Offensive Glory

Offensive Glory

We walk in who we are in Christ doing His works, His will and His way; and this newness of life may offend those around us. This offense comes from unbelief and may cause the rejection of many blessings. Jesus could not do many mighty works in His own house, in His own town, because those who knew him in the natural didn’t receive Him walking in the supernatural.

People may reject who we are in Christ because they know who we used to be, before we received Christ as Lord and Savior. Familiarity brings unbelief when we do not see others through the eyes of the Lord. Obeying the leading of the Lord and stepping forth in His name may be offensive for those closest to us. Unbeknownst to them, they are not rejecting us but blessings from the Lord through us, as we minister showers of glory upon their lives. This rejection is an objection to the unction of the Lord. The manifestation of Christ is often quenched because of offense.

Only the Holy Spirit can reveal who we are in Christ and remove rejection, offense and unbelief. He enables us to continue our ministry of reconciliation regardless of responses. We obey the leading of the Spirit of God and never base the fruit on what we see but on who we know, from glory to glory.

Matthew 13:57-58 “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.’ Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” 

 

The Unknown

The Unknown

Familiarity lowers our expectations and diminishes our faith. Jesus could not do many mighty works because of the people’s unbelief in His hometown. A false sense of familiarity kept them from receiving what He wanted to do in their midst. “We know him; we know his father; he is the son of Joseph, the carpenter; we know his brothers…” This familiarity brought forth unbelief, and they were unable to receive all He had for them.

The same is true for us. The people we minister to know us and therefore do not always receive through us what the Lord has for them; and we may not receive through others what the Lord has for us. We need to always be open to people who talk with us after a service, or on our job, or out shopping or are “little children.” Jesus may be using them. We are not thinking “I know him… or how could the Lord possibly use her to speak to me?”

It is far better to expect Him. “Lord, I’m looking for you. I believe you’re going to work in my life in unexpected ways, at unexpected times, through unexpected people – all for your glory.” We never know when someone is carrying something for us; we must not let unbelief and familiarity hinder our expectations. Our expectation is always to be with the Lord. He speaks to us in many different ways, not just through people, but also nature and circumstances. We expect mighty works always so that Jesus may be glorified, from glory to glory!

Matthew 13:57-58 “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.’ Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”  

 

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