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Let me just say, right off the bat, that I love Social Media and could not be further from a hater. I LOVE sharing God’s word on all the media platforms. I feel like Instagram + the internet are some of the places that the Lord has called me to be a missionary. My businesses are all online and I literally cannot choose to not engage in social media, nor do I want to. I wholeheartedly believe that it is a powerful tool in the hand of God. It’s an incredible resource the Lord’s given us to impact society, and we are called to steward it well. I love this beautiful gift + I will do all I can to take it back for the Kingdom of light.

So if you’re feeling bendy or defensive or worried like, “Is she going to tell us to quit social media,” we can all take a deep breath. I’m not going there.

Where I am going is this: God doesn’t want to take us out of our generation, but He does want to partner with us to bring Heaven’s reformation into it.

God created the earth and gave Adam jurisdiction over it. Adam abdicated, handing reins over to the devil. The devil corrupted, distorted, and injured our world. God could’ve crushed the earth and tossed it in the can like ruined paper, but He didn’t. He sent Jesus and Holy Spirit to take back that jurisdiction for mankind so we could begin to rebuild all that had been lost in Eden. And I believe that’s what God wants to do with the Media.

I believe there is a clarion call in this generation for the vast territory of Media. I believe God wants us to take up Adam’s abdicated seat which Jesus won back for us. And I believe He has a mission for us to begin to rebuild. What was once stolen and corrupted, He wants us to take back and reinstate to God’s designed purpose.

I believe there is a way back for the selfies. A way back to the pure shimmering power of Eden.

Yes, there is a lot of narcissism + focus on self that goes around on social media. People are even looking into the scientific ways that using these platforms trigger our brain’s dopamine system. Dopamine, once referred to as “the Kim Kardashian of neurotransmitters“, is linked to reward-motivated behaviors and addiction. The notifications of likes, comments, and follows, serve as “reward cues” that condition us to expect a rewarding experience everytime we hear that ping or feel our phones vibrate. To put it more bluntly, receiving a social media notification lights up the same area of the brain as taking heroin or cocaine.

So definitely, we do need to be on the look out for that.

But I feel like we literally don’t have time to waste debating the merits or liabilities of social media, and we definitely should not be chewing over ways to deliver ourselves from it (the media was given by God, it’s here to stay, deal with it) because we have a huge commissioning on our hands to bring the culture of heaven into this deeply embedded earthly culture.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot over the past few years, and God keeps bringing me back around to the words: SELFLESS IN A SELFIE GENERATION.

The perfect antidote to the counterfeit is the original. Simply put, we don’t counter the narcissism or self-absorbed entitlement that seems to characterize most in this selfie generation by criticism or boycotting in the hopes that if we bash/ignore it long enough it’ll just disappear. No. We bring seflessness into the mix and watch as light manducates darkness.

There is a move of God that is calling forth His sons and daughters to take their place of royal authority with selflessness. A generation that would fast, pray, and seek Him on behalf of their spheres of influence, small or large.

God is seeking a generation of laid down lovers who would say, “To have my name known by many, or my soul known by God, I’d choose the second a million times over.” He is calling for a people who would fight the real fight, not put up a show in the limelight. He wants us to build the deep unseen wells, not broken cisterns that cannot hold water. To do the work that is seen by Him – whether it’s to rise up or kneel down – not what is seen by man yet unacknowledged by Him. A people set free from this addiction – addiction for applause, approval, focus on self – and living in wild abandon for the audience of one.

This selflessness is also pretty much encapsulated in Romans 12-15. Serving others with a joyful heart. Building others up by doing what’s good for them. Putting others before ourselves. Honor. Generosity. Mercy.

There’s a whole depth to explore when it comes to being selfless, but we won’t go into there here because then this would turn into a book. This article was meant to be a clarion call, a sounding of the bells to say, “Awaken, awaken. Rise up, you chosen generation. We put to death selfish ambition + narcissism in Jesus’ name. Let selfless faith come forth!”

