Lesson 4

Enter into His Presence

Wherever I go to speak, people come up and ask, ‘How do we come into the presence of God?’ This is the reason I am writing this book; to share with others from a biblical perspective, as well as by experience, how I myself learnt to enter His glorious presence.

The Lord has shown us how to enter His presence by the way He showed Moses in the building of the tabernacle, where every detail has meaning. That would take a book and there are excellent books on the subject, so we will only mention the meaning of the three areas that connect with the different levels of prayer and how to enter the presence of God.

The first area is the outer court. This was used in the Old Testament for sacrificing animals for the forgiveness of sin. In the New Testament Jesus fulfilled the forgiveness of sin by His own sacrifice of dying on the cross and rising on the third day that those of us who believe in Him shall not die but have everlasting life, as 1 Peter 2:24 says:

‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.’

Hebrews 9:12–14 says:

‘He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.’

So the only way into the presence of God is through the cross, the outer court first that any sin in us can be dealt with. After we have confessed any sin we can now enter into the next area as in Psalm 100:4:

‘Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him, bless his name.’

We now leave the outer area behind, where we asked God to forgive us, bless us, help us, to come into the next area where we thank Him, praise Him, bless Him. This is a deeper area; here we can also pray for others. There is only one problem. This is where many people stop. They do not seem to realise there is yet another area, a deeper level of coming right into the very presence of God. This third area is called the Holy of Holies. In the Old Testament the priest was only allowed in there once a year. It was the place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept covered by two cherubim with wings covering the presence of God.

The moment Jesus died on the cross the curtain was torn from top to bottom, meaning all of us are now invited into the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God as in Hebrews 10:19–22:

‘Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.’

People may ask, ‘What is this entering the presence of God? Are we not always in the presence of God?’ Yes, God is with the believer all the time. Yes, we are in His presence all the time. But there is a deeper level. It is the conscious presence of the Lord we seek, the conscious presence that one is able to experience and enjoy. This is possible and this is real.

One can be married and know you are loved, but it is not enough to just know it. You also want to experience that love, to feel that love. It is exactly the same with the Lord.

To experience the conscious presence of love, joy and peace that the Lord fills us with, you have to put in effort to know Him, just as you would a person. To direct your thoughts, attention and love on Him, simply your full focus that is all, and He will meet you there.

You will experience His touch on your heart, and I am sure everyone wants to experience this. We do not need to settle for less. For me, I choose to get as close to the Lord as humanly possible and that is to enter right into His glorious presence, and then stay there – right in the heavenly conscious presence of our living God. Here you can actually feel His touch upon your life.

The next stage is to enter in, concentrate fully on the Lord, adore Him, worship Him, tell Him how much you love Him., carry on, press in, until He meets you there. For worship always goes ahead of you entering in, just as the incense from the altar of incense entered the Holy of Holies as a form of worship and adoration before the priest could enter into this holy area.

Sometimes it’s not easy. It is as if He is testing you to see how determined you are, how desperate, how much you long to come into His presence. This could take minutes, this could take hours. At first it could take me up to seven hours to enter His presence. Once it took all night and up to 11.00 a.m. the following morning, just five minutes before I was due to speak. But then I felt His presence and I was able to speak under His anointing. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Once you enter in you will know it, you will feel His presence surround you, you will be filled with His love, His joy, His peace.

So you enter into His presence in worship. Once in His presence you may just rest in Him. Just rest and enjoy His beautiful presence. It is here that the Lord may wish to speak to you, or teach you, or open the Scriptures to you. It is here I always have a pen and note book ready, for you are quiet and able to write surrounded by His presence. In fact some of us can only write when within the presence of God, for it is He who gives us what to write.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit will direct you to intercede for someone. Always obey this prompting, for the Lord is waiting to answer this prayer. He is always looking for intercessors to prompt, to intercede for various people or situations, as He has chosen to work through man. Therefore He has chosen to move, as we pray. This type of prayer is often urgent and very effective, as the Lord answers almost the moment we pray.

When we realise the importance of prayer as well as the joy of His glorious presence we will look forward to our time with Him. We will want to come into His presence every day of our lives. We will also want to spend more time with the Lord. We will come to know Him at deeper and deeper levels until we simply do not ever wish to come out of His beautiful presence.

Is this possible? Yes it is, for the Bible now leads us deeper in prayer. The Bible tells us to dwell in His presence continually. Just as the lamp stand was lit in the tabernacle twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the revelation of God is to be received twenty four hours a day. We should never stop receiving from Jesus or from the Word of God. Then our hearts will be lit by the beauty of His presence continually.

It’s one thing to grasp something, but it is sometimes another thing to live it! The Lord has shown us a more glorious way in Him, but often we feel the counter-attack instead. How do we live above it – above the stabbing hurts of the world? Come to Jesus, live in Him. We know that, but how? Lay it at His feet, or at the foot of the cross, lay it down, don’t take it up again. Why is that hard? Why does the nagging pain of it, continue to gnaw at one? Pray, ‘Lord, rid me of it, I don’t want it. Forgive me for allowing it to gnaw at me. I am Yours and You are above all that.’

How did Jesus react to hurts? Perfectly. But how did He feel? Forgiving, understanding, with the Father’s love. All this is available to us as well. Yes! Choose to forgive, forget, ask God to cleanse you with His love instead, to wash all the ugliness away with His embracing love. Thank You Lord, for it is done. We can now enter His presence with a new joy, a new peace, filled with His wonderful love.

