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Pursuit of God - The Universal Presence

Pursuit of God - The Universal Presence

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This presentation will show how A.W. Tozer in his book: "The Pursuit of God", talks about God's presence is everywhere but unlike Pantheism, He is not in the rock or the tree. He is the creator of the rock and tree. But the great news for us as christians is that God is everywhere that we are. He is closer than our most secret thoughts. He is your best friend, will never leave you and will always be right by you in and through everything you face in life.
This presentation will show how A.W. Tozer in his book: "The Pursuit of God", talks about God's presence is everywhere but unlike Pantheism, He is not in the rock or the tree. He is the creator of the rock and tree. But the great news for us as christians is that God is everywhere that we are. He is closer than our most secret thoughts. He is your best friend, will never leave you and will always be right by you in and through everything you face in life.

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The Universal Presence
Psalms 139:7 “Wither shall I go from thy spirit? Or wither shall I flee from thy presence?” KJV  As we continue with each chapter, we see a progression to our pursuit of God. We have seen the soul’s paradox of how we can know God and yet still  pursue Him. That we have a responsibility to seek God for God alone and not for what He does for us but for who He is.Then we saw how the things in our lives have taken the place of God in our hearts and lives and that we need to surrender everything to God, rippingout those very things and making God Lord of our lives.We have seen how the veil has been removed and that we can now experience God’s presence in our lives daily. Sadly, so many Christians arecomplacent and don’t know that they can experience God’s presence personally.Last week we saw how we can be aware of God’s presence in our livesthrough our five senses. As we begin to focus upon God, the things of thespirit will take shape before our inner eyes.This leads to our next step in our pursuit of God, the Universal Presence;Seeing the Vastness of God.So you can see how each step that we have taken on our spiritual journey istaking us deeper into our pursuit.
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Tozer explains that “The Universal Presence” is that God dwells in Hiscreation and is everywhere individually present in all His works.This is not to be confused with “Pantheism”; which leads to our first questionof our homework.
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1.Explain in your own words the difference between pantheismand the doctrine of the divine Presence.Pantheism:
It is that God is the sum of all created things. Nature andGod are one, so that whoever touches a leaf or a stone touches God.
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That is, of course, to degrade the glory of the incorruptible Deity and, inan effort to make all things divine, banish all divinity from the worldentirely.
Doctrine of Divine Presence:
Is that while God dwells in His world thatHe created He is separated from it by a gulf forever impassable.When I think of Divine Presence, I am reminded of one of God’sattributes: OmnipresenceTozer establishes at least three aspects of 
God’s omnipresence
:a.God is near to everywhere, everyone and everythingb.God has no bordersc.God has no sizeGod can be in all places at one time…He can be with everyone, andeverything, in every place. He has no restrictions.If God is everywhere, then He could
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have any borders, because aborder indicates the point at which something ends. Since God does notend, but is infinite, he cannot have borders.And God cannot have size, because size indicates that something ismeasurable. If God is infinite, He cannot be measured. (
Attributes of Godvolume one – study guide pg. 66)So many times we put God in a box because that is what we understand. But Godis not confined by space.
Let’s look at Jeremiah 23:24: “Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shallnot see him?" says the Lord; "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says theLord.
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2 Chronicles 2:6 “But who is able to build Him a temple, since heavenand the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him...” 
(NKJV)
Solomon confessed as he was going to build a temple, God cannot behoused in a mere earthly temple since even the highest heavens cannotcontain Him.
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As an illustration: We live here where we see the ocean every day. If youtake a bucket and submerge it into the ocean the bucket would be full of theocean – right. So the bucket is full of the ocean, but yet the oceansurrounds the bucket in all directions.So when God says He fills heaven and earth, He does. But heaven and earthare submerged in God, and all space is too. God is not contained, Godcontains. And there is the difference.So we need to think out of the box – and not confine God to our space.Tozer says: He is transcendent above all His works even while He isimmanent within them.
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So when we talk about Divine Presence or Divine Immanence, it simplymeans that God is here. At no time, ever, are we away from the presence of God.There is no one person who is closer to God, no one place that is closer toGod. We are all equally close to God.God is as close as our most secret thoughts. Have you ever thought aboutthat? God is as close as our most secret thoughts. That is close! He is nota God a far off. He is as close as your most secret thoughts.So why is it that we don’t always feel God’s presence in our lives?Think back to our husband and wife illustration. The wife was reflecting ontheir relationship and feeling distant from her husband said to him, “Youknow honey, we don’t sit close together in the car like we use to”, thehusband replied, “I’m sitting behind the steering wheel; if we don’t sit asclose as we used to, I’m not the one who’s moved.” This is the same as our relationship with God. He has not moved he is herewith us always. It is not God that is causing the distance, but us.When Adam and Eve sinned, they panicked and tried to hide themselvesfrom the presence of the Lord.
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As we see in:
Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of thegarden.” (NKJV)
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