GLORY AND EVANGELISM

God is capable and willing to bring revival to those who seek him. This has always been the way revival comes. I expressly talk about revival in the present tense because we have to believe that God is currently doing a work of revival now in many of our lives. I tell my church that they are currently in a state of revival because they love and serve the Lord with all their hearts. Here are some characteristics of the revival that’s emerging now.

LIVING TABERNACLES

1. The glory of God was once seen in the Tabernacle of David, an earthen tent. It was then displayed through Jesus in his ‘earthly flesh tabernacle’.  However it is now you and I you are living tabernacles of God who reveal his glory, nature and character.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

God has been progressively working up until this point to get us to manifest his glory as tabernacles of God. How awesome is that reality.

EVANGELISM AND WORSHIP

2. David’s worship was evangelistic in nature. He believed the nations should worship a Jewish God.

Sing to god, everyone and everything! get out his salvation news every day! publish his glory among the godless nations, his wonders to all races and religions, and why? Because God is great—well worth praising! (1 Chronicles 16:23 -24. (Message)

3. Not only was his worship evangelistic, it was powerfully demonstrative. When returning back the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, he stopped every six paces and offered sacrifices to God. He made sure he took time to let everyone know how worthy God was to receive worship.

Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.  And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep (2 Sam 6:12-13).

He continued to exemplify his love for God before the city and all those assembled by dancing wildly, accompanied with shouting and trumpet blasts. The Hebrew says that King David used his physical strength to demonstrate his dancing steps!

Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet (2 Sam 6:14-15).

David was blatantly evangelistic and publicly unashamed of what anyone thought. We have to believe that our worship will invite God’s presence to manifest in our communities and draw the unchurched. Perhaps we have to be more ‘God sensitive’ than ‘seeker sensitive’.

 

About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]