- Clear or obvious to the eye or mind
2. Display or show (a quality or feeling) by ones acts or appearance, to demonstrate
- Be evidence of: prove
- (of an ailment) Become apparent through appearance of symptoms
- (of spirit) Appear
Antonyms: Hide, Mask, Deny
Origin: From the latin “Manifestus” through old french to late middle english in the form of Manifest.
I have been marinating on my word for 2019 for a while. Some of my other ideas for my word were: Peace, Joy, or Self Discipline. A couple of days ago this word just came to mind, and it has been in the forefront of my mind ever since. Manifest seems to be a pretty straight forward word. It is not used in daily conversation much anymore, but it is still a relevant word. I originally though this word was in my head because 2019 was the year I would “manifest my dreams into reality”, but that didn’t feel quite right.
I started to research, because as time went on, it wasn’t just the word Manifest that was stuck in my head but a phrase. “Make manifest the glory of God”. Like a song lyric, this phrase has been stuck in my head replaying over, and over, and over. “Make manifest the glory of God”. So I started googling. I thought it was a bible verse and I could not get it to come up anywhere. Then, I for some reason clicked on the image search, and up popped the poem I have used as encouragement thousands of times. I read it a Seth’s funeral too.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”
– A poem called, “Our Deepest Fear”, by Marianne Williamson
I can’t take all the credit, this poem was introduced to me by my good friend Bethany. The same Bethany that started us on the tradition of picking a word for the year. It’s funny how things come full circle!
The thing is, when using this poem to encourage a crowd I usually leave out the line, “It’s not just in some of us; It’s in everyone”, because that’s not entirely true. John 1: 12-13 says, ” But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believed in his name , who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God”. See, to make manifest the glory of God you have to first be a child of God, and receive his glory. “But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God.” –Acts 7:55 So I look at this line in the poem with a clause. Yes, the glory of God is in everyone that has received the holy spirit, and we can all make it manifest in our lives, but it is not in everyone because not everyone has the holy spirit.
This isn’t what God was trying to show me when he brought the word manifest to my mind. So I did some more research. In researching I realized that I didn’t really understand what it meant to ” manifest God’s glory”. I realized that even if you have expected the holy spirit you may not be ready to tap into God’s glory. I learned that when you ask for manifestation, you’re asking for two things.
- For God to manifest ( show) his glory to you.
- For God to use you to manifest (show) his glory to others.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
-1 Peter 5: 6-11
I want you to marinate on the verse above. Does anyone else see the relation in this verse to my previous post about my reflection of 2018. Last year my word was “determined”. Being determined isn’t a bad thing. However, I was determined for myself, I wanted to succeed in self alone. Last year I had to suffer. I had to see that I am not alone that my family of believers is suffering too. I had to learn to cast my anxieties on the lord. I had to let God restore me so I could make manifest the glory of God that is within me, because the holy spirit is within me. So this year I am asking God to use me and his glory for you, to manifest his glory that you can have in your life. We all have to suffer to be restored.
Are you ready for what’s in store for you in 2019?
Please message me with any question you have, I would be happy to share my testimony, talk to you about what it means to accept the holy spirit, and what it means to live a life manifesting God’s glory.
XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress