In His Presence

The Bible tells us many times that “God will never leave us or forsake us”. Psalms 100
tells us how to get into His presence; it says “make a joyful noise to the Lord Yahweh all
you lands.  Serve the Lord Yahweh with gladness, come before His presence with
singing. Know you that the Lord Yahweh, He is God; it is He that has made us, and not
we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with
thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him, and bless His name.  
For the Lord Yahweh is good; His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all

Jesus’ death burial and resurrection gave us the right to come into His presence; the veil
was torn in two from top to bottom at the cross; allowing us to enter in.  We are allowed
into His presence because of what Jesus did and not because of how good we are
(Hebrews 10:19-20) “having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by
the blood of Jesus.  By a new and living way, which He has consecrated for us, through
the veil, that is to say, His flesh”.  Because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; and our
faith in Him, we stand holy and blameless in the presence of God.  God sees us through
the blood of Jesus and not in our own righteousness.

James says “draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8a). God sent
Jesus to reconcile us unto Himself (II Corinthians 5:18-19) “God has reconciled us to
Himself, by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. To say that
God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to
them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation”.  However, it is up to us in how
close we draw near to Him.  Remember that we do have free will.  God’s presence is
experienced by those who truly desire it.  The Bible says “seek Me and you will find Me
when you search for Me with your whole heart” (Deuteronomy 4:29).  Psalms 145:18
says “the Lord Yahweh is near to all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in
truth”.  We experience God’s presence daily as we look to Him and for Him.

The benefits of being in His presence are many. The Bible says “in His presence there is
fullness of joy. Walking in the Spirit keeps us in His presence (Galatians 5:18).  God is
love and He wants us to walk in love.  The Bible says “how can two walk together, les
they agree (Amos 3:3).  Jesus said “if you continue in My word then are you My disciple
indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-
32).  He also said “if a man love Me, he will keep My words, and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him”.  God’s presence helps us to
obey and please Him (Philippians 2:13) says “for it is God which works in you both to will
and to do His good pleasure”; and in (II Corinthians 3:17) “now the Lord is that Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”.

People are trying to get the fullness of joy by getting things, actually the more things you
get, the more things you want.  Jesus said “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His
righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you”.  

Seeking and finding God requires consistent and purposeful prayer.  Jeremiah 29:11-13
says “for I know the thoughts that I have toward you, says the Lord Yahweh, thoughts of
peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall you call upon Me and
you shall go and pray to Me, and I will hearken to you.  And you shall seek Me, and find
Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart”.

God created mankind to be in His presence, remember that God walked in the cool of
the day with Adam, and because He is not a respecter of persons, we can know that He
wants to walk with us too.  I John 1:3-4 says “that you also may have fellowship with us,
and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And these
things write we to you, that your joy may be full”.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: October 12, 2007
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