The manifest presence of God is a reality we all need to plug-in. God is here; living gloriously and in power within the believer, to bring us into supernatural reality of heaven on earth; in solemn intimacies with divinity. Many Christians still operates under the old covenant mentality of trying to work their way out through religious rituals and holy slaving to experience a visitation from God. They have ignored His abiding presence, due to their “maranatha come mentality” in all aspects of their Christian life. They have never learned through their union with Christ, to exercise their righteousness and authority over demons and the works of darkness. They whine and cry with sad face, desperately asking God to overcome the devil for them when they have already been empowered with the life of Christ to walk over serpents and scorpions. Jesus, in His discourse with the disciples before His death at Calvary cross, promised the believer of the abiding presence of the Holy Ghost on this side of the cross. Through our new life in Christ Jesus, wrought by His finished work on Calvary, we are crowned with glory of the Father, to express His power on earth. John echoes the Masters prophetic agenda, which is already fulfilled……
”John 14:16-20 (KJV)16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
The phrase he (Holy Spirit) abides with you forever is the Saviors thoughts and not men’s own words and therefore must be highly regarded as the truth, without any biases. I believe forever has not changed in meaning. It still means all the time or continually… the presence of God is with us and in us continually. What a blessing! We have received of the fullness of Christ through the indwelling presence of God so that, we can walk or experience a new day of glory, on this side of eternity without fear or timidity. We don’t need to break open the skies with prayer for the flood gates of heaven to open for a second outpouring. Friend, we don’t need a team of prayer warriors to intensify their groaning through self-denial and white fast to motivate God to show up either. We don’t need the double portion of Elijah’s anointing which are being sold for hundreds of dollars through the ignorance of the prayer shawl. The anointing or power is Christ, and thank goodness He lives, we also must live in His present glory of Christ. Will you keep on begging for what has already been given to you? (See Ephesians 1:3) That may seem a bit insane to keep begging for what you already have. Sadly to say, most Christians love slaving and begging for wrong reasons. They have waited on God for thirty years for healing revival when all they have to do is to jump into the stirring pools of the unstoppable flow of grace. Go to any business center in your city and pray for one disable person to be whole, and see what will happen. Revival will breakout in no time!! The glory is in us. This is not pride. This is identity by revelation. Glory! We are the answer to this world!!
We should not live as slaves begging for bread with pale face but as sons and daughters of the King, with smiles in our faces and songs of praise in our mouth? In Christ Jesus, we are living in the reality of the riches and glory of God, which now covers the earth. (See Is. 6:3) We do not have to travail for His glory for months, but to exercise in His glory. We have to believe that Jesus is enough, and walk with smiles on our faces, as carriers of His glory. Jesus profound words should settle the confusion in our hearts and let’s throw our human efforts out of the window and rest in Him; “for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”. I wonder why we love the ritualistic works of religion to the neglect of the reality of scripture. In holy tears, most congregations gather on Sundays or in revival meetings and sings in unison, with great passion, filled with unbelief; “pass me not my gentle Savior, hear our humble cry”.
Friend, Jesus dwelleth with you and is in you. He will not leave you comfortless nor forsake you. Why? He has already rent the heaven when He poured Himself on humanity, on the day of Pentecost. (See Acts 2) Friend, God is not moving an inch, irrespective of how loud and miserable our faces portrays that we so desperately needs Him. The days of praying beggarly prayers are over. We are living in the moment of representing Christ, as ambassadors and living icons, coloring the earth with the sweet fragrance of God. Wherever we find ourselves in this life, the presence of God is fully available for good works. We can love effortlessly and bless people genuinely, as conduits of His glory. Our feelings may sometimes be blind to the waves and waves of His glory. His glory is not an on and off activity switch. We can be switched off through sin or unbelief, but He is always present, at work, and moving in the midst of His people to save and deliver. hallelujah! Therefore, we no more pray like this….
