While quieting my mind before the Lord during a time when the earth and its people are consumed with chaos and fear, I was taken into His Throne Room. I had been in the Throne Room only days before and had an experience of “divine agitation and expectation”. While I was seemingly alone in the large Throne Room of God, I sensed that there were many there with this same eager expectation to receive the next orders from the King of Kings. The Lord was not actually in the room at the time and we were all waiting for Him to appear. The “agitation” was more of an intense desire to receive these commands and directives, but knowing that nothing could be done in the next season without them. This would be a new and limiting place for me and many of God’s people in that many of us are so used to “figuring things out” in a way that does not totally exclude the Holy Spirit, but at the same time does not necessarily require us to stop everything in our minds and souls and wait on Him. This key difference was creating a deep desire within me to hear from the Lord. This season, now upon us, will require the direct revelation, direction, and instruction from the Throne Room for the grace to not just endure, but to excel and overcome as “more than conquerors” in these final days of the fulfillment of God’s eternal purposes.
As mentioned, I found myself having a Throne Room experience again this morning. This time, I could sense that the Lord wanted me to make a careful note and observation of how others were “coming into the Throne Room”. This was having to do with not only how they entered in, but with what mindset, attitude and expectation they carried themselves. It was here that my imagination in the Spirit began to play out the scene before me. Of the many that were gathered, my first observation was of the uneasiness of many that had come. I could see the fear and desperation in their eyes. Even the way they were taking their seats showed a measure of bustling around and looking around in such a way as to make sure that others knew that “they had something to say” and they carried a great concern for our times. They were ready to raise their voices to the Lord so that their concerns could be made known and addressed. As I watched this, I noticed how uncouth and even embarrassing it was to have certain people coming in with this kind of approach to the Lord. It was as though they thought that by the expression of their desperation that God would then have some extra measure of compassion on them and then move on their behalf. I clearly saw that this was not the case at all and that they should rather be ashamed of this kind of behavior, especially in the Throne Room of the Sovereign God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Almighty One. I could then sense the embarrassment of others around, like myself, who were observers of the “little scenes” being created by some.
I had said the Lord wanted me to make some observations and so here some simple gleanings from this experience:
- God’s people, especially those who carry the stewardship of the lives of others, need to be keenly aware of our approach to God. In truth, this should not be “new” to God’s people, but we need to give special consideration to it in the new season upon us.
- To act or assume that our personal agendas or concerns are the priority in the midst of others in God’s presence is both presumptive and self-centered. It has no place there at all and causes an embarrassing scene.
- Finally, and what seemed to stand out to me the most, was that it was neither the time nor the place for desperation.
Desperation: “a state of despair, typically one which results in rash or extreme behavior”
There is a saying, “Desperate times call for desperate measures”. This phrase is commonly used for hard times and the decisions made during them. More often than not, it is some kind of excuse for making what would normally seem like a very foolish decision.
The Lord has been very clear to me that decisions made from here on (in this new season) simply cannot be made out of the place of fear and or desperation as they will certainly be proven foolish. Additionally, and especially for the people of God, our decisions and actions will be very consequential. Let me explain that word a little as we may typically consider it to mean something negative or judgmental. It certainly does and will invoke the righteous judgment of God, but it is not to be, for us, something negative at all! Rather this is the time when our Righteousness (Christ in us) is to “shine forth like the dawn” and the grace and power were given to us as God’s people, “for such a time as this”, will have terrible consequences for the enemy!! They will prove to be absolutely devastating to the Devil’s agendas over the many generations of mankind and therefore carry a heavy consequence. In this, the manifold wisdom of God will be made known through and be exercised by His People and forever proven to the rulers in the heavenly realms and even to all creation, Praise God!
Let us all be encouraged and exhorted to “enter His courts with thanksgiving and praise” in our hearts. Let the Peace of God RULE your heart, your soul and your mind!
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
4 Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One! 5 Let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near.
6 Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, 7 then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.
8 So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. 9 Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things.