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THE GREAT ENJOYMENT AND SATISFACTION FROM BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD

Enhancing Being in the Presence of The Lord Series

A – INTRODUCTION.

 One of the most profound verses in the Bible is MATTHEW 18:20 – “For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers] in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.” PLEASE GRASP THAT – I AM – THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – THE PRESENCE OF ALMIGHTY GOD – IS RIGHT HERE IN OUR PRESENCE.

Recently, a very well known and highly respected national/international prophetic intercessor made a declaration that there is an appointed time to take place of The Presence of God Movement.

That appointed time is now, and not just in a once-a-week or once-a-month gathering or occasional secret place time, but daily.

While in the presence of The Lord, He wants us to thoroughly enjoy being with Him and experience Him in profound and revelatory ways, and be completely satisfied.

Under the guidance and anointing of The Holy Spirit, we want to walk you through some Bible verses about being in the presence of The Lord, asking The Holy Spirit to impact you in a very strong way.

B – WHAT TO EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE WHILE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.

 PSALM 65:4a, “How blessed is the one whom Thou dost choose, and bring near to thee, to dwell in Thy courts.”

We are chosen of God, according to the good pleasure (enjoyment) of His will, and this alone is blessedness (happiness). The Lord works graciously in us and attracts us powerfully by His Holy Spirit into His intimate presence to enjoy Him.

Worship. The Christian’s Highest Occupation by A.P. Gibbs, “When a believer in Jesus Christ enters into His presence, with his/her heart possessing an equal measure of remembrance, gratitude, reverence, and amazement of Who The Lord God is, what He has done, and what He will do for those who really love Him – there will undoubtedly rise from the center of the believer’s soul, a silver stream of humble, reverent, sincere and adoring worship to Triune God which will greatly minister to Him, and thus He will respond to the believer with that which will result in great fulfillment and satisfaction in and for the believer.”

ENTERING INTO HIS PRESENCE – PSALM 63:1, “Earnestly will I seek You.” EARNEST – ardent (having warm affections for) and zealous (enthusiastic) in the pursuit of.

WHILE IN HIS PRESENCE, A REVELATION OF HIM OF LASTING IMPACT – PSALM 63:2, “So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.”

THE GREAT SATISFACTION OF BEING IN HIS PRESENCE – PSALM 63:5a, “My whole being shall be satisfied.”

PSALM 114:7, “Tremble (be moved, shaken), O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.”

To tremble while in the presence of The Lord is to have reverential awe and worshipful fear of and toward the Lord – which is:

#1 – Characterized by intensity of FEELING – PSALM 18:1, “I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord.” FERVENTLY – hot and glowing. DEVOTEDLY – strongly attached to.

#2 – Having a deep ADORATION toward The Lord Jesus Christ, expressing INTENSE devotion and honor. Philippians\ 3:10a, “For my determined purpose is, that I may know Him [that I may PROGRESSIVELY become more deeply and INTIMATELY acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing the wonders of His Person more strongly and clearly.”

#3 – Having a deep and SATURATING reverence toward God (thoroughly soaked with that reverence) that is inspired by Who He is, and having a reverent wonder inspired by His LOFTINESS – ISAIAH 6:1-2, “In the year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train (robe) filled the [the most holy part of the] temple. Above Him stood the seraphim.”

Charles Spurgeon: “Isaiah beheld the glorious attendants (the seraphim) who perpetually give great honor and respect to The Lord while nearest to His throne, waiting to know His pleasure and ready for any errand. The seraphim furnish us with a pattern for Christian service. But let us especially note that the seraphim were burning ones, for such is the meaning of the word seraphim. These messengers of the great King are creatures of fire, ablaze with fervency; all glowing and shining, they worship Him.” 

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:10, “My beloved speaks and says to me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then in verse 14, “So I went with him.”

The Lord wants us to experience an intimate adventurous journey with Him while in His presence. A definition of adventurous is: a stirring, thrilling, enthusiastic experience, and filled with excitement.   

