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TRUE MINISTRIES CHURCH

THE FIGHT FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD
EPHESIANS 6:10-12
This is a famous scripture that every believer should know inside and out. If you don’t hear this
scripture every single day, there is something wrong. If the Holy Spirit is not quickening you to
this scripture everyday, something is not right. o you know why! He is always trying to
remind you" He is quickening you to this scripture every single day" The problem is we are not
listening. #erse $%, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. id
you hear that today! id the Holy Spirit quicken you and say, Listen man, you’re not fighting
flesh and blood! It could have been real subtle. I’m telling you he tells his children this every
single day" &ou are not fighting flesh and blood. &ou know what else he tells us! 'emember
the lusts of the flesh. The lust of the eye. (nd remember the pride of life because those are of
the world" (nd anyone who is a friend of the world is an enemy of )od" Those scriptures he is
throwing at us every single day" *lus more. +hy! ,ecause he is the mind of -hrist. #erse $.,
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wicedness in the
heavenly places. So your fight and my fight is not in the natural arena" It is in the spirit.
JOB 1:1-11
+e are not fighting flesh and blood. +e are fighting powers of darkness. +e have shared this
over and over and over but sometimes we lose sight. o you know what you are fighting for!
The presence of the /ord. That’s tonight’s message, !he Fight for the Presence of the Lord.
#erse $, !here was a man in the land of "#, whose name was $ob% and that man was blameless
and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. In other words, he turned away from
evil. &nd seven sons and three daughters were born to him. &lso, his possessions were seven
thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoe of o'en, five hundred female doneys,
and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the (ast. In
other words, he was loaded. He was blessed" &nd his sons would go and feast in their houses,
each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drin with
them. )o it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that $ob would send and
sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the
number of them all. For $ob said, *+t may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their
hearts., !hus $ob did regularly. In other words, he had a routine down. +e call it a ritual. He
had a routine down. +hat was he doing! 0ighting for the presence of )od, which was why he
was wealthy"" That’s why he was blessed. He knew that it was his responsibility to keep the
devil out. (nd because he was obedient to )od, having already known the ways to protect
himself, he sacrificed these animals every single day for all of his children and himself and his
possessions. He knew what to do. He was obedient" +hat was he fighting for! The presence
of the /ord. #erse 1, -ow there was a day when the sons of God.+hat are the sons of )od!
(ngels. /ame to present themselves before the L012.2ow where would they present
themselves! The throne room of )od" In his presence. &nd )atan also came among them. &nd
the L012 said to )atan, *From where do you come3, )o )atan answered the L012 and said,
*From going to and fro on the earth.That means up and down. &nd from waling bac and
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forth on it., !hen the L012 said to )atan, *Have you considered 4y servant $ob, that there is
none lie him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil3,
4ne who departs from evil" He was departing from the presence of evil. +hy! ,ecause he
wanted to fight to maintain the presence of )od" )o )atan answered the L012 and said, *2oes
$ob fear God for nothing3 In other words, does he reverence you for nothing! /ook at what
you’ve done for him. (nd satan says, Have 5ou not made a hedge around him.Hallelu5ah"
+hy! ,ecause 6ob was obedient and he knew what to do. ,ecause of 6ob’s cooperation, )od
was confirming his word in 6ob’s life. ,y what! *utting a hedge of protection around him.
