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The Spirit of Glory-the willing or the reluctant saint

Posted by appolus on March 12, 2015

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1Pe 4:13-14)

Notice this Spirit of Glory that rests upon the saints. This is where we get the word shekinah meaning glory dwelling with us. When this spirit fell upon the priests in the temple they could barely stand in the manifest presence of God. Maybe you know something of this glory? With hands raised towards heaven, the glorious presence comes down and touches you. There is an inward trembling as the glory and the majesty of God Himself envelopes you. You dare not move, and if you spoke it would be in hushed whispers such is the awesome glory and reverence that has overcome you. I believe brothers and sisters, that there will soon be an army of saints, marching on their knees, with the Spirit of Glory resting upon them.

I want you to notice on whom this Spirit falls in the Scripture above. It falls upon those who are partakers of Christ’s sufferings. When you are reproached, hated and reviled for the cause of Christ then the Spirit of Glory rests upon you. We can see this Spirit of Glory rest upon the first martyr, Stephen. With hatred and gnashing teeth they came against Stephen and what was the result? Act 7:55 “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.” It was at this point that they dragged him out of the city and began to kill him in one of the cruelest fashions known to man. And with this Spirit of Glory resting upon him his response was “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Act 7:60

Brothers an sisters, there are not enough pages to tell you all the stories of the saints down through the ages on whom the Spirit of Glory rested. Powerful stories from dark dungeons of the wonderful light of Christ. Glorious spiritual songs being sung even as the cruel flames licked about the saints mortal bodies and with hell shaking love, forgiving their oppressors. They were intent on bringing glory to God whether they lived or whether they died. These are the willing saints. Now in the end of ages there will be two kind of saints, The willing saint, the saint who by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony and who loves not their own lives unto death will have the Spirit of Glory resting upon them. All fear will be cast out of them as this Spirit courses through their veins. And there will be the reluctant saint, full of fear and dread and trembling and unable to love their enemies, quite the opposite in fact. Are you willing to suffer for Christ and bear His reproaches in the same manner that He and the saints of old did? Or will you be a reluctant saint who follows his flesh and tries to survive in any way he can? Now brothers and sisters, can I tell you that if you are already truly dead to this world and alive to the next, then the manner in how you leave this earth will be a powerful one because the grave no longer has the victory over you and you will willingly fly to your Lord. If this world still has any attraction to you, you will be a reluctant warrior. Now is the time to die to this world. Get into training, start today, pick up your cross.

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