“RISE UP!” The Lord here speaks to us to rise up from any slumber, laziness, weariness, depression, disaster, hurt, and hearken after Him. THE LORD OFFERS TO HELP US “RISE UP” FROM WHATEVER MAY TRY AND KEEP US DOWN, OR TRY AND KEEP US FROM ENJOYING HIM TO THE FULLEST.

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:6, “I can feel his left hand under my head

and his right hand embraces me!”

It is the left hand of God under our heads that sustains and supports us when the billows are running high and the winds are contrary and raging. Without that lifting up of our head and support with the Lord’s left hand, we would not beckon to His call to “Rise up” and come away with Him!

Then the right hand of His embrace is the hand of manifest grace, inward love, and joy in Christ, the smile of approval, the hand with which He surrounds with His love. 

Then our Heavenly Bridegroom says to us: “AND COME AWAY (WITH HIM)!”

The Lord is calling His us to get away from our busyness, our self wants, our world focus, even our ministry focus – and come and enjoy being in His presence.

 We hardly realize that every time Christ calls us and we refuse Him, whether we say it with our lips or our actions, we really say, “I choose this person or event or even myself and what I want, instead of Christ.”

There are times when He offers us something, and in the place of rising up and leaving everything so that we can enter in and possess that which He shows us, we fail to enter in; we choose our own ease and our own wills in the place of His.

It is when we first hear His voice, that we must rise up and get away to meet him. God is ever moving on, and if we delay, His voice will grow fainter and fainter, so that when we do finally arise to go to Him, we may not find Him.

There are many who have heard the Lord’s voice calling them to arise, and they have arisen a little, but they have not “come away” to meet Him, and have fallen down again in slumber.

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:14 – “So I went with Him.” Where? Into his presence. AND TO DO WHAT? To allow Him to enjoy me (READ REST OF VERSE 14); and for us to enjoy Him according to PSALM 27:4.

Matthew Henry Commentary: “Those that truly desire communion with God will set themselves with all diligence to seek after it. David would dwell in God’s house, not for the plenty of good entertainment that was there, in the feasts upon the sacrifices, nor for the music and good singing that were there, but to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple. He knew something of the beauty of the Lord, the infinite well pleasing of the divine being and perfections; His holiness in His beauty; His goodness in His beauty.”

ACTS 2:28, Amplified Bible, “You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing – my soul with joy] with and in Your presence.” The Lord makes known to us all His ordained ways of life all through the Bible. Revelation comes as we read and study the Bible while in the presence of The Lord.“

You will ENRAPTURE me” – to experience delight beyond measure.

“DIFFUSING my soul” – to have that joy spread throughout one’s entire being. Words cannot truly express the fullest meaning of this diffusing experience that comes from being in the presence of The Lord. That happened to Jesus’ disciples at Pentecost-

ACTS 2:4, “And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit.” 

That happens to every Christian who gets baptized with The Holy Spirit, even though some may not realize that experience at the time. It is of the utmost importance to realize this aspect of being baptized with and filled with The Holy Spirit. 

C – IN CONCLUSION:

WE MUST PREPARE TO ENTER INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD

The keys to experiencing the real presence of The Lord is to come into His presence PREPARED to meet with Him.

ESTHER 5:1-3a.

Esther went all out to prepare to enter into the presence of her earthly king; we are to prepare to enter into the presence of the King of kings. Esther put on her royal robes, and here are some “royal garments” for us to put on as we enter into the presence of King Jesus.

First – a garment of singular desire for and focus on King Jesus – note Psalm 27:4 (especially in Amplified Bible).

Second – a garment of desire to be intimate with Him – note Philippians 3:10a (especially in Amplified Bible).

Third – a garment of real praise and worship – note2 Chronicles 5:11-14 (especially in Amplified Bible..

Worship, The Christian’s Highest Occupation: “Worship is the overflow of a grateful heart, under a sense of Divine favor; the outpouring of a soul at rest in the presence of God. That is to say the worshipper is in the full consciousness and enjoyment of his assurance of perfect acceptance before God, through the Person of Jesus Christ. Worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs or even with its blessings, but with God Himself. Worship is the upspring of the heart that has known the Father as a Giver, the Son as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling Guest.”