So can I encourage you to dig deeper into what being selfless looks like for you specifically today? Will you take time to hear what the Lord is speaking + convicting your heart in this regard? Maybe let’s stop “fasting” from social media and instead? We start circumcising our hearts daily, so that these God-given tools no longer become our masters but our servants. Servants that serve to bring God glory.

  • Lori WildenbergMay 16, 2016 - 8:58 pm

    Thanks for this post Samantha. What I love about the selfie generation is that is focused on being purposeful and giving back. Honorable traits. You are right we are in the world not of the world so we can make a difference by encouraging the positive aspects of this culture. Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Pia JingcoMay 16, 2016 - 9:49 pm

    Hi Samantha! I was so delighted with your post! Only a month and a half ago I guest-posted on another Christian woman’s blog, and the title of my article was, “Denying Oneself in this Selfie-Centered World.”

    You’re right, the energy that people put into self-promotion in social media can be redirected towards expanding God’s kingdom, for His glory alone!ReplyCancel

  • CorineMay 17, 2016 - 1:58 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I am also struggling to figure out what selfless looks like for me. Your blog is giving me a lot of direction.ReplyCancel

  • It is so addicting. Even when I know I need to take a break, I feel like I get sucked down the rabbit hole and lose myself and my day on “social” media which keeps me anti-social sitting on my couch. I know God’s plans for me are as a whole person, not just the public face I present. Learning to live authentically as a daughter of God is the most important lesson I need as a wife and mother.ReplyCancel

  • Amy ChristensenMay 17, 2016 - 5:27 am

    Great article. Thank you for pointing us back to where we need to be. I often think that it is our job to turn people’s faces gently towards Jesus, not hit them over the head with a club. Thanks for sharing. – Amy
    http://www.stlyingrannymama.comReplyCancel

  • Carrie WisehartMay 17, 2016 - 6:05 am

    As a high school teacher, I am constantly working with students who are fighting against a selfie lifestyle. And there are lots of them who truly want to be selfless. Thank you for your heart.ReplyCancel

  • LeahMay 17, 2016 - 6:52 am

    Hello! First of all your blog is absolutely lovely! And second, I loved your post. We’re often thinking of our “selfies” lol I like how you thought about using social media as a powerful tool to spread Gods love and message! Amen!ReplyCancel

  • sue a allenMay 17, 2016 - 7:43 am

    This post works in tandem with the sermon I heard at church yesterday on the fourth commandment instructing us to take a Sabbath. We need to take a rest from social media as well (and if it is too difficult for us, possibly it has become an idol?). I hate how social media has impacted my children and wrestle with ways to overcome it. And yet, it is a part of our world…and we need to learn how to use it. Thanks for your wisdom!ReplyCancel

  • AndreaMay 17, 2016 - 8:53 am

    no selfie sticks in our Christian faith – it’s all about Him 🙂ReplyCancel

  • KayMay 17, 2016 - 9:18 am

    Wonderful post! Makes me think of the hymn, “I’d Rather Have Jesus” I wonder how many of us would rather have Him over popularity?ReplyCancel

  • FaithMay 17, 2016 - 8:39 pm

    This. Is. So. Good. I am so guilty of checking how many likes I get on my posts because it is temporarily satisfying. Just as dangerous is constantly wanting to promote myself. I haven’t taken too many selfies, but there are other ways to spread my image. The whole point of social media for the Christian should be to spread the aroma of Christ!ReplyCancel

  • Rayna NeisesMay 17, 2016 - 10:17 pm

    I love your points on how we can use this powerful tool of influence, social media, for His glory. All things are created to be bring honor and Glory to the Lord! It is just a tool like everything else. Thanks for the cry to get out of ourselves and focus on the needs of others even online!
    Blessings,
    RaynaReplyCancel

  • Allison LancasterMay 17, 2016 - 10:44 pm

    I love this! We are a generation of ‘selfies’ and not many people are as selfless as we are called to Be. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Trisha RushMay 18, 2016 - 5:09 am

    So, so good! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lissa SilvaJuly 20, 2016 - 2:33 pm

    Thanks for all the wallpapers!ReplyCancel

  • MicahAugust 3, 2016 - 10:01 am

    Love the message and heart behind your blog! I’m an upstart young blogger looking to get connected in the blogging sphere! Would love to maybe swap ideas/posts/tips!

    God Bless,

    MicahReplyCancel

I had a dream recently that I believe was a kairos prophetic word for this particular season in God’s calendar.

The message in this dream is particularly important for those who’ve been feeling fear + anxiety + strife to fulfill their mission from God for this year.

There is a message of peace, hope, and encouragement from the Father to you: He has pledged Himself to you. You are not alone. He will shoulder your weakness and make His strength yours. He will provide all the resources you will need to accomplish everything He has sent for you to do. He is committed to your success.

Steady your heart and listen to what the Lord has to say to you today.

The Dream

I found myself in a school classroom. It was 5pm. I had a mandarin assignment due at 7pm after which there would be a mandarin exam I was to sit for (context: the chinese language is NOT my strong suit). I had nothing — I didn’t have anything to show for my assignment, much less be prepared for the exam.

I was in a downright panic. I ran all around the school trying to find help from friends, teachers, schoolmates, but no one could help me.

Then the teacher walked into the classroom. She saw my agitation but remained very calm and said, “Today is the day of the Full Day Class.”

She showed me the timetable and I saw what looked like a weekly class timetable, and above the day right in the middle (where Wednesday would be) were the words “Full Day Class” and the schedule for that day was the only one filled from beginning to end. The funny thing was that it wasn’t filled with classes like mandarin, math, or science. Instead, it was filled with classes named “Grace” “Identity” “Helping you to finish your assignment”.

I peeked into the “Helping you to finish your assignment” classroom and saw many small groups of older students mentoring the younger ones to help them in the assignments they were struggling with.

Then I woke up.

I was perplexed for a time, but the Lord began to reveal the message of this dream while I waited on Him.

The Interpretation

Assignments: The Lord has rallied His children and delegated assignments to each person. Every one of us has a designated mission to fulfill in this season, and we don’t have to look far to find it. He has already placed that seed of knowing deep in our hearts.

Classrooms: These assignments are to be completed in the School of the Holy Spirit. According to the nature + purpose of the assignment, the Lord has placed us in specific classrooms (e.g. mine was a mandarin assignment and therefore I was in the mandarin class). This means that the area of calling is also the area of intense molding, refining, growing, and stretching. He is doing this because our greatest potential can become our greatest downfall when operated outside of His wisdom + covering.

Away from our natural strength: The Lord is going to call us to things that we might feel inadequate to do (e.g. mine was mandarin). In the face of our mission, we might feel small, weak, helpless. He is sending us on missions much bigger than our natural capabilities because He wants us to learn to do it with Him. We need the Teacher, who is Holy Spirit. He is the only one who can guide us to the resources we’ll need. He wants us to live like Jesus did, “I can do NOTHING apart from the Father” (John 5:19). We must learn to operate in heaven’s wisdom and not man’s wisdom, His strength instead of our own.

5pm-7pm: 5 (number of grace) to 7 (number of perfection) means that His grace will meet us and carry us through to perfection. We are moving past 6 (number of man) which means that we will no longer be able to do things by our own strength or wisdom. He demands excellence in the work of His children’s hands, BUT He also empowers us with the grace we will need to do that.

Full Day Class: We are right smack in the middle of God’s timetable – in between grace and perfection – and He is extending this period in His grace until we are able to finish our assignments.

Identity: In order to finish well, we need to come to a deep revelation of who God is in ALL His fullness, and who we fully are in Him. God is going to shake off wrong mindsets + foundations. He is going to expose the lies. It will be a challenging time as we are being stripped of many things that have been part of us for so long, but it will also be beautiful as His light of truth begins to heal and build us up stronger, faster, better than before.

Helping you to finish your assignment: The Lord will be sending along our paths the right people at the right time. At the start of the dream, I ran around asking fellow schoolmates for help but they couldn’t/wouldn’t help me. When the Teacher, Holy Spirit, directed me to the class, that was when I found people who’d gone ahead who could and would help guide me along. We must be careful not to run around seeking man-made wisdom and affirmation as we try to finish our assignments. Instead, we need to wait on Holy Spirit for discernment to know who the right people are that we can allow to speak into our lives.

