Open the Doors for the Glory!

Is your ministry open to the glory of God? I hope that your immediate response was, “Of course!” However, have you taken the time to study the glory of God? Do you understand what it is? What can you do to open the door for its place in your church services?
 
Definition of the Glory
The Hebrew word for glory is kabowd. It means weight and splendor. It is the manifest presence of God in the heaviness of His goodness. Yes, God is omnipresent, but there are special manifestations of His presence that can be exhibited at different levels and degrees. When God’s glory is present there is often a sense of heaviness, not in a hurtful way, but in a powerful way; it is the weightiness of the greatness of God and all that He is. The glory of God often comes into a service in stages or waves.
 
The Gates Must be Open
The glory of the Lord precedes His entrance, as described in Psalm 24:7-10:
 
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
 
The glory of God heralds His entrance, but the gates must be open. We take it or receive the glory in stages with our faith-filled prayers. We reach into the spiritual realm and pull it out with our prayers as if we were pulling a rope hand over fist. As you pull, you get more and more of the rope. As you pull on the glory, more and more of it will manifest.
 
No Counterfeits
Satan is a master counterfeiter. He tries to duplicate everything God does in some way, shape, form, or fashion. I don’t mean to sound critical, but I’ve been in the ministry for forty-two years, and I’ve seen a lot of things! I’ve noticed that churches have moved away from the things of the Spirit in the last several years. My spiritual father used to warn us that if the things of the Spirit weren’t taught, they would be lost to the next generation. Unfortunately, we are seeing that come to pass in some places. I have been in services when the glory of God came into the building, and the room became filled with smoke. It was the glory of God. When that happened, everyone’s face hit the floor! We knew we were in the presence of our Almighty God! People were healed and set free! Some were comforted or strengthened; others received answers to questions that had been plaguing them. The glory of God brought the goodness of God in all of its forms into that service. Don’t settle for the counterfeit when you can have the real thing!
 
Doors in the Spirit
You are familiar with doors and gates in the natural, but it’s time to become cognizant of doors and gates in the spirit as well. There has to be a door open for the Lord for Him to move in our midst.
 
Consider Jesus’ words in John 10:1-4- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
 
Paul acknowledged doors in the spiritual realm when he wrote: Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 2:12) If a door can be opened in the Spirit, it can also be closed! Spiritual gifts and revelations are closed unless the door is opened with the right keys.
 
How to Open Doors in the Spirit
We open doors for the manifest presence of God through faith-filled Holy Spirit led prayers! Even the great apostle Paul needed people to pray for him so that doors in the spiritual realm would open.
 
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. (Colossians 2:2-4)
 
You, as a leader, need people praying for you so that when you deliver the Word of God, it comes in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. (1 Corinthians 2:4).
 
We should never determine the success of a ministry by attendance alone. Numbers don’t tell the whole story. We judge a ministry by two things: First, are you doing what God told you to do? Second, are people’s lives being changed? Both of those qualifiers require an open door in the Spirit that is accessed through prayer.
 
You, as the leader, should be the most prayer- focused person in your ministry. I cannot overemphasize the primacy of prayer! The most important people in any church are those who pray. Prayer is vital when we’re talking about inviting the presence and the glory of God into our midst. Spend time praying in the Spirit; as you do, the mysteries of how to unlock the doors and gates will be revealed.  And the King of glory shall come in!

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler