The goal of Glory Season, November 23-December 31, is to get this meme on your mind and watch what God does then.
Glancing at the meme or repeating the words to yourself takes no time from your schedule but you get to count it as a SYNC exercise. It affects how you See Yourself iN Christ.
Meme = Declaration + Prayer + Image
The meme is a summary of the whole point of Glory Season. The tricky part is that both the Glory Declaration and the Glory Prayer in the meme are profoundly simple. They make sense even to a child, and yet the great minds of the world will never really exhaust them. They never get old. They keep getting you ready for the next challenge. Try them and see.
The Glory Declaration
The "Glory Declaration" is, "This is a day of the Coming King, and we see his glory dawning."
The Glory Declaration changes the way we look at Christmas. Instead of looking back at Christ's first coming to earth, we look forward to his Second Coming, and this gives us even more reason to celebrate.
The baby who was born to be King of the world will finally become the visible King of the world, and he will do what prophets have been predicting for thousands of years--turn the world right side up, once and for all. He will be seen by everyone as "King of kings, and Lord of lords" (Rev. 19.16)
The Glory Declaration SYNCs us with his coming as we anticipate it. The declarations for the other six seasons of SYNC all looked back at something God has already done. This one looks forward with confidence.
And why not? God has a perfect track record of keeping his promises through six seasons. What are the odds that he will also keep them in the seventh?
As we make the Glory Declaration, we are not going on blind faith. We are like people declaring the sun will rise soon because they can see the sky getting brighter in the east. It's not rocket science.
So what do we see that tips us off that the King is coming any minute now? He is already working in us, shining into us, changing us in ways he will change the whole world when he comes visibly. He is turning us into sneak previews of his glory. That's what the Christmas baby was born to do! And it happens as his Holy Spirit works in us to make us like him.
The Glory Prayer
The "Glory Prayer" is, "Light up our faces with the glory to come. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine."
The Glory Prayer SYNCs us with God's plan for the Second Coming of Jesus. What an incredible privilege! We get to bless others by reflecting some of God's glory to them, lighting up the dark parts of their lives.
There is nothing better we can do with our day than that.
"Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. . . our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him." (2 Cor. 3.18, MSG)
We share the glory that weaves all the blessings of the SYNC cycle together--life, connection, freedom, power, forgiveness, and courage. This gives people a foretaste of Christ even before he arrives in person.
The world may be falling apart, and the rhythm of life in the world may be depressing, but we hear "the beat of a different drummer". It is the drumbeat of glory approaching, and even if it is faint, we can start dancing to it. That is what the Glory Prayer helps us do.
The Prayer is a way of saying, "Yes, please. I want to move with that Declaration. I already see a little of Your glory working in my life and in the people around me, and I can't help asking to see even more." The more we see, the brighter we shine.
The Glory Icon and Image
The crown in this icon reminds us of our Coming King, Jesus. He will end the world as we know it and change it into the world it is supposed to be.
The meme image (top of page) shows a glorious dawn, reminding us of the dawn of Christ's glory as we SYNC with him. We are to "rise and shine" because the glory of the Real GOD is rising on us. (Is. 60.1)
The light is not nearly as bright as it will be when the sun clears the horizon, but there is enough light in the sky already to tell us for sure that the sun will be up soon.
That is where the Bible ends, Jesus says, "Yes, I am coming soon," and we reply, "Yes, come Lord Jesus."
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve give us the perfect opportunity to celebrate this dawn. In
Thanksgiving we celebrate the banquet when people from the four corners of the world sit down together in peace to celebrate the King's victory over evil.
Christmas is the birth of the Prince of Peace. "Joy to the world. The Lord is come. Let earth receive her king!" He was born to set everything right, and that's exactly what he will do when he returns.
New Year's Eve is the time of "Auld Lang Syne," and we can sing it this way, with eyes on the Coming King:
Let all our false hopes be forgot
And never brought to mind.
The Messianic Age has dawned
And this is its sure sign--
Messiah reigns in us, my friends,
His Spirit lives in here.
So come, King Jesus, reign on earth
And let this be the year!
Yes, let this be the year, O Lord,
The Messianic Year.
Your kingdom come, your will be done
Please let this be the year.
Is all this talk of a perfect world just wishful thinking?
It depends. If Jesus' body came back to life and he is still alive in it, then it's more than wishful thinking. If he didn't come back to life, it's a pipe dream. So the question about what will or won't happen to the world depends on what we believe already happened or did not happen to Jesus' body.
What about the violence Jesus is going to use? How does that fit?
It's all a matter of timing. Violent people get away with a lot, but only until God says, "Time's up." Then Christ's return launches a new era when nobody gets away with anything. Those who have set themselves up in opposition to Christ will go down in flames. Those who fight him to the death will die.
What are the other seasons besides Glory Season?
Life, Connection, Freedom, Power, Forgiveness, and Courage. Glory follows Courage and wraps up the annual SYNC cycle.
What is taking God so long? Why not end all the suffering right now if he can?
He thought of that. The holdup is that when he comes back, the grace period ends. Judgment falls. The longer he waits, the more chances he gives for people to welcome grace and escape judgment.
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