Excerpt from Glory Warfare
Personally Entering the Glory Realm
We are all familiar with the temple of the Lord so vividly described in the Old Testament. The outer court, the inner chamber, the Holy of Holies; which housed the ark of the covenant, the very presence of God. The blueprint of the temple was a picture that the God we worship is a trinity. Three persons in one; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Word of God tells us we are made in His image and likeness. And we are tri-part beings made up of the body, soul and spirit. Just as the temple was modeled on God’s design of a three-person trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the divine forming and make-up of each of us is that, we too, are the temple; body, soul and Spirit. When Jesus came, He made the way for each of us to be anointed and appointed in the throne room of His presence. As previously discussed the veil was rent in two. The Holy Spirit is the heavenly host within the inner chambers of the Holy Holies. He prepares and serves our spiritual food. He lifts us up into the presence of Jesus into His throne room to encounter Him in His glory. The fire, glory, presence that was depicted in the temple in the Old Testament within the Holy of Holies is now within each of us. As ones who are a new creation in Christ filled with the Holy Spirit we become the carriers of His fire and glory. The living temples of the Lord. This is the place the dimension of which everything in our Christian walk is to be birthed. And friends this is where the assignments for warfare are spoken and the blueprint strategies for victory revealed. We then bring those blueprints we have received and implement in the earth to possess the land for Him. So how do we begin to experience, activate and walk out this spiritual truth?
Abide in Him
John 15: 4 and 7, “Dwell in Me and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me”…….. “If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”
Ask whatever you will and it will be done for you? Wow, what a promise. But some might be asking, “Is she saying God answers whatever we ask of Him?” My answer is yes and no. It depends on the basis and the foundation of where the intercession and prayer originated from. Allow me to explain further.
Upon hearing the word abide our minds quickly go to the normal steps we have been taught and know to be true which we will also discuss in depth in the book. However, as we begin to move in that direction, let’s take a closer look at this word, abide. The Greek word is meno. It means to remain, dwell, continue, endure, not to depart from, to continue to be present (continually), to be held and kept. In other words, when we abide we become so in tune with His presence from the dedicated times of entering in beyond the veil and encountering Him in His glory that we grow into the ability to remain in existence with Him. We know who we are in Him. He is very real and close to us. We are not separate or apart, but vitally united to.
The following is an incredible promise that Jesus shared, “No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. You are My friends if you keep doing the things which I command you to do. I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.] You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you” (John 15: 13-16, AMP).
Such an awesome kingdom promise. He is stating that you and I can be vitally united to Him and we will see answers to our prayers. I believe He hears all of our prayers. But, the key is this, when you are vitally united to Him your prayer burdens and assignments become those that He has entrusted to you. Praying in unison and agreement with His heart over a matter is key for breakthrough. Truthfully, to be vitally united to Him and effectual intercessors, warriors, prophets and believers, we must know the realms of the glory. Otherwise we live in the realm of man’s understanding and spend most of our time interceding and warring over all the wrong things. When you move in beyond the veil into the realm of His Spirit. He shows you what to target in on because the glory causes our spiritual eyes and ears to see, her and receive from Him. Therefore, we must be intentional of pursuing Him so our spiritual walk and intercession becomes His intercession and we see the breakthrough come.
Set Aside Time with Him
Our innermost being must in truth be yielded to Him…It is only as the desire of the heart is fixed upon God, the whole heart seeking for God, giving its love and finding its joy in God, that a man can draw night to God.
Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All
Drawing close to Him is essential. You must have a time and place that provides an uninterrupted atmosphere to focus on Him. For some of you this might be hours. The location should be one to where you are not interrupted by phone calls, texts, social media, television, other people or anything that will distract. This is a committed space and time just between you and Him. This is about building relationship. Hear me. It is my prayer that as you read this book that this reality awakens you; He desires to commune with you, to have relationship with you and for you to encounter Him in His glory. The more we allow and make room for this time, our ability to yield to the Spirit and flow in His anointing and presence increases. Therefore, when we are called to wield authority in the Spirit we hit the mark and see results.
