Shekinah: Why Seek The Presence That We Already Have?

‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ (Jer 29:13)
When we say that we desire God’s Presence, what do we mean? After all, doesn’t the Bible tell us that He is already and always with us?

5 Reasons to Encounter God’s Presence

1. God’s Presence will Transform your Life

Manifest Presence Fire of GodMany years ago, my husband Malcolm (aka The Hunk) and I were in the process of moving from Auckland, to Tauranga, NZ, so that he could take up a position as National Director of a mission agency.

For three years prior to this, I had been living with constant depression and daily physical pain. However, I knew that God was calling us, and so I helped pack up our home and set out alongside my husband, with our two young children.

During our move, I had a strong impression that I needed to sit down and write something God was saying to me. Finally obeying, I captured just a single sentence, for three days in a row:

  • ‘There is more, much more than you have known. You have yet to drink of My Presence.
  • ‘My Presence is always with you, but you do not always commune with Me.’
  • ‘I love those who love Me, and those who diligently seek Me, will find Me.’ (Prov 8:17)

That weekend, visiting a friend’s church, we responded to an altar call to receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. I encountered the Presence of God in a way I never had before.

Filled with joy, I was healed of depression and pain, and together we received an empowerment from God that launched us into a new season of ministry.


2. God’s Plan is for Habitation

Jewish teachers coined an expression for the manifest Presence of God: Shekinah. The Hebrew word means ‘dwelling’ or ‘habitation.’ [1]

Shekinah encapsulates the very intention and desire of the Father; that He would reside with His people. The Bible opens with God walking with Adam and Eve in the garden. Then at last, in the closing pages of Scripture, we read this great declaration:

‘And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”‘ (Revelation 21:3)

God Within, Among and Upon us

  • As individual Believers, we are ‘temples of the Holy Spirit’ (John 14:16, 1 Cor 3:16)
  • As the church gathering together, Jesus is among us (Matt 18:20, Rev 2:1)
  • As sons and daughters declaring God’s Kingdom to the world, His Spirit is upon us (Luke 24:48-49)

3. Encounter is on the Heart of God

Our Father paid the highest price: the life of His son Jesus, to make this habitation possible—and yet, habitation is not an end in itself. Habitation leads to relationship.

  • Two people can live together in the same house, but that does not constitute a relationship.

As it was in Genesis, so it is today. (Gen 3:8-9) Encounter (face-to-face meeting) and communication are two vital building blocks in our relationship with God.

God is awakening within us a realisation that there is more available, more than we have known.

It is not about seeking an experience.
It is not about seeking an event.
It is about seeking encounters with God Himself. It is about relationship.


4. His Presence brings Revelation

The Revelation of God’s Nature:
The activity and manifestation of the Holy Spirit is always an expression of the Father’s nature and Personality. Encountering God’s Presence, we become aware of His holiness, His greatness and power, His love, His generosity, His grace. And we respond accordingly.

The Revelation of God’s Proximity:
When God’s Presence is manifested, there is a revelation of His nearness, His proximity to us. This realisation brings us to a crossroads. Will we step closer in our relationship with God?

Many non-Christians do actually believe in God. However, they consider Him to be remote and far off. When they encounter His Presence they are confronted, not only with His reality, but also with the Person of God Himself. This leads to a crisis of faith, a place of decision.


5. His Presence is the Greatest Witness we have

Miracles happen when those who do not know God encounter His Presence and power.

I have seen non-Christians who receive a personal prophecy come, trembling, to the altar to commit their lives to Jesus. The God that they thought was far off, or non-existent, has suddenly introduced Himself to them. The Father has revealed that He knows them intimately, that He loves them, has a plan to redeem their past and a purpose for their future. (see 1 Corinthians 14:24-25)


How can we Respond to God’s Call to Encounter His Presence?

Last week, I shared 8 ways in which the Holy Spirit’s Presence is evidenced. These include spiritual gifts, Divine communication, healing and miracles, supernatural signs and other manifestations of His Presence.