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We are at a beautiful, momentous point in time, and I’m praying that we would all finish stronger than when we began!

  • Florence UkpabiMay 12, 2016 - 1:29 am

    Yippee, this is so good. I feel this especially in the area of healing, I know God called me to heal but I have been put through the fire of living with an autoimmune disease to reach to and speak to those people the same way that Paul was sent to the Gentiles because of his lived experience. I recognise that it is not me that heals, I have no power to heal and have no idea how big this may get if I move past my fears and say yes to those who He wants me to serve. My first step is to just obey and accept the assignment. Thank you xxxReplyCancel

  • GemmaMay 12, 2016 - 4:26 pm

    Wow this was just pure revelation! Thank you so, so much I felt it xxReplyCancel

  • Kori LynnMay 12, 2016 - 4:27 pm

    So neat how God speaks to us through dreams at times.ReplyCancel

  • JulieMay 12, 2016 - 8:02 pm

    I love your site! Mine is still in progress. I’m striving for something like this. Your post today was super encouraging. I’m going to check out more posts?ReplyCancel

  • Whitney @WhittyPaleoMay 12, 2016 - 8:38 pm

    Wow, I really needed to read this post! Especially the last bit about helping to finish your assignment. Thank you for this!ReplyCancel

  • Tanisha A ParkerMay 12, 2016 - 10:24 pm

    This is awesome news. Great translation and so fit for my position right now.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLaurenMay 13, 2016 - 2:38 am

    Wow! Strange, but I never remember my dreams 🙁

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Enricoh AlfonzoMay 13, 2016 - 3:15 am

    This is so awesome. I love how you shared your dream & then broke it down for us with interpretation. Very unique & memorable read. Thank youReplyCancel

  • KayMay 13, 2016 - 10:04 am

    So neat how He uses dreams sometimes!
    http://www.thedivinepresence.wordpress.comReplyCancel

  • Daniel MadisonMay 13, 2016 - 3:17 pm

    Interesting topic has a different impact on each of us. All that I can say is that it actually works.ReplyCancel

  • AndreaMay 13, 2016 - 6:17 pm

    and that’s part of the problem – He’s trying to get us to slow down long enough to hear what He has for usReplyCancel

  • BismahMay 13, 2016 - 7:07 pm

    It is so interesting how people can come up with various interpretations of dreams.A person’s faith or belief can also impact how their dreams are interpreted.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie RobinsonMay 13, 2016 - 7:13 pm

    This was very refreshing. My parents always remind me to slow down and listen to the voice of God.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole EscatMay 13, 2016 - 7:53 pm

    That’s a very beautiful interpretation for your dream. I think it’s a great way to listen to God and help spread his message. This is such a good read, thank you very much for the daily inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • LeighMay 14, 2016 - 1:02 am

    Powerful message. Love all the different ways God speaks to us!ReplyCancel

  • FaithMay 14, 2016 - 5:49 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. I do feel overwhelmed with what God is calling me to, and this is so encouraging.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen's Luxury TravelMay 14, 2016 - 6:09 am

    Love your writing, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyLynneMay 14, 2016 - 7:22 am

    Omg you did a great job interpreting your dream :):) such a powerful and encouraging post!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal GardMay 14, 2016 - 8:59 am

    Very interesting , I really enjoyed reading this.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly SMay 14, 2016 - 7:17 pm

    This dream seems like a divine encounter. Honestly, I rarely remember a dream. I am thankful you held on to this one and took the time to consider it’s meaning!ReplyCancel

  • MaryMay 15, 2016 - 4:31 am

    Amazing. Love the meaning. Reminds me to take a look at my dreams.ReplyCancel

I’m finally back with a continuation of the story of how Alex and I met + got together! Before we continue, make sure you read the prologue first and then part 1. Alex & I love how God wrote our love story. We’ve shared that story to many, and have been asked to share our wedding vows to youths learning about God-centered relationships. But I’ve struggled with writing about it because it is so very personal + sacred to me. Also, every time I’ve sat down to write this story, our marriage has come under attack and I’ve given up. But over the past year God has been challenging me to do it – let His work in our lives be a light to others. Because it’s not just about how God wrote our love story; it’s about how God came into the lives of two broken people and wrote something beautiful out of that mess… and how we get to live the story He’s still writing. So this is our story, the story of us.

