Responding To God In The Church, Pt. 2

(Part 2 of 3)

c) “High and lifted up, and his train [glory] filled the temple” (Isaiah 6:1, KJV). Our third response must be to lift Him up in worship. He is our praise. In Revelation 5:12, we see a sevenfold praise of Jesus, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing” (KJV). When He comes and graces us with His presence, we must stop all requests for the moment and just worship. Behold His glory. Bask in His glory. Relax in His presence. This is what the Apostle John saw in Revelation 1:10-18. John writes in John 1:14, “And we beheld his glory” (KJV).

d) “Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:2-3, KJV). Our response must be like the seraphim’s. They saw the purity and holiness of Jesus. So glorious was that holiness that they covered their appearance so that they could savor His. “He must increase, but I must decrease,” said John the Baptist (John 3:30). Dare we seek our increase in His presence? The nature of man is that he wants to be seen. “Lord, look at me, at my character, work, gifts, achievements, successes, and status. Look Jesus, and see how big I have become.” The seraphim saw the holiness of God in the temple. Remember, it was the earthly temple that Isaiah was in and in that earthly temple he saw the temple in heaven. The glory that He saw filled the outside as well, to the whole earth. “Holy” is the way God is. To be holy, God does not conform to any standard. He is the standard. He is incapable of being anything other than holy. Because He is holy, all His attributes are holy and all He does is holy. When He comes to the assembly, we must see to His holiness and respond to it.

e) “Is the Lord of Hosts” (v. 3). In our response, we must see Him in this name also. This is His warfare name. God’s presence is there to do battle against our enemies. He is there because of need. Visitations from the Lord come when He first sees the need for a visitation. Jesus is greater than anything that can come against us. He is greater than the devil, greater than any problem we might have and greater than any sin that so easily besets us. We must see Jesus as the Lord of Hosts. Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (KJV).

f) “The whole earth is full of his glory” (v. 3). Psalm 102:15 teaches that “all the kings of the earth will fear [His] glory” (ESV). Numbers 14:21 says, “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD” (KJV). When the Lord’s presence fills the assembly, the people outside the church and around the community will also hear and see the glory of the Lord. They will come to God’s rising in our midst. Our response must be, “Lord, let your presence fill our community.” We must believe that God is going to do just that.

g) “And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke” (v. 4, KJV). The smoke (vapor or incense) was the visible presence of God. Our response when He comes must include the expectation to see Him. Anything that tries to block Jesus will be moved aside. He reigns, the Most High God. Hosanna to the King. He reigns. Everything moves when Jesus utters His voice. Yes, even us.

(To be continued…)

Pastor George Belobaba

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