Title: Soaking in the Presence of God (Part 2)
Reference Verse: Acts 1:4-5
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Soaking is the equivalent of “quiet time with the Lord”. In the Upper Room (Acts 1 and 2) there were the Apostles and 120 believers praying and waiting on a promised Holy Spirit. And indeed, the Holy Spirit fell on that gathering just as Jesus said, with flames above their heads and each spoke with a new Heavenly language.
When somebody went through the soaking process, the transformation is evident. Just like with Moses in Exodus 34:29-35, his face was shining when he came from talking with God in Mont Sinai. He is brighter than the sun and that alarmed the Israelites.
When we soak in God’s presence, we begin to behold Him. As we do, we experience profound heart changes and become more and more like Him. Soaking in His presence enables us to soak in the nature of who God is.
One cannot come in such close contact with God and remain the same.
When we have a God encounter, we can’t help but be transformed from one degree of glory to the next that people have to point it out.
Steps into soaking in the presence of God:
- Wait in a position of receiving and not giving.
- The first thing you need to do is practice stillness and quiet your mind.
- Focus your attention on Jesus.
- When you are already in His presence, remain.
Summary text by Camille Quintela