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!

His Presence is >

My morning SOAP…Story of the lame man at Bethesda.

S – scripture

When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, (‭John‬ ‭5‬:‭6-9‬ NIV)

O – observation

We can be in a stirring place, but miss the presence of Jesus. Jesus asked the man that was dragged to the well daily, do you want to be whole? The difference is he kept coming, he never gave up. When Jesus showed up everything changed. Sometimes we are fixed on finding a place that stirs us,why not find a place that Jesus shows up. His presence is all I need!

A – application

Where I am, as long as I am in a place of pursuit of Jesus, is a prime place to be whole. The event can stir up a place , but only Jesus can make the individual whole. May I be more focused and more aware of your presence JESUS.

P – prayer

Lord, help me to seek you and not a stirring event. When you show up JESUS, everything changes. It’s your presence that I need most! More than a song, more than a stirring speaker…I need YOU!