Sunday, 5th September 2021
Pastor Robert Morris (Guest Speaker)
There is the omnipresence of God, the inner presence of God, and the manifest presence of God. The omnipresence of God means God is everywhere, the inner presence of God means the Holy Spirit comes to live within us, inside us. And the manifest presence of God is when He makes His presence known among us. When we are in worship, we will sense the presence, but can we live and walk with His presence everyday?
1. His Manifest Presence
God started this whole thing, with walking and talking with Adam and Eve. But what did we lose when Adam and Eve failed and what did Jesus came to restore? God’s manifested presence. “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8) Sin always causes us to try to hide from the presence of God, even in the worship and presence. When we fail we must try harder to enter the presence of God. We can enter His presence boldly because we are covered by the blood of Jesus. God is always there and that’s’ His omnipresence. Adam and Even were hiding in God’s manifested presence, His made-know presence.
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” (Exodus 33:15) God told Moses He would walk with him everyday and he was referring to His manifested presence. When we come to church, worship God, He wants to make His presence known to us, and He wants to do something for us that we can’t do ourselves.
2. Leaving His Presence
Is it possible to leave God’s presence? It’s not possible to leave God’s omnipresence but it’s possible to leave His manifest presence.
“Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.” (Genesis 4:16)
“But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” (Jonan 1:3)
Jonah fled from the presence of the Lord. How do we leave the manifest presence of God? Just stop doing what He asks us to do! God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Life, they did and they left the presence of God. He told Cain to watch his attitude, he didn’t listen to God and left God’s presence. He told Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah didn’t do it, and he also left the presence of God.
If God tells us to do something and we don’t do it then we are leaving His presence. We are all human and we all make mistakes. But if we heard from God and decided not to follow what He told us to do, then we are being disobedient and willful. We can come to church and read the Bible, but not fully living in God’s presence. God wants us to live in His presence.
3. Entering His Presence
How do we enter the presence of the Lord? One thing we can do is to worship.
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” (Psalm 95:1-2)
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:1-2)
Music, singing, praise and worship might be more important than we think, to enter the presence of the Lord. It’s not about how good we are at music but it’s about praising the One, Worthy to be praised. We don’t have to be a musician to worship God.
Some people only enter His presence once a week when we come to church, and we try to make it through the week without entering His presence. God says, “His mercies are new every morning.” We will have good days and we will have bad days, but would we rather have it with Jesus?
Prayer & Pursuit
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon (Senior Pastor)
We all want to have a good day everyday, but if God’s presence is always with us, even when we have a bad day, we can have peace to know God rules and reigns in our lives. Today is the New Zealand Father’s Day and it’s also the beginning of the Feast of Trumpet. The Feast of Trumpet is not only the Jewish New Year, but also an important for all of us! Let us pray and receive the blessings of God for this New Year. All the past has gone and the new life is coming. Every morning is important for us, because it’s the time for us to start anew and build relationship with God. Let us be willing to connect to God the first thing we wake up every morning. We want to be the ones chasing the blessings because we want to receive from God.