Presence of God: The awareness of being overcome and transformed into the heart of God.
Undoubtedly, you have relationships – friends, family, coworkers – that just seem right. Your conversation is easy and you have a connection. Other relationships do not seem right. They feel awkward or you don’t relate well. With still other people, things may seem neutral.
When we’re with people, our relationships are about our experiences in their presence and communication with them. You may hear about other people and form opinions of them based on what you hear, but until you have personal experience with them and speak to them in person, you don’t really know who they really are.
Too many people know about God only what they read in the book, but without encountering His presence they don’t really know Him.
You get your personhood from God – he made you the way you are so that He could have a relationship with you.
So what is it like when you’re with God?
You get your personhood from God – he made you the way you are so that He could have a relationship with you. He created you with the ability and desire to interact with His presence, hear His voice, and be guided by Him.
The presence of God brings:
1. A desire to draw close to God in holy reverence. Exodus 3:4-5
In today’s scripture passage, Moses is 80 years old and just beginning his ministry. Moses encounters God in a burning bush, and there is an immediate understanding of the need for holy reverence.
Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. Exodus 3:5-6
The first sign of your being in the presence of God is that you have a desire to draw close to Him in holy reverence. You want to be more like Him and experience a hunger for Him. People experience God in different ways, but the consistent thread is that there is a peace in the experience; something feels right and gives satisfaction to the soul.
2. The passion and courage to be who God created you to be. Exodus 3:12-13
When Moses was in the presence of God, he was drawn to God. In the same way, God’s presence in our lives causes us to hunger and thirst for righteousness (Ephesians 4:30) and causes the Holy Spirit to flow out of us (Thessalonians 5:19). We want to be more like Him and be closer to Him. The things in our lives that don’t agree with God will start to change, and the more we are in His presence, the more we will want to change.
In the book of Acts, the religious leaders perceive that Peter has been with God because he is uneducated but very effective. Equally, God can take a person like you – whoever you are and whatever you have done or haven’t done in your life – and transform you into someone amazing for Him.
3. Kingdom of God transforming power. Exodus 4:1-5
Not only does God draw you to Himself, He commissions you and gives you power. His power His for His benefit and His purposes. It can change your life and change the lives of others through you.