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So a little recap because part 1 was posted almost a year ago! We ended off the first part of the story with Alex and I arriving at the same conference in June 2011 as complete strangers amidst 1,000 other people. By that point, God had brought us both individually through a year of intensive “revival prep”, and we were both full of zeal from the Holy Spirit for revival + unity + a prophetic generation in South East Asia. (Note: we had the zeal, but it took us a few more years to learn to walk it out with wisdom… and we’re still learning!)

We were also lonely. We wondered if anyone else would ever understand the intensity of the past year + the big things God was speaking in our prayer closets + the journey we each felt called to ahead.

That’s me on the bottom-right in June 2011, on one my rare count-with-one-hand days out of the prayer closet. Because some people want to know, my hair was much shorter then because I’d shaved it off a year ago (to walk with someone special through a difficult time) and it was growing out again at that time.

Samantha (Open Heavens Conference, June 2011)

I was late for the first session. I had just leaped off a ferry from Batam Indonesia, where, over the past 3 days, God had placed a burden for that nation in my heart for the very first time (it’s pretty cool how this happened right before I met Alex, who is an Indonesian, at the conference. God’s pretty sneaky like that!).

I soft-stepped into the large hall, found the closest + most inconspicuous seat available, and sank into the soft seats with a sigh. I was tired from the morning’s travels back to Singapore, still trying to process all that had happened over the past few days, and quite frankly, I was heart-sore. I’d been spending so much time waiting on Him in the prayer closet that I hardly met people any more + I had probably alienated many of my friends. I knew it was His season for me, but it was hard to keep the faith sometimes and it was crazy lonely and I just really wanted a friend who could say, “God said this + that to you?! So cool, me too!”

As I sat through the sessions on that first day, I was so moved by the bond that James Goll and his late wife Michal Ann Goll shared. They were ministry partners + apostolic leaders + a father and mother to prophets… but most of all, they were second-best-friends whose first best friend was Jesus. I’d never seen a friendship and love like theirs before, and this prayer kept wafting up to heaven from my heart, “Lord, if I ever get married, I want a marriage like this or none at all.”

A fresh vision for Kingdom marriage was birthed in my heart. Little did I know that the Lord had set it all up to prepare me for my first encounter with Alex.

During the tea break that first afternoon, I eagerly made a beeline for the book table, hungry for all the books that could teach me more about God. When they announced that the next session would begin shortly, I had to kinda burrow my way out of the throng.

And that was the moment.

With my head down in an attempt to squeeze my way out of the crush, I bumped right into a tall, solid, immovable pillar wearing a tucked in Nike shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Startled, I looked up and came face-to-face with his conference nametag “Alexander Wiraatmaja”.

Alex in June 2011. He was the guy everyone knew as “the dude who wears t-shirts tucked into jeans and sneakers” :p

Alex (Open Heavens Conference, June 2011)

“I was excited. I was lonely but didn’t know that I was. I was in a new season and it was the first prophetic conference I would be attending. From the start of the conference, I knew that James Goll had a prophetic word for me. I waited and waited, but nothing happened on the first day.”

To be continued.