Have 5ou not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on
every side3 5ou have blessed the wor of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the
land. +hy! ,ecause he was fighting for the presence of the /ord. 6ut now, stretch out 5our
hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse 5ou to 5our face!, ,ut the /ord knew
better, didn’t he. +hat did 6ob do! He feared and reverenced )od. He was fighting for the
presence of )od. He turned from evil. That’s a fight. o you know how many times the devil
wants to suck you in the ring! To try and fight with you. o you know what happens any time
you get into a fight with the devil7unless )od is with you and tells you to fight, which is a
different thing. 'emember we already have dominion over the devil. He has already disarmed
the principalities and powers of darkness and given you and I every spiritual blessing and seated
us in every heavenly place. 4ne of the things that prevents us from entering into the presence of
)od is disobedience in any way. 4bedience is what keeps us in )od’s presence. isobedience
is what removes us from )od’s presence. It’s real simple. &ou don’t have to worry about lust of
the flesh, lust of the eye and pride of life. Those are categories of disobedience. /ying,
deceiving, manipulation. Those are all categories of disobedience. ,ecause when someone can’t
trust )od, they become disobedient. They walk in their own presence and their own presence
represents the presence of evil. ,ecause when you associate with the presence of evil, all kinds
of sin is there. +hat are we fighting for! The presence of )od"
ZECHARIAH 3:1-7
!hen he showed me $oshua the high priest standing before the &ngel of the L012.Standing
before the (ngel of the /ord. +hat does that represent! )od’s presence" The presence of the
/ord. &nd )atan standing at his right hand to oppose him. He is going to prevent you from
trying to walk in the presence of the /ord. He is going to oppose you in every way. He is going
to be standing right there waiting for you. He is waiting for you to agree with him. He’s going
to be shooting this stuff at you and once you respond and say yeah, then you’ve 5ust associated
with the presence of evil and that becomes sin. +hen you associate with the presence of evil, it
is sin. So once the devil starts shooting these little fiery darts7the arrows that are the voice of
the stranger7he offers everything of the flesh because he can’t offer you anything of the Spirit.
He doesn’t have anything to offer. The only thing he can offer is debt" So he is there to oppose
you, but you have to fight for the presence of the /ord" &nd the L012 said to )atan, *!he
L012 rebue you, )atan! !he L012 who has chosen $erusalem rebue you! +s this not a brand
pluced from the fire3, -ow $oshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before
the &ngel. In other words, garbage. 4ur righteousness is nothing but filthy rags. !hen He
answered and spoe to those who stood before Him, saying, *!ae away the filthy garments from
him., &nd to him He said, *)ee, + have removed your ini7uity from you, and + will clothe you
with rich robes., In other words, his sin was removed. &nd + said, *Let them put a clean turban
on his head., )o they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. &nd the
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&ngel of the L012 stood by. !hen the &ngel of the L012 admonished $oshua, saying, *!hus
says the L012 of hosts8 +f you will wal in 4y ways, and if you will eep 4y command, then
you shall also 9udge 4y house, and liewise have charge of 4y courts% + will give you places to
wal among these who stand here. Hallelu5ah" That’s favor. I am going to go to $ Samuel 8. In
the 4ld Testament much of the fight was for the presence of )od. If you reali9e how much fight
was over the (rk of the -ovenant7think about it. That was the presence of )od. They were
fighting for the presence of )od for a long time. That fight hasn’t stopped yet.
I SAMUEL 4:10-18 22! ":1-12
)o the Philistines fought, and +srael was defeated.o you know why they were defeated! They
were disobedient" isobedience will not allow you to defeat your enemy. &nd every man fled to
his tent. !here was a very great slaughter, and there fell of +srael thirty thousand foot soldiers.
&lso the ar of God was captured% and the two sons of (li, Hophni and Phinehas, died. !hen a
man of 6en9amin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to )hiloh with his clothes torn
and dirt on his head. -ow when he came, there was (li, sitting on a seat by the wayside
watching, for his heart trembled for the ar of God. &nd when the man came into the city and
told it, all the city cried out. :hen (li heard the noise of the outcry, he said, *:hat does the
sound of this tumult mean3, &nd the man came 7uicly and told (li. (li was ninety;eight years
old, and his eyes were so dim that he could not see. !hen the man said to (li, *+ am he who
came from the battle. +hat was the battle for! The presence of )od. &nd + fled today from the
battle line., &nd he said, *:hat happened, my son3, )o the messenger answered and said,
*+srael has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people.
&lso your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead% and the ar of God has been captured.,
&ou have to remember something. His two sons were fornicating. They were misusing. :li was
allowing things to happen without correcting his sons correctly. He was a prophet. He
compromised. He began to compromise. He began to take his authority and his position for
granted. (nd what happened! The presence of )od left. (nd he lost his family. #erse $;, !hen
it happened, when he made mention of the ar of God.2ot about his sons" ,ut about the
presence of the /ord"" !hat (li fell off the seat bacward by the side of the gate% and his nec
was broen and he died, for the man was old and heavy. &nd he had 9udged +srael forty years.
