The Presence of the Lord

Updated: Jul 16

Do you know that one of the ONLY thing that sets the Saints apart from the rest of the world is their conscious acknowledgment of God i.e His Presence? Do you know that the only thing that separated the [circumcised] Israelites of the Old Covenant from the the [uncircumcised] gentiles, was the residence of the Presence of God? As a matter of fact, where there was contravention to the terms and conditions of the Old Covenant the Israelite was threatened with being “cut off from His Presence”.

This is not a light matter. And it would be of great benefit to identify the mechanics of engaging His Presence.

All throughout Scripture, starting from the Torah (The Law), the Presence of God was the central theme that its fine print revolved around. The Prophets were -in want of a better expression- the guardians of it (Him). It is undeniable in Scripture that the Presence of God was the basis or the foundation upon which all, and I mean all, the men of God operated and did ‘signs and wonders’ as well as had fellowship with God.

THUS, it would be most intelligent for the New Covenant Saints to maintain conscientious recognition of the simple and yet MOST POWERFUL fact, that the Presence of God dwells with us. i.e FREELY, as well as ETERNALLY. And, not to mention, that it is the basis of our existence and ONLY means of functioning actively and directly in the Kingdom of God. In fact, the Presence of God and the Kingdom of God are one and the same.

SO, HOW EXACTLY DOES ONE LIVE ENGAGED IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD?

The word “Presence” is defined by the Meriam-Webster Dictionary as

Definition of presence

  1. :something (such as a spirit) felt or believed to be present

  2. :the actual person or thing that is present

What does the Bible say about the “Presence of God”? Let’s commence by perusing the Scriptures:


The Saints must DWELL in the Presence of God

What exactly is the presence of God?

Psalm 51:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) reads:

Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Psalm 139:7 Amplified Bible (AMP) reads:

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

These two verses parallel the Presence of God with the Holy Spirit.

They indicate that the Holy Spirit is in fact the Presence of God.

Now, all Saints are fully aware of the fact that by Jesus’ sacrifice i.e His Blood, that the Holy Spirit has been freely given to us and resides with us eternally (1 John 2:20). However, it has not been promulgated amongst the popular church doctrines as to how to live through Him or in His Presence.

If the Presence of God is in all of creation (as Psalms 139:7 alludes), and not everyone is experiencing the Kingdom actively, then there is a mechanical means of engaging it or disengaging it. After all, Adam (Genesis 3:8) hid from it (The Presence of God).

So, question: How does one engage or live (dwell) in the Presence of God?

Romans 5:5 Amplified Bible (AMP) reads:

Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

According to the above mentioned verse, the love of God in conjunction with, as well as, in addition to the Holy Spirit is present in our hearts. What exactly does that mean? How do we live from this place, “our heart”?

2 Corinthians 1:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)

it is He who has also put His seal on us [that is, He has appropriated us and certified us as His] and has given us the [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as a pledge [like a security deposit to guarantee the fulfillment of His promise of eternal life].

The word Heart in the Greek New Testament is the word:

kardia kar-dee’-ah

translated as:

the heart, i.e. (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle.

To be a little more specific, let’s identify what exactly thoughts and feelings are. Again, according to the Meriam-Webster Dictionary:

Definition of thought

  1. something (such as an opinion or belief) in the mind

Definition of feeling

  1. the undifferentiated background of one’s awareness considered apart from any identifiable sensation, perception, or thought

  2. the overall quality of one’s awareness

  3. conscious recognition : sense

Definition of sense

  1. conscious awareness

Definition of aware

  1. knowing that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists

  2. feeling, experiencing, or noticing something (such as a sound, sensation, or emotion)

Therefore, by the definitions elaborated, we can safely and confidently agree that to access the Presence of God is to actively engage the conscious awareness, conscious recognition, or our conscious acknowledgment of God in us, as well as, in the atmosphere. Even in all the earth. This is what is referred to as the ‘Kingdom of God in us’. Actively sensing his proximity and his omnipresence.

Therefore, the Kingdom of God/ the Realm of God is in the active exercise, as well as the background conscious awareness of the Holy Spirit in us, as well as in all the earth and even the universe. Awareness of Heaven itself!

Do you know that is what prayer is for? According to the writer of Hebrews 11:6, when we pray we must believe.

The word, ‘believe’ in this verse of the letter to the Hebrews is the Greek word ‘pistis’ that means credence.

Credence is defined as the mental acceptance that something is true and real. This same “pistis” is expounded up in its mention in verse 1 of the same chapter. It reads:

Hebrews 11:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Now faith is the assurance (title-deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].

Emphasis on: Faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses (the five senses).

In other words, this excerpt in its opposite would read, faith comprehends as fact what CAN be experienced by the SPIRITUAL senses.

