We’ve all heard something from time to time that makes the hairs on your neck stand up.
Well this was one for me. There is coming a realisation of the need to chase personal holiness; well, a reverential Fear of The LORD comes as part of that package!
The LORD is presently preparing all of us for the coming season. Part of that is the acceptance and actions needed as we realise the truth of Isaiah’s ‘filthy rags’ comment in Isaiah 64:6,
“But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.”
Our personal holiness is as a filthy rag when seen through God’s eyes, yet He graciously still sees us as perfect, because of Calvary. I thank God He sees me this way.
The LORD is about to begin cleaning us up, for the tasks ahead will require clean hearts, clean minds, and a clean conscience.
He will come, nipping at our heels like a sheepdog rounding us up ready for separating and marking. We will have to be clean for Him to mantle us for His Kingdom work.
He will instill in us a reverential Fear of The LORD which will occasionally hit us as it did Daniel — and he only saw The Angel of The LORD!
“Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground. Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard.” Daniel 10:9-10,12
When The LORD manifests His Presence among us we shall be like this — prostrate, face down, weeping before The LORD our God.
Yet He will speak and we will listen, and we will worship Him with great joy. For The Joy of The LORD shall follow the reverential Fear of Him as day follows night.
There is a great price to pay for those who would carry Revival. The reverential Fear of The LORD is part of that price, an essential part, a necessary part.
Will you pay it? I know I have to. It’s a new, stronger, driving force in me. Holiness at any price. I just want to be fit for the Master’s Use.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:10-11.
How about you?
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.