What is the meaning and fruit of His presence?
The presence of God is where the presence of His spirit is. God’s presence is indicated by the Holy Spirit.
The question we need to ask ourselves is how do we know where the Holy Spirit( the presence of God) is? Gal. 5:22-23 provides us some explanations; ‘But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…..’ A tree is recognized by the fruit it produces. The presence of God in the life of Christian makes him display the fruit of the spirit aforementioned. When I see a Christian who exude joy, faith and peace in spite of the turbulent outward circumstances, then I see a Christian in which the presence of God is manifesting.
Carrier of His presence
John 14:17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
2Co 6:16 (KJV) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
God dwells in us. Believers are carriers of God.The presence of God is not confined to a particular location, be it a physical building-church, a mountain or any ‘spiritual house. Every Christian is a carrier of God. every believer should walk in this consciousness.
Peace as an indicator of God’s presence.
Let me elaborate on the peace of God as an indicator of the presence of God.
John 14:27, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Here we see two kinds of peace; a worldly peace and Godly peace. The difference between them is what the peace is based upon. The worldly peace is based on your possessions -fat bank account, good job, nice cars, fine house and so on. When any of these are touched, your peace is erroded, you lose your mind because those thing are the foundation of worldly peace. However, God kind of peace passes all understanding. It is not circumstantial. It is the peace that comes with the awareness of the presence of God in your life. Psalm 16:8, I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
When Jesus sent out his disciples, he sent them as sheep among wolves. Meaning what? He want them to walk through situations however terrifying ( wolves) calmly, peacefully (as sheep) having in them the consciousness of his presence. Psa 23:4, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
How do I activate His presence
The manifest presence of God can be activated by constant fellowshipping with God through praise, prayer, meditation on His word and living a life of obedience. I also found that God make Himself manifest when we long and thirst after Him. God want to be sort after And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. God is bound to manifest His presence to a heart that seek after Him. He makes Himself known to a seeker. The question is are you a seeker of God?
For further study:
Matthew 5:6, Matthew 7:7, John 29:13
Personal declaration for the day:
I will carry and manifest God’s presence.
Questions for you to reflect on
What are indicators that the presence of God is resident in a person?