#Online Bible Study

Are You Really Ready To Pay The Price For Glory?

This past Saturday during my church’s conference I got a call that Pastor Nat wanted to speak with me.
There were some glitches with some stuff that he wanted to smoothen out… and I am thankful that I was the one who was called because I ended up getting one word for this season that I am certain God wants me(us) to stand strong in.

 

On Thursday when the conference started, Pastor Chingtok spoke about the glory of God and about the fact that there is a price to be paid for “glory”.
Yes, the glory God promises us in Isaiah 60 doesn’t come cheap.
And so on Saturday again, Pastor Nat started elaborating on the price to pay for God’s glory to shine through us with real life examples from his own life…

He wanted to break us out from the mentality some Christians live with… the mentality of comfort in the things of God.
Pastor Nat spoke to the few of us with him that Saturday about how people hear his name all around the world now and they think that one just stumbles in and starts shining God’s glory.
No.
He said everywhere God has taken him and has brought him now are as a result of sacrifices he has made… things he has done to put God first.
Obedience to God even when it pricks his flesh hard.
He spoke about how he went somewhere and he was gifted with a very expensive wrist watch… and God said give it to so, so and so.
He said he knew just how much he would have gotten if he sold that wrist watch but he obeyed.
He spoke about how God has taken him to a point where he does not respect money… God says give, he drops it.
His wife sometimes would even think that he’s insane.
Prayers… 3am, night time, as soon as time comes up to stay on his knees, he subdues the flesh and gets down to pray.
Sowing seeds into ministries he knows God is taking him into…. this he has so done…me I know I haven’t even started yet in this area.
He spoke about how when a very famous gospel trumpeter came to Lagos one time and he sowed some pounds he had into his ministry because he saw his own ministry being like that…
Last year he was in New York blowing his trumpet when that same worship minister came running to minister along with him… and he remembered seeds sown and prayers offered…

 

As Pastor Nat kept talking to us, my mind was taking a spin of its own…
Am I really ready to pay the price for God’s glory to be made manifest in me?
Am I ready to subdue the flesh and let God take over completely?
Am I ready to lay down everything He says I should drop so His glory can indeed arise on me?
Am I ready to push… stay in the place of battling for the glory to show forth?
When I hit obstacles on the path to glory, will I relent or push forth with the Spirit’s strength in me?

 

This morning I was again studying Moses relationship with God and the process that led up to his asking to see God’s glory…

 

It was Moses’ practice to take the Tent of Meeting and set it up some distance from the camp. Everyone who wanted to make a request of the Lord would go to the Tent of Meeting outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the Tent of Meeting, all the people would get up and stand in the entrances of their own tents. They would all watch Moses until he disappeared inside.”
-Exodus 33:7-8 NLT

 

And I was thinking, here was this man who made it a habit to commune with God and know God for Himself and as he did that, instead of the people to desire to have the kind of relationship he had with God, they stood as bystanders and spectators watching all the while as Moses went through the process and price to get God’s glory to be shown to him.
If you read down Exodus 33 you’ll find out that only after constant and continual communing with God did Moses finally ask God to show him His glory.
He had built a relationship with God, so much so that he could make such audacious request to be shown God’s glory.
And you’ll also notice that it wasn’t just Moses alone who made a habit to go into the tent to fellowship with God, his assistant then Joshua always followed him to the tent and even when Moses went back to the camp, Joshua still stayed behind in the tabernacle with God. (Exodus 33:11)
Now guess who God used to show His glory in their time?
Moses and then Joshua.
What was the price they paid?
Placing knowing God (not God’s acts) above all else.
You think it’s easy to make it a habit to commune with God everyday?
If it’s easy why does everyone not do it?
It’s a price to be paid!

 

And then I went to 2Corinthians 3:7-18 (please follow along by opening the Word for yourself…)

 

The glory that God showed Moses was external… it couldn’t reside inside Moses because the Spirit had not yet been given.
Now the glory that God wants us to reflect is internal…
Meaning, God is this glory that we speak about and this glory resides inside of us so we show forth this glory from the inside out.
It’s no longer a function of “raise the rod and the sea will part”, it’s now a function of the Spirit that lives inside of you.
But we all know that this Spirit – the glory doesn’t wax stronger on its own… we must feed Him… we must make some sacrifices to ensure that He takes over and His light shines brightly through us.

