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get to the point. And I want to share this message with you today. As we look at this message, from God’s word, are you ready? Are you excited for God’s Word? Let me let me see you excited. I want to see those hands put together. Can you be excited for the Word of God will look at this word and Psalm 46 verse one, God is our refuge and strength and ever present help in trouble? I love that word because it doesn’t say God is our refuge and strengthen ever present vaccine trouble or that he’s an ever Bible in in trouble, or he is an ever church and trouble. He it says an ever present, present. God’s presence is the greatest gift you and I will ever receive. Well, it says in Psalm 139, verses seven through 10, I can never escape from your spirit. I can never go away from the presence. If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride in the wings of the Warning, if I dwell by the farther is oceans, even there, your hand will guide me and your strength will support me.
So I want you to know that the whole point of the of the Bible is you in God’s presence, and God’s presence in you. That is God’s whole point is his presence. The point of creation is the presence of God, the point of the Old Testament, throughout the entire Old Testament, God has been pursuing you, to get you into His presence, and his presence in you the whole point of the tabernacle, elaborate details of the tabernacle. And the temple in the Old Testament was all about his presence. The whole point of the New Testament is the presence of God, the whole point of Jesus, the birth of Jesus, the life, the death, the burial, the resurrection, is the presence of God. When Jesus was walking on the earth, all of his miracles, the whole point was the presence of God, even when Jesus established the church, His believers, the whole point, is the presence of God. And so every guidance and provision you will ever need, can be found today, in the presence of God today, not when you go to heaven, not just in eternity. But today, every guidance and provision you will ever need is found today in the presence of God. So I want you to just hear me, you’re gonna have to give me grace, because I’m going to say some things here that go against tradition. And if you’ve had this tradition, I don’t mean to offend you. But you need to understand the biblical truth about God’s point. And that is, that salvation is not the point. Salvation is a means to the point, it opens up the door to the presence of God. But so often we want to get people saved, and not in not necessarily focused on the presence of God. Jesus is not the point, Jesus Himself said, I am the Way, the Truth, the light the way to white. So often we think Jesus is the way to heaven, and he is. But the whole point of
God is his presence.
Jesus was God in the flesh, God became flesh and dwelt among us. He gave us his presence. Jesus is the way but the point is the presence of God, the Bible, we want to get people into the Bible. But that’s not the point. Getting them into the presence is the point. We can study the Bible and never get into the presence of God. The point is the presence. Church is not the point, churches a way to the point, it is an expression of the point, the Bible says, but we can be guilty of working so hard to get people into the church, and yet never give them a value for the presence of God. I’m a witness of that. For the vast majority of my Christian life before I was 30 years old, I had salvation I had Jesus, I had a Bible, I went to church, I was ordained as a minister of the gospel. But I did not have a value for living every day in the presence of God receiving every guidance and every provision from the presence of God. Worship is not the point worship is an expression of being in the presence of God. It is a means to the presence of God, but it’s not the point. Being a Christian is not the point way too many people have a label, but they don’t have a living relationship with God, where they are regularly getting his guidance and his provisions as a result of being in his presence. I need you to understand that religion is not the point. One of my good friends once told me, I’m not a religious man. And I was thankful because Jesus is not about religion. It’s a battle relationship. ship, the whole point of God is his presence. Ritual is not the point. We ask people to go to church, we ask people to tide we ask people to do a lot of different rituals. But that’s not the point, baptisms, not the point. It is an expression of the point. relics are not the point crosses around our neck crosses on our walls, Bibles on our table. That’s not the point, the presence of God, God’s whole point has been his presence in you, you in His presence, even revival meetings is not the point. They have their place. They are good. But if they don’t usher people into the presence of God, then they are meaningless. Rituals, relationship. Rituals, relics, religions, they’re meaningless unless they take you into the presence of God. So what is the point? It’s this clear God’s presence. That’s the whole point. And so I want you to hear me when I say that Satan does not care if you are saved. Satan does not care if you are saved. As long as you don’t engage God’s presence. You can be saved. Millions of people are saved. They have their fire insurance, they are labeled Christian, but are we daily living in the presence of God? The Bible says that God is all knowing there’s nothing that he does not know every wisdom known to man has come from God. God is all powerful, there is nothing that he cannot do. God is everywhere present. Praise God. He is with us right now in the USA. He is with you in India, he is with you in Africa. He is with you in the Philippines. He’s with you in Thailand. He’s with every person around the world. He’s everywhere present. His presence is the greatest gift that will ever receive.