/isten, what killed him was not losing his sons" ,ut losing the presence of )od will kill you"
)o to verse .., &nd she said, *!he glory has departed from +srael, for the ar of God has been
captured., The glory, the presence of the /ord had departed. -hapter <, verse $, !hen the
Philistines too the ar of God and brought it from (bene#er to &shdod. :hen the Philistines
too the ar of God, they brought it into the house of 2agon and set it by 2agon. agon was a
god they worshipped. &nd when the people of &shdod arose early in the morning, there was
2agon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ar of the L012. )o they too 2agon and set it
in its place again. &nd when they arose early the ne't morning, there was 2agon, fallen on its
face to the ground before the ar of the L012. !he head of 2agon and both the palms of its
hands were broen off on the threshold% only 2agon’s torso was left of it. !herefore neither the
priests of 2agon nor any who come into 2agon’s house tread on the threshold of 2agon in
&shdod to this day. 6ut the hand of the L012 was heavy on the people of &shdod, and He
ravaged them and struc them with tumors, both &shdod and its territory. isobedience7people
want the presence of )od so bad. &ou and I are fighting for the presence of )od and when the
presence of )od shows up, disobedience begins to bring illness. It will bring illness. on’t get
me wrong, not all illness is caused by disobedience. ,ut all illness is a curse one way or another.
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'emember there are three types of curses> inherited, self3imposed and temporary. +e live in a
cursed world. So people are going to get sick, aren’t they. #erse ?, &nd when the men of &shdod
saw how it was, they said, *!he ar of the God of +srael must not remain with us, for His hand is
harsh toward us and 2agon our god., !herefore they sent and gathered to themselves all the
lords of the Philistines, and said, *:hat shall we do with the ar of the God of +srael3, &nd they
answered, *Let the ar of the God of +srael be carried away to Gath., )o they carried the ar of
the God of +srael away. )o it was, after they had carried it away, that the hand of the L012 was
against the city with a very great destruction% and He struc the men of the city, both small and
great, and tumors broe out on them. !herefore they sent the ar of God to (ron. )o it was, as
the ar of God came to (ron, that the (ronites cried out, saying, *!hey have brought the ar
of the God of +srael to us, to ill us and our people!, 2ow everyone became afraid of the
presence of )od"" ,ecause they didn’t know how to operate in )od’s presence. They didn’t
know how to live in )od’s presence. The only presence they knew how to live in was evil.
That’s the uniqueness of being born again. 4ne of the things involved in discipleship is learning
how to live in the presence of )od" That’s awesome and glorious"" 6ust think about it. How did
it all start! +ere they not all in the presence of )od when 6esus came to them7who was the
glory and presence of )od7the manifestation of his name"" 4f his love, his grace and his
mercy"" He went up to the disciples and said, Follow me! +’m going to teach you to live in my
presence!!! 2e@t verse, )o they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and
said, *)end away the ar of the God of +srael, and let it go bac to its own place, so that it does
not ill us and our people., For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city% the hand
of God was very heavy there. &nd the men who did not die were stricen with the tumors, and
the cry of the city went up to heaven. 2ow they started crying up to )od" They started crying
out to the Holy *resence"
+hat are you fighting for! The presence of the /ord"" That fight is not over" o you remember
when avid finally got the (rk of the -ovenant back! +hat did he do! He danced before the
/ord" In his underwear7not ashamed"" He was the king" 'emember his wife came against
him. She was all stiff3necked. 'eligious. She said, :e come from a royal family. Far be it that
you should be acting lie that out there. He said, 0h really. 5ou thin that was undignified3
$ust wait. :atch how undignified + get before your eyes because +’m not about pleasing man.
+’m about pleasing God! + dance for the Lord, not for man! &ou know what happened! She
could never have children. )od cut her off. ,ecause she came against the one who danced
before the /ord"
PSALM 24:1-6
!he earth is the L012’s, and all its fullness, !he world and those who dwell therein. For He has
founded it upon the seas, &nd established it upon the waters. :ho may ascend into the hill of the
L0123 0r who may stand in His holy place3 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, :ho
has not lifted up his soul to an idol, -or sworn deceitfully. This is what you and I are fighting.