 

So when Pastor Nat was speaking about how much he has had to obey God, subdue the flesh and let the Spirit take control, my soul was soaking in all He was saying.
For some weeks now, I have been feeling the Spirit tugging on me to get up and pray in the Spirit at 3am each night.
Every time I stay up late and then sleep when it’s close to 3am and never wake up till morning.
I am not yet paying the price He wants me to pay at this moment for the season He wants to take me into…

 

I believe that we have to be attuned in the Spirit to know what God wants of us in each season.
For some it’s God telling you to spend just some few minutes more in your fellowship with Him each day.
For some it’s God telling you to add evening devotion time to the morning hours you do…
For some like me it’s God telling us to pray in the Spirit and pray our way through to some specific instructions and directions that we can only get when we keep our spirit man alive by praying in the language of the Spirit.

 

I added my own dilemma up there just to let us know that I know it’s difficult to pay the price God wants us to pay for glory.
The flesh keeps showing up its ugly face!
But I am determining by writing this post not to let it get the best of me.

 

I finally got what God meant by saying I should go forward when I left Ekiti…
That season was a season to soak in… get quiet and learn of God…
This season is a season to go forth and show forth His glory… but then it doesn’t mean that I can show this forth on my own, I must remain in Him and be obedient to everything He tells me to do.

 

I asked God for the words to write this study today because I simply felt like I had no words to aptly convey what is in my heart to share.
But I pray that for everyone God has been teaching and preparing to show forth His glory (which is all Christians literally), we understand the price God wants us to pay in each season and subdue the flesh to pay it.
I hope you read Isaiah 60 when I shared it last week?
That’s the season that God is bringing us into…
A season where we have to arise and shine forth all He has put in us… but for us to arise and shine, we must lay aside the shackles of everything holding us back from stepping into glory.
“ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” 
-Isaiah 60:1 AMP

 
What’s keeping you from paying the price for you to step into God’s glory?
I write this because I believe that as the words come through my fingers, the Holy Spirit will bring them to my remembrance when my 3am alarm rings for me to pray in the Spirit…
And I pray that when God tells you to step outside the camp and commune with Him more… you will do so in obedience, knowing that living forth His glory is worth any price that He asks of us…

 

Prayer:
Lord ignite a passion and desire for you in our hearts.
A passion so strong, nothing can come against it.
Light your fire in our hearts… a fire that burns brightly in us for us to shine forth in you like you want us to do.
Help us to lay aside every weight holding us back.. just like Jesus, help us to go through the pain, the battles, the obstacles… and come out victorious, shining forth your light.
Thank you Lord, in Jesus name we have prayed, amen.

 
I just felt like adding this… If you’ve been pulled on by God in recent weeks to do something’s in light of going deeper in Him… but then you keep struggling and flaying like me… can you leave a comment below so we pray for strength together based on your specific need?
Everyone who comes on here and sees the comments, please pray for our fellow brothers and sisters…
Pray for strength, pray for grace to do what God is asking of them and pray that we obey when the Spirit tugs on our heart to go deeper in Him so we can show forth His glory.
The world needs our light. The entire creations on earth are waiting for us to awake and manifest our light.
Let’s not keep them waiting anymore.
Till our next online Bible study,
Love,
Frances.

 

 

PS: I was asked to share “rhema” from the conference but have you guys noticed yet that I don’t usually blog on “rhema” from conferences?
The lessons are usually so deep and I usually have no words to express them.
So I am sorry, but these words from the conference was what I was impressed on to share.
If there’s more, I will share but basically I don’t think I can come up with clear notes from the conference…

 
P.P:S: My book reading/discussion on purpose that I have been sharing about holds on Saturday, December 12th 2015.
Venue is at my church’s library, at VI Lagos, 1pm.
I will share full details on this next week Monday.
But for now, some persons have been indicating interest in attending…
If you’re interested, please send a mail to okorofrances@gmail.com and before next week Monday when I put out the full public notice, you can be in the know and maybe even help with the plans if you want to help… so holla at moi.

 

It’s one meeting where I’m praying people leave with more clarity on God’s path/direction/purpose for their lives… and you would be absolutely blessed for attending.
So do let me know if you’ll be there 🙂

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    esther
    December 2, 2015 at 11:50 am

    This is so true there are times iam to pray mostly @nite d feelin of been restless,den I just ignore it and wait for it to pass other times am in a keke/taxi and my mouth just goes shut to speak the word.I think most times we try to stop ourselves from going deeper in the spirit.We need to totally submit and break new grounds for christ.Nice one Frances more blessings

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 5, 2015 at 7:09 am

      *Submit and break new grounds for Christ*
      That’s exactly where He wants to take us when He tugs at us to go deeper in Him Esther..
      #grace to yield and obey..submit and obey…

