Weekend Devo — We Are Not Alone!
In Search of Worship

Now Stand Back My Friends and Be Astonished

image from www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.comNow stand back my friends and be astonished. 

Throughout history God’s divine plan and purpose is to dwell with people. From Adam and Eve to this very day, His passion, His relentless purpose is to share His glory, for us to live in His perfect will and to experience the life of the divine. 

From the Heavenly Priest Melchizedek, through the Priesthood of the Levites and the High Priest of the Temple of God to: 


God has been bringing heaven to earth or making a way to dwell with us on earth. Jesus walked this earth to provide us with the training we need to step into the new era, His Priesthood. 

Now let this sink in: 

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. NIV 1 Peter 2:9–10 

We are royalty. 

We have been created to come out of darkness and into His wonderful light. And Jesus commissioned us to take this electrifying truth to everyone. We have been called to deliver God’s glory with authority. 

This is the core message of this entire series. 

Jesus is the Great High Priest. His life is our blueprint to live in the presence of God. We are called to live in His presence and share this experience as disciples with others. 

Deliver God’s glory with authority. 

That’s why we need a royalty mentality. If we have lived in the presence of the divine, we are changed, transformed and our mediocre lives become profoundly important. So grasp this now and at least begin to wrap your head around this truth because when you finally arrive and understand this, it changes your entire perspective on living. Your desires for what you want from life will change and even your thoughts and hopes about your husband’s salvation come into clear focus. 

So I guess I need to tell you that several months back, hmmmmm, like in April, God opened up a new path to travel with regard to my faith walk. It’s been a ride where I have felt uncertain at times. (I’ve share much of it with Dineen and she will echo that it’s a crazy journey.) 

God has pointed out some ugly things in my character and my beliefs that were flawed and in desperate need of changing. I’ve hinted at some of these over the last few months such as I’m done being the “Church Lady.” Also one night God told me I didn’t love people. 

Let me just say when God tells you that you don’t love people it shocks you to the core and shakes up everything you think you know. Now don’t be worried because I will explain more about all this as we move along. But, this new journey has been painful. Amazing. Shocking. Humbling. And every other “ing” word I can think up. But it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

As I continue to walk down this path, I will share with you what I discover because for the past six years as God leads me to new understanding of His Holy Word and His perfect Character. And as He teaches me, I have always taken you along for the ride. So I know there are many of you who are going to find this journey life-changing. 

Where to begin….. 

How do we receive God’s glory? Then how do we deliver it with authority? 


It all begins in worship. 

Victory in the Kingdom battles begins in worship. It’s where the power arises to change lives. It’s in worship that God releases His intentions, His warriors in the heavenly realms. It all begins in worship. 

Worship can mean many things to many people. So all I can offer you is what worship is for me. And for the first time, I will share with you here at SUM what I have experienced through worship. 

I want to insert here that music is often what most believers consider worship. And they are not wrong. I’ve experienced God in those moments of singing that nearly have lifted me off the ground. But the worship of God happens in many ways and different moments. And I have some stories to share with you about these moments. 

I think today I want to leave you with a recent story of worship. It’s still so very clear in my mind and if I can have this experience for the rest of my life, I’ve reached heaven here on earth. However, it’s fleeting in that God has work for me to do. So during my worship of Him, He touches me, empowers me, inspires me to go out and be a child of light. 

Three weeks ago, Sunday, I stood in our worship center as the band played. It was the third song in and all of a sudden a, let’s see, how do I describe this, a power like a forceful wind blew down upon me. I was standing in the auditorium in a row by myself. As this “wind” hit me I felt goose bumps run down my body from head-to-toe. It was such a strong feeling of joy, of God’s Holy presence, that I could no longer speak, no longer sing. I just stood with my arms lifted up and my face looking up. I started to tremble all over. 

This power intensified and I started to feel my knees buckle. I thought I was going to fall down from the sheer astonishing experience, however, because my church is not a charismatic place, I knew if I fell to the floor I would freak everyone out. So, I whispered, “O Lord.” And He knew I couldn’t take anymore without passing out cold in front of the large congregation. It would undo the morning. So He backed it down. I sat down. 

I will never be the same. 

Since that day, I walk into Sunday worship knowing I will stand and sing and worship. I can’t wait to get to church now just to have that happen to me again. 

Now this is just a taste of living with our God. So many other things have happened. Supernatural experience that if I share them would sound crazy. But that’s how I live. I live on the edge with Jesus. I want to live outside of the box, live in His power, and I am willing to pay whatever the price for Him to increase in my life. 

So on Friday, I want to share more of living edgy. What that looks like from one blonde-brained ordinary woman who has experienced the glory of God. 

My friends, do you want to live your life in the safe zone? Do you want to be assured that you know where you will be next week, a month from now, even years down the road? Or do you want to stand on the cliff, ready to jump, not fully knowing if He will catch you but hopeful, trusting that when you jump, Jesus will catch you with supernatural power and provision. 

Truly the believer’s life is not for the faint of heart. To experience ALL He has for you, takes all you have to give. But 

It’s, OH, SO, WORTH IT. 

And, just a side note, things are happening with my pre-believer husband. So, hold on and join me in this front row seat because life is really getting exciting. Scary but Lord, bring it on!!!!! 

My name is Lynn Donovan and I am standing in the Fellowship of the Unashamed. 


The Fellowship of the Unashamed. 

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or back away. 

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future, is secure. I’m finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals. 

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, live by prayer and labor with power. 

My face is set, my gait is fast my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. 

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, spoken for the case of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go ‘till He comes, give ‘till I drop, preach ‘till all know, and work ‘till He stops me. My banner is clear. I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.  ~Author Unknown

Who are you? Tell me in the comments. See you there. Have a victorious week and I praying you experience our God in ways that also ROCK your world. Hugs, Lynn

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