It is actually possible to enjoy and even celebrate what the Holy Spirit is doing, and yet miss the Presence of God.

We can make ourselves available to partner with the Holy Spirit, to pray, speak and go. We can see miracles take place—and yet miss the fact that the works of the Kingdom reveal the very Presence of the King Himself.

The healing evangelist, Kathryn Kuhlman, understood this. In her meetings, she courted the manifest Presence of God (the Holy Spirit) with worship, ministering His Word and waiting until His Presence filled the auditorium.

And then, miracle after miracle would break out. [2]

Today, I believe the Spirit is challenging us to desire, acknowledge and honour the Presence of God.

  • In our life, home, work, relationships and ministry, to acknowledge His Presence
  • When someone is healed, point to God’s Presence
  • When God is moving, talk about His Presence with us
  • In the use of spiritual gifts, honour His Presence
  • In our ministry and church services, acknowledge that His Presence is here
  • Earnestly desire and seek, not just His power, but His Presence.

‘One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.’ (Ps 27:4)


Notes:

[1] See the following reference, for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekhinah
[2] Ref: Buckingham, J: Daughter of Destiny: The Authorised Biography of Kathryn Kuhlman


Related Posts:

This Can Be A Year of Visitation
Prophetic Insight: Look Out, The Rain Is Coming!
A Prophetic Picture Of God’s Manifest Presence
Host God’s Presence and Change a Nation


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9 thoughts on “Shekinah: Why Seek The Presence That We Already Have?

  1. Malcolm Calder

    Helen, this is very very amazing. I am so blessed to once again be challenged to deepen my relationship with God Himself. The keys you share here will unleash a Holy Spirit filled, on-fire Christian more than ever before!!

  2. Shirley G.

    Helen Thank you for being a obedient servant of our All Mighty and Loving Heavely Father. Your words make me think about how God is changing me bit by bit. I can look back and see how I am being changed, and having a deeper understanding of His Word and Works. Thank you. Be Blessed.

  3. Helen Calder Post author

    Thank you Malcolm and Shirley.
    God is so gracious to transform us, it’s good to take time to look back, as I have done here, and remember the wonderful things He has done. 🙂

  4. Chris

    Hello Helen,
    This teaching is life changing. I just love it. Pursuing God’s precense is very close to my heart.
    ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ (Jer 29:13) For me, this scripture sums it up. When I seek God’s presence consistently, I position myself to have an encounter – a new revelation about God that will change how I view Him and my circumstances. Abraham had such an encounter. At one time he only knew God as Elohim but as he continued pursuing God’s presence he experienced a life changing encounter – where God reveled Himself as El Shadai . This new encounter made him to ‘ Hope against hope’ Thanks so much.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Chris, that’s awesome! I love your thought about Abraham. So many individuals in Scripture had life-changing encounters with God – would make a great study. I like that we can daily encounter Him and hear His voice, but also there are those life-impacting moments too.

  5. Rev Dr Delali Bodza

    Your teachings are very pragmatic and inspirational. Intact , I have been so much blessed ever since I begun receiving your messages. My eyes have been opened to the prophetic ministry and my ministry has been lifted to another level, my personal walk with God has also been enriched. God richly bless you. Rev Dr Delali Bodza

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      It is great to hear from you, Rev Dr Bodza. Thanks for reading Enliven Blog! I pray for you today for wisdom and enlargement in your life and ministry.

  6. Amy

    So what I needed to hear today. Thank you for all the hours you put into this site. I never comment, but it has become a resource I use all the time. I’m new to the Holy Spirit and just realized after reading this, that I don’t know God the way he wants me to know him. Such a fun and amazing journey we are on.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you Amy, it’s encouraging to hear from you and I’m glad Enliven Blog is a good resource for you!
      Yes that sums it up so beautifully, a fun and amazing journey 🙂 thanks for leaving the note.

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