We started a new teaching series on 12 January called Living Like Jesus. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at how we can live more like Jesus.
Brad kicked off the first session looking at how we can spend more time in the presence of God.
The presence of God features a lot in the Old Testament. We believe that God is always present with us. Psalm 139 asks “Where can I flee from your presence?” When Moses led the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, the presence of God went as a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night (Exodus 13:17-22).
Yet Psalm 140 says “the upright shall live in [God’s] presence”. We could take that to mean God only gifts his presence to those who do good things. But we can also turn it on it’s head. It could mean that people are considered “upright” if they live in the presence of God.
Jesus was fully God and fully man. He lived more in the presence of God that anyone else who has lived on earth.
- He was in God’s presence as a child (Luke 2:49);
- God’s presence was made known at his baptism. This gave him the strength to overcome the devil’s temptations (Matt 3:13 – 4:11);
- Throughout his life, he regularly took time out to be in the Father’s presence (Luke 5:16; Luke 9:18; Matthew 14:13-23);
- Shortly before his betrayal, arrest and crucifixion, he took time out to pray (Matthew 26:36-47).
Listen to the whole talk via the link below.