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The Presence of God

     
         

 

The first and most important thing that you must know and understand about the Presence of God is: being in God’s presence is not a human or spiritual feeling. It is an assurance according to God’s Word, because you have entered into His presence the correct way.

Many times high spirited church services are mistaken for being in the presence of God. People rely of the music, the praise, the shouting and someone on the microphone pumping it up. I have even experience some musicians that every time they up the key on a song, people get even more into it.

We believe that as each person prepares to enter into the presence of God, the first thing God does is, He looks into your Heart. And when you come to church, if you do not have a Pure Heart for True Worship, it’s possible that you can leave church with a void (Something Missing), because you missed the true purpose of worship; entering God’s presence.

Here is what you need to understand. God’s presence does not come to where you are, unlike some people believing for God to show up at their request. God’s presence and the presence of God is already everyplace, everywhere at the same time.

You can not hide, avoid or even run from the presence of God; David says in Psalm 139:7 - Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.

So if the presence of God does not come to or come into, then it means that His presence is already present. So what we can do is connect with His presence that is already present.

So now let’s talk about coming to church and connecting with the Presence of God.

 

For years I had been coming to church without being connected to the presence of God and this was the result:

  • Did not take a Bible to Church

  • Bored to Death

  • Desire to Go to Sleep

  • Sat as Close to the Back of the Church

  • Waited to Hear Something from Pastor to Catch my Attention

  • Watching Other People

  • Bathroom Break (Fresh Air/7th inning Stretch)

  • Watched Other Young Adults (Do They look How I Feel)

  • Could not Relate to the Traditions in Church

  • Felt Like People in Church Draw Out the Time

And the truth of the matter was I was setting in God’s presence, but I was not connected to His presence. That had to be one of the most disrespectful things you can do to God.

God allows us to enter into His presence where we connect and become one with Him. We transcend our circumstances and meet Intimately with God who loves us and longs for our sincere love, adoration, and praise. Beyond the joy, peace, love, we receive from being in His presence we also carry His Glory and Presence with us after we've spent time with Him.

There is no power without the presence of God. There is no transformation without the presence of God. Experiencing more of God is essential for us as individuals and as a church.

 

How then do we connect with the presence of God?

There are three commitments that we need to connect with the presence of God.

  • A Commitment for a Pure Heart

  • A Commitment to Pursue God

  • A Commitment to Practice a Godly Lifestyle

 

A Commitment for a Pure Heart

We must have a commitment for a Pure Heart to connect with the Presence of God. Matthew 5:8 –Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. A pure heart is a prerequisite for intimacy with God. In order for us to experience God, purity is a requirement.

Let’s understand it does not mean perfection. The only way we have intimacy with God is through His Son Jesus Christ. (Who said in John 14:6 “I am the way, truth, life…no one comes to the Father except through Me.) Jesus is our path to intimacy with God. Jesus Christ was pure, perfect and righteous. Therefore He could be a sacrifice for our sin on the cross satisfying God’s justice for sin. Then, when we accept this free gift of forgiveness, the righteousness of Christ is placed upon our imperfect lives.

It is Christ’s purity that allows us to have a relationship with God.

 

A Commitment to Pursue God

We must have a commitment to Pursue God to connect with the Presence of God. Pursuing God, results in intimacy with God. Jeremiah 29:13 -And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Think about all the things we can pursue in life. We pursue careers, relationships, money, possessions, pleasure and happiness. All these pursuits take time and resources. We have to commit to them to some degree in order to experience them.

Now, what about God? Is He on your list of pursuits? He wants to be! Notice the  Scripture says, “If you look for Me wholeheartedly” / “whenever you seek Him…”  God is someone we can pursued and experience.

Some of you might be thinking how can I pursue someone I can’t see, feel or touch. By Faith choose to pursue God and He will reveal Himself to you. We need to understand that God’s greatest desire for us is relationship with Him.

Pursuing God is an ever increasing lifestyle rather than a destination.

 

A Commitment to Practice a Godly Lifestyle

We must have a commitment to Practice a Godly Lifestyle to connect with the Presence of God. Practicing a Godly lifestyle results in intimacy with God. Philippians 4:9 -The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Paul tells the church to practice this lifestyle so that they will experience God’s Peace and His Presence.

Practicing a Godly lifestyle results in more of God’s presence in our lives! If we make the word of God a priority in our lifestyle, God rewards us with His presence.

The word of God reflects the values and lifestyle of those who belong to God. When we choose to follow what the word of God says, we experience God being faithful to His word.

God’s word is not here to make you feel guilty and beat up. God’s word is to be practiced so that you can have life and intimacy with God.

The greatest gift God has that He wants us to experience is Himself. This is what we were designed for. This is what fulfills the deepest longings of our hearts. My prayer is that you would experience God more than ever before.

 

 

 

 

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