Ascending through Praise, Thanksgiving, and Worship
Praise until the spirit of worship comes. Worship……until the glory comes. Then…..stand in the glory!
Ruth Ward Heflin
There is a progression that occurs when we enter into His presence through praise, thanksgiving and worship. Praise Him for Who He is. Exalt Him and speak His greatness. When you set aside this time, don’t come with your list of problems to repeat and pray through. The more we do this and longer we do this, our faith begins to waver. Why? Because the problem grows bigger and bigger and we will not ascend into His throne room to receive from Him. Make this allotted time about Him and glorify Him in His goodness and greatness. He delights in our praise. Our voice is the greatest instrument of praise that the Lord has given us.
Praise, worship and glorify our Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They are three persons in one and each with their own personality and desire to relate to us, therefore, all should be exalted and intimacy developed with all three. Praise is just the beginning. We continue on in this journey of glorifying His character, holiness, love and majesty and we enter into worship. Allow me to share at this point, sometimes we sell ourselves short by not crossing over into the finish line. What do I mean by this? We settle for a taste of Him or an increased anointing, but He wants us to continue until we encounter His glory. A pressing through into abandoned and surrendered encounters until our praise rises with the sound of thundering and echoing into the atmosphere as John so clearly heard in Revelation, “the voice of great multitudes,” “the voice of many waters,” and “the voice of many thunderings.” Praise releases the atmosphere for victory, worship released the atmosphere for His presence and anointing and ushers us into the throne room of His glory.
He is Not Threatened by our Imperfections
As we will discuss in chapter three, His love is unconditional. You can bring your flaws, failures and concerns into His presence and when you are in that face to face glory presence His goodness, loving-kindness, love will bring you to a point of cleansing and forgiveness as you submit yourself to Him.
In this place of abiding, it will produce.
- Purity- The more time we spend in His presence. The more we become like Him and are transformed into His image.
- Revelation – Time in His presence causes us to learn His voice and to know His ways.
- A surrender to His ways and a life of obedience – abiding births a hunger causing us to want to rise to position of remaining vitally united to Him through a life of obedience to His voice and leadings.
- A willingness to die to ourselves. Our focus becomes about Him and His kingdom as we allow Him to do a deep work in our lives. A cry of personal transformation and change begins to resonate through us, “Lord, I want more of You!!”
- Humility. We remain low in order rise up.
- Discernment is gained. Time in His presence and Word and gleaning from His truths will cause sensitivity and discernment. The ability to know good from evil, right from wrong. A knowing when He has entered the room, when the angelic realm is with us and when evil is present. A knowing and discerning of the times we are in.
- Strategies and blue prints for breakthrough are revealed to glory anointed prayer assignments. Assignments that carry an anointing for victory that even causes darkness to fear, tremble and flee.
- His glory will envelop you. You will be known as a glory carrier.
Rees Howells: Abiding to Bind the Strongman
The following is a testimony of one of the most powerful anointed intercessors that influenced world history with undeniable measurable results. His name was Rees Howells. It was actually during the time of reading the book Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb that I experienced incredible supernatural glory encounters with Jesus in which He spoke to me with clear certainty the calling to intercession in the nations. Let’s learn from Mr. Howells journey how we too can abide to victory and breakthrough.
There was one-evening Rees and his friends were returning from the village. They passed a group of women who had been drinking. One of the women shouted out a mocking exclamation, “Where is the power to change these people?” It was a challenge and Rees Howells took it. Allow me to ask this question? When we are presented with challenges such as this, do we shrink back, or do we accept it and stand? You see, the Holy Spirit spoke to him that he was to accept the challenge, abide, stand and believe and by Christmas day the ringleader of this group of women would be saved. In the accepting of this challenge, clear instructions were given to him that he was not to do it by personally speaking with her about the gospel. He was to win her salvation in the abiding place of the Throne room.
