Sunday, March 29, 2015

Living in His Presence


Pastor Allan of Open Door Church began his message with the remark, “We don’t care what our neighbor is doing, but we care about what God is doing. 

The Holy Spirit is moving today.  I expect the Spirit of God to move in our church and in our city.”

We need to learn to daily walk in the Lord’s presence. 

Worship in church is fine, but worship needs to be a life style.  Not a crazy person but one that radiates the presence of Jesus.  Does worship cause you to do the Holy thing? 

Pastor read from Isaiah chapter 6.
Isaiah 6: 1,3 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. And one of the seraphim’s cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

If we walked in His presence as we went about our daily lives that would be a bit exciting.  When you are in the presence of God something mighty is going to happen. 

You want to see your neighbor saved?  Lift up the Holy One, and acknowledge the presence of God in everything you do. 
 
God created everything and he said “It was good.”  He gave us Free Will, and Adam and Eve acted on that and caused a separation from God’s presence.  Jesus came to pull down the wall of separation. 

Today is Palm Sunday, and Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey.  The crowd was excited and cried Hosanna to the King. Why were they so energized? 
 
It was because they recognized the Presence of the Lord. Some of the Pharisees were upset at the noise and told Jesus to tell the people to be quiet.  Jesus said, if these were to be quiet, the rocks would then cry out.

There is a bit of “Teen Age” in all of us.  At a Ball game we shout and cheer.  When we get excited that Teen Age shout will come out.  May we worship with our teen age enthusiasm and cry Hosanna. Lord we welcome you into this place of worship and into our city. 

Jesus cleared out the temple when he saw the money changers doing business where prayer should be.  Understand that you are the temple of the Lord.  Allow the Holy Spirit to come inside and tear down all that should not be there.  Let Him knock down those sins and habits that are not pleasing to Him, and then walk uprightly.

We can’t force or make someone change.  I can tell you, pray for you, but I can’t decide for you, to walk in holiness.  That is your free choice to make. 

Use what you have to spread the Gospel and God will expand it.  Even Face Book can be a witness.  Let your friends and family see something real in you.  They know what is fake; just let the presence of God radiate through us.

We must desire to be equipped and know the Word of God.  Yes, get saved, then go on to experience more of Jesus. 

You can’t do this unless you are willing to surrender your entire life to the Lord.  God wants all of you, your mind, your body, and your spirit.

Let God speak to you as you enter and learn to walk in His presence 24/7.
 
 

5 comments:

  1. Hello Hazel, our lives need to radiate God's presence. I love what the Pastor said, "We can't force people to change, we can pray for them".
    How are you?
    God Bless and have a splendid week ahead.

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  2. Thank you Hazel - Vicki K

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  3. All I do nearly all day, every day, is worship and pray for and to the Lord. He is all that counts, forever and ever. I love many people, but truly love Him most. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I'm reminded of the adage, "Folks don't care how much you know until you know how much they care."

    May our actions show the One who lives within us.

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