,ecause what’s the devil trying to do! He is trying to get us to have an impure heart and unclean
hands. He is trying to get us to gossip and all kinds of other stuff. +hy! He is trying to prevent
you and I from staying in the presence of the /ord. ,ut you and I are fighting for the presence of
)od. He shall receive blessing from the L012, &nd righteousness from the God of his salvation.
!his is $acob, the generation of those who see Him, :ho see 5our face.
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&es, we are fighting powers of darkness. &es, we are binding and loosing. &es, we are departing
from evil. &es, we need to have wisdom. The bible says the beginning of wisdom is to depart
from evil. The fear of the /ord. The word fear means reverencing )od’s presence. +hat you
and I must continue to do is learn how to operate and live in the presence of the /ord" That’s
why the Holy Spirit is there. Is he not the presence of the /ord! Isn’t he our guarantee! Isn’t he
the down payment! +hat’s he doing! &ou are being prepared on earth to live in the presence of
)od. &ou’re in Holy )host training7Holy )host ,oot -amp74fficer’s Training School. &ou
are in the School of the Spirit. 'emember we can’t lose sight that this life we have here is
temporary. There is another life that awaits us that is )/4'I4AS" ,ut people get so caught up
in this temporary realm. The only thing that matters is his presence. +hen you have his
presence, you have everything" :verything is fulfilled in his presence. That song we sing that
goes, :hen the glory fell on me, it set me free. +hen the glory of )od touches you, there isn’t
anything else you want. &ou will struggle the rest of your life on this planet because all you are
doing is waiting" +aiting to get back into his presence" That glorious presence"" (nd you
groan inside because you reali9e you are not of this world anymore. 2othing can satisfy you.
:verything is temporary. 2ot even lust of the eye. 2ot even lust of the flesh. (nd not even the
pride of life. 2othing can satisfy you anymore. 2othing but his presence. (nd you are fighting
for his presence and the devil will put everything he can in front of you to try and move you off
course. It’s 5ust a lie and deception. +hen you and I were in the world we did everything we
could to get fulfillment. +e went to nightclubs, barhopped, did drugs, fornicated7nothing ever
satisfied. If it did they wouldn’t go back out that 0riday night. +e wouldn’t be doing it every
0riday night"" (nd Tuesday night"" (nd +ednesday night"" H(**& H4A'"" It’s delusion
hour"" eception hour"" Then it’s miserable night7miserable morning" -ome to a 0riday night
anointing service and it’s eternally happy hour"""
PSALM "1:7-11
In verse ?, avid cried out and he said, Purge me with hyssop, and + shall be clean% :ash me,
and + shall be whiter than snow. 4ae me.Bake me, make me, make me, make me, -(AS:
me, 04'-: B:7to hear 9oy and gladness, that the bones 5ou have broen may re9oice. Hide
5our face from my sins, and blot out all my ini7uities. avid fought for the presence of )od" He
cried out. He knew he was a bonehead"" He knew everything he tried to do could not work. He
cried out saying, + now + can’t do it!! +’m convinced!! H(LP 4(!!!! Please, + beg you!!
/leanse me because + now +f + am cleansed, your presence will return to me.your presence
will restore me. avid knew the presence of )od" #erse $%, /reate in me a clean heart.+hy!
,ecause only he who has a clean heart can approach the mountain of )od. 0 God, &nd renew a
steadfast spirit within me. 2o not cast me away from 5our presence, and do not tae 5our Holy
)pirit from me. The Holy Spirit was the presence of the /ord. The bible says not to quench the
Holy Spirit. on’t grieve the Holy Spirit. on’t offend the Holy Spirit. Sometimes you need to
repent to the Holy Spirit"
PSALM 16:7-11
+ will bless the L012 who has given me counsel.2ow why would he give you counsel! He is
directing you how to maintain his presence. He is counseling us to do the right thing. That’s
why the Holy Spirit is the /ounselor. 4y heart also instructs me in the night seasons. + have set
the L012 always before me% 6ecause He is at my right hand + shall not be moved. In other
words, his eyes were always looking7at whatever he was going to do, he would see the /ord.