(I promise it won’t take a whole year this time)

 

  • ValerieMay 11, 2016 - 1:24 am

    I’m so happy for you. I remember waiting and praying to meet someone when I was single. I’ve been married for 20 years now. God is good! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Gwendolyn MulhollandMay 11, 2016 - 2:38 am

    It is amazing how God works. He brought my husband and I together when I had wandered away from God. We have been thru many tough times in our 14 years together but God has brought us closer than we ever thought possible. May you continue to seek Him first in your relationship.ReplyCancel

  • Jessyca DahlinMay 11, 2016 - 4:40 am

    Such a sweet story! It’s so inspiring to hear how people meet. It always happens when you don’t expect it!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLaurenMay 11, 2016 - 6:03 am

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyLynneMay 11, 2016 - 9:25 am

    Isn’t it funny how things end up working out?!?! It took me a lot of frogs to finally find my prince!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal GardMay 11, 2016 - 9:54 am

    This is such a sweet story. Love this story.ReplyCancel

  • HollieMay 11, 2016 - 6:36 pm

    Awe this is great and I’m glad it worked out for you. I look back at my husband and I’s relationship and think “wow it’s funny how things work out”.ReplyCancel

  • AllisonMay 11, 2016 - 9:10 pm

    God works in amazing ways! I know he brought my husband to me and I am thankful he brought your love to you!ReplyCancel

  • Sally FergusonMay 12, 2016 - 2:07 am

    God’s timing is hard for us to understand, but He always has the best plan! It’s fun to hear how the Lord brought you and your spouse together!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole EscatMay 12, 2016 - 3:07 am

    Making GOD as the center of every relationship is the key and top secret having a long lasting relationship. I am happy for both of youReplyCancel

  • AndreaMay 12, 2016 - 4:14 am

    What a beautiful story – many blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • AndreaMay 12, 2016 - 4:22 am

    and how awesome the way that our God works out ALL things!ReplyCancel

  • DanaMay 12, 2016 - 5:37 am

    His perfect plans always amaze me!ReplyCancel

  • Amy ChristensenMay 12, 2016 - 10:12 am

    I love to hear how God brings people together! So cool. Thanks for sharing this part of your story! Can’t wait for the next part. – Amy
    http://www.stylingrannymama.comReplyCancel

  • Lisa RiosMay 12, 2016 - 10:38 pm

    Such a wonderful story that brought smiles right away. We never know what God has in store for us, but he amazes us every second. The way my husband came in to my life is quiet amazing enough to know the power of God & he always does the best you need.ReplyCancel

  • Lori SchumakerMay 14, 2016 - 9:08 am

    A sweet story! I look forward to hearing the rest of it!
    Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings and smiles,
    LoriReplyCancel

  • TayrinaMay 14, 2016 - 9:26 am

    Love to read stories and experiences of God’s works in others. This is so encouraging! Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina StanleyMay 26, 2016 - 2:38 am

    I read your most recent post to Spirit Fuel post on May 25, 2016. This word from the Lord came as such an encouragement to me today. Unity in the Body of Christ is something I pray for every day. I believe too this is The Year To Run With The Horses! Thank you again, Samantha for sharing this Word from the Lord.ReplyCancel

Worship is a beautiful human right, one gifted by God that even the angels long to look into (read more about that here).

You have, in all likelihood, experienced beautiful moments of private + corporate worship. Times when the sweet presence of the Lord descends like sweet perfume, or wind, or gold dust, or healing love. And I pray that all who read this will get to experience this sweet, healing worship.

But that is just the beginning. Because there’s worship, and then there’s Throne Room worship. This is the highest + purest level of worship, and the invitation is open to all His children to press in through worship into Throne Room worship. Today I want to delve a little deeper into what it’s like, the kind of deep worship mentioned briefly in this article. What follows is not a formula or to-do list, but stories to inspire you to pursue new depths of intimacy with the Lover of your soul.

Throne Room worship needs to be experienced to be fully understood, but the short answer is this: In that place, everything is centered on Him. In that place, we are only aware of one thing: how glorious, majestic, beautiful is the King seated on the throne. We see the Angels and Elders bend low, and know that we know that we KNOW that He deserves all our devotion.

In the Throne Room, nobody sings songs about themselves (“I worship..” “I praise…” “You make ME..”) because while those songs are powerful and anointed, they can only take us to second heaven worship. Self-involved worship are found insufficient in the third heavens, in the face of His majesty. In this place, the only worship that takes off are the ones about Him and HIM ALONE, adoring Him, about His nature + attributes. Looking at His beautiful wonder, not in relation to us, but simply as He is.

