I shared with you how important it is for us as believers to know that we have God’s presence in us and we have already come into same. The presence of God is not a place we go to as they did under the Old Covenant, it is where we are! “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel”(Heb. 12:22-24). The presence of God is not like a room that we go in and out of! A sinner is the one who needs to come into God’s presence. He is told to come boldly to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16). The moment he believes the Gospel of Christ preached to him, he becomes a partaker of His presence like the rest of us. He does not come to the throne again because he is seated there together with Christ (Eph. 2:5-6).
When we pray for ourselves or other believers, we pray as Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus. We pray for revelation in the knowledge of Christ, that the eyes of our minds will be flooded with light to know all that God the Father has placed IN US. The hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in us the saints and the exceeding greatness of His power which is also in us! Let your prayer language change! Synchronise your thoughts and words with the realities of Christ in you. The more you pray these prayers, the more you will see things about yourself that you have not seen before.
The Spirit of God is resident in us. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1Cor 3:16). It is wrong to seek for what you already have. The essence of Bible teaching is to show believers who they are, what they have and can do in Christ. Anything outside of this is religion and tradition of men. Now, why do we have God’s presence in us? Why are we God’s temple individually and collectively when we gather together as a church? What do we do with His presence in us? We practice His presence. We speak words and sing songs that reflect our present and eternal status. The writer of Hebrews tells us to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, he calls it the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name. To give thanks to His Name means to acknowledge what He has done for us (Col.1:12-14). Therefore, when we sing, we don’t sing about our deficiencies and inefficiencies, lack or want of His presence, we sing about what we have and where we are in Christ. No more “I just want to be where you are, dwelling daily in your presence…” No more emotional singing! No more sensual speaking! We speak and sing spiritual realities! “For we are the circumcision, which worships God in the spirit, and rejoices in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3). Next time, before you sing that favorite song of yours, check if it is consistent with who you are and where you are in Christ.
Say these words out loud: I am no stranger to God’s presence, I reside there! I continually speak words and sing songs that reflect my position in Christ.
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