What Does God Need to Shake in Your Life?
1IN 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.
2Above 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.
3And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!
4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5Then said I, 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!
6Then flew one of the seraphim [heavenly beings] to me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with tongs from off the altar;
7And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven.
What a Holy God we serve! Not only is He a Holy God, He is Holy. He is seated on his throne, high above every name. He is high above every problem you could name. He is high above every demonic spirit that attacks or attempts to attack you. He is high above every sickness that is named.
We are His temple, the Temple of the Holy Spirit. He desires to fill the temple with His Awesome presence. Unfortunately, we often crowd out His presence with other stuff in our lives. Notice in verse one that it says, "In the year that king Uzziah died...". King Uzziah represents the corruptible, leprous, dying king. Relate this spiritually. When the corruptible (sin), leprous dying part of us (the spiritual deadness, sinful way of living) dies, THEN the skirts of His train, or garment, representing His Glory, His glorious presence can fill our temple. He does not want to fill one little corner of your heart. He wants to fill you completely, full of his glory.
When God's presence fills, He will shake the very foundations of the doorposts, the thresholds in our life. A door that was opened to wrong things will be shook to repentance, causing that door to close in our life. Whatever needs to be shaken in our life, God's presence and glory will shake its very foundation.
One thing that can shut down the presence of God in our lives quicker than anything is our mouth. Isaiah said in verse five, "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..." Isaiah knew how easy it was to let your tongue slip and say things that are not Christian-like or speak words of doubt and complain. But anything that is in our heart or life that is not right or pleasing to God usually will surface or be evident through the mouth. Isaiah had a repentant and willing heart to go speak God's Word. So, through the representation of the coal, he was cleansed. Through faith in the cleansing blood of Jesus we are cleansed, allowing our temple to welcome the Holy presence of God in our life and allowing us to go forth to speak His Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others.
When we come into His presence we are humbled as we feel unworthy in
His presence. But just as the coal from the alter cleansed Isaiah's
lips, the blood of Jesus from His sacrifice on the cross cleanses us,
our iniquity and guilt are taken away, and our sin is completely atoned
for and forgiven. Only in His righteousness may we approach His
Questions to Ponder:
1. Has the "King Uzziah" died in my life?
2. What does God need to shake in my life?
3. Have I received Christ's forgiveness and atonement for my sin, boldly approaching His presence as I am covered in His righteousness?
Dear God Almighty,
You are high and lifted up above all. Holy, holy, holy are You, Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of Your glory! Whatever corruptible sin, spiritually leprous dying part of me, any spiritual deadness hidden within my life, I repent. Shake anything in my life that is against your Word or Your will and crumble its very foundation. You are my sure foundation on which my life is built. Forgive me, Lord, of all my sins. I receive your atonement for my sin. I approach Your Throne of Grace, Your holy presence as I am covered in the righteousness of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I love You and honor You, Heavenly Father.
Scriptures to Study During the Week:
2 King 15:5