GodTracker 736 The e-devotional helping to keep you on track with God’s plans for your life. GodTracker is published at godtracker.co.uk
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
I recently interviewed a lady who converted from Islam to Christianity. She grew up in a devout Muslim home, praying 5 times a day, fasting at Ramadan and regularly attending mosque. However, in her fervent Islamic prayer life, she never sensed the presence of one she believed was God. One day, out of a sense of curiosity, she stepped into a Christian church. She says, “In the middle of the worship I sensed the presence of God and couldn’t stop crying.” She accepted Jesus as the Son of God and her personal Lord and Saviour.
Before Jesus came to earth, died and rose again, God’s presence was only manifest in the Holy of Holies in the temple. Indeed, God is omnipresent – everywhere all the time – but his manifest presence was only known in one place – the Holy of Holies, which was separated from worshipers by a large very heavy curtain. However, the moment Jesus died, we see that heavy curtain ripped in two from top to bottom. The manifest presence of the Almighty, holy God was exposed; it became accessible to all who would draw near to worship through Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one can come into God’s presence but by him.
God is, indeed, omnipresent – we can never be out of his presence. Therefore, it’s a fallacy to pray, “We come into your presence.” We should rather pray, “We come into the presence of mind of your presence.” We draw near to God not by the blood of a sacrificed animal once a year on the Day of Atonement; we draw near to God by the blood of the Son of God, sacrificed for sin once for all.
The presence of God is a very special place. The presence of God is freely available through Jesus, who was offered to reconcile you to the presence of God. In his presence is fullness of joy, peace and hope. He will never leave you or forsake you. As Christians, we all too often take the presence of God for granted. Let us not. God’s manifest presence is still as holy as it was in the days of Moses and Aaron.
God-tracking is having the presence of mind of the presence of God
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Help me to walk every day in the sure awareness of your holy manifest presence
“Dear Lord, I’m sorry if I have been flippant about your presence. I confess that your presence is holy, almighty and good. Thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus – he became a sin offering for me, that I might know the righteousness of God, and draw near to worship. Dear Lord, I come into the presence of mind of your presence. Help me to remain here. I know you will never leave me or forsake me. I have peace of mind in your presence. Help me to walk every day in the sure awareness of your holy manifest presence. Amen.”
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