Enjoying God’s presence – Part 5
“Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou will, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While He yet speak, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” (Matthew 17:4-5)
A full knowledge of God is both factual and personal, says Charles Ryrie. It is obvious that to know facts about a person without knowing the person is limiting, and to know a person without knowing facts about him/her is shallow. Jesus has revealed Himself to many people through the gospel writers and shows the fact about Himself. At the Mount of transfiguration, Jesus revealed His real identity to His inner disciples, Peter, James and John, where they all experienced the presence of God.
Personal experience of Jesus can only be felt while staying in His presence. Some are struggling to know God in reality, while they are away from Him in Spirit.
To have the conscious awareness of God’s presence, there are steps to be taken, as I will bring to a close these series of messages.
You must retreat with Jesus. “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bring them up into an high mountain apart” (v1). They were not the only disciples of Jesus Christ, but they were privileged to be part of that wonderful experience. Making yourself available for God and abide in His presence brings divine revelation of God.
Your eyes must be open: Revelation is a divine vision from God. What they saw was not part of the existence, but the things of history. The presence of God is full of divine revelation and vision. The more of God in you will determine the more of His presence in your life.
You will be sensitive to the things of Heaven. An awareness of His closeness to us will remind us to guard our thoughts, words, and behaviour. “Peter said, Lord, it is good for us to be here, if thou will…” (v4a). Peter’s heart was directed to God and His revelation. He was not recovering from this one time experience after he has come alive.
Awareness of God’s presence will keep your identity. “…behold a voice out of the cloud said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear Him” (v5b). This will remind us that we are His children and He will be pleasing with us, as we experience transformation of characters.
Don’t be drifted from God’s presence as you fellowship with Him.
Rev Dr. Emmanuel Ojo, Christ the Rock Baptist Church, Mende Maryland, Lagos. 08034538413