1Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
2It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
3It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever. Psalms 133:1-3 (NAS)
When we first started the service, I didn’t feel very connected to the Lord. I felt tired. I felt expectant for a move of God, to a certain degree, but I felt tired from life. Overwhelmed from just allowing the pressures of life to bother me.
There came a point in the service that Michael Koulianos was just talking about all of the crazy things that are mentioned in the Bible that many Christians from various Christian circles judge, criticize, and reject as something that God wants to do or does do in this time. He mentioned men’s bones rattling and great prophets being struck down on their faces for hours, etc. and how that was all “Bible”. I began to think about the Red Sea parting. Paul getting bitten by a deadly snake and him shaking it off. People being raised from the dead.
And what do we want now as the Body of Christ? Do we want to please religious people and go on with just experiencing one side of God and not crying out for revival in this nation and revival in our hearts?
I don’t. I want revival. I want to see this nation turn their hearts to the Lord.
He longs for us to cry out for more of Him. To know Him in a way we never have before. To behold Jesus like we never have before.
I needed it that night. I need it every day.
I heard myself crying out the prayer for God to not pass me by, just as Michael said, even though I at first wasn’t feeling a single thing and felt borderline numb. I just began praying in the Spirit in tongues during the service. I did this for awhile, while other people were going to the altar to surrender their lives to the Lord. And then all of a sudden a wave started coming over me….It was like I was laughing and crying at the same time. It was a belly laugh up out of my spirit that felt like it was releasing junk from my soul. And while I was laughing and crying all at the same time I started hearing the Holy Spirit release words of deliverance over me. There were several things I don’t even think I realized that I needed deliverance from, but it was like He was snapping His fingers and things were just breaking off. Every tie that bound. Every little and big weight that had been trying to press on my mind and steal my faith in the promises of God in my life. Every little lie that had been trying to make me into an anxious ball in the last few weeks, just fell right off. It was like a cathartic counseling session in which I didn’t even have to tell Him or anyone what was bothering me, it was like He went – zap, zap, zap, break, break, break, release, release, release!
I have been so very honored to have had quite a few of these types of encounters with my Jesus in my life. I’ve grown up in this. I mean meetings where the glory of God was so thick, I felt like you could cut a knife through it. Once I encountered that, I didn’t want to go back. You will pass up all kinds of other events to go these places where you know hundreds of people are all going to be crying out for the same thing. That’s my life. And just when I think it can’t get any better in the presence of the Lord, He brings me into a whole deeper level. Into a new dimension of His glory.
What is the glory of God? You may be asking this question if you have never experienced it before. Well, I’m not going to do a Bible study for this today, but I am going to explain to you that really the manifest glory of God is like when Jesus steps in the room and walks down the aisles and every person wanting to be touched, gets touched. Healed from physical sickness. Delivered from mental illness. Released from chains of all kinds. It’s when all that He is contacts all that we are.
I’ve heard Pastor Robert Morris from Gateway Church in Texas talk about how the manifested glory of God can be compared to when a millionaire is present in the room and just sitting there, and when that millionaire is not only present in the room, but is handing out gifts to every person waiting for a gift. Expectation is the key to encountering God in this way.
Michael Koulianos, who headed up the entire conference, talked about being obedient to do whatever God wants you to do to really encounter Him in a way that you never have before. Whether it’s giving up sleeping so long every morning to be with Him, or laying down a job or a relationship, or a position in ministry, there’s generally something we have to surrender and sacrifice in order to get to that place where we encounter God in the way that prophets of old did. And even so, we really can encounter God in a way that they never have, because we now also have grace. We don’t have offer physical sacrifices to the Lord to pay for our sin before stepping into His throne room. We can just enter in because the shed bled of Jesus confirmed His covenant with us, allowing us to enter His presence any time of the day or night. Yes, sometimes we very much need to repent before we can enter the glory, but if repenting for every sin was the key to entering the glory of God, we would never enter it. We often don’t know what we need to repent for until the Holy Spirit unveils every hidden place in our hearts that has shut Him out. We have to expect and want Him to do this, though.
When you encounter His glory, you will not be the same. You really will not be the same person. I have felt so much fatigue for several weeks and Sunday morning I woke up a different person! And today, Monday, the world felt completely different than the last several weeks.
We don’t have to go to a huge congregation of people to come into contact with all that He is. We can experience it in our very own prayer closets as we surrender to Him and come with great expectation. It’s in the presence of the Almighty God that troubles vanish and hearts are mended. Vision is given for life. Purpose is birthed. Wisdom is poured out. Healing is manifested. Miracles take place.
I want more. I want so much more. Bring on the oil, Lord, may it drip down every day from my head to the edges of my robe, so that I can go forth and bring hope, healing, and the Truth about You that I have found in your presence into the world that so desperately needs it. Set me on fire so that all everyone in my path feels the warmth of Your love and power.