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Embracing His Presence in the Holy Place (6 of 7)
Series: God's Empowering Presence
Pastor Frank Damazio
INTRODUCTION: The "presence", this is the way the Lord referred to Himself in a conversation with Moses. Exodus 33:14 "My presence will go with you and I will give you rest." The empowering presence for the believer is realized by the powerful, indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The ancients called this the "coram dea" - "before the face of God." All that we do is before the face of God, in His presence. We eat, work, live, pray, weep and rejoice in the presence of God. The presence of God is a saving presence, a guiding presence, a renewing presence, a gentle presence and a holy presence. Embracing means to "hold rightly in one's arms," to "take fully into one's arms." It is to take in, take on and take up. We are to embrace the presence of God and to take Him fully into our arms, to take in, take on and take up His presence. Christ has paid the price for our standing in God's presence. We have an advocate, the Holy Spirit, our paraclete, standing next to us to encourage our approach.
? Story: Jackie Robinson was the first player to break the race barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. After the talented third baseman made an error that cost the Dodgers the game, fans along the third base line began booing Robinson. In that tense moment, infielder PeeWee Reese, born and raised in the South, came up to him and put his arm around him. The boos stopped and Robinson later referred to that moment as the turning point in his baseball career.
We are standing on holy ground,
And I know that there are angels all around.
Let us praise Jesus now,
We are standing in His presence on holy ground.
Removing the shoes was symbolic of laying aside the pollution contracted by living in a fallen world of sin.
I. EMBRACING HIS PRESENCE AS PRIESTS OF GOD
Ex 19:6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which ...
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