Benefits of His Manifested Presence by John Belt
By John Belt
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By Kynan Bridges
From the time I first came to the Lord as someone right out of high school, one of the things I came to recognize when I got together with other believers was this manifested Presence of God that would come.
When we come together in unity with the goal of fellowship in the Presence of God through worship and prayer, the oil of His manifested Presence is poured out upon us. Because of the blessing of having a home group on Friday night, then church on Sunday mornings I came to experience Him on a regular basis. I truly cannot imagine having not had this – a real Spirit-filled experience in my beginnings. When I eventually had to move geographically, I'd learned how to practice His Presence wherever I was. It was not an option but something I had to have even if I did it alone. This is where God wants all us to be.
Did I read my Bible – yes. Did I pray – yes. Did I worship – yes. Yet all of these things had to produce a result, even His manifested Presence. I knew it would be abnormal to NOT experience His Presence in my devotion every day. I found worshipful music would help as I practiced engaging the Presence of God.
What was the consistent fruit of this? Peace, joy, love (apart from my limited love that was in my soul). Our love runs out. His love never ends! There are so many benefits to engaging God's Presence in our lives. You are more patient, gracious and giving. All of the fruit of the Spirit outlined in Galatians 5 is manifested in your life.
As well, you are awakened in your power and authority that you have in Christ. You are given wisdom. Basically, everything that God wants in your life and for your life is found in the Presence of God. You can live by list of things to do or you can fulfill that list by living by the Spirit in the manifested Presence of God.
Find wholeness of life as you hunger and thirst for more of Him!
Psalm 132:9 "Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy." Do you know the power of praise to God? Praising God changes our lives. Praise is one of the simplest things we can ever do in our walk with God. It is also one of the most powerful weapons that God has put at our disposal! Because of the way God has made us praise is perfect to bring needed adjustment to our thinking and to foster a yielded heart to His Presence. God inhabits the praises of His people. That means that when you praise God with your whole heart He actually fills that praise with the substance of Who He is.
God has destined us for victory. He has created us to be overcomers in this life. He who is born of God overcomes the world and our victory is intimately connected with our faith. (1 John 5:4) We realize that God has already given every man the measure of faith. (Rom. 12:3) As well, we also know that faith "comes" by hearing and that our faith needs to be in God's words coming alive in our hearts. (Rom. 10:17) Do we need more faith? Most likely not. Luke 17:5-6 "And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you."
Revelation 22:17 "And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." As believers we are married to Jesus. With that marriage He gives us the wedding ring that we need to wear -using the authority that we've been given through our oneness with Him. Our intimacy with God gives us power, awakening us to the authority that we've been given. By digging deeper in prayer, intercession and worship we discover or even rediscover a greater authority over the enemy.