(Written by Dr. Rudi Swanepoel)
Psalm 51:11 [
NIV] . Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your
Holy Spirit from me.
The Presence of the Lord in our lives are one of the single most important
attributes in our lives. We cannot live without the Presence of the Lord. The
Bible says in Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your
name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence (before your very face). The
Presence of the Lord is so important, and yet few Believers know what the
Presence of God really means. There are three dimensions of the Presence of the
Lord we will look at:
1. God is Omni-Present
God is everywhere at all times! Nothing escapes His eyes. There is no secrets
and no surprises to Him. Everything done in secret He can and will reveal
someday! Isaiah 6:3 . . .the whole earth is full of His glory. David said
in Psalm 139: 7 Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from
Your presence? He goes on to say that there is no place he can hide! From
the more remote place on earth to hell itself, from the Throne-room in heaven to
the deepest jungle and beyond God is there! Jonah tried to run from the presence
of the Lord, and even in the belly of the fish he cried out to the Lord and his
prayer was answered.
What does this mean in the life of the Believer? You are NEVER alone! God is
with you no matter where life may take you. The Omni-Presence of God is the
Believers security! You are safe in the hands of God, regardless where you
2. Indwelling Presence
God lives in you! This is a mystery. A great God living in frail people. In John
15:4, 5 we read: Dwell in Me and I will dwell in you . . . whoever lives in
Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. God is actively working in you.
1 Corinthians 3:16 says: Do you not know that you are Godís temple and that
Godís Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you? The Lord is shaping our
lifestyles with every passing minute.
What does this mean to the Believer? Godís indwelling presence is our
Lifeline! Without Him we are nothing. We are completely dependent on Him
every day. Through His indwelling presence He shapes our character and deposits
the fruit of the Holy Spirit in us (Galatians 5:22) The gifts of the Holy Spirit
operates through us as a result of His indwelling presence.
3. His Manifest Presence
Godís Manifest presence is a special anointing for a special task at a specific
time. It is temporal in nature. His power will flow in a meeting, touching the
lives of people, healing many and delivering others from the power of the enemy.
During the dedication of the temple we read in 2 Chronicles 5:13, 14 . . .
then the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could
not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the
house of the Lord. In Acts 9:3,4 we read of Saulís encounter with the
manifest presence of the Lord that changed even his name! As he traveled on
he came near to Damascus and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him and
he fell to the ground. Then he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul why are
you persecuting me? When Jesus prayed on the mountain he was transfigured as
the manifest presence came down. (Luke 9:29)
The manifest Presence of God is the Believerís Jump-start! It is the
ďgoose-fleshĒ experiences that change our lives in the presence of the Lord.
Think of the day of salvation or when God healed you, or when revival touched
your life. It is real, it is powerful, but temporal! That anointing lifts from
you. It comes and goes. Too many Christians want to live in this realm
permanently! Remember your Lifeline is His indwelling presence! You live your
life within that realm. When God manifests His presence it is to give you a
much-needed jumpstart into the right direction. The manifest presence is for
desperate and immediate needs to be met.