Coram Deo, Feb 14, 2010

Coram Deo (in the presence of God, or in the face of God)

I’m living all of my life under God’s authority
John 4:24 – Just because we don’t see God doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist

2 Concepts of God’s Presence:
1. God’s presence is everywhere (omnipresent)
  Ps. 139:1-12; 2 Chron. 16:7-9; Ps. 11:4; Prov. 5:21; 15:3; 1 Peter 3:12

2. God’s Manifest Presence (powerful presence of God at specific times and reasons
  John 18:6; Acts 9:4; Rev. 1:17; 2 Chron. 7:1-3; Acts 10:22; 1 Sam. 19:18-24; Ex. 34:30; Matt. 17:2-8

Turn up your awareness of God’s presence

4 Things to turn up my awareness of God’s presence
1. renewed desire for holiness (Isa. 6:5; Ps. 139:1-4, 23-24)

2. a sense of joy and pleasure (Ps. 16:11; Acts 3:19; 9:31)
  – if you’re angry a lot, you’re worshipping at the wrong place

3. a sense of awe and silence when we encounter the presence of God (1 Kings 8:10-11; Ps. 46:10)

4. a sense of boldness and strength (Acts 2:25; 4:31)
  – if you’re easily shaken, you’re looking to the wrong thing for strength
  – in the presence of God is boldness
  – in the presence of God is strength (Ps. 120)
  – I’m not going to give in to fear