  • Reply
    Chidiebere
    December 2, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Ohhhhh yes and yes this is for me. I am seriously struggling with my 3:15am prayers, praying in the spirit. God reminded me of it on Sunday and here it’s again. God give us strength to subdue this flesh and give the Spirit control. ” I am not yet paying the price He wants me to pay at this moment for the season He wants to take me into” this is me I know this in my spirit, my heart keeps tugging at me with each passing minute. God help me in my communing with him everyday.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 5, 2015 at 7:14 am

      He does help Chidiebere…that’s why He keeps reminding you(us) to get to the place where He wants to take us…
      Let’s just be done with struggling with our own strength and let Him take control.
      Much love sis…

  • Reply
    Onyinye
    December 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for this Frances. I’ve been struggling with my prayer life and bible study. Praying for God’s grace to rekindle the fire.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 5, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Amen and amen Onyinye!
      Grace is available to fire you up in God again..and as He helps you, yield, obey. When He says open the Word, do…little by little stocks up the fire till it gets on full blast again…

      Your hunger for Him will be filled as you go forth (do your part still) as He gives you grace to do…

      I bless God for you!

  • Reply
    Mobolaji
    December 4, 2015 at 11:12 am

    When I opened this post and left it for a time I was ready to get the lesson, I knew it will pay off!

    I actually read this during my quiet time today(because I left the page & put my laptop on sleep since then.)

    Frances, God bless you! You see, this post wasn’t only for you. It was for meeeee! God has actually been nudging me to spend time with Him in the evenings apart from my morning times with Him, but well….

    It’s so true that though we ask to be used of God, the question is if we really are ready for this glory we so desire!
    Hmmm, my Pastor talked about the grace for the supernatural during our ‘Mount Horeb’ hour in church early this morning & he used Jesus walking on water as his illustration.
    He put more emphasis on the fact that Jesus went to pray after He asked His disciples to go to the other side & actually spent a longtime praying, He went to meet them when it was almost dawn.

    We mostly dwell on the fact that Jesus walked on water & Peter too, but don’t emphasize on the fact that Jesus put in something before that time! He spent time in prayers and then God’s glory was manifested as He walked on water…

    So many lessons from just one story in the Bible that one reads over & over and gets new revelation.

    Thanks for sharing this post really.

    God bless you.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

      So Mobolaji..I’m thinking on this now…
      The prayers was actually the power house of Jesus, as it should be for every Christian…
      You know how much this encounter with Peter was our emphasis for a while…again God’s bringing another lesson from it…
      Jesus prayed…
      Are we ready to pray through, build stamina and live forth the glory?

      God’s been telling me that if I know what He has for me, I will start jumping around praying morning and night… I believe that that’s what I’m going to do.
      By His grace, I will pace myself and do same.

      God grace us all to move forth in Him…
      Thanks so much for this comment B!

  • Reply
    Amaka
    December 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you for this. Really.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      December 6, 2015 at 6:16 am

      You’re welcome Amaka..Really.
      Good to have you back!

  • Reply
    mamezi
    January 5, 2016 at 2:51 am

    This is the 2nd time I am reading this post. The first time I read it, I just told my self “mamezi it’s like you are not ready to pay the price self with all these one you are doing ” sometimes it is easy to pay the price with our mouths and with words but when it comes to the actions we don’t want to. There was a time I felt I didn’t love God and it’s not like I was doing anything bad or committing any sin but I just didn’t feel the love. It felt like an arranged marriage and it was a tough time and I would talk to God about it and He would answer me. The devil was just playing with my mind but God taught me about being intentional about loving Him. Love is intentional and it’s sacrifice not goose bumps and butterflies in our stomach. God so loved the world and He gave, God’s greatest expression of love for us is in the thing He sacrificed for us. We might not fully comprehend the sacrifice of the cross but God taught me love is sacrifice and loving God will cost us because our flesh will always fight. The devil always fights for my time with God and occupies it with other things appealing to the flesh but I have to be intentional and fight back for the love of my life till there is fire in my bones and my entire being longs for God. I won’t say I have reached the place where David said “as the deer pants for water so my soul pants for God” but that is the goal to entirely pursue God with my whole being. Okay let me stop here before I begin to write a book. Let me just add that I love your blog and God has used you to bless me. I randomly found your blog while looking for some Nathaniel Bassey’s sermons and I know God will continue to take you to greater heights.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      February 6, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Intentional love…love like fire..till it burns…till it burns…on fire..love set on fire.

      Thank you Mamezi…
      Thank you
      There can be no passive love…things don’t work that way…passive Christianity too doesn’t breed growth, it takes a *pursue and overtake, till you hit the brook and lots of water…
      #grace for us to run with this.
      #grace.

      And it’s mega nicceeee to meet you here.
      I hope you found Pst Nat’s msg on the will of God when you came on too…along with these other posts that I pray bless you too.
      See you more and more around…
      *love

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