Cultivating thePresence of God
By Apostle Aje Pelser
To be Preached Harvester Cape Town, 17thJanuary, 2010
This teaching is a follow up on the sermon “Ark of HisPresence” by apostle Andre Pelser, also found in the Reformer Dec 2009 issuelocated on www.harvesterchurch.netunder the tab heading: “reformer”.
Meditating on the concept of God’s presence within the hearts of believers, reveals some tips for cultivating that presence of God in our daily lives.
For a good read about the presence of God, read Brother Lawrence's letters to a friend that were collected into a book called: “The Practiceof the Presence of God – the best rule for a holy life.” Many true sons of God have discovered the inner adoration of God in the everyday walk of faith, and have found the greatest riches in life to be a deeper relationship with God.
There are simple tips to follow that appear so easy to access that one might find oneself seeking to earn God’s presence through a greater effort of self-will and sacrificial devotion. The truth that believers like Madame Guyon and Brother Lawrence came to understand is that God is actually seeking to commune with us even more than we try to commune with Him. This releases us from striving to be holier that others in self effort and dead works, and releases a pure devotion based on a heartfelt worship of God inspirit and in truth.
Being spiritual is not a competition but a state of being in His presence, understanding the revelation that has been released in the church today and applying it simply with child-like faith. The benefits of such an application can be discerned in the many testimonies of individuals recently at Harvester, who broke through into the inner walk of faith, beyond outward impressiveness and materialistic goals. To abide in the vine, both individually and corporately is to see Christ formed in people. That in itself is the ultimate benefit.
Here are some of those tips for cultivatingthe presence of God in our daily lives:
· Read the Bible
Like Madame Guyon teaches us:
Here is alink to download her book from the internet: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/guyon/prayer.html entitled: “A Short and Easy Method of Prayer” her book is available on public domain for free. She encourages believers to savour each word of scripture and not to rush through a Bible reading. Responding to the Word prayerfully is a strong theme and her work is studied by all current Miracle Bible College students, and should be studied by more churches. However, we often get bombarded in the media with shallow books of prayer that frankly don’t compare with her simple teaching that has born more fruit in my life anyway!
Read as Apostle Paul encourages us to do:
1Ti4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1Ti4:13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Apostle Andre is writing about Dogma with an apostolic perspective and will continue with his teachings on return from a mission to India next month, we all look forward to the series this year, but maybe in preparation for that, we can all do our share in reading more Word, so that accurate apostolic doctrine can be inscribed in our hearts, and that we can cultivate a more accurate spiritual awareness of God in our daily activities.
· Learn to pray ceaselessly
1Th5:16 Rejoice always,
1Th5:17 pray without ceasing,
1Th5:18 in everything give thanks; for thisis the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
If westart off by praying because we feel guilty for not praying enough, we regressback into the dark ages of medieval church, where vain repetitions got clockedup as a measure of one’s spirituality. Praying because we want to commune morewth God is an altogether different and more sustainable motivator.
· Spend some time in meditation
Psalm 5:1 David asks God toconsider his meditatio