Everything Matters

Upon first glance, and a surface read of the book of Ecclesiastes, we are immediately struck by a foreboding and pessimistic perspective of the author about the weary futility and utter meaninglessness of life on earth. The repetitive qualities of nature, history and our human existence itself underscores a depressing outlook that we can neither refute or honestly deny.

52482What this deep consideration does ultimately give rise to however, is that life without God is utterly meaningless. The good news is that we can live for God, and with God, in the richness of a real and dynamic relationship of faith with our heavenly Father.

As the Righteous Judge; morally perfect and upright in all his adjudication, He brings meaning to every aspect of our lives. The mundane, day to day activities, our behaviour, and the decisions that we make all have meaning. His presence and abundant life that He gifts to us fills us with true joy and purpose. The fact that our actions and words have eternal consequences, and thereby ultimate meaning, brings us the joy of the Lord that becomes our strength.

Ecc 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Living in His Presence

practice-Gods-presence-1024x768-770x577Every child of God believes that God is with them because He is everywhere. This characteristic of God is known as His omnipresence. In the church we experience the manifest presence of God, where during the services we are touched and inspired and convicted by a powerful moving of the Holy Spirit.

Then there is the personalised presence of God that is the felt/realised, actual presence of God’s Spirit that moves us, molds us and keeps us. Is it possible to live in that kind of dimension? The Apostle Paul tells us that in “in him we live and move and have our very being.” Acts 17:28. It is definitely possible for us to have an abiding and living relationship with God through His Spirit within us.

Men and women of God in scripture attest to this intimacy regardless of circumstance; Abraham was the friend of God, Moses communed with God face to face, David was a man after God’s own heart, Samuel heard the audible voice of God. In the New Testament however, God poured out his Spirit to dwell within the very hearts of men.

Sometimes even Christians live their entire lives with a long distance relationship with God; aloof and afar off when God has promised to live in close proximity with us. His presence goes with us.

This is what 2 Corinthians 6:16 has to say, “For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

Remember to live ‘Magnanimously’ and that means to live in His presence.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.