Lesson 4

Enter into His Presence
Wherever I go to speak, people come up and ask, ‘How do we come into the presence of God?’ This is the reason I am writing this book; to share with others from a biblical perspective, as well as by experience, how I myself learnt to enter His glorious presence.
The Lord has shown us how to enter His presence by the way He showed Moses in the building of the tabernacle, where every detail has meaning. That would take a book and there are excellent books on the subject, so we will only mention the meaning of the three areas that connect with the different levels of prayer and how to enter the presence of God.
The first area is the outer court. This was used in the Old Testament for sacrificing animals for the forgiveness of sin. In the New Testament Jesus fulfilled the forgiveness of sin by His own sacrifice of dying on the cross and rising on the third day that those of us who believe in Him shall not die but have everlasting life, as 1 Peter 2:24 says:
‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.’
Hebrews 9:12–14 says:
‘He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.’
So the only way into the presence of God is through the cross, the outer court first that any sin in us can be dealt with. After we have confessed any sin we can now enter into the next area as in Psalm 100:4:
‘Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name.’
We now leave the outer area behind, where we asked God to forgive us, bless us, help us, to come into the next area where we thank Him, praise Him, bless Him. This is a deeper area; here we can also pray for others. There is only one problem. This is where many people stop. They do not seem to realise there is yet another area, a deeper level of coming right into the very presence of God. This third area is called the Holy of Holies. In the Old Testament the priest was only allowed in there once a year. It was the place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept covered by two cherubim with wings covering the presence of God.
The moment Jesus died on the cross the curtain was torn from top to bottom, meaning all of us are now invited into the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God as in Hebrews 10:19–22:
‘Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.’
People may ask, ‘What is this entering the presence of God? Are we not always in the presence of God?’ Yes, God is with the believer all the time. Yes, we are in His presence all the time. But there is a deeper level. It is the conscious presence of the Lord we seek, the conscious presence that one is able to experience and enjoy. This is possible and this is real.
One can be married and know you are loved, but it is not enough to just know it. You also want to experience that love, to feel that love. It is exactly the same with the Lord.
To experience the conscious presence of love, joy and peace that the Lord fills us with, you have to put in effort to know Him, just as you would a person. To direct your thoughts, attention and love on Him, simply your full focus that is all, and He will meet you there.
You will experience His touch on your heart, and I am sure everyone wants to experience this. We do not need to settle for less. For me, I choose to get as close to the Lord as humanly possible and that is to enter right into His glorious presence, and then stay there – right in the heavenly conscious presence of our living God. Here you can actually feel His touch upon your life.
The next stage is to enter in, concentrate fully on the Lord, adore Him, worship Him, tell Him how much you love Him., carry on, press in, until He meets you there. For worship always goes ahead of you entering in, just as the incense from the altar of incense entered the Holy of Holies as a form of worship and adoration before the priest could enter into this holy area.
Sometimes it’s not easy. It is as if He is testing you to see how determined you are, how desperate, how much you long to come into His presence. This could take minutes, this could take hours. At first it could take me up to seven hours to enter His presence. Once it took all night and up to 11.00 a.m. the following morning, just five minutes before I was due to speak. But then I felt His presence and I was able to speak under His anointing. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Once you enter in you will know it, you will feel His presence surround you, you will be filled with His love, His joy, His peace.
So you enter into His presence in worship. Once in His presence you may just rest in Him. Just rest and enjoy His beautiful presence. It is here that the Lord may wish to speak to you, or teach you, or open the Scriptures to you. It is here I always have a pen and note book ready, for you are quiet and able to write surrounded by His presence. In fact some of us can only write when within the presence of God, for it is He who gives us what to write.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit will direct you to intercede for someone. Always obey this prompting, for the Lord is waiting to answer this prayer. He is always looking for intercessors to prompt, to intercede for various people or situations, as He has chosen to work through man. Therefore He has chosen to move, as we pray. This type of prayer is often urgent and very effective, as the Lord answers almost the moment we pray.
When we realise the importance of prayer as well as the joy of His glorious presence we will look forward to our time with Him. We will want to come into His presence every day of our lives. We will also want to spend more time with the Lord. We will come to know Him at deeper and deeper levels until we simply do not ever wish to come out of His beautiful presence.
Is this possible? Yes it is, for the Bible now leads us deeper in prayer. The Bible tells us to dwell in His presence continually. Just as the lamp stand was lit in the tabernacle twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the revelation of God is to be received twenty four hours a day. We should never stop receiving from Jesus or from the Word of God. Then our hearts will be lit by the beauty of His presence continually.
It’s one thing to grasp something, but it is sometimes another thing to live it! The Lord has shown us a more glorious way in Him, but often we feel the counter-attack instead. How do we live above it – above the stabbing hurts of the world? Come to Jesus, live in Him. We know that, but how? Lay it at His feet, or at the foot of the cross, lay it down, don’t take it up again. Why is that hard? Why does the nagging pain of it, continue to gnaw at one? Pray, ‘Lord, rid me of it, I don’t want it. Forgive me for allowing it to gnaw at me. I am Yours and You are above all that.’
How did Jesus react to hurts? Perfectly. But how did He feel? Forgiving, understanding, with the Father’s love. All this is available to us as well. Yes! Choose to forgive, forget, ask God to cleanse you with His love instead, to wash all the ugliness away with His embracing love. Thank You Lord, for it is done. We can now enter His presence with a new joy, a new peace, filled with His wonderful love

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