During New Creation Conference a few days ago, we experienced the manifested presence of God in a very powerful way. Testimonies have been coming in about what God did in us during the weekend and we are in awe of God and give glory to Jesus.
On Sunday morning, the presence of God was so rich in the service that we couldn’t proceed with the service program as planned. The Lord literally took over and ministered to us in healings and other manifestations of the Spirit.
Since Sunday, several people have spoken to me about how they can still feel the presence of God lingering on throughout the day and even into the week. I recognize that this is not usual for many of us and I want to speak to you about what you should do to cooperate with the Spirit of God, cultivate and keep the freshness of the presence of God.
What the Manifested Presence of the Spirit May Feel Like
The manifested presence of the Spirit does not have to be a “feeling,” although we often perceive the manifested presence of God. As we mature in the things of God, there is a “knowing” that often accompanies the manifested presence of the Spirit.
Some of you may not recognize what it is that you are experiencing, and may be quick to dismiss it out of ignorance. “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant…” (1st Corinthians 12:1.)
It is important that you recognize the presence and flow with God. Sometimes, you may find yourself crying, yet you are not sad; you may feel an overwhelming peace was over you; you may feel joy bubbling within you; you may feel sensations in your body like tingling, warmth, shaking etc.; others may feel the presence of an angel or the Lord Jesus as if someone is standing or sitting next to them; some may find themselves having utterances (words, songs) flowing up from within them; and many more and different ways.
The manifested presence of the Spirit may linger on for a few minutes or a few hours or for days as the Lord wills. We don’t live by it – we live by faith. However, we need to understand our role in cooperating with the Spirit.
Whichever way the Lord is working with you, you need to recognize it and cooperate with His Spirit.
How to Keep the Freshness of the Spirit
For lack of a better way to describe it, let’s call it “keeping the freshness of the Spirit.” What this means is basically cooperating with the Spirit and ensuring that we do not circumvent His workings in our lives through ignorance or lack of attention.
Here are some basic principles that will enable you to cooperate with the Spirit of God, with or without the manifested presence. The same principles will help you keep the presence flowing for as long as the Lord wills.
- Pray in the Spirit
When you pray in tongues, you are praying God’s will and declaring futures that haven’t been seen and declaring God’s plans and purposes.
Moreover, as you pray in the tongues, the bible says “you speak not unto men, but unto God: for no man understand [you]; howbeit in the spirit [you] speak mysteries (hidden truths, deep things, secret things)” (1 Corinthians 14:2)
As you perceive the lingering presence of God, continue to pray in the tongues as you have opportunity. You are edifying (stirring up, building up, charging up) yourself.
“He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself…” (1st Corinthians 14:4)
- Worship God
Very important. Give glory to God and let His Spirit lead you into a deeper place of worship. The bible says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24.)
- Speak the Word of God to Yourself
Give substance to what the Spirit is doing in your heart by speaking God’s Word concerning you. Listen to the Word, read the Word, study the Word and speak the Word. The Spirit of God illuminates the scriptures for us. His Words in our lips are a creative force.
Speak the Word of God continually to yourself.
“That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledgement of every good that is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6)
- Bless Someone
- Cooperate with the Spirit by desiring to bless others.“The manifestations of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” – 1st Corinthians 12:7
The manifestation of the Spirit is there for the body of Christ’s and your benefit or profit. Look for opportunity to minister the Spirit of life to someone. Lay hands on the sick, prophesy, give a Word of Knowledge, pray for someone.
every good that is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6)
- Act on the Spirit’s Leading
As God inspires you, write it down and act on it. If the Spirit is nudging you to stop doing something, stop. If God wants you to start doing something, start. If He wants you to continue doing something, continue.
He may be speaking to you about changing the company or friendships you keep, obey Him. He may be nudging you about your diet choices etc. Do it.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by disobedience. There is no need to procrastinate when the Lord leads you to do what He stirs you to do.
If you practice the basic principles set forth above, you will find that you will increasingly cultivate the presence of God and keep the freshness of His presence lingering on longer so we can be thoroughly equipped and furnished unto every good work.