Focused on His Presence
God delights in us and has always desired to be with us. We focus on His presence because we have discovered He is focused on us.(Eph. 1:4-5; Zeph. 3:17; John 6:44; Jer. 31:3; Ps. 65:4)
Our first ministry is to God. When we recognize Him, we are moved to worship with joyous passion and encounter Him in prayer, the Word, and fellowship throughout the day.(Ps. 27:4; Luke 10:42; James 4:8; Ps. 23:6; Ps. 23:6; Ps. 26:8; 1 Cor. 6:19-20, Ps. 1:1-3)
Purposely cultivating hunger for God’s manifest presence and openness to the Holy Spirit experiences deepens our friendship with God and the awareness that we carry His presence for the sake of the world.(Ps. 73:28; John 1:16; Ps. 107:9; Matt. 5:6; Is. 55:1-2; 1 Cor. 3:16)
As a lifestyle, we focus on Him while we minister and attempt to say what God is saying and do what He is doing.(John 5:19-20; 5:30; 12:49-50; 14:10; 1 John 4:16-17)
What does it look like?
God has made us a dwelling place for His Spirit.(1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Tim. 1:14, Col 2:9-10)
As we draw near to God, He draws near to us.(James 4:8; Matt. 5:6; Matt. 6:33)
The Holy Spirit’s Presence motivates us towards loving and changing the world.(Matt. 28:18-20; Joel 2:28)
We are called to keep our awareness completely on God (face-to-face) and not allow anything else to come between Him and us.(Ex. 20:3; Phil. 4:8)
As we behold God, we are changed into His image.(2 Cor. 3:18; 2 Cor. 5:18-20)
We thrive when we continue in connection to Him. Our connection with God gives us His joy and strength.(Ps. 13:5; Heb. 1:9; John 15; Acts 17:28)
There is no divide between secular and sacred because His Kingdom is inside us wherever we go.(Josh. 1:3; Rev. 11:15)
God made the way for us to have intimacy with Him.(1 John 3:1; Rev 3:20)
We are not saying…
…Christians should spend all of their time in private worship to God, disconnected from the real world.(Heb. 10:25; 1 Cor. 4:12; Gal. 6:10; Matt. 18:20)
…everything supernatural is from God.(1 John 4:1; Acts 13:6-12; Acts 16:16-18)
…physical manifestations are an indicator of how spiritually mature we are and accurately show the health of our walk with Jesus.(1 Cor. 13:1-3 & 13; Matt. 7:21-23)
…we chase after manifestations because if we don’t, they won’t come to us.(1 Cor. 12:4-11; 1 Cor. 7:7; Eph. 4:7; Heb. 2:4)
…God’s presence is only in the church and not in the secular world.(Ps. 139:7-12; Matt. 5:44-45; Hab. 2:14; Num. 14:21)
…the Holy Spirit leads us into a self-focused lifestyle.(Matt. 16:24-25; Luke 14:27; 1 Peter 2:21)
…we only worship God when we feel like it.(Ps. 42; Rom. 1:20-21; Matt. 22:37-38)
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