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In other words, what would 6esus do. So with everything he was going to do he would see the
/ord. +hy! He wanted to stay in the presence of )od. idn’t 6esus say follow me! He always
had the /ord before Him. !herefore my heart is glad, and my glory re9oices% 4y flesh also will
rest in hope. For 5ou will not leave my soul in )heol Cor hellD, -or will 5ou allow 5our Holy 0ne
to see corruption. 5ou will show me the path of life% +n 5our presence is fullness of 9oy% &t 5our
right hand are pleasures forevermore. *raise )od"" 0ullness of 6oy" The bible says the 5oy of
the /ord is our strength. So you are fighting for the presence of )od.
o you know how miracles happen with people! They are fighting for the presence of )od" o
you know how many people have been sick and gone to a service and been healed7something
to that degree. 4r they fought and they fought and they fought for )od’s presence because the
devil kept trying to convince them of this and convince them of that. That they needed to go
some other route or some other way. 4r to do something in the natural state instead of what )od
had already promised them. Biracles happen to those who are willing to fight for the presence
of )od" o you know what you are doing! &ou are bringing heaven down to earth. The
presence of )od. Too many people give up too easy.
E#ODUS 33:12-
!hen 4oses said to the L012, *)ee, 5ou say to me, <6ring up this people.’ 6ut 5ou have not let
me now whom 5ou will send with me. 5et 5ou have said, <+ now you by name, and you have
also found grace in 4y sight.’ -ow therefore, + pray, if + have found grace in 5our sight, show me
now 5our way, that + may now 5ou and that + may find grace in 5our sight. &nd consider that
this nation is 5our people., &nd He said, *4y Presence will go with you, and + will give you
rest., +ant some rest! )et in )od’s presence" 'est. +hat are you resting from! (ll the lies of
the world. &ou are resting from all the an@iety, all the stress and all the + gotta do, what + should
have done, and how + should have done it. The more you walk in )od’s presence, the more the
Holy Spirit starts working with you. He starts restoring that 5oy. He starts removing the stuff
from you. He knows what is hurting you. He knows what is hindering you. He knows when
you are not feeling good. +hen you maintain7and you stay in )od’s presence, your spirit stays
5oyful even though your flesh may be messed up. &ou may not feel good. &ou may have aches
and pains but you are 5oyful"" The bible says a merry heart is good medicine" So we have talked
about that in his presence we have 5oy and rest.
&ou know when I am in )od’s presence7I get revived"" I heard a story one time about a mother
who came in and told her son, Listen you have to go to church today! The young man said,
&lright! (nd then proceeded to roll over and go back to sleep. The mother came back in and
said, /ome on! 5ou’ve got to go to church today! The son said, 2o + really have to3 + really
don’t feel lie it.+ need to get some rest. +’m tired! She walked out. (nd a few minutes later
she comes back in and says, L+)!(- 50"’=( G0! !0 G(! "P &-2 G0 !0 !H( /H"1/H!!!
He said, :hy333 She said, 6ecause you are the pastor! &ou know sometimes I feel like that on
a 0riday night" I know all of us do sometimes. Sometimes we feel that on a Tuesday. ,ut I’m
telling you when you get in )od’s presence, it doesn’t matter anymore"" &ou get revived and
refreshed. The problem is that people are still holding on to what they have been doing all day
long. They have been listening to the voice of the stranger. That’s why when you come in here
on a Tuesday night and worship before the word is given7suck all the presence of )od in" )o
after Him" )rope for Him" Then you will be refreshed. ,ut once the anointing lifts7
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Hallelu5ah. ,ack to the wet noodle"" That’s why we have to stay in that presence" I can’t tell
you how many times I have gone to service sick7hurting back, aches and pain. 0ighting all the
way there, fighting all the way through service. Then the first song, the anointing comes and
everything is fine. Service is over. I walk to my car, get in, started driving home7okayE*raise
)od. Thank you /ord. Then it begins to lift a little bit more7because there is a special
anointing for service. ,y the time I get home and get in my house E Two (dvil and good night"
:@cuse me70our (dvil and good night. Then I’ve got to go back in the morning and get
refilled, refreshed and get the presence back on. So I can start my day again with 5ust a few
hours of sleep. The devil tells you, 5ou now you haven’t had enough sleep. ,ut that’s in the
natural realm. How do you function with four hours of sleep7si@ hours of sleep! I don’t. H:
4:S"" Some people are so convinced that they can’t function without eight hours of sleep.
