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The overflowing presence of God

Posted by appolus on January 5, 2018

There is the presence of God to be found in glorious worship, enthusiastic and energetic, the kind of worship that lifts your spirit. It can lift up the head and invigorate the heart and fill you full of joy and you leave strengthened. This is good worship. Yet there is another kind of presence of God in worship, the kind of presence that there seems to be a famine of throughout the land. The first kind of presence we spoke of lifts your heart, the second kind of presence invades every part of who you are. It falls from heaven like a heavy dew, heads are lowered and hands are raised. All becomes quiet, one barely breathes as the Spirit of God slowly descends down through our heads into our hearts and down to the very soles of our feet, and the ground upon which we stand becomes Holy ground. The first kind of presence uplifts us, the second changes us fundamentally. As living waters pour into us then it rises up like a great river that is so full that it overflows its banks. The banks themselves begin to crumble and fall into this river of pure life as it swells up and floods every part of who we are. The landscape is being changed by this flood, the very topography of our lives is being flattened by its powers and everything that is not securely rooted to its foundations is simply swept away. Changed forever. And when the flood recedes we are left with a glorious afterglow. As the deer pants for the waterbrooks, I wonder, do our hearts pant after this kind of encounter.

The Lord Himself does not need professional worship teams. He does not need people to encourage us to stand up, jump up and down and raise our hands. In the Welsh revival two young women singing either acapella or simply backed by a piano typically sang “Here is love, vast as the ocean.” And there was love, in the very midst of them, vast as the ocean, flooding the hearts and minds of all who attended. Brothers and sisters, in all our modernity, what have we lost? In the program of churches and the professional class of worshiper leaders and pastors we have lost the simplicity of it all. And in the losing of it we now have to entertain the people. Spirit led worship is exactly that, it is Spirit led. In work we have a routine. In life we have a routine. Prisoners in prison have a routine. Oftentimes we are slaves to the routine, it is what gets us through life. Yet, there is nothing routine about the Holy Spirit of the Living God. He is dynamic and you can never know what way the wind will blow next. Have we sold our souls for a routine? Routine in the home, routine at work, routine at church. Routine people do not change the world. Routine people do not do wage war on the battle-fields of life. The Spirit of God is dynamic and those filled with His “dynamis,” change the environment around them because the environment inside them has been filled to capacity and is overflowing its banks. Lord fill us again to overflowing with the kind of presence that invades every part of who we are.

5 Responses to “The overflowing presence of God”

  1. EndTimes said

    I cannot agree more with what you are saying, brother Frank.The modern church system with its schedules and events where everything is timed up to the minute limits the movement and voice of the Holy Spirit, chocking the very essence of His presence and power within us. Like you said, the church now have to rely on entertainment to compensate for the loss but there is no life there.The church has turned into a social club, a circus, a place to have fun, a way to make money. No more truth and discernment, no more preaching on sin, repentance, holiness and forgiveness. It’s all about eating, drinking, celebrating and carousing. Most exchanges are on a superficial level. That’s why I left the system. Lately you wrote about Christmas. Well it had never anything to do with Jesus in the first place. Christmas is a pagan holiday. It’s part of the old cult of sun and moon worship. It’s not about “the birth of the Son of God” like most Christians think it is, but the “rebirth of the sun god” following the winter solstice. The Wicca celebrates it as the last black sabbath of the year. Just another pagan doctrine added to the church following the time of the martyrs (200-300 A.D.).

    The hierarchical system of the church that took place in those times was already wrong from the beginning; from the deeds of Nicolaitans it was based on, it couldn’t get better, it could only get worse. It simply killed almost everything good that was left. If you add to this the other flaws mentioned in the seven churches of Revelation, you get the present church that is going down the drain of apostasy: Laodicea.The materialistic riches, the ecstatic spiritual experiences, the human power trip and the soulish humanistic love masquerading as the authentic “philadelphia” are the false blessings Laodicea is going after yet has nothing; it is poor, blind and naked.

    The Lord is the true vine who bring forth life, joy and all good fruits if we abide in Him. It seems like today’s church is abiding in the branches rather than the vine itself. As a result, the “Shekhinah” (the glory of the presence of God) has departed from the temple like it did in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 9-10). While reading that passage yesterday, I noticed that just before she left, the cherub was sent “through the midst of Jerusalem to put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations” that were done within it (Ez. 9.4). I believe the same thing is happening today; the judgments will soon fall on the men who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads (Rev. 9.4), the harlot church will be revealed and destroyed. It will be its retribution for not loving the truth, for not seeking the true riches and for loving the world more than God. And the Lord will tell them: “The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.” (Rev.18.14)

  2. EndTimes said

    First paragraph: I meant “choking” not “chocking”. 🙂

  3. Anna said

    I just found this site today from a search on the loneliness of the true follower. Oh how God has separated me and I am so grateful. Yes it is lonely but how precious is His hand on my life now as never before I now know Him.
    Anna

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