Psalm 91:9-11 “Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.” What an amazing promise for us as we make the Lord our dwelling place! There is a zone that we can experience in God’s Presence. Depending on what we sow in our lives also determines the reality of His manifested Presence that we engage in. If you are anything like me, there are times when you feel like you need to “get back in” that zone of God’s Presence. The truth is we belong in that place where the Holy Spirit is very real to us. If everything about our Christianity is a concept, information and dry living – then we’ve short-changed ourselves. God is about abundance. No matter what area of life it pertains to – He is the abundant God that does exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think. (Eph. 3:20) What are the things that hinder us from experiencing His Presence? Sometimes it is good to take an exam of the heart to see if our treasure is in the Lord. God will test our hearts to see what we will do when he blesses our lives. Will we go after other things and forget the Lord? That is what the children of Israel did. They began
Psalm 36:8 “They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.” Did you know that God wants you to experience His Presence, living in that tangible reality daily? This should not be something that is uncommon to believers – rather a regular practice in our lives. We were created for the Presence of God. We were even created “in” the Presence of God. Adam was created by the hand of God in the Garden of Eden, otherwise known as the Garden of Pleasures (Eden). Eden was a paradise in the Presence of God. “The garden of Eden is the site in which God placed His human creation, Adam (אָדָם, adam), and shortly thereafter, Eve (חַוָּה, chawwah). Within the garden, which can be adequately described as a fertile oasis, two trees existed: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Lexham Bible Dictionary) In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were clothed in the glory of God’s Presence. When they disobeyed God they lost that covering and replaced it with leaves. Jesus came to restore us into a fullness of God’s Presence. In essence He brought us back to the Garden of God.(Ezek. 28:13) He came to restore that which was lost – that we might know Him in the most meaningful, powerful and tangible way. Jesus understood this life because He lived it. As the perfect man He exemplified how we should walk.
I. Faith: The Good Report Numbers 13:30 “Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” In the Book of Numbers we see how God brings the children of Israel to the edge of crossing over into the promise land. Here God presents them with the opportunity to believe that “with God all things are possible”. Joshua, Caleb and others went to “spy out” the land that God intended to give to them. When they returned Caleb came back with a good report in faith encouraging the people to get ready to go and take this land. II. Unbelief: The Evil Report Sadly enough there were others who were with them that had an opposing view. Their eyes were focused on the natural realities rather than the greatness of God. They were more self-conscious, being focused on the obstacle, rather than focused on the bigness of God, saying they themselves were like “grasshoppers”. This was their self-perception. They did not have a life with God but were depending on their own strength. Numbers 13:31 “But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours
“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” (Hebrews 4:1-2 NKJV) Advance and Retrospect The good news of Christ was preached prophetically to those in Moses day when they wandered in the wilderness – although it did not profit them because of a lack of faith. Just as David saw prophetically that Christ would come to lay down His life as the Lamb of God. (Psalm 22:16a; Luke 23:36) God passed over the sins beforehand, before the cross, giving all access by faith although we experience the fullness on this side of the cross with better promises. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26 NKJV) They saw in advance, we see it in retrospect. It is the good news of the rest that is available through the work of Christ Who was
We are so excited about this long awaited new book “The Secret to Experiencing God’s Presence”! It has been a journey to see this book come to fruition. I believe you will find it a powerful resource to help and encourage you in your walk with God. In this book you will find keys that will help unlock God’s Presence in your life, even in ways you may not expect! (Published by Chosen Books/Baker Book House) Download the first chapter of “The Secret to Experiencing God’s Presence” “In his book, The Secret to Experiencing God’s Presence, John Belt teaches you from scripture and his own life experience how to live a life saturated with God’s presence. Everything in life flows out of God’s glory. When you learn how to cultivate a lifestyle of being tangibly saturated with the Holy Spirit, all the limits come off of you. You are filled with righteousness, peace, joy and power! You can experience God’s presence on a daily basis and this book will empower you to do that. I love what John teaches about experiencing God out of the overflow of His goodness. When you know God loves you unconditionally there is no fear and you can receive all He has for you. I know this book will be a great blessing in your life as you pursue and experience God’s presence in a new way.” Matt Sorger Matt Sorger Ministries “Every Christian should thirst for the manifest presence of God. Jesus is the
Galatians 3:13 “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”. Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law having become a curse for us. What is the curse of the law? The curse is upon those who “live by the law” or even “live by the list” of legalisms and extensive rules. God does not want us living by a list but by relationship with Him. The law came because of the transgressions of the children of Israel. (Gal. 3:19) Because of this idolatry and transgression God issued the law. The key of faith is to know God as a covenant keeping God out of relationship rather than a lawgiver. Abraham, the father of faith, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) offered sacrifices to God for memorials on the altar as a natural response in thanksgiving to Him for revealing Himself in powerful and very personal covenantal ways. (Gen. 12:7-8, Gen. 13:18, Gen. 26:25, Gen. 33:20, Gen 35:7) Choosing the Spirit God gives people a choice – this happens when the people choose a king rather than choosing God to rule over them – God gave them Saul. Yet God was wanting the direct relationship with the people. The curse of the law affects people when they live by the law rather than allowing God’s law to lead them to the Person of Who He is. The law simply revealed