My prophetic word for the Church is that I have an overwhelming conviction that we are about to see a resurgence of the awe of God.
Habakkuk saw something spectacular on the horizon of distant history when he prophesied, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14). King David raises the important issue in his song to the Lord, asserting the staggering truth for our generation, “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? The answer is very clear, and is a gauntlet thrown down to the church in 2015; “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. (Psalm 24:3-4)
Clean hands, clean pure heart and clean lips. It’s a challenge.
The prophet Isaiah brings an even more demanding, astonishing challenge telling us of his encounter with a thrice-holy God, leaving us in the tsunami wake of rising hunger for God to reveal Himself in this day and age. It is a God-induced hunger for more of Himself.
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Signs, wonders and miracles?
God is about to restore what He took not away. Genuine and authentic works of the Holy Spirit in signs and wonders, miracles, healings are coming that will cause people to stand in amazement and astonishment at the hand of God being revealed through the church. But is that enough to convince our post-modern, cynical world and its technological culture?
The answer may be more simple than we think. The global village with its over-subscribed, heavily connected social media touching every nation under heaven is ready for something that has the most astonishing ‘wow factor’ that can be read about, watched and most powerful of all, experienced.
The resurgence of the Awe of God is an inspiring element in the life of the church. It can’t be defined as healings, miracles or breath-taking signs and wonders. The sick being healed, creative miracles and the dead being raised is a sight to behold. But it is not just that. Neither is it just the stirring, life-transforming and culture transforming gospel or a prevailing, deep, stirring stance and renewed sense of holiness in the church.
So what is it? What single thing is the very core of a dynamic, nation-transforming resurgence of the awe of God?
It is Jesus.
Everything He does, touches, heals, restores, calls, sends, imparts, reinstates, corrects, disciplines, loves and affirms produces immeasurable awe for Him.
Simply, we stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene.
It takes God to know God. We can only know and encounter as much of Him as He chooses to reveal. There are no no revelations that can’t be discovered in scripture. No new verses for our Bibles. But what there is, is a call to a level of intimacy, commitment, holiness and consecration to God that the church in this day has been lacking. Jesus is building His church and He is not going to let things go off plan, and over time.
Such a resurgence is necessary in your heart right now. Ask God for the awe of God to grip your heart and transform you.