Hey there, worshippers! Thought I would share something that really created the desire in me to lead worship, back about 18 years ago. At the time I was serving on my church’s worship team but never ever thought I could lead worship. I was too shy, too much of an introvert, I told myself. But one Sunday I had an encounter that rocked my world. I thought I would share the vision that started it all and even inspired the name, Open Heaven. So, here goes…
I saw in my spirit the gates of heaven, the beautiful gates of heaven, and two mighty angels pushing those gates open. As that gate began to open, a flood of light burst forth from behind it. It was a light so bright that no human eye could behold it and no human mind could understand it. From the midst of that light I saw the hoofs and legs and chest up to the head of a brilliant, perfect white stallion. And there on that white horse sat the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!!! He whose name is faithful and true, as Revelation says. I couldn’t see anything but his feet because he was so bright.
Behind the King there were multitudes of angels and saints atop horses, and their horses were swept along by the sound of their worship. It was as if their worship swept forth and carried them in a river of sound. They were singing the song of heaven mentioned in Revelation, only the ending was changed: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who Was, and Is and HERE HE COMES!”
Suddenly from that gate poured a huge tidal wave of white glory, pounding, flooding, crashing down onto the shores of the earth. Breaking on the shores of this world. And like great waves precede a mighty storm, the wave of glory went forth before the King as he rode on the sound of the worship to meet his creation. He was returning to the earth to take His children home. It seemed as if I heard creation whispering and murmuring one sentence: HERE HE COMES!
That experience gave me a perspective of what worship truly is and what it’s like to be in the presence of Jesus. When you are living in His presence, you can’t help but worship! And guess what-heaven is open, the Holy Spirit is with us now, and Jesus is returning very soon! We can live in and experience fellowship with Him daily, which causes a lifestyle of worship to carry us along in our callings.
Where Jesus is, there is worship, and where there is praise and worship, there is power for what we are called to do in this last hour.
Conversely, where there is no worship, there is no power, and we find it hard to “find” where Jesus is.
The Bible says that the Kingdom of heaven is INSIDE OF US. If the Spirit of Jesus is INSIDE of us, we should forever be worshipping, giving thanks and praising Him. That is where we will experience power. That is where we will encounter Him. When we realize WHO He is (THE King of Glory) and WHERE He Is (inside of us) and what belongs to Him (our whole lives and our worship), and what belongs to US (everything in His Kingdom we need), we become unstoppable.
We can walk right through this valley of death called the earth with a smile on our face, on our assignment, without any distractions or calamities, because the King of Glory is riding on, through our worship.
That’s what it means to live from the inside out. That’s where Jesus is.
Maranatha. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!