I am to carry the presence of God into my world just as the Jewish priests in the wilderness carried it into theirs. I should carry it wherever I am, wherever I go. Yes, I am literally a carrier of the presence of the living God. More precisely stated, I carry Him everywhere I go. This is the reality of every true Christian in Christ. We should expect this as a fact. If I am indwelt by Jesus Christ and His Life resides in me, then I’m to usher Him into each and every circumstance I encounter.
But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ and through us spreads the aroma (fragrance) of the knowledge of Him in every place.
2 Cor. 2:14 HCSB
I am of Living Ark of His Presence!
The enemy would love for this not to be true. He’d rejoice to fool me into believing I can only experience God’s presence by happenstance, if I experience Him at all. But if I am indwelt by the Living God, then I carry His presence everywhere I go. And it’s not necessary that I feel Him in order to present His Life in me; it is my reality. And in this reality, I should expect the landscape of my world to change. It is a matter of faith! I am bringing in the King of Glory and nothing can remain the same in the Light of His Life.
Yet belief is key in this. When I have faith in Christ’s living presence, then I manifest His Life in my world. On the other hand, if I go into situations asking for His presence, that’s unbelief in His Life in me NOW. It takes faith and belief because unbelief quenches the Spirit. This isn’t presumption on my part, it is faith in what He has said.
Faith in God’s Presence in Me
I’m not saying that God will not be present without my belief, because He is always present. But doubt will cause me to miss experiencing Him. I can expect His presence as fact. I can enter my life, filled with the faith that He is present, because He is. When I come into a situation in Christ, I know that I come in His authority and with the full weight of God behind me. I am a living minister and ambassador of His presence. This is true of every indwelt child of God, but failing to believe makes it untrue.
Imagine a life where Christ’s presence and Life affects those around me. Whether at the store or in the sanctuary, His Life affects everyone, not just the spiritual. I can be a servant of the King of Glory and usher Him in to every situation. And I mean every situation. If I stand in the pleasing faith that I am a living ark of His presence, then I can watch to see how His presence will color my world. No one need know. God often is a Secret-Squirrel-agent of becoming. You might stand in front of me, all the while the Lord of the universe is affecting everything in you. You could leave changed and not be conscious of how that happened. But again, this takes faith in the reality of Christ’s indwelling.
Lacking Faith in His Presence in Me an Ark
Often I have walked through my world trusting more in my lack than His fullness. I approach life in prayer for His filling rather than believing in His fullness. Do you see the difference? One is asking for what I already have, the other is proceeding with faith that I have been filled. I enter any circumstance and bring in His Lordship with that faith. The key is faith and belief; unbelief only thwarts this from happening.
I wrote today in my Five Minute Journal (love it!) an affirmation: “I am the fullness of God because God’s fullness dwells in me!” Faith in this reality makes me an usher of His Holy presence and a continual presenter of the Creator of Life, life’s Redeemer. Oh, this is exciting! Because Jesus indwells me, I bring His presence into the world to change the world. Again, it is impossible for things to remain the same in the presence of the living God. But because I am His living ark, He makes this possible.
And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].