Many times we use the terms the glory of God and the anointing of God interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. There is a difference between the two. The anointing is for work and the glory is for worship. We need both the anointing of God and the glory of God. The anointing is for your ministry to people. The glory of God comes as a result of true worship to God (ministering to God), worshipping in spirit and in truth. To effectively do the work God has called us to do we need the anointing of God upon our life and our church. God desires for His anointing to flow not just to us but through us to a hurting and dying world. God needs a vessel (a body) to flow through. When we allow Him to use us His anointing brings healing and abundant life.
If we want to experience the glory of God we must welcome His presence, prepare our hearts for Him and then maintain our hearts. God desires for us to carry His glory. He desires to make His home in us, but our heart must be clean.
We can look at the pattern that the tabernacle in the wilderness gives us to see that there is a pattern for experiencing the glory of God.
1. The people had to first come through a gate.
We have to enter through a gate also and that gate is Jesus Christ. Repentance only comes through Jesus.
John 14:6 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
2. The people then gave their offering to the priest to place on the brazen altar for them.
We must give to our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, ourselves. We must lay all our plans, hopes, dreams, and ideas on the altar. We must totally give ourselves to God – surrender all to Him.
Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Galatians 2:20 NKJV
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Matthew 16:24-25 NKJV
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
3. The priest would get their hands and feet dirty just by performing their daily activities and jobs.
Before the priest entered the holy place (each and every time) he would wash his hands and feet. Before we enter into the presence of God, we too, must spiritually have clean hands and feet. We too get dirty just by performing our daily routines. The laver that the priest washed in was made out of bronze mirrors. It represents the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
We must look into the Word of God and see ourselves the way we truly are. Then we must allow the water of the Word to wash over us and to cleanse us. We must allow conviction and repentance to be a daily part (ongoing process) of our lives .
James 1:22-25 NKJV
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
4. Once the priest entered the holy place he ministered to God by the light of the lampstand.
He offered up incense to God and ate from the table of shewbread. We too must minister to God by the light of the Holy Spirit. We are to offer up incense to God through our prayer, praise and worship. As we partake of communion we are eating from the table of shewbread.
Psalm 141:2 NKJV
“Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
5. Only after the priest had prepared himself and ministered to the Lord would he then go into the holy of holies where the manifest presence of God was.
We too, must prepare ourselves and minister to God before we can enter into the manifest presence of God.