IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE POWER OF CHRIST PRESENCE
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l (LIFOM)
Summary: No matter how confused and confusing a situation is, the presence of God will bring order into that situation. As Christians, we should carry His fire about anywhere we go.
In his presence , there’s an unimaginable power,
“And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
The church is not a therapy group, or an advice repository. It is a gathering of unique people who experience the Presence, Power and Purpose of the living God as we come together in his name.
The presence of God is the most valuable asset of man under heaven.
This implies that if God is present, it does not matter who is absent; life is complete and everything is under control.
And if God is absent, it does not matter who is present, life is incomplete.
High Favour: If a man carries God, he carries Favour.
A man who is under the presence of God is a man of Favour, the presence of God is the fragrance of Favour.
There is no door that can be closed against God. So, when you have God’s presence, doors cannot be closed against you.
The presence of God make a person to stand out in life.
Divine direction: The presence of God is the container of the voice of God.
God can not be present and his voice is absent.
You enjoy protection when God leads you in a particular direction, He takes the extra step of dispatching angels to protect you along that path.
No force in hell can stop a man who has discovered the plan of God for his life and is pursuing it, as angelic forces are on hand to fight on his behalf, to cut off any adversary that dares to come near.
God’s Word says: For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites…and I will cut them off (Exodus 23:20,22-23).The job of the angel assigned to you, is to keep you in the way and to bring you into your destiny.
He monitors the divine plan handed over to you, and ensures that it is realized. He clears off any opposition that may want to obstruct you.
Therefore, Constantly demand for the heavy presence of God in your life and invite him into every step you are to take in your life’s journey.
May God you grant you his presence in all your life endeavours, as you adhere in Jesus name.
The secret of success, victory and unusual exploits that anointed servants of God’s achievements lie in the fact that God’s presence is always with them. Do you want to overcome great problems? Do you want to fulfill your divine destiny? You need the power of His presence.
Moses understood the power behind God’s presence that’s why he prayed in Exodus 33:13-15: “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.  And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.  And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”
Having the presence of God with us is worth more than riches or fame or power. We can go anywhere when the presence of God is with us. I can go to many places because His presence is with me. I don’t care what direction it is, if the presence of God is there. A sleep is dangerous when the presence of God is absent. In the presence of God, there is fullness of joy but out of His presence, there is frustration, multiple demons, discouragement sorrow, fear, sickness, sin, suicide, distress, etc.
“And all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.” (Ezekiel 38:20).
David, the psalmist, cried, “Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord…” (Psalm 114:7). When Israel lost her fear of God and no longer trembled in His presence, she became brazen, self–centered, and wicked. Her preachers became bags of wind.
When Isaiah came into His presence, he was humbled and smitten. When the Lord’s glory filled the temple, even the seraphims covered their faces with their wings. One of them cried out, “Holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts…” (Isaiah 6:3). The posts of the door moved at the sound of His voice. Isaiah cupped his face in his hands and cried out, Woe is me! for I am undone…unclean…God’s people are unclean!” (Isaiah 6:5).
But where — in what meeting — do you find knees buckling and Christians crying out, “Woe is me!”? Where is the church or conference where the speaker is no longer seen, but instead the flaming eyes of Christ appear and His voice causes hearts to tremble? Where God’s people see their corruption and fall prostrate, smitten by His presence?
It is true we are to come boldly into His presence with praise and thanksgiving. But that does not mean frivolously or presumptuously.
The believer who is out of the Lord’s presence puts himself in a position to be swallowed by adversity. He becomes a coward — he runs even when he is not being pursued. He lives in constant fear of “…the lion without, who will slay me in the streets” (Proverbs 22:13).
Our example is Jonah. This prophet must have enjoyed the presence of the Lord, otherwise, he would not have been in a position to hear such a clear word of direction: “Arise, go to Nineveh, and preach to that great wicked city” (Jonah 1:2). In the past, being in the Lord’s presence had been an exciting, exhilarating experience. Jonah had enjoyed hearing of the restoration and healing of God’s people. It was glorious to share God’s secrets concerning the future.