He was to bind the strongman in this woman’s life through the abiding place. The key scripture that Holy Spirit spoke to him in this prayer assignment was John 15:7, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (NASB). This scripture made it plain that the promise is unlimited, but its fulfillment would depend on the abiding. Gaining this understanding, Rees always spoke of guarding his “place of abiding.”
The other key scripture highlighted in this abiding place was 1 John 2:6, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” In other words, it meant a willingness for the Holy Spirit to live through him the life Jesus would have lived if He had been in his place. I am not certain about all of you reading this, but even as I type this I weep. Lord, cause me to yield even more to your Spirit. Holy Spirit live through me. Cause me to carry the burdens of intercession for my family, my city, my region, my nation and the nations.
In this abiding place, he would spend time waiting on the Lord every day through the time period that this prayer burden lasted. The Holy Spirit would speak to him through the Word, revealing any standard that he was to come up to, particularly in “the laws of the Kingdom” – Sermon on the Mount. Any command the Spirit gave him, he must fulfill because the abiding is the keeping of His commandments (John 15:10). The Spirit would also search his heart and throw light on his daily life, revealing any motives or actions that needed confession and cleansing in the Blood.
The Spirits dealing were not so much with outward shortcomings as with the self-nature out of which they sprang….He was “purified…..in obeying the truth through the Spirit.” (1 Peter 1:22).
The necessity for abiding is seen in that same chapter- John 15. The life is the Vine. As the branch remains united to it by abiding in it, that life of the Vine produces the fruit through the branch. In other words, the power is in Christ. As the intercessor remains united to Him by abiding in Him, His power operates through the intercessor and accomplishes what needs to be done.
As Mr. Howells would continue in this place of abiding day by day he would be increasingly conscious that the Spirit was engaging the enemy in battle and overcoming him, until finally he would become fully assured of the victory. The Spirit would then tell him that the intercession was finished, the position gained, and he would await the visible deliverance in praise and faith.
There are degrees and stages in abiding. The deeper the oneness, the more the power of the risen life of Christ can operate through the channel, and new positions of spiritual authority be gained…..But with obedience came cleansing, until by the second week, he said, “I had become more used to my position, and could see the Holy Ghost binding the devil. I soon realized I was not fighting against flesh and blood, but ‘against wicked spirits in heavenly places.’”
The weeks that followed, as he “gave prompt obedience to the Holy Spirit in all things,” were times of wonderful fellowship, until by the end of the sixth week the Spirit told him the abiding was complete and the victory assured. “I was abiding now without being called to abide, walking in the position, and the Lord told me that I could now expect to see this woman make the move.”
That very night, with a thrill in his soul, Rees saw her in the open-air meeting for the first time, and he told the devil, “Now I know the Holy Ghost is stronger than you; you have been brought to nought on Calvary.”
He took no steps to influence this woman in any way, but soon she began to come to cottage meetings. A great number of people became onlookers as they heard of the prayer. It was now the case of praising before the victory, and in the remaining weeks before Christmas the Holy Spirit did not allow him to pray for her. “It was a conflict with not praying,” he said, “as the adversary pressed on us the need of prayer; but it would have been a prayer of doubt,” During that time there was no outward sign of repentance in the woman.
Christmas morning came…..When the time for the meeting came, the woman was there, but a lot of people had brought their children; there was plenty of noise, and in no sense the kind of atmosphere which would influence a person to repent. But in the middle of the meeting “down she went on her knees and cried to God for mercy. It was a victory beyond value, and she is standing today.” (Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb, pp. 65-66)
Bringing Heaven Here on Earth
When we encounter Him in the glory realm, we in turn bring heaven here on earth. It is in supernatural encounters in the glory where we are anointed to see the schemes of the enemy defeated, victories won, breakthrough manifested and transformation made known in the earth. And as prophetically revealed in Habakkuk 2:14, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.”
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