(nd that’s a lie from the devil" The world tells you that you that you have to have eight hours of
sleep7that it’s good for you. &ou know what’s good for you! The presence of the /ord" &ou
don’t get healed with eight hours of sleep. &ou get healed in the presence of )od"""
ACTS 3:1$-20
1epent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing
may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send $esus /hrist, who was preached
to you before. +hy! +e want the presence of the /ord. &ou are fighting for )od’s presence.
So repentance, then getting in )od’s presence7because the blood always goes before the Spirit.
Then you get refreshed.
JAMES 4:8
This is where so many people are bound by the letter where they think that 5ust by reading the
word of )od, that it’s going to do anything for them. It’s like cake without the ice cream" 2ot
that I like either one, *raise )od. ,ut I use this in carnal terms. The presence of )od tastes
better than that. The bible says to taste and see how good the /ord is. !aste and see that the
Lord is good. &es he is. elicious" #erse ;, 2raw near to God and He will draw near to you.
/leanse your hands, you sinners% and purify your hearts, you double;minded. He says if you
will draw near to Him, he will draw near to you. 4ne of the deceptions of the devil is that he is
always trying to prevent us from drawing near to the /ord. It’s like I always share, people run to
the phone instead of the throne. They want to try and figure out and fi@ everything. 6ust think
about how much time you spent on the phone while in the world. 6ust think about what would
happen if you spent that much time at the throne of )od. 6ust think about how much time you
were worried and an@ious. 0ear. 6ust think about what would have happened if you went to the
throne instead of trying to figure it out. *eople go to people to try and figure out something.
Instead of going to the throne and then get direction as to what they are supposed to do. That’s
why )od gives us counsel. Sometimes when we are struggling so badly we need to have
counsel. *ride will prevent you from getting counsel. *ride will prevent you from getting
prayed for. /et’s go a little further.
PSALM 8$:1"-18
&ou are fighting for the presence of the /ord. 6ust like brother avid was. He fought for the
ark" (nd you know when he finally got that ark back, man did his socks got blessed off"
,lessed be the name of my 0ather who is faithful to complete what He started"" (nd by His
stripes we are all healed. Spirit, soul and body" #erse $<, 6lessed are the people who now the
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9oyful sound! !hey wal, 0 L012, in the light of 5our countenance. They are blessed"" +n 5our
name they re9oice all day long, &nd in 5our righteousness they are e'alted. For 5ou are the
glory of their strength, &nd in 5our favor our horn is e'alted. For our shield belongs to the
L012, &nd our ing to the Holy 0ne of +srael.
PSALM 73:27-28
For indeed, those who are far from 5ou shall perish% 5ou have destroyed all those who desert
5ou for harlotry. 6ut it is good for me to draw near to God% + have put my trust in the Lord
G02, that + may declare all 5our wors. It is good to draw near.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:1-6
Finally then, brethren, we urge and e'hort in the Lord $esus that you should abound more and
more, 9ust as you received from us how you ought to wal and to please God% for you now what
commandments we gave you through the Lord $esus. For this is the will of God, your
sanctification8 that you should abstain from se'ual immorality% that each of you should now
how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, lie the Gentiles
who do not now God% that no one should tae advantage of and defraud his brother in this
matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. So
it is our responsibility to possess these vessels because we are fighting for the presence of )od"
RE%ELATION 3:3-"
1emember therefore how you have received and heard% hold fast and repent. !herefore if you
will not watch, + will come upon you as a thief, and you will not now what hour + will come
upon you. 5ou have a few names even in )ardis who have not defiled their garments% and they
shall wal with 4e in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white
garments, and + will not blot out his name from the 6oo of Life% but + will confess his name
before 4y Father and before His angels. +hy! &ou are fighting for the presence of )od so you
have to keep your garments clean"
ACTS 17:26-32
&nd He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and
has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they
should see the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not
far from each one of us% for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your
own poets have said, <For we are also His offspring.’ !herefore, since we are the offspring of
God, we ought not to thin that the 2ivine -ature is lie gold or silver or stone, something
shaped by art and man’s devising. !ruly, these times of ignorance God overlooed, but now
commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will
9udge the world in righteousness by the 4an whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of
this to all by raising Him from the dead., &nd when they heard of the resurrection of the dead,
some moced, while others said, *:e will hear you again on this matter., &ou and I need to
grope for Him" It says grope until you find Him. He who seeks Him finds" So many times we
taken not only prayer for granted but worship for granted. +orship is truly the time to see Him"
*rayer is the time to seek Him. ,ut worship is truly the time to seek Him7because prayer has a
part of intercession. ,ut worship is a time to grope. The bible says grab hold of )od and he will
grab hold of you. &ou are able to e@press yourself in worship" *rayer is a time of confession.
