The outstanding feature of Kirsten Powers’ testimony is that she experienced the fear of the Lord. She said, “I was more traumatized by Jesus visiting me I tried to write off the experience as misfiring synapses that but I couldn’t shake it when I returned to New York a few days later and I suddenly felt God everywhere and it was terrifying more important it was unwelcome it felt like an invasion I started to fear I was going crazy”
The layers of intellectualism, and the objections to the FAITH that modern preachers insist must be addressed were answered by fire. Instantly, her doubts were consumed by the Glory of Christ that appeared to her.
We have all heard the verse in the Bible that says perfect love casts out fear. However, love is not the only thing that casts out fear. As a matter of fact, the best killer of most fears IS A GREATER FEAR.
Once, as a young preacher I sat on a jet writing out my bills. I was vexed by my shortage of finances. I blurted out a misguided prayer. I said, “How am I supposed to believe You for vast sums to win the lost if I am fearful over basic bills? Lord, deliver me from this fear of finances.”
Moments later, the Captain came on the intercom and announced that “we have just lost engine number three.” I was instantly delivered of my fear of finances.
This is exactly what happened to Isaiah. Isaiah is in the temple to seek comfort for the death of his first cousin King Uzziah. We know that they were close because Isaiah wrote the King’s life story. Second Chronicles 26:22 says, “Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, the prophet Isaiah, son of famous wrote.”
Uzziah was a righteous King who welcomed the prophets and obeyed their counsel. After 51 great years of leading his people under the grace of God, Uzziah forgot about God he became proud and arrogant.
One day, Uzziah entered the temple to light a candle on the altar of incense. This was a gross violation of God’s law. As a result leprosy broke out on his forehead. He was banished until he died a slow and horrible death.
During those five years, Isaiah lived in the shadow of past glory. He must have regretted the years he wasted. The standing invitations to Royal events, rubbing shoulders with the intelligentsia, cast a spell on his judgment. Isaiah is devastated by his failure to speak and act for God. Now he fears the future.
Then Isaiah saw something that should have killed him instantly. 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one cried to another and said:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.”
There was the mighty, awesome God flanked by two of the most dreadful beings in heaven: the Seraphim; towering beings of pure fire whose voices caused violent earthquakes.
Isaiah’s old fear is vaporized before this holy awesome ultimate godly fear. Soon his sin is purged and a legendary Prophet is commissioned. This is what I yearn for my brothers and sisters in the ministry.
The story of Isaiah is our story. We are at the end of our human wisdom in a nation hell-bent on destroying herself.
The most disturbing thing about Kirsten Powers’ conversion maybe this: God sidestepped us to save a soul by His own power. He is not consulting us for advice and He will replace vessels to do His work, His way.
Leprosy has indeed broken out on the forehead of the seeker model. It cannot speak to the sin of our government, to the villainy of the entertainment industry or to the works of Satan that are devastating the public. It worked for a while but Uzziah is now dead.
We must return to the Temple. We must fall of God’s mercy and await the Glory and the fire. Let us reinstate the Holy Spirit as the commanding officer of our endeavor. Seek Him whose strategies will not fail. Be endued with power that will not dissipate.