TOPIC: DIMENSIONS OF DIVINE PRESENCE
TEXT: EXODUS 33:1-3; 12-17
Just as God has the unique capacity to seperate Himself into three distinct persons & still function as one, He has the ability to graduate His presence so that different presons can experience His presence in varying dimensions & degrees. The strength of your relationship with Him determines the dimension & concentration of His presence that you experience.
Below are the dimensions of His presence.
God is everywhere at the same time all the time. That’s why He is God in Nigeria & Netherlands at the same time. Right where you are now, wherever it is, God is there right now. Even in Hell, God’s presence is there (Psalm 139:8). But this is the least concentration of God’s divine presence.
Shammah means “The Lord is there” (present) in a given locality (Ezk. 48:35). It is a localised version of God’s presence which is stronger than the Omnipresence. A particular place, such as a church building or a consecrated geographical expression, can enjoy this higher concentration of divine presence more than just the omnipresence. Shammah sanctifies (sets a person or place apart) as God’s property.
This is a greater dimension of God’s presence that He uses to actively manifest Himself as being with a person. Emmanuel means “God with us” (Mat. 1:23). The presence of the Holy Spirit, Who is God’s very essence, brings the carrier of Emmanuel presence into sonship to God. This level is also characterised by the demonstration of divine abilities like miraculous exploits (Acts 3:38).
These varying dimensions of God’s presence explains why different people with God’s presence experience different results. Not even all who claim to be Christians enjoy the full benefits of the Emmanuel dimension of God’s presence because its power is regulated by our knowledge of Him, our conformity to His person & the quality of time we spend worshipping Him (Phil. 3:10). Seek to know Him more & to be more like Him. Worship Him more intimately & He’ll intensify His presence in your life.
My prayer for you is that the greatest manifestation of the Emmanuel will be your experience in Jesus’ mighty name.
Have a great week ahead.