In His Presence
There is the omnipresence of God, the inner presence of God, and the manifest presence of God
Omnipresence of God is that, He is everywhere. The Inner presence is when the Holy Spirit comes to live in us when we are born again. The manifest presence makes His presence known.
Psalm 139:7 – Where can I flee from Your presence. So God is everywhere.
Here is my question, “Can we live in the presence of God all the time?” For instance, when we truly worship, we can feel the presence of God, He makes Himself known.
God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. But what did we lose when Adam and Eve fell? Moreover, what did Jesus come to restore? His presence!
Genesis 3:8 – And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Sin always causes us to try to hide from the presence of God, even in a worship service. Sometimes the guilt of what we’ve done, will come rushing in during these times, and Satan will tell us we shouldn’t worship because that will mean we are a hypocrite, not worthy. Not true. When we blow it, is when we really need to worship in the presence of God the most. We can enter into the presence of God boldly, because of Jesus blood.
So in Genesis when it says they hid themselves from the presence of God, it’s not talking about the “Omnipresence” of God. Because if God’s everywhere, and He is, how can you hide from His presence? They were hiding from His manifest presence, made known presence.
God was talking to Moses in Exodus 33:14, 15 – And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Verse 15) Then he (Moses) said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.
Again God’s not referring to His omnipresence, it’s His manifest presence. He is going to make His presence known to Moses when He goes with him.
God wants to make Himself known to each of us, because He wants to do something for us that no one else can do.
So, can we leave the presence of God?
First, let me say this: “It’s not possible to leave the omnipresence, but it is possible to leave His manifest presence. Adam and Eve hid from the presence of God because they had been disobedient, so the answer is “Yes.”
Look at chapter 4 of Genesis. Cain murders Abel. Genesis 4:16 – Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.
Jonah did the same thing. Jonah 1:3 – But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
Big question: So how do you leave the manifest presence of God? Simple – You don’t do what God told you to do! And if you continue not doing what God told you to do, you will develop a hardness of heart.
He told Adam and Eve not to eat from the a certain tree; He told Cain to deal with his attitude about God accepting Abel’s offering; and God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. They all disobeyed and left the manifest presence of God, by their own choice. When the Holy Spirit nudges, speaks to us, either through God’s word, a person, pastor, or a prompting, we know we need to do or not do something, and we ignore it, that is willful disobedience. I’m not talking about making mistakes.
It’s not always the big things that we’re disobedient in, sometimes it’s the little things that we just don’t want to do. It can be an attitude towards someone, or it could be a calling on your life that we refuse to change or do.
How do we then, enter His presence and stay there?
There are many ways, obedience being one, but worship is a biggy. Psalm 95:1, 2, O come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. (Verse 2) Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Psalm 100:2 – Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
There will be a joy in our hearts that only God can place there, when we are truly content with being in His presence, no guilt, condemnation, will be present, because we know we are forgiven.
We all are going to have really good days, and really bad days, but wouldn’t you rather have them both with Jesus, knowing your trust and confidence is with the One who can change things. He controls it all!
So start each day in His Presence! GOD LOVES YOU!!