The idolatry of both the common person and the cultural elite results at least in part from losing sight of the proper orientation. This idolatry places a burden on the idols to come through for us or else suffer the devastating consequences of our collective disappointment. However, if God’s pleasure and glory are ultimate and our neighbor’s good the penultimate goal, we will engage culture in the way that God has gifted, prepared and called us to do.
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 162
Unhinged from its proper object – God’s glory and our neighbor’s good – our love becomes self-focused; our holy passions become vicious, driving us away from God’s approaching steps and away from each other. We’re not living in the real world, the creation that God called into being and sustains by the word of his power; but in a make-believe world. We are living as though God and our neighbors were made for us. In other words, we are living unnatural lives – living as if we were or could become someone other than the true image of God, created to love God and each other.
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 88
You live under God’s rule and nothing about you ever escapes his notice or evades his will. It is a transforming thought to look back on your life and realize that at each point where you sinned – and that would be many times each day – God allowed you to do so for his good purposes. He does not love your sin, tempt you to it, or cause it in any way, yet by permitting it, he ordains it for your good and his glory.
Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 104
The motivation of all of Satan’s work is pride and self glory instead of humility and God’s glory. And one of his most powerful allies in opposing us 1s our own pride.
– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 218
For God’s glory to be revealed in the church, as Paul prayed, we must be satisfied in him individually and collectively, though we also along for the day we see Jesus face to face (Exodus 33:18; I Corinthians 13:2). This means enjoying him as our greatest treasure, knowing beyond knowing that he loves us, being captivated by and grasping his love, living in a maturing relationship with him, repenting as a person, growing to glorify him more and more by grace with joy, sharing his fame with others, humbly serving those in need as he has served us, singing of his love, and praying for his church. The life lived to reveal the glory of our Father God results in our joy and other’s good as we become more like Jesus by the Spirit’s power.
– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 120
Outside of Christ, our hearing of the law merely reminded us constantly how far we fall short of God’s glory. But the law has no power other than to guide those whom it has justified in Christ along with their pilgrimage in spite of every setback and failure.
Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 139
What is this internal change that comes from “beholding the glory of God?”
It is the awakening of joy in Christ himself and all that God is for us in him. It is the awakening of a new taste of spiritual reality centering in Christ. It is the capacity for a new sweetness and a new enjoyment of the glory of God in the Word of God. Therefore, nothing is more important for us in life than to “behold the glory of the Lord.” Satan, as Paul says (II Corinthians 4:4), uses all his devices to keep us from seeing “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” This is the most foundational strategy in the battle for joy – the strategic battle to see.
– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 66
But seeing the glory of God is not our ultimate aim. Our ultimate aim is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. If seeing did not produce savoring, God would not be glorified by our seeing. Therefore the final goal in our hearts is the enjoyment of the glory of God, not just the seeing. And the final goal in the universe is the fullest possible display of the glory of God. That fullness comes to pass not only but mainly through the white-hot, joy-permeated worship of his people as they exult in the glory of his Son.
– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 65-66
This is what we want as human beings: We want a revelation of God himself. We want to say with Moses “Show us your glory.” And indeed a time is coming when the “glory that is to be revealed to us” will make all “the sufferings of this present time” seem as nothing (Romans 8:18). But for now, in this age, God has ordained that primarily he reveals his glory to us “by the word of the Lord.” Hearing is the primary way of seeing in this age.
– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 64-65
The glory of God is more ultimate than the Word of God. And so seeing is more ultimate than hearing. Nevertheless the glory of God does not come to us in a saving way except through the Word of God. Therefore, seeing the glory does not happen except through hearing the gospel. Word corresponds to hearing, and glory corresponds to seeing. Ultimately God has spoken in order to reveal his glory for the enjoyment of his people. Therefore we must hear what he says in order to see what he reveals. The Bible does not speak of hearing the glory of God, but seeing it. Hearing is the means. Seeing is the goal. The aim of all our hearing of God’s truth is the seeing of God’s glory.
– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 65