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Making a Personal Place for His Presence (2 of 7)
Series: God's Empowering Presence
Pastor Frank Damazio
"Close your eyes and follow your breath to the still place that leads to the invisible path that leads you home. No one else controls access to this perfect place. Give yourself your own unconditional permission to go there." (St. Teresa of Avila)
INTRODUCTION: God wills that we should push on into His presence and live our whole life there. It is more than a doctrine to be held. It is a life to be enjoyed. Making a place for God's empowering presence is our first passion. Each and every person must become a person who knows how to make a place for God's presence. Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity that is in Christ is rarely found among us. A world of programs, methods, organizations and activities that occupy time and attention can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience and the hollowness of our prayer and worship should get our attention and propel us into a deeper search for the presence of God in our daily life.
I. GOD DESIRES TO MANIFEST HIS PRESENCE
"So the life of man upon the earth is a life away from the Presence, wrenched loose from that "blissful center" which is our right and proper dwelling place, our first estate which we kept not, the loss of which is the cause of our unceasing restlessness." (A.W. Tozer)
A. The Purpose of God's Manifesting His Presence
1. To commune with His people
2. To confirm His word to His people
3. To inspire His people to do great and mighty things
4. To call His people to action
5. To comfort, heal or restore His people
6. To inspire courage, faith and new vision
B. The Benefits of His Manifested Presence
1. We can talk to Our Father directly
2. Our thirsty hearts must no longer search; that what, so deep inside, seemed unquenchable, can be filled to overflowing and wit ...
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