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Be Satisfied with Him and Nothing Else by Todd Bentley

By Todd Bentley
When Moses said, "Show me Your glory," he was really saying, "Please show me the inner reality of who You are. Let Your glory come down and in that glory, let me know You. Let me know Your character by revelation. Then God showed Moses His glory, and started to reveal His character, "I am the Lord who is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger..." But make no mistake, this wasn't a crash course in God's character. It wasn't head knowledge Moses received.
 
 
 
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When Moses said, "Show me Your glory," he was really saying, "Please show me the inner reality of who You are. Let Your glory come down and in that glory, let me know You. Let me know Your character by revelation. Then God showed Moses His glory, and started to reveal His character, "I am the Lord who is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger..." But make no mistake, this wasn't a crash course in God's character. It wasn't head knowledge Moses received. God didn't just say, "This is who I am." The instant God's glory fell, Moses ascended to a new level, and knew God as He had never known God before, by revelation.
 
Sadly, many churches today don't even know that they don't have God's glory, because the blessing of the Lord is still there, just as it remained for the Israelites. But it doesn't matter how many people pack a church, a conference hall, or crusade grounds; it doesn't matter how much power there is, if there's no glory, it's all empty. Outwardly, everything looks great, but many ministries today are so busy going about having God do what He promised He would do, that they don't even realize that God is not in their midst. Sometimes even ministry comes before the Lord.
 
Remember, Moses said, "I'm not satisfied, God! Even if you give me nations, I won't be satisfied unless Your presence is with me." Moses was at the pinnacle of his ministry. He led more than three-million people out of the bondage of Egypt and Pharaoh. Three-million followed him and yet he was ready to say, "Forget it, I'm not going anywhere. I'll lay it all down because I need the presence of the Lord more than anything else God would do for me."
 
This is not to say that you shouldn't ask God to heal you, or to provide for you, or to deliver you. The power of the Lord is with you, He will heal you, bless you, and set you free. But what God wants more than anything else, is for you to want Him, and to be satisfied with Him, and nothing else.
 
Is there an idol in your life that takes the place of God's presence? Are you too busy for Him? Somehow, you have to make time for God. It's not always easy, I know that. Sometimes I work 16-18 hours a day, but I still have to make time for God. In our ministry, we witness the blind see, the deaf hear, cancers and diabetes healed, miracles, signs, and wonders happen. We see the gospel in action. But do you know what? You can pour your very life into ministry, and see incredible acts of God, but it's all empty without His presence, without Him in our midst.
 
Pursue Godliness
 
Yes, it's God's desire for us to be intimate with Him, but there's a condition to this intimacy, and that condition is godliness.
 
"He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." Psalms 24:4-5
 
God wants us to pursue godliness. His word instructs us, in fact, to "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." As we see in David's psalm, those who may ascend into the hill of the Lord and stand in His holy place are those who have "clean hands and a pure heart," those "who have not lifted up (their) soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully." In fact, New Testament Scripture confirms this, "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord..." Hebrews 12:14
 
If you are going to come into the glory, you need clean hands and a pure heart. True godliness is not you in our own strength and power trying to do all the right things we know we need to do. True godliness is letting God manifest in your flesh. When Gods presence is manifest in your flesh, you will dare not do those things that you know grieve and wound His heart.
 
Transformed in the His Image
 
The Bible says, "Great is the mystery of godliness." That is, the mystery that God has revealed to us in the gospel to make us godly. Those great things He revealed are that, "God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory." (1 Timothy 3:16)
 
True godliness is letting God manifest in your flesh. When Gods presence is manifest in your flesh, you will dare not do those things that you know grieve and wound His heart.
 
True Godliness is the glory of Jesus manifesting in our flesh, so that we begin to look like Him, and talk and act like Him in all we do and say.
 
That's true godliness. If sin is in your life, get into the river and let it wash away your sin. Jesus will manifest in our flesh when we behold His glory.
 
As we behold the glory, the face of Jesus, we are transformed into that image.
 
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18
 
True godliness is letting God manifest in your flesh. When Gods presence is manifest in your flesh, you will dare not do those things that you know grieve and wound His heart.
 
True Godliness is the glory of Jesus manifesting in our flesh, so that we begin to look like Him, and talk and act like Him in all we do and say.
 
The closer we get to God, the more the light of His glory exposes our darkness. Will you ascend the Holy mountain or stand afar off?
 
Do you want to pursue holiness and be intimate with God, or do we love our sin more? Do you really want to see His glory?
 
Todd Bentley
 

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