LUKE 10:38-42.

We are to prepare to come into the presence of The Lord by laying aside our busy thoughts and actions, and prepare to hear and receive from Him. That’s what Mary did. Spurgeon: “As soon as she saw Jesus come into the house, she thought, What a privilege have I now to listen eagerly to such a teacher, and to treasure up His precious words! He is the Son of God, I will worship, I will adore, and every word He utters shall be stored in my memory. Mary treasured every word of Christ and counted each syllable a pearl. Her faith saw the inner glory which dwelt within Him, and she was so overpowered with reverence, and so wrapt (caught up) in devout wonder, that she became oblivious of all outward things.”

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest: “The reality of God’s presence is not dependent on any place, but only dependent upon the determination to set the Lord always before us.”

 

BELOVED!

ENJOY BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD!  

PTL!

 

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GOD’S DESIRE/PURPOSE: A PROPHETIC PEOPLE

A – INTRODUCTION.

 1 Corinthians 14:1, “Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest] – it’s the love described in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 – and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy.”

Why is God putting such an emphasis on prophecy? IT IS HIS DESIRE TO HAVE A PROPHETIC CHURCH, A PROPHETIC PEOPLE, A VESSEL/VESSELS, THAT HE MAY SPEAK PROPHETICALLY TO AND THROUGH, WITH ANOINTING AND POWER.

Acts 2:17, Amplified Bible, “And it shall be (the word shall means determined to happen) in the last days, God says, That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels].”

With that in mind, we then must find out why God desires that.

B – THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPHECY.

 1 Corinthians 14:3, New American Standard Bible (NASB): “But one who prophesies speaks to men (and women and children) for edification and exhortation and consolation.”

Edification – to build up, strengthen, encourage, promote one’s growth in all aspects of Jesus Christ. To promote the likes of Philippians 4:13, Amplified Bible: “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”

Exhortation – a strong urging and earnest advice, something like Isaiah 60:1, “Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you. Rise to a new life.” It is a strong urging to get back into or become stronger in the purposes of God in one’s life. Elijah was given an exhortation from God in 1 Kings 19:9-16.

Prophetic exhortation is language that is intended to urge someone on, forward, in the purposes of God.

Consolation or Comfort – it means to shore up; to give strong support and help bring stability. It is a word to ease the grief or sorrow of a person who has experienced hardship or loss or setback; cheering them to continue on.

Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Psalm 23 is an excellent prophetic word of consolation and comfort. Also please note 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.

1 Corinthians 14:4 from the Amplified Bible: “He who prophesies edifies and improves the church and promotes growth [in Christian wisdom, piety – which is reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations – holiness and happiness].”

PROPHECY can also bring powerful revival, refreshing, restoration – Ezekiel 37:1-14.

BUT WHAT REALLY IS PROPHECY?

Ernest Gentile, Your Sons And Daughters Shall Prophesy: “Prophecy in simple terms, is the verbalized expression of God’s thoughts through a Holy Spirit-inspired person to a particular person or group of persons, at a particular moment, for a particular purpose. Explained simply, prophecy occurs when a prophetically-inspired person extends his or her faith like a spiritual antenna, receives some divine thoughts of God for that given moment and then speaks them forth by the power of the Holy Spirit to an individual or group for the glory of God.”

IN PROPHECY, God speaks to the potential or possibilities in an individual or in a group of people, like speaking to the potential of a local church or fellowship. To see that potential realized, there are 4 keys – receive, believe, conceive, and then achieve. WE HAVE A MANUAL ON THIS. Mary fulfilled those 4 keys in Luke Chapter 1. The fulfillment of the prophetic word to her about being the mother of Jesus began when she responded with the words of Luke 1:38, “Let it be done to me according to what you have said.”

