Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” – Exodus 33:18
We’ve talked a lot over the last few blogs about spending time with God and worship and things like that. I don’t want to apologise for that at all because we think it is so important to do so, in fact we would say it’s imperative, a must, to spend time with God and to worship. At SML Kids, we are absolutely convinced that God is longing for us to grow deeper into relationship with Him, and for any relationship to grow, you have to spend time with the other person. As we spend time with God, His presence, the Holy Spirit, moves in us. But what actually happens when God comes in all His glory into our lives as we spend time with Him? Well, I want to suggest six things that happen. This isn’t a conclusive list but just six things which I think are really important to be aware of.
1. We are filled with the Holy Spirit
I’ve always been struck by Moses’ and his bold request to see God’s glory – I wander what it looked like? My guess is a bright cloud but who knows?! I don’t know if any people today can truthfully claim to have seen God’s glory like Moses did, but what is really cool is that we can be filled with the Holy Spirit. For Moses, God’s glory passed by but for us, it has come to live in us through the Holy Spirit. When we pray and God moves in us, we are filled with the Holy Spirit and God’s glory oozes out of us through the fruit and gifts of the Spirit. I wonder if you know any of those Christians who seem to have a radiance, a glow about them, because they spend so much time in God’s presence. When God moves, His glory also rests in us, and meets with us, whatever our imperfections.
2. We hear God’s voice
When God moves in us as we spend time in His presence and are filled with His Spirit, we hear God’s voice. I believe that God is longing to say something to you right now (why not pause and find out what that is), that He always has something to say, we just need to tune in to Him. I often hear people say how they don’t hear God speak when they’re in His presence, and that’s absolutely fine, just like when we’re in a room with someone we may not hear everything that they say, we might miss something. But sometimes, we’re just not tuned into God’s frequency. How can you hear God if you’re not open to hearing Him or on the same wavelength? And sometimes, we just need to practice hearing His voice – get used to what He says and how He says it, learn to recognise it. Because when God moves in us and in different situations, I’m not sure He ever really does it silently, rather God loves to say what He is up to and loves to talk. If you haven’t ever tried listening intentionally to God, can I recommend giving it a go. If you don’t know what to do or where to start, ask someone you know to help, or contact myself or one of the team here at SML (kids or staff team) and we would love to help. Or why not give the book ‘Everyday Supernatural’ by Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft a read; it’s a really helpful book. But if nothing else, stop, try to quieten the noise of the day in your head, and just ask God to speak and go with the first thing that comes into your mind. And don’t expect a loud booming film-like voice, because God often speaks in a whisper (1 Kings 19:11-13).
3. Healing comes
When God moves healing comes. We all need healing. Our bodies and minds our broken, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. But God loves to heal, it’s clear all the way through the Bible. Plus, in the Gospels, we often read about Jesus having compassion on people and healing them! The first recorded miracle that happens after Pentecost is the healing of a lame man (Acts 3). God loves to heal! So, why doesn’t God always heal? I don’t really know but for me it is because we live in a broken and fallen world. God is here by His Spirit therefore healings happen, but there is also sin and brokenness which can get in the way of us and God. But I also believe that God gave doctors, medicine and specialists who do a great job too. But there’s also another sort of healing in the Bible, one which is actually more important than physical healing; it’s the healing, the miracle, of salvation, people coming to know God and healing from sin. Because when we do, our whole being changes – the way we live our lives, our identity, our destiny. It doesn’t mean we will instantly be perfect, but we have God, the image of perfection, living in us, helping us, healing us.
4. We are called
When God moves, He calls us into new things or affirms where we already are. As God moves passions grow, and by listening to His voice we hear the plans God has for us. For some people this may be a calling into ordained ministry, for others it may be to do mission abroad, for others still it may be to work in the shop just down the road. Sometimes calling is for a short season, sometimes for a lifetime. But we are all called to serve God in everything that we do. And when God moves in our lives, we see this more clearly and it starts to fall into place. Where God calls He equips, and provides a way for the journey to begin.
5. Love is poured out
When God moves love is poured out because God is love (1 John 4:8). When God comes into your life or a situation, love doesn’t wait at the door, by default it comes in to. And as we are filled with God’s love, healing, peace, joy and contentment all come. But God’s love doesn’t just stay inside of us, it floods out to those around us. 1 John 4:11 says ‘since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.’ The Greek word for ‘ought’ in this sentence can also be translated as ‘bound’, it’s a strong word – ‘because of God’s love for us, we have to love one another.’ God’s love for us and our love for one another are tied together. As God moves and pours His love into us, we have no option but to pass it on to other people, it flows out of us to others through how we serve them, pray for them, and be with them. It’s Jesus’ greatest commandments, to love God with all we have, and to love our neighbour as ourselves, so much so that we lay down our lives for them like Jesus did for us.
6. Worship is the response
Finally, as God moves, the only response we can have is to worship. One definition of worship I love is: ‘an expression of love and gratitude towards God’, ‘the love of a heart towards a heavenly Father’. When God moves in us, so much happens our only response can be to worship. To praise Him for what God has done in our lives, for the healing, for the calling, for the love. To praise Him because of who He is and what He has done. I don’t know if you have ever been in a situation where God moved, and you just can’t stop yourself from worshipping. It’s because it’s our natural response, to go ‘Wow! Thank you God for all that You have done’.
So there you go, six things that happen when God moves! If you’ve read any of my blogs, you’ll know what is coming… Now it’s time to give it a go, to allow God to come and move in your life and in you right now. You know how you best connect with God give it a go, let God in and be open to Him doing stuff in your life right now. If you don’t know what to do, try finding somewhere peaceful with minimal distractions, pop on some worship music, have your Bible with you just in case God gives you a Bible passage then you don’t need to go and find one, close your eyes and pray that God would come and fill you with His Spirit and speak to you in this time. Be bold. Pray with confidence. Pray that you would see God’s glory, that He would move in your life. And then wait, and let God get to work.