We’re no longer there for ourselves (healing, revelation, solution) but we’re there because He is God and that demands the worship of all creation. That worship cracks through to the deepest core of us and brings out an involuntary response of love + adoration + awe. It is His deep calling out to our deep. Because He is spirit, and all who worship must worship in spirit and in truth.

I pray that the stories I share today will awaken your heart to the depths of His majesty + glory. I’m asking Him for deeper hunger in all our hearts.

NOTE: Before I share these stories, it is important to note that whenever I use the word “Worship” I am not referring to songs, although the word also encompasses the singing of songs. “Worship” henceforth signifies adoration of the body, soul, and spirit – be it through words, music, silence, etc.

Story 1: Going From Second Heavens Worship To Third Heavens/Throne Room Worship.

I was going about my usual one day – worship, Bible, wait on God – and it was a beautiful, peaceful time.

I was in the second heavens, the place in Ephesians 6:12 where angels battle with the spiritual forces of evil (see also Daniel 10:13). This is the place where we bring our worries, hurts, etc., to God during worship. It is the place that we usually first encounter His love, healing, assurance. He restores our soul, our identity in Him. In this place, much of the emphasis is on our needs, our struggles, our experiences. Is it a necessary step in the journey? For sure. But it cannot be the end.

As I was in that place of second heavens worship, there was a sudden shift in the atmosphere. Heavier, whiter, mistier + clearer all at the same time.

Then I saw angels come in from my right side, entering the room as they descended out of thin air. They came into the room carrying the Throne of God lifted above them.

The Throne of God was huge. Its base as high as the ceiling so I only saw the bottom-most step. It was made of what looked like solid gold, nothing hollow inside. All four corners were connected by pillars that were thicker than a palace colonnade. There were emerald stones embedded into the gold.

But far more breathtaking were the feet that rested on that bottom step of the Throne. The feet of the Most High. The God who makes the mountains tremble with His breath. He was in my living room, and now I understood why the disciple John + so many others who’ve encountered Him in this way said “I fell down as one dead”. For when we come face to face with the greatness of God, every accomplishment of our own, every human boast, appears like cheap straw beside His majesty.

The moment He entered the room on His Throne, the only response that could come forth was to adore + be in awe of who He was. I physically felt every atom in my body (pardon if that’s not the right sciencific word, but you get the gist) pivot and turn till they were all unanimously faced toward Him. Literally every fiber of my body turned toward His light. Everything was centered on Him, existed for Him, sustained because of Him.

No fear, worry, strife could enter into that sacred space. Only His glory… and His love that allowed sinful me to remain in His glory. And the only response was “Holy, Holy, Holy. You are God Almighty.”

Story 2: Going From Earth To Throne Room Worship.

Another time, I was too busy to sit with the Lord. As I hustled + bustled around the house, the Throne of God suddenly appeared in the middle of the living room, right where I usually spent time with Him.

It stopped me right in my tracks. “Why is it here?” was barely formed in my mind when the gentle, slightly stern, voice of Holy Spirit said, “We have come. This is an invitation to you to come into the Throne Room. Will you come or are you too busy?”

I repented, made a heart adjustment, and went to sit before Him humbled, awed, and pretty much trying to wrap my mind around the fact that the Great God had come while I’d been ignoring Him. But that’s who He is. Kind, humble, gracious.

The colossal God so loves the broken, mud-spattered worship of His children that He lifts us out of our mire and takes us higher to where His Throne resides. And every time we sing “Holy” “Worthy”, we’re like the 24 elders who never stop worshiping Him because they never stop beholding Him.

Story 3: Going Straight To Throne Room Worship.

There are times that I’ve settled down to worship and He’s taken me straight up to His Throne Room. Cutting through the layers of earth (the soul, the flesh, distractions) and the second heavens (spiritual warfare, resistance, blockages) straight to that place before Him.

I see mist surrounding His Throne, wrapped in light and glory. I see the angels attending to Him, adoring Him, full of awe and love for their God. I see the elders and people around the Throne and they never stop bowing down before Him.

