Presence and Power
Gods presence stills you, Gods power stirs you.
We need to live a lifestyle where we seek God’s presence and live in power. Seeking the Giver, lust after the gifts.
Moses knew God’s ways but Israel knew his Acts
Psalm 103:7 (AMP)7 He made known His ways of righteousness and justice to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
God’s presence is given to us that we might know Him, while His power is given that others might know Him thru us.
Presence of God is for you, God’s power is for someone else thru you. God’s power is for service.
The word anointing – misheh (to smear/rub).
The anointing is for one reason – Jesus. It is not to help someone to fix their troubles, lead a better life or whatever. It is not even for counselling. He anoints you so you can testify of Jesus, magnify Jesus, preach Jesus. The key of the anointing is the preaching of Jesus, exalting Jesus, magnifying Jesus.
Acts 1:8 – The reason of God’s power that you might be witnesses, beginning at home and then spreading out.
Acts 1:8 (AMP) But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.
God’s power is the fruit of His presence. It is very important to remember that seeing power in your life does not mean that you will grow in knowing God. That is the same for other people we meet, being extremely gifted does not mean that you have an amazing relationship with God.
Once you begin to know Gods presence you will lose sight of self
Exodus 34:29 (NKJV) The Shining Face of Moses - Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.
The Holy Spirit is first with me, then in me, then upon me. John 14:17, Acts 1:8 (upon you)
John 14:17 (NKJV) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Acts 1:8 (NKJV) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you*; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Note that in Acts 1:8 that you shall receive - POWER when the Holy Spirit comes UPON you. - Anointing.
These are 3 different experiences with the Holy Spirit:
1. He is with you to convict you
2. He is in you to save you.
3. He comes upon us for service and action.
Anointing – Holy Spirit upon you. 1 Sam 10:6(NKJV) Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.
Saul got another ability here without working for it, the prophetic anointing came over him and he looked just like the prophets. This experience however did not changed his fear of man.
God effects my emotions, mind, and body. You shall be another man.
Moses knew God’s ways but Israel knew his Acts
Presence of God
You will never find God’s presence if satan is there.
Elijah had to leave where jezebel was to find God’s presence. He could not find it in the atmosphere of evil.
The presence of God is found in the secret place. Jesus went up the mountain (secret place). God is too holy.
OT:-The glory of God was only revealed except to the high priest. It was hidden from them in the holy of holies.
Gods power is different matter. In our minds we do not differ between presence and power. Gods presence is not given without repentance, this is not the case with His power.
God’s gifts and power comes without repentance. Gods presence only belongs in the holy of holies, the inner spirit. He is too holy to reveal it to those in the flesh.
Judas received the power of God and betrayed his Lord. Jesus gave them power to do many things, they all came back and said in Your name Lord we did this and that. Judas was one of the 12.
To seek Gods presence is to seek a personal relationship with Him. To have conversation with Him, where He talks to you as much and more than you talk/petition Him.
Operation of the anointing. The power of God changes man’s actions and behaviour, anointing changes the heart.
Power of God came on Gideon and changed what he did. Same thing with anyone who experiences the power of God.
Saul experienced the Power of God 1 Sam 10:6
Power of God comes for a reason and a season. God’s glory is an abiding glory.
Glory/Presence – Christ, God, Holy Spirit. God is the Glory. His person. It is an abiding presence.
Anointing – Power that comes for service. (not Holy Spirit filling your life, but Holy Spirit coming upon you for a purpose Acts 1:8)
The anointing is available to every believer and comes for a reason and a season. 2Co 1:21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,
Gideon knew the power/acts of God what happened at the end with Gideon?
Judges 8:27 (NKJV) Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house.
Although Gideon refused to become the king or rule over Israel he was still searching to God’s will through the ephod he made. This then although starting good had an evil ending so much so that ALL ISRAEL played the harlot with it there. The ephod was used to discern God’s will. Ex 28:30; 39:1-26. Gideon also had a polygamous lifestyle, which lead to the birth of his son Abimelech who was one of the wicked leaders of Israel.
Gideon’s career also was marred by his polygamous life.
David also wore an ephod but it did not lead him downwards as he was always seeking God’s heart. David made many mistakes, like we all do but ended up closer to God every time.
For me it is so important to get to know the Giver my Maker while searching/lusting after the gifts to see God move in Power. To seek God is for my relationship, to see Him move in power is for others.