Visalia First
June 29, 2019
06/30/2019 Visalia First: Forming You World With Words
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

The Incredible Glory Of God

1. Glory is the MANIFESTATION of God’s Presence.

The Incredible Glory Of God

2. The Glory of God is personally AVAILABLE to any born-again believer.

Exodus 33:18 NIV
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

Isaiah 60:1 NIV
1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

The Incredible Glory Of God

3. The Glory of God is available CORPORATELY.

Haggai 2:9 NIV
9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

II Chronicles 5:14 NKJV
14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

The Incredible Glory Of God

4. The Glory of God can be LOST.

Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Recapturing God’s Glory

1. Adam got TRAPPED in a world that no longer responded to him.

Deuteronomy 28:13 NIV
13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.

Recapturing God’s Glory

2. Jesus came to restore Adam’s FADED glory.

John 1:14 NIV
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Matthew 8:20 NIV
20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Recapturing God’s Glory

3. If we live God’s Glory, we can take back our AUTHORITY.

Recapturing God’s Glory

4. An ANGRY woman takes back her glory.

Genesis 3:14-15 NIV
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Time away is important.

(Jan. 1, 2019)

I got to spend time away with my husband. I found that we need unhurried time together, and home isnt the best place for it. I also find peace at the beach….

My word for 2019 is Hope…. not just any hope… but Hope in Jesus….

Our first day was spent wandering Santa Barbara. We found an amazing camp ground…. El Capitan stste park…. and walked…a lot.

Street sign, reminded me that my word for 2019 is hope.

Sometimes, signs say it so much better.

Random dude that does random beach sculpting….

Sambos…. not sure this is politically correct today….

I love him… wish he was home more often.

My husband and daughter laugh at me… but dang! That Is a lot of geocaches!

We saw Mary Poppins returns. It was cute.

Visited the santa barbara mission.

Fed Fritos (illegally) to the birds.

Kind of funny when a stranger comes to take pictures of the birds you feed…

Boats, boats, and more boats

On the sunset cruise.

New years eve dinner on the wharf with this guy…. he makes me laugh….

New years day…Goletta.Starbucks…. more birds.

State park in Goletta…. right behind a residential area. The beach was fantastic. We walked 2 miles… (in 2 hours), and enjoyed the sun, surf and each other.

These are tide pools…. the black is actually tar….a tidbit I would have missed had I not looked at my GZ app.

Submission, surrender, or rolling over and playung dead?

(Original date 4.23.19)

Do I know the difference between submission, surrender, and giving up?

This was a thought in my mind this morning as I read through. Jennie Allen’s book, Made for this (2019].

Her questions for day 10 …Why are we afraid of ourselves, include…

  • Is God pleased with you?
  • Have you ever stopped yourself from something because you were afraid of appearing prideful?
  • When it comes to criticism, atte you able to tell the difference between what people think and what God thinks?
  • Have yoy ever apologized for using your gifts or for stepping pr in a dream?
  • In what areas have yoy shrunk back when yoy think perhaps God was wanting to move through you?

Looking back

This morning, as I was looking back at photos, (looking for one of Appy, the Appaloosa), I found pictures from the last Impact Mission Trip I attended, in 2005.

As I looked at the pictures, I was feeling a bit melancholy, I looked, happy. Sometimes I miss the woman I used to be. So much less responsibility, younger, full of hope.

Then, I got the update, that VF1 had posted the newest devotional…

About guarding our tongues…

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

James 3:3‭-‬6 NIV

I realized that I have grown so much. I am learning how to guard my tongue… I am no where near perfect at it… but God isnt finished with me yet.


He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
Ecclesiastes 3:11‭-‬12 NIV

I have been awe-sruck by this verse lately. God has set eternity in the human heart.

As a child, I believed in Jesus. I may not have trusted him then, but I often sought him. I was comfortable at church. Felt as though I belonged…I dont know that I felt that anywhere else…

I didn’t have others to talk to, so thought I was weird, and had an overactive imagination. But today, I count these thoughts and ideas, as young a 5 years old… as part of the threads of my story.