As I join in the chorus, “Blessing and honor and glory and power, forever and ever. Unto Him who sits on the Throne be blessing, glory and honor forever and ever and ever. Amen” my body quakes at His majesty and tears flow. The tears that flow are involuntary, not from emotions, and I cannot stop them because every cell in my body must respond to His beauty.

There, before His Throne, I am bathed in His light. Body, soul, spirit vibrate as wave after wave of His light – beauty and holiness – radiate from His Throne.

I’ve often come back from those times of worship before His Throne and found that problems have been solved, wise solutions have been deposited in my mind, and God ideas planted in my heart. When we get to that place of looking at only Him, we take our hands off ourselves and let Him come in to bring divine resolution into every area.

These are some stories of my experiences, and I’m praying for an impartation of breakthrough in worship over your life today. Check back on the word of God, chew the meat and throw away the bones. Your Throne Room encounter with God might be different, but will be unique between Him and you.

And if you want a place to grow in + experience this? Join us at Godly Womanhood prayer nights OR at CreateCollective worship nights. The Lord’s specific invitation at these gatherings is for everyone to enter into the third heavens together; nobody is to be left behind. Friend, you are more than welcome to press in, just as you are.

  • Laura AcunaMay 5, 2016 - 6:28 pm

    What a wonderful post on a Thursday morning! Thank you for sharing your experiences — you are a deep and thoughtful writer. God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • TawniMay 5, 2016 - 6:51 pm

    Very insightful post! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • AndreaMay 5, 2016 - 6:53 pm

    I’ve never heard of some of the things you describe here (second/third heaven, throne room worship) but your stories are powerful. When we worship God without all the trappings of this life, he transforms us from the inside out, and we are refreshed and renewed.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve never heard of this before. I enjoyed reading about your perspectives. God is certainly great and nothing changes my life more than worshiping Him.ReplyCancel

  • AndreaMay 6, 2016 - 6:28 am

    How awesome is our God – He just wants ALL of us!ReplyCancel

  • MistyMay 6, 2016 - 10:55 am

    Wow! I don’t know how or when I started subscribing to your blog however this post is tugging at my heart strings. I can literally feel Holy Spirit whispering there is so much more as my spirit aches for this. This throne room worship. Thank you do sharing some of your intimate moments. Blessings and love. MistyReplyCancel

  • TayrinaMay 6, 2016 - 7:41 pm

    How awesome and great… love this topic about worship, because that’s what we were created. To worship God with our lives. Very interesting and encouraging post. BlessingsReplyCancel

  • Susan Mary MaloneMay 6, 2016 - 8:47 pm

    Very interesting post, Samantha. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • KristinaMay 6, 2016 - 9:01 pm

    Thank you for the reminder that we can boldly approach the throne of God. Incredibly encouraging.ReplyCancel

  • FaithMay 7, 2016 - 1:20 am

    What an encouragement to seek after Him with every part of our being. I have experienced this throne room worship before, by the grace of God, and it is beyond compare.ReplyCancel

  • CherylMay 7, 2016 - 3:25 am

    You are right, you need to experience it.ReplyCancel

  • Anne @ The Fitly Spoken WordMay 7, 2016 - 3:39 am

    Can’t wait to get to Heaven one day and see the throne room up close and personal!ReplyCancel

  • Aziel MorteMay 9, 2016 - 3:30 pm

    Such a powerful post and a great message. I love reading thisReplyCancel

  • CorneMay 25, 2016 - 9:29 pm

    Hey Samantha I read your article on throne room worship today, it stirred something deep within me! What sort of worship music do you listen too? I couldn’t agree more that worship is so much more than singing xReplyCancel

  • CorneMay 25, 2016 - 9:30 pm

    Hey Samantha I read your article on throne room worship today, it stirred something deep within me! What sort of worship music do you listen too? I couldn’t agree more that worship is so much more than singing x
    BlessingsReplyCancel

  • AbiOctober 22, 2016 - 4:59 pm

    Blessed to read your article. Have you also experienced the Holy Spirit moving through you? As if your natural hands are guided to move?ReplyCancel

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