By Bunni Pounds
To operate in anything supernatural, we have to live every day in the place where Isaiah did in the 6th chapter - before the throne of God and before the glory of the Lord.
HE SAW THE LORD....
We established in my last blog article (part 1) that we, in the modern American church, want the sending and the telling without the seeing and the hearing. Therefore because we don’t spend time gazing on Jesus, we have a weak, malnourished, and spineless church that has no voice to speak into our culture but instead operates full time in a spirit of pride, fear, and anger.
So once we have seen His beauty and realize that we need to SEE the Lord to be changed in His presence, how do we KEEP on SEEING Him in our busy crazy lives?
Many of the answers I believe are found here in this familiar passage of Isaiah 6.
The seraphim “cried to another” saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory.”
It was like the angels were working on each other, encouraging each other with their words. They bounced the words off each other and the walls of the temple around the throne - Holy, holy, holy!
When I am home in Dallas and not traveling, I try to escape to the prayer room at the Upper Room Dallas a couple times a week and I have friends there who when I hear them praying it shifts my vision to see beyond myself to the holy God. It is powerful and it is much needed in this hour.
Whether it is in a room full of worship music or a living room with two people or your spouse, find like-minded believers who will push you to know God more and will declare the holiness of the Lord over your life and circumstances. It makes all the difference in the world.
Secondly, we need to realize this profound revelation that “the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Our lives with God doesn’t stop when we step outside of our church buildings. He can be seen and demonstrated in our lives through our jobs, our marriages, our relationships, and our leisure activities. Jesus wants to walk with us through our normal boring lives. His glory can be found anywhere and the moment we understand that, we live differently. We realize that we cannot compartmentalize God. He wants to “mess up” our lives in every area for His glory.
Thirdly- we can’t be afraid of the shaking when we cry out to SEE Him.
“And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.”
When we get really desperate to SEE God and when we start crying out as we see the revelation of His holiness- people around us will not understand. Guaranteed! Mark my words.
The door posts of our lives will shake and we will need to rest in the place of faith and the increased shaking - wondering what is going on around us. It may be uncomfortable, but you can take this to the bank, God’s glory will be revealed through it! It will be worth it because you will know Him deeper.
Lastly, in this place of seeing His glory, we come to the revelation that we are undone.
“Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
We can’t be afraid to see our undone lives and our failures in our generation. It is in this place of taking responsibility for our failures, letting His cleansing happen in our lives that we understand more of His love for us, His closeness, and our dependence on Him. We see our unclean lips and the unclean lips of our generation and understand that if it wasn’t for the grace of God on our lives and His pulling of our hearts that we would just like our greatest enemy.
It is in this “undone place” seeing our dependence and seeing our need before Jesus’ face where we really HEAR Him.
Again, Isaiah 6 shows us clearing that we are not going to hear Him and we don’t have really anything to say until we SEE Jesus.
This is the place of beginning and the place where we need to continue in - the place of SEEING.
For now... my heart cries out again to SEE Him today - fresh, powerfully, and with all the shaking that He brings when He walks into the room.
Will you cry out with me in this generation to SEE Him?
*I encourage you to read the full chapter of Isaiah 6. Don't just read it, but meditate on it, think about it, pray it. We will continuing to dig into this passage even more with Part 3.