Therefore we know that prayer is in fact, faith practice, or mental awareness practice, regarding the active exercise of the conscious awareness of God.


So, since the definition of ‘pistis’ = mental acceptance that something is true o real, then obviously we must come to an understanding as to what our mental image of the Presence of God is, to be able to mentally accept that it is true or real.  

So, what is the Presence of God likened to?  

Concerning our dear and Holy Father, 

Psalm 84:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11  For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Concerning our Lord Jesus, the Christ,

Malachi 4:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

But for you who fear My name [with awe-filled reverence] the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall.This is also confirmed in the Book of Revelation:


Revelation 21:22-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all] and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the glory (splendor, radiance) of God has illumined it, and the Lamb is its lamp and light.

So, from these excerpts, we see that both our Father and our Lord and Savior (The Lamb) are suns.  Suns are entities of Fire/ Energy producing abundant Light.  

Colossians 1:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)13 For He has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

The opposite of darkness is Light.  And so, we know that we have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and transferred to the Kingdom of His Beloved Son which is the Kingdom of Light! 

If the Holy Spirit is the Presence of God (as we noted earlier on in Psalms 51:11 and Psalms 139:7), then we know that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of LIGHT.  God is LIGHT.

Therefore, we can safely conclude that the mental image that we must accept as true or real regarding the Presence of the Lord is, LIGHT. 

Furthermore, we cannot, in any way, be negligent to the fact that the Holy Spirit is also given to us.  Therefore, the Presence of God is given to us, residing inside of us.  Christ in us is the expectation of glory.  We have been made suns just like Jesus Himself.  The Presence of God therefore resides with us eternally and we can access it at a moment’s notice.

Activation

So now that we are clear, with respect to what the Presence of God is and how one actively and consciously dwells in Him (The Kingdom of God/ Heaven itself), let’s now step into an activation exercise.  

Pause for a moment, wherever you are and first acknowledge the Holy Spirit (the Presence of God) in you.   The word Presence is defined as something (such as a spirit) felt or believed to be present.

  1. So just as the definition indicates you are going to believe and feel.  

  2. Believe by accepting your mental image of His Brilliant Light (like the sun) as true and real in you and radiating from you throughout your immediate environs, then throughout your neighborhood and then throughout the whole Earth.

  3. And feel, by sensing His Presence.  Feel Him in you.  Feel Him in your body.  Feel Him all around you.  This is what we call becoming consciously aware of Him.

Do this for a few minutes before proceeding to the following instructions.

Now, let’s proceed:

Look at just a few scriptural excerpts enlightening us about the Presence of God for you to acknowledge while in His Presence.

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

These people will pay the penalty and endure the punishment of everlasting destruction, banished from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

The presence of the Lord = the glory of His Power

Acknowledge that you are in the glory of His Power

Hebrews 9:24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but [He entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the very presence of God on our behalf;

The Presence of God = Heaven itself

Acknowledge that you are literally in Heaven itself while in conscious awareness of His Presence

1 Chronicles 16:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Splendor and majesty are [found] in His presence; Strength and joy are [found] in His place (sanctuary).

His Presence/ His Place = Splendor and Majesty, Strength and Joy

Acknowledge that you are in His Splendor, Majesty, Strength and Joy

Jeremiah 4:26 Amplified Bible (AMP)

I looked, and behold, the fertile land was a wilderness, And all its cities were pulled down Before the [presence of the] Lord, before His fierce anger.

In the Presence of the Lord, God’s fierce anger pulls down the enemy

Acknowledge that the fierce anger of the Lord pulls  down the enemy all around you.

Psalm 68:1-2 Amplified Bible (AMP)



Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered; Let those who hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked and guilty perish before [the presence of] God.

Before the Presence of God:  The enemy scatters at the Presence of God.  They are driven away like smoke and they melt like wax before the Fire.  The wicked and guilty perish before the Presence of God.

Acknowledge that the enemies of the Lord scatters when you are in His Presence.  Those that hate him flee.  Like smoke is driven away, they are driven away.  Like wax they melt before the Presence of God (FIRE), 

The study of the Presence of the Lord is rich. Dive in! You may find very enlightening information about your Father and your identity in Christ (The Presence of God).

In conclusion, what is presence defined as?

Definition of presence

  1. :something (such as a spirit) felt or believed to be present

  2. :the actual person or thing that is present

How do we live in the Presence of God/ the Kingdom of God?

By ACTIVE EXERCISE OF OUR CONSCIOUS AWARENESS of it (Him) in you, as well as, His omnipresence.

Psalm 84:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) reads:

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

The Lord God is a Sun and Shield

Dwell in His Presence/ His Sunshine Saints!
There is an entire REALM of POWER awaiting you!
Be BLESSED!!!
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