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Coming into His presence

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:1-8 When a Christian has a healthy and exalted view of God these could bring a clear perspective of sin and a realistic view of self. But once there’s a declining view of God this brings a compromising attitude toward sin and a deluded view of self. From the text, Isaiah may have been satisfied with his personal walk with God until his experience with the indescribable glory of God. His personal encounter with the holy God made him instantly aware of his own spiritual standing and the sinfulness of those around him. One could glean from this experience of Isaiah the importance of worship in the life of a believer. You cannot go away unchanged once you worship God. One great indicator that you really have worshiped God is your desire to change. Once you expose yourself to God’s word and let His word speak to your heart, you will come out of such experience wanting to obey. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12). There are those that missed out on experiencing meaning and purpose in life because they fail to come to the real source. This is what Christ was telling the Samaritan woman at the well. “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water” (John 4:10). When you live the life God intended you to have, you will no longer be satisfied to just be mediocre in your spiritual walk. Do not let this world conform you to its mold that you will not have the desire to live by God’s standard. When you just look around to other people’s lives and compare your spiritual walk with how they live, you will only deceive yourself. It is by bringing yourself to the presence of God in worship that you can have a clear view of yourself. Let Him change you so you can be the person He wants you to be. Once you let Him radically change you, you will never be the same again. Just like Isaiah, once you worship Him you will respond by giving yourself to serving Him.


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