In Seven Steps to Revival Parts 1 and 2, I covered four steps, Holy Dissatisfaction, Holy Desperation, Holy Separation and Holy Consecration. These two articles are available in the archives on our website.
Holy Revelation: Step 5
Twenty years ago I was in a Sunday morning prayer group that interceded for the morning service. One Sunday I had a vision of the worship in heaven. I did not see the Lord, but I could hear the multitude in heaven repeating over and over again, “Holy, Holy, Holy…” Each time they repeated the word holy, they spoke with greater intensity, and at times, gasped as if seeing something they had never seen before. The worship was intense, vibrant and alive. I realized the multitude had existed for thousands of years, since the creation of man, and no one appeared bored or tired of the worship. I then saw an enormous, magnificent diamond on a rotating platform. Colors beyond comprehension radiated all around it. It had billions of facets surrounding it and a huge bright light continuously illumined a new facet as it rotated. I realized that the Lord was the diamond, and each facet revealed another glorious truth about His character. Through all eternity we would never be able to exhaust our worship of Him because of the unceasing revelation of Who He is. That vision caused me to become more excited to know Him and to experience His presence in heaven for all eternity.
Holy revelation is a gift of God’s grace. Through holy revelation we experience Jesus as we have never seen Him before, and acknowledge Him in that exalted position. When we pursue the Lord’s presence, seeking to know Him in greater depths, He will disclose to us yet another revelation of Who He is. Peter, James and John had been disciples for some time when they saw Jesus transfigured. They had grown comfortable with Him in human form and had seen many miraculous signs and wonders. Jesus allowed them to see Him in His glorified body and their perception of Him would never be the same. (See Mark 9:1-10).
When our searching causes us to find the Lord in a greater manifestation of glory than we have experienced before, we will learn to recognize who He really is and our whole life will be changed. Matthew 16:15-17 “He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.” (See also Matthew 14:27-33).
Holy revelation takes us from believing in the realms of the natural, to understanding in the realms of the Spirit. It is the place where nothing is impossible for our faith. It takes us beyond our natural eyesight and transforms our thinking, our believing, and our living to the realms of the Spirit of God. It changes our focus from what the enemy is doing, and opens our spiritual eyes to see what the Lord is doing. Our perspective is lifted to a heavenly realm where we can see beyond anything we have previously known.
The prophet Elisha prayed for his servant Gehazi’s eyes to be opened to see the chariots of God positioned and ready to defend them from the armies of man. (See 2 Kings 6:14-23). Our eyes will not only see, but believe the impossible coming to pass. 2 Kings 6:15-17 “When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? [Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see, And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round Elisha.”
Our understanding of God is limited and we will never fully know the purposes of the Lord with our natural mind. When the Lord reveals Himself to us personally by His Spirit, we can then truly own the knowledge of Who He is. It is our experience with God that supplies the understanding we need, and not by merely studying His written Word.
The written Word can be limited by man’s interpretation. Personal experience, which affirms the Biblical testimony, carries the greater weight of explanation for the scriptures. It is impossible to tell someone who has had a true revelation through a personal experience with Jesus that He does not exist. The same is true for those who have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14. Without a personal revelation, we are building our faith and trust on someone else’s testimony which will not hold under the scrutiny of pressure.
When the people of God experience revival, the revelation of God they receive increases their previous understanding of the Lord and His kingdom. The Spirit of Revelation ignites with their Spirit and they are raised to a whole new level of knowledge and authority. Holy Revelation inspires, invigorates, empowers and thrusts us into destiny!
Holy Overwhelmed: Step 6
Holy overwhelmed is the state of being immersed in the presence of the Lord to the degree it completely changes our focus. The prophet Isaiah had this kind of encounter with the Lord. Isaiah 6:1-4 “In the year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple. Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew. And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.”
Isaiah was so overwhelmed by what he saw and heard in heaven, he felt ashamed of his humanity, way of living, and his view of life through his natural mind and senses. His response to the Lord was classic, “Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, 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!” (Isaiah 6:5).
An encounter with the Holiness of God exposes our nakedness and total lack of defense before Him. His purity and holiness confronts our petty attempts to be like Him and we find ourselves feeling wanton in comparison. Every false motive we have had, and lame excuse for laziness becomes futile. As painful and humiliating as it is to look upon our life through the lenses of His holiness and purity, it is just as glorious to see Him as He is. His grace becomes all the more powerful and amazing.
Saul (now known as the Apostle Paul) had the same type of experience as Isaiah did, while on the way to Damascus. (See Acts Chapter 9). As a Jew and a Pharisee (See Acts 23:6), Saul was zealous about serving God by exterminating the Christians. At the time, most of the Jewish hierarchy did not believe Jesus was their Messiah. Saul had acquired papers from the leadership in Damascus giving him authority to apprehend Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem for trial. He was fervently on his mission when the Lord Jesus overwhelmed him.
The story continues in Acts 9:3-6, “Now as he traveled on, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him, And he fell on the ground, Then he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me [harassing, troubling, and molesting, Me]? And Saul said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is dangerous and it will turn out badly for you to keep kicking against the goad [to offer vain and perilous resistance]. Trembling and astonished, he asked, Lord, what do you desire me to do? The Lord said to him, But arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
It is so easy for us to have a zeal for the Lord and think we are serving Him, yet find ourselves at odds with what He desires for us to do. By pursuing the Lord and His presence, we are positioned to be re-directed if our course does not line up with His plan. When He overwhelms us and we are confronted with His Holiness, Truth, and the Fear of the Lord, we gratefully lay down our plans in exchange for His, and rejoice that He intervened on our behalf!
Holy Overwhelmed, God has our undivided attention. All distractions are gone, excuses are repented, and resistance is quelled. Our only response left is, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” It is at this moment we are the purest we have ever been. This is the closest to Gethsemane we may ever come.
Holy Revelation and Holy Overwhelmed are the rewards of the first four steps of Holy Dissatisfaction, Holy Desperation, Holy Separation and Holy Consecration. The first four steps result in emptying ourselves of all fleshly desires and motivations, leaving a void for Him to fill.
Holy Revelation and Holy Overwhelmed fill that void with a greater revelation and understanding of our Lord and Who He is. The spiritual heavens have opened above us and we have been privileged to see the Diamond of heaven, and some of its facets have reflected into our heart. We have been forever changed and are now poised for the final Step to Revival.