The tangible manifested presence of God, is awe-inspiring but also can be terrifying to those that do not know the Lord as both Savior and Master. When one gives the gospel presentation to children it is often presented to them the sinners which may go something like the following:
I recognize that I am a sinner. All the lies I have told, all the bad decisions I have made whether it is something I thought of doing or saying something to someone. I recognize that I need to be washed clean of my sin, which was accomplished on the cross where Jesus died. I believe Jesus is the Son of GOD and that He lived a sinless life here on earth. Come Lord Jesus, and live in my heart from this moment forward I choose to live for you. Amen.
Have you ever thought about the fact that we ask Jesus to come live in our hearts? When Jesus was here on earth, He said He would send a “helper” to in essence provide the power we need to live a life worthy of being called His follower. This helper arrived to dwell within the hearts of mankind; known as the Holy Spirit, on the day we call Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is who I think of as being the tangible presence of God. In Acts Chapter two we find that the Holy Spirit arrives as flaming tongues of fires settle upon all the disciples(followers) of Jesus Christ. All those that were in the upper room were given a whole new language that they themselves did not know when they spoke them. However, later in the passage of the Bible, it explains that the people were speaking languages that other people from different regions of the known world could speak.
Moses saw the manifested presence God as in the burning bush and later as the Pillar and the cloud. Solomon saw the presence God as the Lord made Himself known as He descended in the temple for where God’s presence would dwell. The list goes on in the Bible.
In my own life I have experienced the manifested presence of God in my own life. As a teen I experienced His presence while attending another church that I went to while the worship band from my church came to provide the music for the service. I distinctly remember going up for prayer and then immediately falling out to the floor from the power of the presence of God. It was at this time that I began to sob uncontrollably. I will never know how much pain along with memories that the LORD took away that day through His healing power, I felt like I was nailed to the ground as I tried to get but could not do so under the weight of the glory of God. I have other examples in my life but none can compare to the intensity of His presence in my life..
More to follow in another post!!