We have always enjoyed watching Sci-Fi. I grew up watching Space 1999 and the various Star Trek series, from Capt. Kirk to Capt. Picard. Yeah, you can say we are “Trekies.” We love the special effects and unique characters (let’s be honest…weird). After all they are fictional, none of it real so let the space ships explode, open up those worm holes and enjoy the weirdness!
When it comes to our faith in God, I believe we all desire to remove the fake and have the real thing. Gwen Stefani has sung about it and Coca Cola marketed the real thing. Make no mistake about it – when it comes to experiencing the presence of God, give me the real deal.
In an attempt to draw a crowd, some churches may try to come up with “ways” to generate interest, maybe even labeling their methods as spiritual; but Jesus said we would know the truth/reality and it would make us free, no method or gimmick necessary.
Define your terms
One of my college teachers said that whenever preaching, teaching or writing, to “define your terms.” Google.com defines the word real as an adjective “actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed.” For example, you could say that Julius Caesar was a “real” person. Or if relating to a substance or thing, “not imitation or artificial; genuine.” So as it relates to the presence of God, we should be seeking the real thing, or the real substance of who God is and what He has for us His children to experience.
Watch the counterfeit
Fabrication or generating the counterfeit can be an easy way out when it comes to the presence of God. As counterfeit money is illegal and falsity is not something we appreciate. The presence of God, therefore, and anointing of the Holy Spirit must be something we seek after with sincere hearts and genuine expression, desiring God more than anything or anyone else.
Someone wanting to buy a genuine leather coat will not be satisfied with fake leather. If you’re a worship leader, make it your goal to seek the heart of God before getting on stage and leading God’s people. The responsibility of a worship leader (and I speak from experience) is to take God’s people where you yourself have been. God’s presence will flow out of a heart in tune with His heart and His voice. If you are not there, cultivate it and allow God to take you into the vastness of His presence. May our heart cry be “Lord, show me your glory.”
God’s presence is experiential
We recently experienced great quality service while on vacation. As a result, you can’t take us to a sub-standard place and convince us that the service is good, if it is not. The Bible exhorts us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” It’s an open invitation to experience who God is, to come and check Him out, as we commonly say today. Someone has said that “a man with an experience, is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.” Going back to the great service we received on vacation, you can talk about great service, but we can tell you where you can find it and what it looks and feels like.
In this sense, the presence of God is very much the same. God invites us to His table to sit, drink, eat and taste the essence of His presence. Some may explain it based on knowledge, books and vocabulary definitions, but God’s presence is experiential and He calls us to try it and see that nothing else compares.
“Oh taste and see that
the Lord is good”
I cannot think of an invitation received from a royal dignitary that I would reject. And I certainly do not intend to turn down an open invitation from the Lord of the universe, Creator of all and King of all kings to come and experience His presence, enjoy His goodness and eat at His table. His presence is more than awesome worship songs to be heard, but a reality to be experienced.
If you were invited to dinner at the White House from the President or from the President or Prime Minister of your country, all expenses paid to sit and enjoy a meal, would you accept? You would certainly take time off work to prepare and travel to this destination, and so would I. In the same way, Jesus paid the price. He invites us to come, taste, see, experience, feel and know.
Will we come?
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.