ALSO IN PROPHECY, GOD DECLARES HIMSELF, PLUS DECLARES WHAT HE WILL DO. Isaiah is a prophetic book, and Isaiah 43:15 is a prophetic declaration of Who The Lord God is; and we need to hear prophetic words like that. In 2 Chronicles 20 God declares in prophecy what He will do on behalf of his people.

According to Acts 2:17 in the Amplified Bible, prophecy is “telling forth the divine counsels of God.” That means to specifically declare what is on His heart. The prophet, Haggai, did that in Haggai Chapter 1.

David Cartledge, Apostolic Revolution, the Restoration of Apostles and Prophets: “The Day of Pentecost brought a profound change to God’s relationship with His people, as well as the way they are to function in His ministry. Through the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, the Church has become a prophetic community (well it is supposed to be that, and it is that which God desires). According to Joel and Acts, men and women, young and old, sons and daughters would all be inspired (anointed) to hear and speak the word of the Lord. They would all (not just the prophets) become the prophetic mouthpieces of God in ways that were impossible before Pentecost. THE MAIN EFFECT OF THE OUTPOURING AND EMPOWERING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO MAKE THE CHURCH BOTH DEPENDENT ON, AND THE FACILITATOR OF GOD’S VOICE. One of the main effects of the ministry of the prophet in the end time church is to help develop the entire membership of the church into a prophetic community.”

In Joel 2:25-29 and Acts 2:14-19, we find a positive promise of a universal restoration of the prophetic church in its fullness, which has been lost for hundreds of years.

In what I call God’s last days Holy Spirit outpouring of tsunami proportions, He is going to use the prophets to prepare His people to see the visions or Divine revelations of God and to hear His voice. There needs to be prophetic equipping meetings on a regular basis in local churches and fellowships.

GOD HAS GIVEN US A VERY ANOINTED PROPHETIC EQUIPPING SEMINAR TITLED “8 ANOINTINGS OF THE PROPHETS” – to enable God’s prophetic people to accomplish so much that He has called and equipped us to do. The 8 anointings include those of Enoch, Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Ezekiel. The anointings are not just for prophets, but for all prophetic people. We also have a manual available.

C – THE PROPHETIC CHURCH IN DETAIL.

 1. PROPHETIC PREACHING/TEACHINGREVEALING THE LORD.

 Who He is – Isaiah 9:6 and 43:15, Revelation 1:9-16 are all excellent verses for this.

What He has done – 1 Chronicles 16:12, “Earnestly remember the marvelous deeds which He has done. His miracles.” What has He done for you? Matthew 26 and  27 – Gethsemane, the trial and Calvary’s cross, and He rose from the grave – all for our salvation; Isaiah 61:1 and 1 Peter 2:9 – set you free.

What He is doing – Isaiah 43:19, “Behold! I am doing a new thing.”

NEW – different what you are used to. Change, adjustment, revival, restoration are what these days are all about. God is doing new things or changing things, to fulfill His purposes.

NOW means it is happening or it is very close to the immediate present, about to happen.

To give HEED to is to direct your full attention toward to God’s purposes and become fully involved in them.  

2. PROPHETIC LIFESTYLE – Acts 2:42-47. Jesus did not pray that His followers would impress the world with just signs and wonders, but that their love and desire for Him could be seen and cause others to want to follow Him – Matthew 5:13-16.

The believers at Pentecost became a prophetic power community – Acts 2:42-46 – and look what was the result – verse 47 – many were being added to the Kingdom of God daily.

3. PROPHETIC WORSHIP. Bringing forth the Song of the Lord, which is musical prophecy – singing or from instrument.

1 Chronicles 25:1, “Also David and the chiefs of the host [of the Lord] separated to the [temple] service some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, Jeduthan, who should prophesy [being inspired] with lyres, harps and cymbals. Verse 2 says they prophesied in keeping with the king’s order.

The Psalms are full of prophetic praise because David wrote most of them and he was a prophet. Psalm 149:1a, “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song.”

Prophetic praise and worship declares the awesomeness of God.

