Take a moment and read Isaiah 6. Imagine observing the angels crying out, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty." Witnessing this glory and the doorposts moving at His voice would cause us, like Isaiah, to be totally awestruck.
But, oh! My goodness, what about that angel with tongs and the hot coal? He touched it to Isaiah's lips—how painful that must have been. Was God punishing Isaiah? Had Isaiah "hung out" too long with an old king (a particular season or perhaps a stronghold)? No. God Himself was purifying Isaiah. I love how God's grace simply takes over anytime we need help.
The angel declared, "See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven" (Is. 6:7, NLT). Isaiah had to be cleansed from impure thoughts, sins and iniquity before he could approach the throne and be given strategies to proceed into his destiny. God, in His mercy and goodness, prepared him for the ministry ahead.
After Isaiah was cleansed, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, "'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And [he] said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" (Is. 6:8). So the Lord sent him, complete with fresh strategies to move mountains and change governments.
So let's review. In order to receive direction for his life, Isaiah first had to move past the death of an old thing, to visit the Lord in His throne room, to witness His glory and to be cleansed from impure thoughts, sins and iniquity. Isaiah desired to be sent forth, but his sending only happened because the other steps had been accomplished first.
Are we willing to move past a season and serve the Lord in a fresh way? Or will we shut our mouths, roll up our sleeping gear and run for dear life? We cannot allow past guilt, disappointments, despair, fear or trauma to keep us from approaching the throne of God for a fresh touch and a fresh cleansing of Jesus' precious blood. Holiness comes from being righteous in Christ. Remind yourself of that daily.
Say to yourself now: "I am righteous in Christ Jesus; therefore, He lives in me. I have prepared for Him a holy tabernacle. Today I am cleansed and holy and prepared for His service. I am royalty and I shall possess my full inheritance through Christ Jesus."
Isaiah was sent out from the throne room with God's power and authority. He knew who he was—he was God's messenger. This prophet had a fresh strategy, fresh empowerment and fresh direction after his throne room experience. Isaiah was "sent" from the throne room to reform political and social wrongs, to confront witches and soothsayers, to challenge the wealthy and to denounce ungodly kings. He also foretold the birth of the Messiah and gave specific prophetic instruction to the godly kings. Now that is what I call heavenly strategy!
We are living in an apostolic age. The word apostle means "sent one." Like Isaiah, our authority in the spirit realm is given to us because we are sent out with authority.
There are some differences, however. The strategies Isaiah received were somewhat different from warfare strategies we might receive from the Lord today. Isaiah gave prophetic demonstrations, such as going barefoot for three years and wearing only a loincloth (Is. 20:2-6). He was instructed to do this during a time in biblical history when society measured status by meticulous dress codes.
Today status is measured in similar ways, but a prophet who wore only a loincloth would most likely be arrested for indecent exposure! We must hear God's instruction for our time today, not times past, and in order to hear Him clearly, we, like Isaiah, must be positioned at His throne.
A New Door Has Opened
The throne room awaits us. We are children of the King, and He bids us enter. It is in that place that we will learn to walk in the power of the blood and embrace our royal inheritance.
Are you ready to receive specific direction from the throne of God? The Lord is inviting you to come up to a new level, a new dimension, because He wants to help you move out of past difficulties and receive fresh strategies for a new season of life. His voice is as a trumpet sounding forth.
"After this I looked. And there was an open door in heaven. The first voice I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this." Immediately I was in the Spirit. And there was a throne set in heaven with One sitting on the throne! (Rev. 4:1-2, MEV).
Excerpted from Power in the Blood by Dr. Sandie Freed. Dr. Freed and her husband, Mickey, are the founders and directors of Zion Ministries in North Richland Hills, Texas. She is an ordained prophetess with Christian International and travels extensively, ministering deliverance and life transformation to God's people. She is the author of nine books, including Silencing the Accuser and Crushing the Spirits of Greed and Poverty, and has been a featured guest on James Robison's Life Today and Daystar's Celebration. Visit zionministries.us