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Be a Face Seeker

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Psalm 105:1-4 Give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds! 2 Sing to Him; Talk of His wondrous works! 3Glory is in His name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! 4 Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

I can’t begin to tell you how much worship has changed my life. I know this probably isn’t new information for you, and I am sure you’ve heard me say it so much that you are wary of hearing it. Even so, I am going to keep saying it until everyone I know is convinced that this is a TRUTH they can’t live without. Worship is different from singing. In fact, worship is different from praise. A lot of people praise Jesus, but only those in an intimate relationship with Him learn the secret of worship. Praise can be accomplished from a distance, but worship must be done up close. Praise can get you to His hand, but worship gets you to His face, and His face is what He wants you to find. SO, let me let you in on a few truths I’ve learned while in pursuit of worship; His face.

Praise is an “outer” court exercise. Just about everybody has done it, but it can be a trap for us. You see, a lot of people seek His hand, but only hungry worshippers seek His face. Often times when you seek His face, you will get His hand; but never in the opposite order. “Face Seekers” have settled in their hearts that “He is enough!” What does all of that mean? Simply put, healing doesn’t come because we worship healing; it comes when we worship Him. Transformation doesn’t come when we worship change, it comes when we worship Him. Revival doesn’t come when we worship a move of God, it comes when we worship God. Healing, transformation, and revival will only come to the people of God when we decide to seek His face. His face is what we need, and His face must be what we are after.

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We Need Anointing

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Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” In Isaiah 10:27, there is a very interesting phrase that goes like this: “And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing.” What is the yoke and what is the anointing? The yoke, in this particular scripture; was the heaviness, the oppression, and the ungodly harassment that Israel had endured for most of her history. God is promising to remove this yoke of bondage. How would He remove it? The answer to that question is simple. He said He would remove it by the anointing. How can anointing remove bondage? To better understand the answer, we must understand what He meant by anointing. Anointing is understood to be the “place” where His Presence showed up. Most often this happens when the Holy Spirit comes to a location where rescuing is needed and necessary. Yes, even in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit could and would show up in places to bring freedom and healing. Obviously, it wasn’t as accessible as it is now since the resurrection, but it was always a possibility. The Holy Spirit always was!

Now let’s skip ahead to the New Testament and take a look at what Jesus is saying in Luke 4. He is, first of all, acknowledging that the anointing is on Himself, that He is full of the Holy Spirit. He is promising that since He is full of the Holy Spirit He will now bring relief and rescue to some very specific groups. He is promising to bring the gospel to the poor, healing to the brokenhearted, liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and liberty to the oppressed. All of this is possible simply because the anointing is present. In fact, you can count on this; wherever the anointing is, change happens; freedom happens. In this season of revival, we need His anointing. We need His Holy Spirit more than ever before. May we continually cry out for His anointing. Wherever His anointing shows up, yokes are destroyed!

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