with Him, he asked to see the glory of God. The LORD placed him in a cleft of a rock and covered him with his hand and let Moses glance at what was referred to as God's backside.

Just what did Moses see? God is invisible, for He is a Spirit. The manifest Presence of God is Jesus. (Colossians 1:15) But why all the caution and protection to see Jesus? He was in His normal state, as opposed to His earthly condition. His normal state is to be clothed in glory. A glance at the brilliance of that glory was enough to make Moses' face to glow with the after affects of that radiance. After catching that glimpse of Jesus in His glory, he had to put a veil over his face so the people could talk with him.

Observe what God called His glory. He said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you...". It was the goodness of God that Moses viewed. Certainly Jesus is the goodness of God toward us. It is as if goodness and glory are synonymous. Now consider the fact that the glory of God is in all the earth. (Isaiah 6:3) We could say that His goodness is in all the earth.

Is there a place where the Lord Jesus is not working? Is there any corner of the globe where mercy is not reaching out? We do live in a fallen world, but the wonder is that the goodness of God is at work in every corner of it. Some choose to see only the darkness. Others have eyes to see the goodness of God in all His various ministries, everywhere they go. You can tell who those people are. Their faces glow.

Prayer: Lord, help me to see your glory and goodness that my face might reflect You.

February 22

Matthew 11:12-14 (NIV) 12From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. 13For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.

John the Baptist came preaching repentance. Though he was the last to hold the Old Testament office of prophet, his message was not about the Law. It was about the coming kingdom of heaven. "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Crowds were drawn to the wilderness to hear John speak and be baptized by him. Their hearts were becoming a level highway for Christ to enter in. Even though the Spirit was forcefully moving people, they had to be willing to buck centuries of tradition and thought patterns to hear and receive the Gospel.

The Prophets and the Law pointed to the coming Messiah. The Jews believed that Elijah would return to prepare the way of the Messiah. Jesus was telling them that Elijah had come, in John the Baptist. John was the one that prepared the way for the Messiah. All history pointed to the moment in time in which they lived. The revelation of God to man was climaxing in that day. No wonder Jesus said the kingdom of heaven was forcefully advancing since John began his ministry. This was it! But it continues its advance.

After Jesus ascension, the Spirit was poured out upon men. The kingdom of heaven continues to forcefully advance. Have you forcefully laid hold of it? It takes an effort to break the traditions and thought patterns of man and let Christ be formed in you. Forcefully lay hold of the kingdom of heaven in all your ways. Don't allow the world to hold you back! Lay hold of the kingdom of heaven.

Remember: Let the King reign in your heart today and every day forward!