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The Atmosphere of the Presence of God (5 of 6)
Introduction: The personal presence of God is not merely some "force" or "influence" that we seek, but a personal, real, life-changing presence of a living God who abides in us and dwells among us. Moses, the servant of God, had experienced the presence of God at the burning bush and it had changed his life. As he prepared to embark upon the journey to lead God's people into the vision God had given them, he gives God one stipulation-God's presence must go with him. Moses understood that God's presence was a sign of God's pleasure for His people and it would distinguish them from all others. We must have a passion to lead people into that presence. We must have a passion for His presence and believe it is important for each individual to experience the presence of God in their personal life as well as in our corporate gathering and to carry His presence into our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces.
Exodus 33:14-16 And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Then he said to Him, "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth."
I. DEFINING THE WORD PRESENCE
A. THE HEBREW WORD
1. The Hebrew word paniyam is translated presence 76 times. Paniyam is derived from the root word pana which means "to turn the face."
2. The presence of God in scripture has the idea of God's face being turned toward someone in acceptance and favor. His presence fills up, pervades, permeates, overspreads.
B. THREE ASPECTS TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD
1. Omnipresence - God's presence is everywhere, everyplace.
a. He is present in the whole of creation and universe.
Psalm 139:6-8 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me ...
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