Living from the Presence Instead of for the Presence
by Daniel Amstutz
God isn’t looking for worship!
However, He is looking for worshipers! Jesus said there was only one way to worship Him and that was “in spirit and in truth,” (John 4:24). God who is Spirit is looking for a relationship with you, and that can only happen in spirit and in truth through Jesus.
There is no other way.
Everyone in the Old Covenant and even in the gospels was so used to approaching God from the outside in that it never even occurred to them that the impossible was about to become possible. They had no idea that the Spirit of God could live inside them, enabling them to be able to worship from the inside out.
That’s why the gospels were a transitional time in history with Jesus being the fulfillment and the bridge between the Old Covenant and the launch of the church. Jesus talked about a time coming, and we have the privilege of living in that time. You may not realize it, but this is our time!
“On that last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink, he who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” —John 7:37-39
Jesus had to be crucified, resurrected and ascend to the Father before the Spirit of God could be given.
The second chapter of Acts tells us all about the beginning of the church. For the first time in history, the Spirit of God could now live inside the believer. Because of the death of the body of Jesus, we are now His body in the earth today.
We are the church. We are supernatural, and God is building us so the gates of hell cannot prevail.
This is our time!
Even the Old Testament prophets said all flesh would be able to experience the power of the Holy Spirit—sons and daughters, young men and old men, menservants and maidservants included. Because of Jesus, generations and nations are coming together supernaturally through the power of the Holy Spirit and through the love of God, and the world is beginning to see that Jesus is still alive and well.
Let’s learn to live from the presence!
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” —Hebrews 10:23