Summary: I remember spending countless weekends at my grandparents house nearly every weekend when I was growing up.
Manifest Presence Series
“His Presence—Our Only Hope” Part 1
(Inspired by Don Nori Sr.’s Manifest Presence: You Can Live Within The Veil)
January 11, 2015 CFBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A I remember spending countless weekends at my grandparents house nearly every weekend when I was growing up.
1 I remember always hoping I would get a popsicle before bedtime.
a Sometimes I did, sometimes I did not. If I didn’t get one . . . I didn’t die.
b His presence is not connected to that kind of “hope”, rather if His presence doesn’t invade us, enter our lives . . . we’re sunk.
2 God has always wanted to abide permanently with His people, not just visit.
a He wants a place to stay . . . permanently, perpetually.
2 Chronicles 7:16 (NASB) 16 "For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
b If you’ve ever had guests in your home who stay a few days/weeks, every bodies schedule must adjust for a minute.
aa Meal times altered, kids leave their bedrooms and sleep on the couch while the guests are there in your home.
bb When the guests leave . . . it’s back to normal and everything continues as it was before.
c If someone moves in your house to stay, the arrangements are different . . . routines change permanently: alters your lifestyle.
aa God wants to come and live in our hearts, rule/reign through us.
bb He doesn’t save us just to fill us with the HS, but that His Lordship may be manifested in and through us.
cc If we don’t have Him, His Presence, it’s devastating to us.
B The Children of Israel had that kind of dependancy on the Manifest Presence of God.
1 If the cloud moved during the day/fire by night . . . they moved with it.
a His Presence offered them shelter from the sun, protection from wild beasts at night.
aa His Presence lead them, guided them, spoke to them, showed them the way.
bb Through His Manifest Presence they could see what God was doing.
b They couldn’t have survived with His Presence.
2 We serve that same God who wants to lead, guide, speak, and show us what He’s up to.
a John 15:15 (NASB) 15 "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
aa He wants us in a place of intimacy where He can speak to us/share His innermost desires with us.
bb Ephesians 3:8-11 (NASB) 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,