Unveiled worship is simply a new experience by revelation and understanding that translates you to the next level. You are never the same. Imagine for a moment that Jesus arrived at a Sunday morning service in a visible, human form. What impact would His presence have on your singing, worship, praying, giving, focus, exploits, attentiveness, relationship, seriousness, evangelism, live style and general attitude? Think of Jacob when in his dream, he saw the ladder, angels and the Lord for the first time in Gen.28:12. God even spoke to Him. It was mind blowing. When He woke up, he said “…Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not… in verse 16. He ended up raising an altar unto God early in the morning unsupervised. The mount of transfiguration experience changed Peter’s life forever based on what he saw. In Mark 9:3 the bible speaks of our Lord Jesus…And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. In verse 4, there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. How did Peter recognize Moses and Elijah? Men he only heard about from the scribes and the scroll. Amazing! The incarnate word revealed the fullness of Himself as the law and prophet, which is the old covenant of Moses and Elijah were interacting with the new covenant, full of grace and truth. In this apocalypse, the confused and overwhelmed Peter suggested three tabernacles. He didn’t know it is just one God the blessed Trinity- the undivided unity in rainbow colors. Whao!
A PICTURE OF THE UNVEILED WORSHIP
Isaiah 6 is a classic experience of worship- a great transformation that changed Isaiah’s life and ministry especially his status from a minor prophet to a major prophet. His prophetic insight, content and relevance to our redemption is phenomenal. He had prophesied in five chapters before his encounter in chapter 6, which opened up 60 more powerful chapters. What would bible be without …unto us a child is born and unto us a son is given…? And may many more…Arise, shine for your light has come… The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me…
Isaiah 6:1 begins by “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple”
Under King Uzziah, Judah experienced prosperity second only to Solomon’s reign. But there is something greater than prosperity. As for me, my focus is not to survive or even succeed but to be significant in the agenda of God for my generation. My mission and ministry is to “keep God’s fame alive forever, and make everyone praise Him for all time to come.”
Although, everybody in the time of King Uzziah including the prophet was distracted from what God actually had in mind, God was determined to reveal His agenda anyway not minding the king’s death. God can never crucify His purpose for any man. He will rather crucify man for His purpose. It is noteworthy to know that in the very year that the king died, the prophet saw the Lord.
Just like immediately Lot left Abraham, God appeared to him. I have a strong witness that some people are to leave or die for you to see the Lord. Get ready and watch out!
The prophet had just learned of the death of their earthly king and as he enters the temple his eyes are lifted away suddenly from the earthly situation to eternal realities. He sees God, enthroned in holiness, and the excellence of his glory fills the whole earth. As Isaiah set his focus on God, there he received a visual experience of God’s glory, ushered in by the presence of the Seraphim. Isaiah suddenly becomes conscious that he is not able to stand in the presence of this holy God. The response of confession from his heart to the holiness of God was met with the inflow of cleansing and renewing power and the result is a new commission to service. This experience of Isaiah gives us a pattern for our encounter with God.
A. Revelation (v 1) – God reveals himself to his people.
It is God’s prerogative to choose to reveal HIMSELF to anyone He wills at whatever cost. He always wants to get our attention.
B. Adoration (v 2) – God’s people respond in awe of God’s character.
If you truly see Him you can’t be the same. There is an instant change of attitude when you become aware of God. The influence of His manifest presence is magical.
C. Confession (v 5) – God’s people confess their sin before a Holy God.
At the sight of His glory there is fear and trembling…Every darkness disappears, every devil flees, every filthiness purged and every feebleness is strengthened. It is only in His presence we are naked and not ashamed,
D. Forgiveness (v 6,7) – God forgives his people their sin.
God particularly deals with sin severely taking away every guilt and sin consciousness to bring us near with boldness to stand as His witness and be used for His glory. Hallelujah!!!
E. Proclamation (8a) – God proclaims a message to the cleansed audience “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? God reveals His mind and mandate. His ways and thoughts are never our ways and thoughts. They are heaven and earth apart.
F. Dedication (v 8b) – God’s people express a desire to be used by God with a humble response “…Then said I, Here am I; send me”
G. Commission (v 9a) – God commissions his people to service. “And he said, Go…”
How good it is to experience the difference God’s presence make in our lives at every point in time. Whenever we miss it, we miss Him and always miss a lot. If you think you are there you are not there yet… All of us are still very far from reach.
Our greatness, promotion, healing, blessing, progress, living and fulfilment are all tied to His presence. In Him we live, move and have our being. Outside of Him, we are broke, battered, confused, lost, helpless, defenseless and ashamed. His PRESENCE is my PULSE!!!
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The Awesome God has done it again!! we are in the last quarter of 2013. God has kept us alive and well. Isn’t He worthy of praise? Give Him praise for everything He has done for you, you are all that you are today by His grace and remember, He is working everything out together for your good. He created the world in six days, we still have 3 months left in this year and God can do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or imagine. Keep hope alive!! He has not forgotten you. Praise Him in advance too.
Have a fulfilling month of October.