18 October 2013

Engage God ~ Part 1

One of my favorite 'parts' of this Christian walk is experiencing the Presence of God.  If you are reading this and you don't know how to engage God, keep reading.

The other night in a church service, I, along with many others, experienced His Presence.  It was seemingly a surprise if you weren't watching closely.  Truthfully, I saw it coming.  I just didn't KNOW I saw it coming until later. You know, hindsight and all.

God can show up whenever He wants, without notice or requirements.  There are, however, certain things He looks for in believers sometimes, as well.  Are they ready? Are they submitted? Are they obedient? Are they hungry? Are they worshippers?

Many of those things were in place the other night, and God made His Presence known.

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 

Heb 10:19-22
The 'holiest' referred to in the first verse is the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle.  It was the place where the high priests would enter. They only entered once a year and only after a seven day cleansing ritual to ensure their survival.  God's manifest Presence was there!

The scripture here says that WE are to have boldness to enter that same place.  

It says that we can enter through the blood of Jesus. 

If you want to experience the Presence of God, you must first have passed through the blood ~ the sacrifice of His own life.  You must be born again!

The scripture goes on to say that through that faith in Jesus, and in Him being our High Priest, we can draw near (go into the most holy place where the Presence of God is) with a true heart.  That we have full assurance of our faith in Christ as we enter, because we know that through salvation, our hearts and minds, our bodies have been cleansed by the sacrificial work of Christ on the cross.

Engage God.

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Next: "Watch Out!"

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