By Stephen Goode
I am currently in the Verizon Amphitheatre surrounded by many denominations and groups who have a singular unified purpose and calling. Not one person in this place is holding a political rally sign or banner. There is no way to discern who is Republican, Democrat, or even Libertarian. In fact as I sit in my theatre seating at this Solemn Assembly I am overwhelmed by the participation of the attendees and absence of pride in individuals who sincerely want to see the moving of God throughout the city of Charlotte. One quote that captured my attention was made by a pastor when speaking during the event.
“May the Queen City (Charlotte) once again be truly married to her King (Jesus).”
There is literally a thickness in the air filled with the presence of God’s people who are begging at the altar and interceding for our city for all our sins, and acceptance of all that God’s Word tells us is putrid and wicked in His sight!
As I look around me I personally feel so unworthy to even be a part of this assembly, and the cool thing is that I believe every person present here feels the same way about themselves.
What I have seen unfold before my very eyes tonight is that when we begin to truly repent of all the wickedness that we have allowed to become embedded in our hearts and the life of our families, that our heart transforms into a tool that has an unquenchable desire to worship and praise the name of our creator and savior, Jesus Christ!
We have experienced every possible weather condition this afternoon and into the evening. We arrived with a light and overcast cloud cover, followed by an outpouring of hard and continuous rain that lasted about 30 minutes, as though God was sending the farmers a little present of divine hope. As we walked through the stages of repentance on the platform and entered into a time of worship, we watched the clouds begin to divide like the stage curtain in an epic stage drama, and then it came!
The SUN WAS REVEALED! The music continued to intensify and we entered into a period of truly Untainted Worship Free from pride, wickedness, and unchecked sin.
What is it that is bridling you from being able to enter into such a time of worship with your Creator, Lord, and Redeemer. What selfish desires, pride, sexual sin, covetousness, unbelief, is plaguing you from being truly able to surrender to untainted worship? Whatever it may be I can tell you as a chief sinner, that it isn’t worth it.
There may not be a solemn assembly available for you to attend anytime soon, but I encourage you to have a solemn assembly that begins with you, God, and a desire to repent of your sins and wickedness. I will give you a solemn guarantee that in doing so that you will inevitably arrive at a place called Untainted Worship