A lot of people look at repentance as a bad thing, and of course it is better not to have to repent, but because we are all fallen we need to be able to go to God and say, “Daddy, I know I was wrong, will you please forgive me? Help me not to do it again.” When Adam and Eve were in the Garden and they sinned, they hid from the Presence of God.
Genesis 3:8 – 8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the [c]cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” Now don’t go running around naked please.
But the wonderful thing now through the Precious Blood of Jesus, is that we can run to Him and say, “I know I was wrong, please forgive me.” God is merciful and just to forgive.
One time I was at a prayer meeting and I had a heaviness because I felt guilty about something and I couldn’t experience the release of the Presence of God, but through the unction of the Holy Spirit led by the worship leader, who repented on behalf of the Church, there was a tremendous release from all the burdens. It was coming again to the point of the Cross and saying, “Lord, I surrender, I surrender all my burdens, griefs, pains, and sorrows, down at your feet. You take them away.”
In the Tabernacle example there is a model – there is the Outer Court, Inner Court, and the Holy of Holies.
When you are in the Outer court, which is the first part after the gate to the worship, you have the bronze altar. Before that is that the gate and that’s where you enter. You enter with praise and thanksgiving. Then the second stage is the Cleansing or self examining at the bronze altar. I am not going to go in to the details of the tabernacle just yet, but maybe in the future post I will share.
When we sin, God doesn’t want us to run away from Him, but to run to Him, but somehow because we have been believing lies, the devil tries to make us believe that God won’t accept us or love us if we do sin. That doesn’t mean that we keep on sinning.
Romans 9:16 says – 16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.
That brings me to my second point –
1) Liberation in the Word of God
Even though there is liberation in repentance, or turning your heart towards God, and away from the sin, there is even more liberation in knowing that the Word of God has all the answers for the troubles you are facing. I once listened to a sermon called, “The only way out is the Word of God”, and the person said the Word of God brings in the Presence of God as well. It is better to be obedient to God and not have to repent, because Romans 3:6 says that the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. But in context it is talking about Christians who are earthly minded –
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
One thing that God hates the most is idolatry – putting something whether that be a molded image, like the hindus and buddhists use, or anything that keeps us from the presence of God, and the people that participate in idolatry, will be stored up for God’s wrath because in idolatry it leads to many sins. God is a Jealous God because He wants us to love Him completely and not lift up anything before Him including ourselves.
Ephesians 5:1-13 says –
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved[a]you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God [b]as a fragrant aroma.
3 But immorality [c]or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among[d]saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no [e]immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 [f]trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even [g]expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are [h]exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
What is the opposite of empty words(words that are void of truth): The Living Word, which is the Word of God, and He gives you the Grace to reveal the Word to you in that time of need. That is if you set apart time to study and to pursue His presence or to dedicate your life to Him. Lately I have been finding that I just open the Bible and God leads me to a verse that immediately applies to my situation and sometimes gives me a rebuke, or something I need to repent for, or gives me a sense of encouragement knowing that He has equipped me for whatever battle I need to face. Part of the armor of God is the loin belt of Truth – without the loin belt of Truth you cannot have intimacy with God, because it protects your intimate organs from being attacked. That is to be used in the Soldier analogy. I think there is more teaching on the Armor of God on one of my posts. I know some of us are busy with work and don’t have the time to really get in the Word of God so much, and I know I have said it does not need to be out of obligation, but God has a remarkable way of rescuing you with His Word, and sometimes it is as much as flipping a page and then find just what you need. I was told once not to play Bible roulette, where you just open up the Bible, and the first verse that pops out at you, apply it to yourself. But the amazing thing is that the Word of God has so much power because it can become a rhema or revelation and not just a letter or logos even if you just open the one page. Discipline in studying the Bible is important characteristic trait to develop, not because of obligation but because of getting to know Jesus more and more. So studying the Bible can bring revelation and that revelation can bring liberation. After all isn’t life all about revelation knowledge of Jesus and who He is? Whether you get it by youtube songs, or by a worship service, or by the Word of God- the whole point is to get to the presence of Jesus.
So what is the Presence of God –
The Holy Spirit can hover upon, rest upon, and reside within a believer. When a believer is born again the Holy Spirit resides within the person. When God created the Heavens and the earth, the Spirit of God hovered upon the waters – Gen. 1:2- The Spirit of God can rest upon a believer where the person can actually experience a sense of “abiding under the shadow of the Almighty” – that is the resting upon. In Luke it says that the Holy Spirit will overshadow her. When you are dwelling in the Presence of Almighty, that is when the Holy Spirit is resting upon you.
The key thing about Christianity is that it is not a religion filled with rituals that you must do this and you must do that. It is about a journey full of mountains and valleys, and there are lessons to be learned, tests to take, and relationships to build with God and with other people. Sometimes the devil comes in tries to beat you up and make you feel like you are condemned, but you don’t have to listen to it. The more we feel condemned it means that God has not completed the restoration of our souls and He is waiting for you to come to Him. He is reaching out to you to turn to Him, to change your mind against idolatry and disobedience, to take up your cross, or whatever is keeping you to fully worship and enjoy Him. When we work, we can still keep Him in our thoughts – if we work in retail, we can think, “How can I be a light today?”, if we work for an electric company, we can focus on “the Light of this world”, if we work for an insurance company, we can focus on, “What is the best insurance policy?”; if we work with manufacturing, we can focus on “God created the heavens and the earth.”, if we work with computer programming, we can focus on, “God gave a marvelous code of instructions on how this world should work”, if we work with filing, we can focus on, “How wonderfully organized God is”, if we work in media we can thank God for how the media has been used to share the Gospel, etc.
Jesus said, “my yoke is easy and my burden is light” so the more we focus on the Cross of Christ, the easier it will be for Jesus to lay down the burdens that so easily ensnare us and to break all the chains.
Here is a prayer for protection for inviting the presence of God into your life,
Thank You for revealing to me more about Yourself everyday in the way You see fit. Thank You for taking complete and total charge over my life and having the mercy upon me that despite the times I disobey in little things, you are always quick to forgive. Thank you for being the loving arms that hold me and embrace me when times are hard or difficult. Thank You for letting me know that You are always there for me. Please remove from my life any area where I am displeasing to you, or anything that gets in the way of sharing our love together. Thank You for the abundant mercy, grace, and love You have showered over my life. Thank You for picking up the pieces. Thank You for giving me the strength to get through anything. You are precious to me, and I love you.
In Jesus Name I pray,
In the same Spirit, I pray for the people in America who have been devestated by tornadoes. Please help the victims recover from their damages, and I repent on behalf of the nation for anything that they are doing to displease You LORD God, for You are holy and righteous, and you cannot tolerate sin, please show them Your mercy, and Your love so that they can see that You are not a God of anger, but a God of mercy and that You are willing to forgive America for anyway that it has missed the mark or caused an abomination or a lie. You rule over the nations in the world and anyone that needs Your help right now, please protect them and put Your hedges of protection around them, and I apply the Blood of Jesus over this nation. Let us all come back to the Cross of Surrender,
In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,