I just want to share with you today about how important it is for you to understand that God wants to spend time with you – in His manifested Presence. It’s not hard for a lot of people who believe in Jesus to understand that God wants to be with them, but to understand the manifested Presence of God is a different story.
I. Jesus Modeled Life in God’s Presence
Jesus – He walked in the Presence of God. He was conscious of His Presence as He walked the earth. He was able to minister to people, see people set free, see miracles and all these kinds of things because of the Holy Spirit having taken residence inside of Him.
Jesus was not ONLY aware that God was everywhere. God is omnipresent. He is everywhere, but there’s a place of His manifested Presence that is NOT everywhere. Jesus modeled that for us so that we would walk in that reality. God wants us to drink of his presence. In Psalm 36:8 it says, “they are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house and you give them drink from your river pleasures.” It’s God’s will for us to be satisfied in his Presence, to know His peace passes all understanding and to know His manifested Presence. There’s a place of confidence when you know God’s Presence is in you. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to drink of his river of pleasures. Jesus walked in this place so much so that when the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of his garment He actually felt the virtue and life flow out of Him.
Jesus knew that a certain portion of the glory and the manifested Presence of God flowed out Him to this woman and healed her. Don’t you want to walk in that place where the glory is that evident? I would like to think we all do. It’s God’s will for you to experience His Presence daily, not just for yourself – even though you need to experience Him. But also for others, so that you can be a conduit of the Spirit to other people.
II. Keeping the Freshness
I think many times we start our walk with the Lord and we get clean, but later lose that freshness of relationship. And there’s nothing more fresh and amazing as a being newly converted into Christ – because there’s a fresh washing of the Spirit that we encounter.
I can remember when I was baptized in a Baptist church, out in the country when I was about 15 years old. I felt this washing and this cleansing spiritually when I was baptized in water. I came up feeling new. I think sometimes people lose that freshness of the Spirit, that feeling new in Christ.
As we continue to walk in this world we encounter different things and some come into agreement with lies. But we need to stay in alignment with the truth in Christ. God’s will is for us to experience His manifested Presence all the time – to experience that newness and freshness that we have in the Spirit in Christ.
Jesus said to Nicodemus, you must be born again. You must be born of the Spirit and Nicodemus asked how can a person enter back into their mother’s womb and be born a second time? But Jesus said, no, you must be born of the Spirit. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. And that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Understand that as you are born of the Holy Spirit, how odd would it be if you didn’t have that relationship continued just like a natural family? Just like your natural mother and father, you would continue in that relationship, that intimacy and that reality of your parents. As well, the Holy spirit was very intimately involved in your new birth. Because of this it’s important that you have the communion of the Holy Spirit in your life and realize it’s God’s will for you.
III. The Spirit of Renewal
A lot of people start off believing in Jesus and they end up in works and legalism. We don’t want to fall into that. It’s good to have a personal heart examination time. Be honest have an inspection and ask yourself “what have I opened myself up to?” What lies am I believing that are causing me to not experience the Presence of God. If you are not experiencing this freshness anymore ask yourself, “What has happened?” Have you continued in a life of worship?
Worship helps us to feel His refreshing. There’s renewing and worship. There’s a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. When we look at Ephesians 5:18 it talks about “do not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the spirit, singing to one another in Psalms hymns and spiritual songs, making melody in your hearts to one another in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
And so we want to continue to be filled with the Spirit, even through worship. Continue to connect with God. That’s a key – to connect with God in worship.
V. A Willingness to Change
Be honest with yourself and be honest with the Lord and just say, “Lord, I confess, I’ve opened up doors to things that are ungodly things and I close those doors.”Maybe it’s stuff on television, maybe it’s music that’s not inspired of the Holy Spirit and just shut those doors in that compromise. Cut that out and see if that brings a restoration of the Presence of God in your life. When you came to Christ it was repentance, it was confession. And you were honest with the Lord and you came clean. Because of this He sent you a freshness of his Spirit. In the same way, we continue to do that. We continue to come with a heart that is contrite, humble and does not compromise to the things of this world.
I challenge you today to walk in a place of connectivity to the Spirit, to realize that it’s your portion and that it’s your inheritance. It’s your birthright in Christ to have a reality of the manifested Presence of God daily.
Connect in worship. Connect with God through repentance and confession and just receive of His Holy Spirit. Just say, “Lord, I receive your refreshing today in the name of Jesus.”