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Living in God's Presence

In Leviticus 26:11-12 the Lord says, “I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be My people.”

What is the greatest promise in the entire Bible? The greatest promise in all the Bible is the one that we take the most for granted. It is the promise of God’s presence. Many read the Bible but not to hear God’s voice. Many pray but not to bask in God’s glory. Many come to Church but not experience the supernatural.

What is at the centre of being a Christian? It is utterly and completely abandoning ourselves to Gods overwhelming and satisfying presence. We are all too often abandoning ourselves to things that end (are temporal), instead of things that endure (things that are eternal). Here, in this passage, is a wonderful promise from God... “I will live and walk among you, and I will be your God.” The truth of this statement is seen again and again in the Bible. Jesus Himself said, “I will never leave you of forsake you”(Hebrews 13:5). The Lord God Almighty decided to come and live among His people. That means His divine presence is intended to be with us always! But how aware are we that God wants to live and walk among us - and be our God? Our opening scripture implies that we cannot be His people until be walk in this truth. Living in God’s presence is what it all about. It is probably the most important acknowledgement we can take to heart.

The presence of the Lord could arguably be considered the most dynamic part of our lives. While in a sense, it is always with us and we cannot live without it, we find ourselves hungering for God's presence more and more.

God is omnipresent, meaning that He is everywhere, at all times. David said in Psalm 139:7, “Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?” He concludes that there is no place that we can hide from God’s presence – He is everywhere and sees everything. Because of this we can know that we are never alone and that He shall never leave us nor forsake us. As well as being omnipresent, God also dwells in us. The indwelling presence of God is given to all who believe. “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

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Chris Demetriou, 16/10/2011

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