God’s wisdom is in His presence. God’s wisdom is in His presence. You need to understand that if you need wisdom, you need the presence of God. Wisdom is not a box that God gives us wrapped up with a bow on it. Wisdom is the presence of God. If you need guidance, you need the presence of God. Every guidance, every provision you’ll ever need is in the presence of God. The power of God is in His presence, the power of God, if you need power in your life, healing in your life, peace in your life, if you need restoration in relationships, if you need advancement in your job, if you need provision, then you have a need for the presence of God. So I want to ask you what could be greater than you living in God’s presence there is something greater than you live in God’s presence. Do you know what it is? The only thing greater is God’s presence living in you. He did not just come to put us inside the temple inside the tabernacle inside his presence. But he has provided for his presence to come within you. And I John six tene verse seven, it says Jesus is actually talking and he says, It is to your advantage that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I depart, I will send him to you. And Jesus is referencing the Holy Spirit. The very same presence that Jesus is limited in the skin would now be made available to us through a spirit not confined to human flesh, and made available to each and every believer. Acts chapter one, verse eight, Paul says, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will tell about me in the city of Jerusalem, and all over the countries of Judea and Samaria until the ends The Earth. So how do we get to the point, we pursue the presence of God, the Bible says, Seek Me and you will find, seek, pursue the presence of God, engage the presence, I have to engage my loved ones engaged my wife, engage my son, engage my daughters, engage my friends, engage my staff, and gauge our board, engage our partners in India, I am constantly engaging in communication and friendship people constantly and so are you. Well, there’s no difference between that and our relationship with God. But you’ve engaged the presence of God, you live in the presence of God, you allow the presence of God to live inside of you. So God’s guidance results in clarity. Right now we live in very confusing time. There, we are so confused, and we don’t even know how confused we are. Jesus said that he looked over the city and he saw that people were confused and helpless like sheep without a shepherd and he had compassion on them. Well, the answer to this is the presence of God, in the presence of God is going to be the clarity. I’m going to be sharing a message in the future, I’m not hearing the voice of God. But when you and I go into His presence, we’re going to hear a united message from God, he’s not going to tell one person to go take the vaccine, and then go tell somebody else not to take the vaccine. He’s not going to tell one person to choose Live, and then tell another person to take alive. We need a united message, and that is found in the presence of God. Do you need clarity in your life? The answer is yes. We all need clarity. The reason Jesus illustrates you and I, like sheep are that sheep are known to be dumb and left to their own self,they would actually take they would actually come to an end they would die.
If they were left alone, they need the shepherd. And the Bible illustrates Jesus as the Good Shepherd who takes care of his sheep. And he says, My sheep know my voice. There is clarity waiting for you in the presence of God. But how often do you go into the presence live in the presence, seek the present moment by moment you seek His guidance, seek His presence, and you will find guidance, and the result will be clarity, will God’s provision results in rest, Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burden, and I will give you rest, rest. Rest from your striving bear fruit, rest from your works. Rest as a heavenly father takes care of you supplies for your need, produces what you need, produces what you are able to give to others, and life and ministry. The provision results in rest.
It has been well said, Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime. You probably have heard that you understand it. I want you just to think about that for a minute. This thing is if I give you a fish, you can eat the fish and you will have nutrition. If I go away, then you’re going to become hungry. But if I have taught you to fish, now you can continuously catch fish. You can continuously have nutrition, you can continuously prosper, because I have taught you to fish not just given you the fish. Well, the same is true about getting to the point. Tell a man about Jesus and you can impact him one time, but teach a man to engage God’s presence and he will have a lifetime of God’s guidance and provision. The greatest thing you will ever do for your children is to teach them a value for the presence of God. Teach them how to engage the presence of God. Teach them how to have every guidance they will ever need in life, in the presence of God every provision they’ll ever need in the present of God, you can tell people about Jesus or you can help them to engage the presence of God. Don’t just impact people one time, when you can transform them by the power of the presence of God in them for the rest of their life. Too many churches are telling people about Jesus, and stead of teaching them to engage the presence of God in their lives. If you are a part of a church, where the pastor regularly witnesses to having spent time with God, receiving messages from God, to share with the people of God, you need to praise God for that, Pastor, if you attend a church, where the whole point of worship is to usher you into the presence of by, then you need to praise God for that church, if you are part of a church that doesn’t just teach people about Jesus, but instills a value to hear God’s voice, to have an authentic living relationship with God. And you need to praise God for that church. Exodus 33. We talked about this, and a recent message about encountering God.
But I want to remind you, it says Moses said to God, if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and your people? Unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? God right there, and Exodus 33, is establishing that God’s presence is the distinguishing factor. It’s not how thick your Bible is, that doesn’t distinguish you, if you have a cross around your neck, if you have a fish bumper sticker on your car, if you have a cross on your wall, the distinguishing factor is the presence of God. Are you distinguished today, by the presence of God, if there is any benefit to this violent virus, COVID 19 pandemic, it is that the presence of God is the distinguishing factor. Those people who live daily in the presence of God are not fearful about what they hear on the news. They’re not running in fear rampid with so much confusion about what they see on TV, or what they read about on their phone, because they are regularly hearing the presence of God and encountering the presence of God hearing the voice of by experiencing His peace, experiencing His power, knowing that God is holding them, God is with them. God is blessing them. Even in the midst of COVID-19 you can still know the blessings of God. Are you distinguished by the presence of God?
It’s a it’s a question you need to be honest about. God has said the distinguishing factor. The one and only distinguishing factor for the people of God is its presence. Will you help people get to the point where you help people understand the value for the presence of God, to engage his presence. The way to help others get to the point is for you to get to the point. Remember what I said earlier, when I said that every guidance, and every provision can be found in the presence of God. The way for you, to guide others to the presence of God is to be in the presence of God yourself. You’ll never take people further than where you are yourself. The greatest thing you can do to help the people around you get to the point is for you to get to the point. The greatest thing you will do for your family to help them get to the point is for you to get to the point and I enjoy you to begin to personally practice a passion, pursuing God with all the passion within you, pursuing his presence, engaged in His presence, living in his presence, allowing his presence to live in you. Let’s pray