Presence of God: The awareness of being overcome and transformed into the heart of God.
We can walk around day after day, unaware of God’s presence, distracted by the world and not even thinking about God. But there are other times when we feel or sense His presence. We are drawn to Him and transformed by his presence.
What if you could put on the presence of God, let it overwhelm and cover you, take it with you when you left so that others could see it, feel it and experience it as well?
What if you could put on the presence of God, let it overwhelm and cover you, take it with you when you left so that others could see it, feel it and experience it as well? To illustrate his point here, Pastor Miles tied on a smooth black cape and wore it for the remainder of the message.
Think of the moon shining full in the sky. What if it absorbed all the sun’s light for itself rather than sharing its reflection back to the earth? When we are blessed enough to experience God’s presence, it’s not just for us alone; it is meant to be shared with others so that they can experience God’s presence as well.
In today’s Scripture passage from Mark 5, Jesus, the image of the invisible God, is walking through town and people are crowding around Him, drawn to His presence.
Along comes a woman whose customary blood flow has not ceased for 12 years. In her culture, so was considered religiously unclean and had to stay away from others. She had spent all her money on doctors looking for a cure, but no one was able to help her. Now she encounters the presence of God, if only she can get close enough to reach Jesus!
1. When you carry God’s presence, it spills over into the places you go and into the lives of others.
People were mobbing Jesus because the presence of God draws people in and spills out wherever the person goes.
Carrying God’s presence equips you to carry burdens. When you wake up in the morning, ask the Lord to put His presence and His kingdom on you, that you can sense it throughout the day and take it with you wherever you go, impacting others throughout your day.
2. When you walk in God’s presence, ministry opportunities walk to you.
When you carry God’s presence with you, you should expect that people will be drawn to you and you should be ready to respond.
When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Mark 5:27-28
The bleeding woman only wanted to be near enough to Jesus to touch His clothes, because she had faith that even being in the presence of God would make her well.
3. People who are sensitive to God’s presence are sensitive to people’s pain.
Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:29-34
In this culture, a bleeding woman was considered unwell and unclean. She was not allowed to touch anything that would be touched by others, let alone touch another person directly, and especially not a Rabbi, who was supposed to be kept pure.
Yet Jesus’ response to having been touched by the unclean woman is not full of rebuke or disgust. He knows and understands her pain, just as we should be prepared to do with others. Jesus cannot be made unclean – in fact, He is so clean that He makes the woman clean just by the touch of His garment.
Jesus is not like a dishwasher that requires you to rinse off the leftover food and grime from the dishes before you put them inside to be washed. We never have to “clean ourselves up” before coming to Christ – he can handle it all. Where others have shunned this woman and cast her away from their presence, Jesus calls her “Daughter.”
Today you have an opportunity to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. Tell Him that you need His presence in your life and that you desire His healing for your mind, emotions, pain, sin, relationships – or whatever needs His presence. He loves you exactly as you are and can embrace you exactly as you are, sin and all!