Monday, August 3, 2015

"Manifesting His Glory"

   On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
   Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
   And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."
   Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."
   His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."
   Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
   Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim.
   And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast." And they took it.
   When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then that which is inferior; but you have kept the good wine until now."
   This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:1-11

The thing that I wanted to share with you today has a lot to do with the servants at the feast. Stop and think for a moment about what they, just because they were servants, got to be apart of. These servants, because they were obedient to the words that Mary spoke to them, got to be a part of the first miracle that Jesus performed and it was a pretty amazing thing to witness! One minute water ...the next wine!  In truth these servants were the up close and personal witnesses of this amazing miracle, that only the anointed one, sent by the Maker of heaven and earth, could perform. They personally put the water in the containers per His instructions.  And ...six waterpots later they were also the ones to personally draw it from those same six waterpots. Then they were the ones to serve it to the master of the feast. These obedient servants were the ones who got to not only see but to be a significant part of it all, first hand!

How about you? Would you, like these servants, like to have first hand experience with being a part of manifesting the glory of God in the earth today? If so, the key is in the words that Mary spoke, "Whatever He says to you, do it."

The word is full of signs, wonders, and miracles that are performed by or as a result of those who are being obedient to do all that He asks and thinks. The word tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So what that means is that if you and I as His servants in the earth today can also be up close and personal witnesses of the signs, wonders, and miracles being performed by Him in the earth today. How? By being ...  His servants. Servants that do all that He says to do even if it means filling six waterpots with water.

Who knows? Maybe you too will get to witness first hand, the 'new wine' miracle that follows a servants simple act of obedience. I say that because of something else that I noticed. I noticed that the master of the feast called the bridegroom to compliment Him on the excellence of the wine and said to him, "but you have kept the good wine until now." This leads me to think that it was part of the bridegroom's responsibility to provide the wine for the wedding feast. Jesus, as our bridegroom, has done just that when He said, "Wait for the Promise of the Father, which you have heard from Me, for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.  ...... But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:5-8  We also know that this 'new wine' outpouring took place when we read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the sound of a mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire! Acts 2

The disciples, from this moment on performed 'new wine' miracles which started immediately following with this bold declaration shortly after they receiving the power of the Holy Spirit in and upon their lives.

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall .... And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord--Shall be saved. Acts 2:14-21

Are you looking to be a part of manifesting His glory in the earth today?

Be a servant. Do what He says to do! And then taste of the 'new wine' that Jesus, our bridegroom, has provided. I guarantee that He too, as our bridegroom, has 'kept/provided' the best for last!

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