“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” (Acts 3:19)
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
Sometimes all it takes to receive a miracle is to get into the presence of God.
“And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.” (Mark 5:25-27)
“For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:28-30)
“And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.” (Mar 5:31-32)
“But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” (Mar 5:33-34)
The Bible says that God is everywhere, that He is “omnipresent”.
In the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul told the men of Athens on Mars’ hill,
“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:27-28)
However, there is a vast difference between God being everywhere and all around us, and we being in the “manifested presence” of God.
As demonstrated by the disciples saying to Jesus, “Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?”
There were many people pressing against and touching Jesus that day, but only one touched Jesus with faith and entered into His “manifested presence”, and that was the woman with the issue of blood.
There are miracles to be found in the manifested presence of God.
What can we do, if anything, that would prepare the way for God to manifest His presence?
First and foremost, as we have discussed earlier and have seen in the woman with the issue of blood, we can touch God with our faith.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6)
Secondly, and just as important, is love.
Faith works by love.
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” (Gal. 5:6)
Faith that would manifest the presence of God is ineffectual without love.
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” (1Cor. 13:2)
God is love.
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1John 4:7-8)
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1John 4:16)
God’s faith and love are multiplied and the way is made plain for the manifested presence of God when His children come together in unity and agreement.
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mat. 18:19-20)
“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:” (Acts 4:24)
“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)
The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people.
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
God’s presence is manifested and miracles happen when His people praise Him and He receives all the Glory.
“That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1Cor. 1:29)
In the Book of Second Chronicles chapter 20, we read of a time when a very great army comprised of three separate nations came against King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah.
King Jehoshaphat was a good king in the eyes of the Lord but his army was very small compared to the combined armies that were coming against him and the city of Jerusalem.
King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah and he stood before the people in the court of the House of the Lord to pray openly to the Lord.
“And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” (2Ch. 20:6)
“Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend forever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,” (2Ch. 20:7-8)
“If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.” (2Ch. 20:9)
When Jehoshaphat finished his prayer, the Spirit of the Lord came upon a man by the name of Jahaziel in the midst of the congregation and he began to prophesy.
“And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2Ch. 20:15)
“Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.” (2Ch. 20:16)
“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.” (2Ch. 20:17)
The Bible says that after Jahaziel finished prophesying, King Jehoshaphat and all the people bowed with their faces to the ground and worshiped the Lord. The singers began to sing and all the people began to praise.
The next day, King Jehoshaphat and all the people went out to the wilderness to face the armies that had come against them. However, they did not go out prepared to fight because they believed the Lord and the words of His prophet. They went out to praise the Lord.
“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever.” (2Ch. 20:21)
“And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” (2Ch. 20:22)
When the people began to sing and praise, The Lord manifested His presence and caused the armies of the enemy to fight and destroy each other.
The Bible goes on to say that it took three days for the people of Judah to gather up the spoil from the dead bodies of the enemy and bring the wealth and jewels back to Jerusalem.
We have seen in the Scriptures that faith which works by love, unity, and praise prepare the way for miracles and the manifested presence of God.
The Bible also says that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1John 1:6-7)
We cannot walk with God, see miracles happen, and behold the manifested presence of God if we have darkness in our life.
The darkness of unrepentant sin.
The Bible says, “How can two walk together except they be agreed?”
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)
If we are to walk with God then we are going to have to set our lives in agreement with God, and that means setting our lives in agreement with His Word.
We have the power to do this. God has set us free from the power of darkness.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” (Col. 1:13)
If we will bring every hidden or dark area of our life before the Lord and into His glorious light, then the Light of God will destroy that darkness. We will dwell in His light and be a chosen vessel filled with faith, love, unity, and praise, fit for the Lord and His glory.
We will have prepared our lives to experience the miracles and manifested presence of God.
(TO BE CONTINUED)