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Experiencing God’s Presence: Four Keys

Whether you are in a season of the fireworks of God’s love or a time when you seem unable to feel His presence, here are some keys to experiencing His presence both tangibly and supernaturally!

Key #1: Heart Posture

Our ability to engage with God in relationship is most influenced by the posture of our hearts before Him. Are we willing to set aside time to tend the garden of our life with God?

Often we are preoccupied with action and progress as we gauge our growth with God, but this is not the most important. The inner life hidden behind our faces—our hearts, minds, and wills—is where God desires we first pursue Him and is the source of every word we speak and every action we take. Continue reading

To Be Possessed by God

We want to be so possessed by God that we live out of His heart and thoughts, not our own. We want to be laid down lovers of God, as Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries expresses this.

Our number one focus must be intimacy with God (relationship), and living as ones who seek first His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33). May we be a people of one thing:

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4 AMP)

Our words, our worship and our prayers are far more powerful than we realize.

The Lord has such a calling on our lives to be vessels of His presence in this world, bringing His love and truth to others. We can change the atmosphere as His people, bringing His light, hope, truth and love into every situation.

When we speak His words, they are powerful in bringing life and bringing change! We are called as ambassadors to further His Kingdom on the earth as it is in Heaven.

Put on Love

As representatives of Jesus in this world, we must share the truth in love and not wound our own. We must be careful not to even come to conclusions or assumptions before we have all the information. Above all, we must remember that God alone knows each and every heart, and we must put on love:

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].” (Colossians 3:13-14 AMP)

When we love and bless even those who don’t have everything right (and probably we do not either!), their hearts will be convicted by God’s Spirit and touched by His love.

The Lord is faithful to answer when we pray for Him to change their hearts or work in a particular situation. They will be more willing to hear what we have to share from the Lord, possibly even being set free by His love and truth.

Let us go on to be lovers of God in every way: How we interact with Him and others, how we think and speak, and how we walk and act.

Carriers of God’s Presence

This is something that the Lord has been nurturing in my spirit since November 2013. I’m grateful He has led me to share it again recently.

God has called us to be carriers of His manifest presence upon this earth. He desires that His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. This is massive!

In order to be carriers of His presence, we must choose to make room for Him. His presence cannot be ignored or forgotten in our lives.

Pregnant with the presence of God

Think of this: Just as it is undeniable that a woman is carrying a child when she has progressed further along in her pregnancy, it cannot be ignored when we are carrying the manifest presence of God within us.

A woman with child cannot do things the same way as when she was not pregnant. She has to change the way she eats, moves, and cares for herself. She is caring for more than herself, another person within her that is living and breathing and going to change lives and already is bringing change in hers in a beautiful and blessed way.

In this same way, we must make room in our lives for the Lord to move in and through us. We must let go of some things, and change our way of living to reflect Jesus. We must allow Him to fully possess us so that we can be laid down lovers of Jesus, as Heidi Baker says, being willing to do anything to see Heaven come to earth through us.

On earth as it is in Heaven

Father God wants His presence to be tangible in us, noticed by all around as we carry forth His love, light and truth; most importantly, as we carry all of Him within us and a storehouse of all He desires to do in others’ lives and upon this earth. But again, we have to choose to make room and let Him use us as His vessel, a carrier of His manifest presence.

Lord, we pray all will choose to make room for You and desire to be carriers of Your presence within themselves, tabernacles of You 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In full union with You, one with You and full of You, Jesus.

Do you want to be a carrier of God’s manifest, tangible presence to the world and to others?
What would help you as you learn to be a carrier of His presence?

Living for God: The Right Motivation

I want to live as a lover of God in the midst of this world. I want to live the fasted lifestyle* with my focus firmly set on Him in passionate pursuit of knowing Him and His heart.

But I don’t want to be religious or legalistic in my pursuit. I don’t want to do this for the approval of others, whether it is man’s, my own, or even in striving as if I must earn through perfection what God has already purchased for me through His Son. God’s Holy Spirit will help all who desire for the purifying of our hearts and the renewal of our minds in this. I don’t want to live out of the wrong motives. Not at all.

I want my supreme motivation to be LOVE–God Himself, for He truly is Love Himself.

I want to be a lover, not a worker; a daughter who serves knowing she is beloved, not a slave who serves out of fear of punishment.

I want to live as a friend of the Bridegroom, as His Bride who is being made ready and who He says is His beautiful delight and cherished by Him.

He has not left us as orphans who must live striving to earn our place in His eyes as ones accepted as good enough; we do not have to perform for our Father or for people. We are already loved, already accepted, and we always have been loved by God, for we were knit together in love by Him.

He longs to pour out more and more of His affection and revelation into us. Help us, Lord, to open our hearts even if we feel unable to do so, and let Your love heal us of all fear, legalism and rejection.

Deliver me and set me free, heal me of all that needs to be so I can live with the right motivation. My sole purpose is to know Jesus, for this is eternal life. Nothing else will matter in the end. It’s love, relationship… with Him.

Let me live, Lord, for You–for Love Himself–and by Love and His ways, and out of the overflow of Your heart of love. Deposit Your love in me more and more each day so I can love You more and love like You love.

We are created to be loved and to love; we are His beloved, that we may receive love.
God is Love, our Life alive, our sole Reason, our holy All ready to fulfill every need and heal every hurt.

He will fulfill my every longing, for He alone can satisfy.
He will fill every empty place, for He only has the key to my heart.

Listening:
Forerunners with Holy Violent Love by Mike Bickle (teaching series)

Reading:
What Is the Point by Misty Edwards (excellent book fit for anyone!)


*Fasted lifestyle — Voluntarily choosing a lifestyle of simplicity which limits various things in life: food, money or accumulating things, status, recognition, etc. While the rewards are primarily internal and spiritual, they are eternal (Isaiah 58; Matthew 6:18, 9:14–17; John 3:39; 1 Corinthians 2:10) –via Chicago House of Prayer

Amazed by His Spirit’s Leading

I have a God story to tell today. :)

If you are familiar with the song Dance With Me, you know that the song comes from Song of Solomon and refers to God as “the Lover of our souls.”

Before we sang it this morning, our contemporary service worship leader had something to read to our congregation. As he began reading, I started to think that it was sounding awfully familiar and emotion began to flood my heart. I had written it! It was posted on my blog!

It turns out that our worship leader had no idea that it was my writing as inspired by the Lord. Later on, I shared with him and another friend in the car about how it blessed me that God used something I had written. It was then that he remarked that he didn’t know I’d written it, and  had “stumbled” upon it via a search engine.

I was blessed, humbled and loved on by God as part of this post was read to our congregation, and that God would use it in my very church, without myself or the other worship leader knowing it beforehand. What unity that is–totally a God-thing, uniting with our hearts! How amazing our God is!

I am greatly blessed that something God’s teaching me could be used by Him for others. It was just… that God would use something like that, the mere outpouring of one’s heart. I am humbled. And I am praying that God will bring us closer and closer to Him as a church, as His beloved children!

Early service:

  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Neale/Coffin, Plainsong adapt. by Helmore)
  • The Savior Is Waiting (Carmichael)
  • I Need Thee Every Hour (Hawks/Lowry)
  • Choir: All the Earth Will Worship (Bible/Fettke/Kingsmore)
  • Offertory: Holy Spirit, Rain Down (R. Fragar)

Contemporary service:

  • You Are Good (Houghton)
  • Rain Down (Martin Smith/Stuart Garrard)
  • Freedom (Bushard)
  • Dance With Me (Chris Dupree)
  • You Won’t Relent (Misty Edwards)

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