Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser
Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser
You must understand that God’s presence can be categorised into three. The omnipresence of God, the abiding presence of God and the manifested presence of God.
The omnipresence of God means God is everywhere, and God’s presence has always been everywhere. I’m going to give you a couple of examples from the Word of God. Before the earth even existed, the Holy Spirit was here. Genesis 1:2 says specifically that the Holy Spirit was moving upon the face of the waters. At that time, the earth was without form or was void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1-2).
After God created the heavens and the earth, later in the book of Psalms, David said in Psalm 139 that: ‘Where can I go to get away from your presence or where can I flee from your presence. If I ascend into the heavens or the highest atmospheres you are there. If I make my bed in hell or the underworld or to the depths, you are there’. So, the truth is that He’s always been here. In the deepest ocean, at the highest mountain, God has always been here with his omnipresence. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139: 7-10).
But here’s what’s interesting about the omnipresence of God. When Jesus came to this earth, He said something very different from what we would think as the presence of God always being here. Even though God’s presence has been everywhere before Jesus was manifested as the Living Word, there was no way to get that presence living inside of people. It took the Son of God to come and die and give his life for us to have the presence of God available to us and living inside of us. So, here’s what Jesus said, ‘I will come and make my home in you, abide in you by the Spirit of God and I will never leave you.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). Jesus said I will never leave you, and never means never. When you are born again, your spirit becomes brand new, you receive the Holy Spirit. Second Corinthians 5:17 talks about this among many other scriptures. Once the Spirit of God is on the inside of you, Jesus says by the Spirit of God, I will never leave you or forsake you. That’s good news. But so many times, when you’re in certain worship gatherings in today’s modern church, we’re always asking God to show up. We’re asking the Holy Spirit to come as if He’s not here yet, as if we’re going to cause Him to come down.
Jesus was the only one who could do what needed to be done and He ascended to the Father so that He could send the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came and He’s been faithful to never leave us or forsake us as believers today. Not just the omnipresence, but now the abiding presence. What was outside our bodies, has moved inside to be permanent from the inside out from now on. So, notice He said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’. He didn’t say I will come and go and it’s up to you to pull me down or pray that I come down.
Then there’s the manifested presence of God. So, what does that mean? It means to showcase God, advertise His goodness through our actions, demonstrate His love and His power by the abiding presence that lives in us. Jesus said He would be made manifest from us so we can’t manifest something that’s not there. We’ve got to have the abiding presence through the relationship that we have with God.
No man comes to the Father except through Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can have a relationship with God except through Him. He had to pay the price that no one else could pay for us to be able to live like this and call God our Father. God is now not just God, but God is our Father.
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him” (Mat. 12:33 -35).
God wants to flow through you. Jesus said, out of your innermost being will flow rivers of living water. Out of your heart, out of your way, out of your innermost being; what’s in you is going to flow out of you. Notice it’s not just thinking it or having it on the inside but it’s out of the abundance of your heart your mouth speaks. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:38-39).
Jesus says in Mark 11 that, when you speak to your mountain, your obstacle, your difficult situation, or what’s standing in your way, that hindrance will be removed. The Holy Spirit power is inside you. So, when you speak to your Mountain, it will be removed. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says “(Mark 11:24). Mark 16 verse 18 says you will lay your hands on the sick and they will be healed. What is it about laying my hands on the sick? It’s not that my hands are so powerful, but the life of God that’s in me is literally going to flow out from me and what’s in me is going to change, transform and bless just like what Jesus did. You can manifest the presence of God. Speak to your mountain, heal the sick, cast out demons; for greater is He who is in you than the one who is there in the world.
Jesus said in John 14:12 that, the same works that I do, you’ll do also. When we’re living with His abiding presence, we begin to manifest not just our personality or ourselves as a people, but truly our life is now in Christ and we begin to manifest His life from the inside out. That’s powerful, isn’t it? That’s how I want to continue to live. How about you? Jesus said I want you to use what’s in you by the Spirit of God and let it flow out of you. Does the Bible say you even can lay your hands on the sick and they’ll get sicker? No, it doesn’t say that. It says they will be healed. So, everything is from the inside out. Living to manifest Christ becomes literally our new normal. So, we’re not waiting for God to come. A lot of people think they’re waiting for God to show up.
Get up every day not waiting for something to be revived. Stir yourself up. We ought to be living filled with the Holy Spirit every single day. God the Holy Spirit is already here. He came down from Heaven, and He has never returned. God sent Jesus on our behalf and then Jesus ascended to the Father so that He could send the Holy Spirit so we can live now from the inside out. That’s why the father sent Jesus and Jesus said so powerfully, if you’ve seen me, you have seen the father. Live to manifest the omnipresence of God.