“Come, O’ Lord and heal our land…Please, we need you in our midst today. We waiting on you for a humble touch. Father, We are kneeling before thy altar, for one more touch. Open the heavens and send down rain, O’ Lord…Send down revival and break our fallow grounds…Heal our weak and sinful bodies. We are desperate for your glory and power for greater works…Come Holy Spirit and saturate this atmosphere with life. Please, take over this service in thy power and thy strength…Oh, we need a double portion of you, sweet Holy Spirit”
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
The knowledge of the dynamics of the Father and the Son’s relationship is the key to understanding the dynamics of the Son and the believer’s relationship. Jesus in His earthly ministry had an abiding union with His Father, always all the time. He always plugged into what His Father was already doing. He never begged His Father to love Him or show up when it was necessary. He was living in the consciousness of a close-knit intimacy with the Father, through it all. He was swimming in the ocean of the Fathers activity. No wonder He was victorious in all things. When the Pharisees questioned him of why He healed a sick person on the Sabbath, He had this to say;
John 5:17-20 (AMP) 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work. 18 This made the Jews more determined than ever to kill Him [to do away with Him]; because He not only was breaking (weakening, violating) the Sabbath, but He actually was speaking of God as being [in a special sense] His own Father, making Himself equal [putting Himself on a level] with God.19 So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but Heis able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].20 The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will show to Him (let Him see) greater things
yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment.
The Father is still working. This is not an end goal; it’s an exit goal – The Holy Ghost is with us to show us what Jesus has already done. He shows us that, we are more than conquerors, accepted, empowered, forgiven, complete and full of power, to walk in dominion and fruitfulness through faith. Peter, a disciple of Jesus caught the revelation of what the finished work has wrought for him. A man, who rejected his master three times for the fear of his life, became a firebrand, turning Jerusalem and its surroundings towns, upside down, for the glory of the gospel of Christ. His life was impacted three hundred and sixty degrees when he realized that he was clothed in perma-glory, as promised by Christ before His death. When we see whatever the Father is doing, we plug into His activity and flow in that supernatural dimension. This is the difference between trying and knowing. Lack of knowledge, leads to all kinds human ability, trying to get access to God’s unmerited favor, which always leads to frustration
BEAUTIFUL GATE–We are all familiar with a gentleman who was born crippled in Acts chapter three. He was daily carried to the entrance of the temple not to experience the glory of God but to rather ask for alms. Probably he had done that for many years and had no idea that his healing had already been paid some months earlier, when Jesus was hanged on the tree. Peter and John were heading into the temple when the crippled man begged for a gift. The attitude and reaction of Peter and John is the core of Christianity. Let the Bible speak for itself… Acts 3:4-6(HCSB)4 Peter, along with John, looked at him intently and said, “Look at us.” 5 So he turned to them,[a] expecting to get something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Christianity is a shared life of Christ fullness (See John 1:16-17) through union (See Romans 6:2-4). It is a demonstration of the Christ in us the hope of glory. (See Col 1:27) Peter and John did not look into the skies telling God about the predicament of the crippled man. They did not ask God, if He was willing, He could make the guy whole, neither did they beg the man to give them a month or two to bring special intercessor’s and prayer warriors to fast and bind the principality which rules that jurisdiction. Here is the good news; “What I have, I give you”. We can only give what we have received, through the promised Spirit irrespective of the color of your skin, age, gender or nationality. There is joy, favor, wisdom, power, authority and all of God in our born again spirit; faith will unleash His glory to affect us and those around us. Peter and John walked in the faith of what they already had through the name Jesus. The manifestation of what is in us is the answer for the world today. I tell you, profound miracles and mega impact can only take place within the body of believers if and only we can walk in a new consciousness being clothed in perma-glory.
Acts 3:7-8 (HCSB) 7 Then, taking him by the right hand he raised him up, and at once his feet and ankles became strong. 8 So he jumped up, stood, and started to walk, and he entered the temple complex with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.