But now the presence of the Lord was making a personal demand on him. He was to rise up and preach against sin. He was to threaten an entire society with immediate judgment unless they repented. Instead of obeying the Lord’s direction however, “Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”
EXPERIENCING HIS PRESENCE
*Come Clean with Him…
Sometimes you can’t sense God’s presence because there’s something blocking the communication between the two of you. He hasn’t left, but your sensitivity to His presence might be affected by unconfessed sin in your life. David, the Psalmist, said, “When I kept silent (about his sin) my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” — and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:3-5, emphasis added). If you feel God isn’t around because the two of you haven’t talked in a while, or because you’ve avoided the thought of Him for so long, confess to God what’s on your heart and mind and ask Him to give you an ear to hear His voice again. First John 1:9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When your fellowship with Him is restored, the communication can flow again. So get clean (through the forgiveness of Christ) and let it flow.
*Read Scripture Aloud
When you audibly speak God’s inspired Word, you will sense its power and His presence. The Bible says God’s Word is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). That sharp sword will either make you aware of its weight or prick your heart through conviction, inspiration, or determination. A pricked heart is better than a dull heart any day, wouldn’t you agree? You may want to try reading in a different translation than you’re accustomed to, in order to switch things up. Sometimes a verse you’re familiar with can impact your heart in a new or different way when it’s worded slightly differently, causing you to sense God’s presence anew.
*Sing Him a Love Song
God inhabits the praises of His people. Ever wondered why you sometimes feel closer to God when you’re in a church service, singing hymns or praise songs? It could be because that’s where worship tends to take place. When you start praising Him, regardless of where you are, you’ll sense His presence, probably because you’re no longer focused on yourself, but on Him. Worship is not limited to singing, but if singing a song of praise to Him gets your mind focused on His presence, do it. When we open the door of our hearts to love Him, He will meet us there.
- Say His Name
People around you may be using God’s name right and left (as a swear word in anger, or as a thoughtless expression). But Scripture says there is power in the name of Jesus because “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Say His name aloud – as the Answer to all you seek, as the Source to calm your soul, as the One whose presence you long for and you will sense the power of His presence…and His peace.
*Say a Breath Prayer
There are times we need Him but we just don’t know what to say or where to start. Start by saying His name and then speak your heart’s cry. For me, oftentimes it’s just “Jesus, I need You” or “Jesus, give me a heart for You.” I believe the simplest of cries are the ones that penetrate His heart – and ours – the quickest.
*Take a Walk
Exercise brings your body, mind, and heart to life. Feel spiritually dead? Get outside, move around, confess to Him what’s on your heart and let Him wake you up, spiritually. My best times with God are when I’m walking while I pour out my heart to Him and listen for His still small voice. Taking a walk near nature can make you more aware of creation around you and make you feel more in touch with your Creator, as well. Pick a quiet spot near a stream or lake where you can hear the sounds of water, or along a tree-lined path where you can hear the wind blow the leaves. Take note of bird songs or any other sign of creation as a reminder to you of the One who made it all.
Sometimes we can’t sense God’s presence because there’s too much of everything else going on. Too much noise. Too much traffic. Too much confusion. Too many thoughts running rampant in our minds. Too much anxiety. Center your mind on Him and start to breathe deeply. Try it. Exhale the distracting thoughts. Inhale a desire to sense His presence. Exhale your pre-occupation with self. Inhale a desire to know Him more completely. Exhale the worries of the moment. Inhale His peace. Now, don’t you feel better already? Can you begin to sense that you’re in His arms? There’s a reason His Word says “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Father, I come before You today and by the Power of your Presence, I reject every ancestral curse, generational curse; everything I have entered into consciously or unconsciously working against my life I renounce and reject You.
Every blood sacrifice fighting my life, my destiny and my future, I neutralise by the Blood of Jesus on Calvary.
Every handwriting or ordinance, every blood speaking against my life, I silence you by the speaking Blood of Jesus and by His declaration on the Cross of Calvary where He said ‘It is finished’. I receive my freedom now in Jesus’ Name
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