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*rayer is a time of discussion. *rayer is a time of intercession. ,ut worship is a time for seeking
)od’s face. &ou go after Him" &ou let everything go" &ou lay yourself down7you lay your
agendas down. &ou lay your emotions down. &ou lay everything down. (nd you go after Him
because75ust like the woman with the issue of blood. +hat did she do! She had to fight for the
presence of )od. She knew that if she touched )od’s presence, it was over with" Hallelu5ah7
she was going to start Holy )host dancing. She knew. I truly believe she got healed before she
even touched him. It was 5ust confirmed. Her desire drew. The /ord knew something came
from Him. She was desiring the presence of )od" id you ever notice in some of the services
when people are thirsty and hungry for )od, he manifests himself more. ,ecause we draw His
presence. That’s why people that don’t worship7&ou can go to churches that don’t worship"
They do two songs and sit down. They read the word and tell all about the messages. (ll the
programs they have going on. This week’s pot luck E.
PSALM 34:11-17
/ome, you children, listen to me% + will teach you the fear Cor reverence of the /ord7that way
you can maintain His presence"D of the L012. :ho is the man who desires life, &nd loves many
days, that he may see good3 >eep your tongue from evil, &nd your lips from speaing deceit.
2epart from evil and do good% )ee peace and pursue it. !he eyes of the L012 are on the
righteous, &nd His ears are open to their cry. !he face of the L012 is against those who do evil
.or have association with the presence of evil. !o cut off the remembrance of them from the
earth. epart from evil.
RE%ELATION 20:11-1"! 21:7-8
+hat are we fighting for! The presence of the /ord" +here there is refreshing, 5oy, peace,
blessing, strength, healing7fun" I want the Holy of Holies"" #erse $$, !hen + saw a great white
throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. &nd there
was found no place for them. &nd + saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and
boos were opened. &nd another boo was opened, which is the 6oo of Life. &nd the dead were
9udged according to their wors, by the things which were written in the boos. !he sea gave up
the dead who were in it, and 2eath and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. &nd they
were 9udged, each one according to his wors. !hen 2eath and Hades were cast into the lae of
fire. !his is the second death. &nd anyone not found written in the 6oo of Life was cast into the
lae of fire. That means you missed it. There is another eternal presence. +ith or without Him.
-hapter .$ and verse ?, He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and + will be his God and he
shall be 4y son. 2ow there’s another presence which is eternal. 6ut the cowardly, unbelieving,
abominable, murderers, se'ually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part
in the lae which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. There’s an eternal
presence awaiting me and you. That same presence is what holds us here. (nd what’s
preventing us from getting into the holy presence of )od. There is the presence of evil eternal
and the presence of holy eternal.
PSALM $7:1-12
!he L012 reigns% Let the earth re9oice% Let the multitude of isles be glad! /louds and darness
surround Him% 1ighteousness and 9ustice are the foundation of His throne. & fire goes before
Him, &nd burns up His enemies round about. His lightnings light the world% !he earth sees and
trembles. !he mountains melt lie wa' at the presence of the L012, &t the presence of the Lord
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of the whole earth. !he heavens declare His righteousness, &nd all the peoples see His glory.
Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, :ho boast of idols. :orship Him, all you
gods. ?ion hears and is glad, &nd the daughters of $udah re9oice because of 5our 9udgments, 0
L012. For 5ou, L012, are most high above all the earth% 5ou are e'alted far above all gods.
5ou who love the L012, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints% He delivers them out of
the hand of the wiced. Light is sown for the righteous, &nd gladness for the upright in heart.
1e9oice in the L012, you righteous, &nd give thans at the remembrance of His holy name.
H(//:/A6(H" +hat are you fighting for! The presence of the /ord"
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