Summary: Order in the court, can I get a witness that the PRESENCE OF GOD MAKES A DIFFERENCE. Let us call some witnesses to speak of God's precious presence!
ORDER IN THE COURT… TESTIMONY OF GOD’S PRESENCE….
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
ALL THE WITNESS THAT WILL COME BEFORE US TODAY WILL BE ASKED TO TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH….
LET US DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE: IS OUR GOD IS A VERY INVITING GOD… DOES HIS PRESENCE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
THE BATTLE OF EXTERNAL VS INTERNAL.
DO WE UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE IN WHITE WASH AND WASH WHITE?
Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
I was traveling playing music. We were playing in Rose Hill, Virginia. We set up our music and changed into our suits.
I was standing leaning on the glass door watching the traffic go back. I watch a long hair young man walking on the other side of the road. The Pastor came up and saw the long haired dude and said: IF THAT YOUNG MAN TRIED TO COME IN HERE, I WOULD ASK HIM TO LET ME CUT HIS HAIR BEFORE HE COULD COME IN…? My thought was you have to catch the fish, before you can clean him? After the service was over we were loading the equipment in the trailer and the long hair boy came up to me. He said: I really enjoy the music and the singing tonight. I asked him: Why didn’t you come in the church. He said: I KNOW I AM NOT WELCOMED, SO I LISTEN OUTSIDE? The young man had a tender heart and tears ran down our faces. That was 45 years ago. I often ponder the potential of that young man?
Often times we see the Pharisee’s religion fussing about EXTERNALS… We seem to always desire to change everyone’s EXTERNAL HABITS and we should realize this is absolutely impossible. A JESUS RELATIONSHIP CHANGES THE EXTERNALS BY CHANGING THE INTERNAL… We do not QUIT OLD HABITS, we come to know WE SUBSTITUDE THE OLD HABIT WITH A NEW ONE, A BETTER ME COMES BY ESTABLISHING A NEW ATTITUDE AND A NEW LOVE from the INSIDE OUT. We need Good’s presence.
THE MIRACLE OF A CHANGED LIFE COMES BY HAVING HEARING THE DIVINE HEARTBEAT… AS JOHN DID.
Recall the chorus:
HE IS HERE, HALLELUJAH; HE IS HERE, AMEN; HE IS HERE HOLY, HOLY; AND I WILL BLESS HIS NAME AGAIN; HE IS HERE LISTEN CLOSELY, HEAR HIM CALLING OUT YOUR NAME, HE IS HERE, YOU CAN TOUCH HIM AND YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (MSG) Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
LET US LEARN A REAL LESSON HERE… THERE WAS 153 FISH, YET THE NETS DID NOT BREAK… BUT THE REAL LESSON IS THAT THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT COMING INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND HIS SON JESUS…
John 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
John 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
JESUS VISITS FOR THE INNER CIRCLE FOR THE THIRD TIME after the cross. AS JESUS IS PREPARING TO RETURN TO THE FATHER. JESUS UNDERSTOOD HOW IMPORTANT PERSONAL ENCOUNTERS WERE TO ESTABLISH PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND COME INTO THE PRESENCE BEHIND THE VEIL… Jesus invites us to know him in a personal way. CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION, IT IS A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP. The closer we walk and talk with God the GREATER THAN is released in our daily life style.
WHAT ARE MY PHYSICAL GOALS AND PRIOTITIES? WHAT ARE MY SPIIRITUAL GOALS AND PRIORITIES? I HAVE LEARNED AS I MATURED, MY MAIN GOAL IS TO KNOW THE TRUTH AND TO KNOW JESUS’ MIGHTY POWER AND HIS SUFFERINGS…