Prophetic praise and worship will ignite fervor in God’s people and stir Him to action as we offer it to Him – note 2 Chronicles 20 – that will get people’s attention.

4. PROPHETIC PRAYING – ACTS 4:23-31 AND 12:1-11. It brings the power of God and also release.

5. PROPHETIC PURPOSE AND STRATEGY. We should continually be hearing The Lord giving us fresh instructions. God’s people received prophetic instruction in 2 Chronicles 20; Joshua received prophetic strategy for conquering Jericho; Mary received prophetic instruction in Luke 1:26-38.

6. PROPHETIC ENCOURAGEMENT. The ministry of encouragement is so missing, but so needed in the Church. Many Christians today often become discouraged.

The devil’s main strategy is to send discouragement your way in his attempts to get you to give up, or at least to slow down, your pursuit of The Lord Jesus Christ, the abundant life in Christ, and to do all that the Lord has called you to do.

We are exhorted to encourage one another:

1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another.”

Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us … encourage one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.” What day is approaching? The day of the fulfillment of the call and purposes of God.

To encourage is to communicate Divine uplifting prophetic words of the Lord to the heart, soul and mind of the Christian, which is what takes place when we read the promises of God in the Bible, especially in the Psalms. The Bible is a prophetic Book.

7. PROPHETIC DECLARATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIVAL, REFRESHING, AND RESTORATION – Ezekiel 37:1-14.

 

D – YOUR RELEASE INTO THE PROPHETIC.

 You have to realize it is what God desires.

Acts 2:17, “And it shall be (the word shall means determined to happen) in the last days, God says, That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters shall prophesy [telling forth the divine counsels].”

Ezekiel 37:4 and 7a, “Again He (God) said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them … So I prophesied as I was commanded.”

You have to earnestly desire to speak prophetically.

1 Corinthians 14:1, “And earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy.”

You have to be in the presence of and a seeker of The Lord.

Jeremiah 23:18, “For who among them – speaking of prophets and prophetic people – has stood in the council of the Lord, that he/she/they should perceive and hear His word? Who has marked His word [noticing and observing and giving attention to it] and has [actually] heard it?”

You have to be able to hear God’s voice, understand it, and listen to it.

The following are some keys to hearing the voice of God:

UNDERSTAND HOW GOD SPEAKS. Through the Word, the Bible. It becomes illumined; that is God speaking through the Holy Spirit to us.

Psalm 60:6, “God has spoken in His holiness [in His promises]; I will rejoice.”

Through a still, small voice, to your inner being, which can come through God’s Word or in a vision or in a dream. It is not a shouting voice.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 13: “The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze – so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it.”                         

PREPARED TO HEAR. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, February 13: “The goal of my spiritual life is such close identification with Jesus Christ that I will always hear God and know that God always hears me. If I am united with Jesus Christ, I hear God all the time through the devotion of hearing.”

The attitude of a child of God should always be like Samuel’s: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

NOW THERE IS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT – “Speak Lord, for your servant is LISTENING.” We must listen very carefully to what he speaks to us and what He wants us to speak prophetically to others, plus we must listen very carefully to know when the anointing lifts and we have no more to speak from Him. There are many who attempt to speak beyond what God has said.

THEN PROPHESY AND PROPHESY WHAT GOD GIVES YOU. Allow God to use your voice as often as He wants to. Note Numbers 11:23-29.

E – IN CONCLUSION.

 PRODUCTIVE MINISTRY IS TO BE BATHED IN LOVE.

 KEY CHAPTER – 1 Corinthians 13. You must have love for the Lord to hear distinctly from Him, and you must have His love for the people in order to flow properly, in love, not weird or condemning.

THEN LISTEN TO THIS – The measure of love you have for the Lord will determine how well you hear His voice, and the measure of love you have for His people, will determine the amount of the proper prophetic that flows through you from the Lord.

“THUS SAYS THE LORD: IN THE LAST DAYS I WILL POUR OUT MY HOLY SPIRIT AND YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY.”

Are you willing to flow with His desire and purpose?

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