YOU DON’T NEED GIANT FAITH TO WALK IN HIS GLORY – You already have the measure of His faith in you.(See Romans 12:3) Stop trying to make God work and start receiving what He has already accomplished, through faith. “One of the best explanations of faith that I have learned is this: “Faith is simply a good opinion of God”.This makes it so simple for me. When I need faith, I don’t have to look at myself to produce faith. I just need to look at God. And true enough, in times where I am low in faith, it’s because my opinion of God at the time needs adjusting”.- GraceNet Your faith does not adjust God to work but rather brings you into an alignment with God to receive or appropriate His manifold blessings. hallelujah! Do you know healing glories already abide in you? (See 2 Peter 2:24) Don’t believe in the lie that God want to test your faith with sickness and weaknesses, on this side of eternity until you reach heaven, where there will be no health issues and pain. You can live heaven on earth. Your heavenly Father has made provision through His Son, that you may live real good. Heaven is not a location goal, it’s an exit goal. Heaven is already in you to overcome earthly evils. You have the power of God residing in you as partaker of the nature of God. Lay hands on the sick, cast out demons, speak life, rejoice in the spirit, walk in boldness in the midst of your fears, believe you can be successful in all your endeavors because the glory and the favor of God, shall always lead the way.
My friend, never limit your place of glory to human activity. You don’t have to serve the Lord for a decade before you are matured into deep waters of His presence. God is all in all doing wonders on earth, through ordinary vessels. I love the words of Peter when the crowd of people who saw the healing of the paralyzed, run and surrounded them, as though they have done that through their own power or holiness. Peter echoed this truth; “Acts 3:12 (HCSB) 12 When Peter saw this, he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this? Or why do you stare at us, as though we had made him walk by our own power or godliness? They affirmed that, the miracle took place because of the activity of the glory of the name Christ, unleashed into a territory which Satan was controlling through the power of infirmity, upon a man created in the image of God, but bound by hell. Mere men, (Peter and John) just like you and I was turned into new breeds through covenant of the new birth, not on the basis of their own effort or godliness but on the basis of faith in what is already accomplished or done. You got faith to change the odds pile up against you, as you yield or rest in the glories of God for uncommon wisdom and guidance of the Spirit, for guaranteed results. Why are you waiting when you already have His life in you to rule and reign? “But am waiting on God to move in His own time” “The clouds have to gather before it rains, McDaniels” That sound very spiritual by my Friend, the clouds gathered and His rain fell on our dry land, once and for all, two thousand years ago. Open your eyes, for the harvest is ready!!
John Crowder trumpets this truth so loud and clear: “But by far, the “open up the Heavens” slogan is one of the more popular mottos of unbelief today, accompanied by obligatory groans, pleas and mournful entreaties. It sounds like a romantic request indeed, but it is an accomplished one. Opening and closing the heavens is not an on again, off again affair. “Last week, when our worship leader hit that one chord on the guitar, the Heavens opened up!” Wow. All we needed was a guitarist I suppose! If Jimi Hendrix had come a little earlier, perhaps Jesus didn’t need to die after all? I don’t deny that you had a good service and that people felt the Glory. But in reality, the Glory of God was already there. You just became aware of it. God’s heavenly presence is not a fleeting, or gradually oncoming thing that is subject to the whim of the congregation’s mood. In fact, the Bible never even says that His Glory is a future-coming thing. It’s already here.Some people think that one day His Glory – His manifest presence – will cover the Earth as the waters cover the seas. That’s a misquote of Habakkuk 2:14, which actually says that the “knowledge” of the Glory will one day cover the Earth… Instead, read Isaiah 6:3 which says that Heaven and Earth are right now full of His Glory. The Glory is here, but one day the whole Earth will be aware of it… You will not live a consistent, daily life of open heavens reality if you can’t acknowledge that you are in perma-glory”.
– McDaniels Gyamfi
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