Mishandling the presence of God…

Are are we mishandling the presence of God in our weekend expericnces? IMG_1709

“But do this to them, that they may live and not die, when they approach the most holy things. Aaron and his sons will go in, and appoint each one to his service and to his burden. But they will not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭4:19-20‬ ‭MEV‬‬

The presence of God was not handled carelessly.  Whenever they were to love the tabernacle, they were given direction as to how to handle the holy things.  They were to cover the holy articles and then the Kohathites were to not go in and see it uncovered, but rather wait until the priests set it up to be carried.  Aaron’s sons would handle the holy things and then they would come in and carry it.  The priests were to handle it and the people were to carry it out.

How often do we mishandle the presence of God? Or better yet, we get so comfortable with Gods presence that we don’t take greater care at handling it, or putting his presence at the center so the people can carry it out of the service.  So many times we are concerned with them carrying an announcement out, or carrying a program out, or even carrying out our message.  Why not take greater care or intentionality in helping the people carry the presence of God out. Make Jesus the center of it all.  If a few people died because they mishandled the presence of God, then we would take greater care of the transfer.  The truth is…people are dying.  They are leaving our service not with life, but rather death…they are carrying out things and not the presence!

Lord help us to carry your presence and as a leader, help us to set up our own experi need that when people walk out, they walk out carrying the presence of God. Help us to make Jesus the center of all we do!

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The great I Am is with me…

S – scripture

When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. (‭John‬ ‭18‬:‭6-7‬ NIV)

O – observation

The soldiers that came to arrest Jesus and the Pharisees all fell back when Jesus said “I am He”. They could not stand in his declared presence.  He simply said I am he, then asked again…who are you looking for?   Are you sure you know who it is you are looking for?  

Exodus 3. Moses…Tell them “I am”. Sent you

A – application

So much power in the name of Jesus!  If we would understand who “I am ” is and that he is with us.  Even the enemies can’t stand in His presence.

P – prayer

Lord,  today help me to grasp that “I am”. You are with me.  I want to be more aware of your presence.