BEYOND THE BLESSING

Jun 6, 2023

God’s presence is the ultimate solution to man’s predicament.

Read Genesis 3

Man’s trouble started when God kicked them out of His presence.

Remember all the declarations that God made over Adam and Eve could not take effect because at that moment they were still under that glorious presence in that garden.

It is until God cast them out of the environment that accommodated His presence that whatever God pronounced began to take effect.

Read Numbers 23

The presence of God is a shield: no witchcraft, sorcery, divination can work where the presence of God is. 

This explains why when Balaam was hired to curse the children of Israel, all the altars that he built did not affect them.

The presence of God is an all-around answer, everything is found there:  deliverance, peace, joy, healing, etc. It’s you to reach out by faith and draw it.

Exodus 13:21-22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night [from] before the people.

God sustained a population of more than 2.5 million supernaturally by a cloud of fire and a pillar of cloud.

For forty years, the children of Israel did not buy, sell, grow, or plant anything. As they grew, their sandals grew, and nobody fell sick except for their stubbornness.

God is giving us a picture of what the church needs today.  We need to enter that place and create an environment that will attract such dimension of the presence of God that will distinguish us.

Exodus 33:2 And I will send [My] Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.

Exodus 33:16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who [are] upon the face of the earth.”

Exodus 33:14 And He said, “My Presence will go [with you,] and I will give you rest.”

Moses came to an understanding and knowing that what made the difference between the nation of Israel and other nations was the tangible manifestation of the presence of God.

Yes, we have the indwelling presence of God but the world doesn’t know that, what God wants to do with us is that which is coming: the tangible manifest presence where you carry a weight that makes you stand out everywhere and in everything you do.

But for that to happen, Moses had to raise a tabernacle of meeting according to the patterns that were shown to Him on the mountain, and the moment he did so, the presence came down, and that become the protection, provision, and preservation, of an entire nation (Exodus 33:7-9)

We must strive, pray, cry, and seek the Lord. It is time to supersede just the blessing. We must go beyond the blessing dimension and enter encounters that will bring the tangible manifest power of God that will reduce nations to their knees and say, “The Lord is God.” 

When the backslidden nation saw fire falling on the altar, it fell on her knees and cried, “The Lord is God.” But for such dimension to happen someone must pay the price Isaiah 6:8.

John 6:63 … The words that I speak to you are spirit, and [they] are life.

Jesus was a carrier of the presence; that’s why His words were spirit and life. Your words can never become spirit and life unless you dwell in the presence of God.

Men like Paul didn’t speak Hebrew or Greek, they spoke power and spirit but there is a price to pay. (1 Corinthians 2:4)

Brethren, there is no other solution to what you see today. The world is modernized, and there are innovations everywhere but one thing that will never change Is the heart of man.

The heart of man was designed for the presence of God and nothing in this life will ever bring fulfilment and satisfaction no matter how modernized he becomes. Outside God, man is nothing.

We cannot change them by being like them, we must have something to give them: the presence of God.

Read 1 Samuel 5

The more you stay in the presence of God, the more He takes away every evil in your life.

That’s why we pursue God In this house (MJF) through prayer, worship, praise, and fasting.

The presence of God is the Master key to everything.

Further Study

Isaiah 55:1-6

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA