The Word of God says that we carry God’s presence; that we are the light of the world, and we release the fragrance of Jesus in every place. Like all of the Christian life, my experience is that the more a person believes these scriptures for themselves, the more the presence of God seems to be manifest through them.
In worship one day, God gave me a picture which has captivated me ever since:
I saw a lunar landscape. It was grey and lifeless, and covered in rocks of many sizes. It did not have an atmosphere that promoted life, yet people were living there, gasping for breath. I saw them slowly shuffling around, looking weighed down and depressed.
Then the picture changed perspective. Now I was looking from above and behind on a person. I immediately realised that this person was you and me. This person had the Holy Spirit living in them. They were a Holy Spirit carrier. They were living and walking in the lunar landscape, but something remarkable happened wherever they went. Surrounding them was an oxygen rich bubble of life. The sky was blue, and within the bubble the ground was covered in lush green grass, with beautiful flowers of intense colour and great variety interspersed with majestic trees. Wherever the person walked, this life filled atmosphere followed. They brought a different reality wherever they went in that lunar landscape.
When the Holy Spirit carrier interacted with the inhabitants of this grey world, they were also immersed into the greater reality of this lush environment which was around the carrier. Their experience changed in a moment of time from one of a dead landscape to one teeming with life.
Then God spoke to me: “You see the people who are living in this grey and harsh landscape? They have never known anything different to this. It has been their only experience of life. What do you think it would feel like the first time they breathed oxygen rich air? What would they experience the first time they felt the grass, or saw the flowers? That’s what happens when you carry My presence into this world”
I realised that all of us who are born-again and filled with the Spirit have the opportunity to impact the world around us as did the Holy Spirit carrier in this picture, but not all of us do. The difference is in what we believe, and therefore what we say and what we do.
Many of us will have had Holy Spirit encounters with people. God suddenly used us to bring some word or action of life to another. We were surprised by it, blessed by it, but thought it was the exception rather than the norm. I believe that God wants it to be your normal! I believe that He wants us to be ‘life bringers‘ wherever we go and with whoever we meet, not just when on an outreach mission.
How do we see more?
My experience is that the influence of God’s presence through me increases with my faith level. So I encourage you to take hold of the scriptures about carrying His presence and declare them over yourself every day out loud. Faith comes by hearing the word. Ask God about the scriptures. “What will this look like in my life?” He will begin to show you what to look out for. Some things will be overt, some less obvious, but as you experience the influence of His presence through you, your faith will grow. Then to ultimately have the greatest impact, you need to learn to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you in the moment, and take a risk to act on what He gives you.
Happy adventures! You are a life bringer.
Some useful scriptures about carrying God’s presence:
- You are a Temple of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor 6:19
- You diffuse the fragrance of Christ in every place – 2 Cor 2:14
- Christ in you the hope of glory – Colossians 1:27
- Jesus is the light of the world – John 8:12
- You are the light of the world – Matt 5:14
- And finally a scripture which shows just a glimpse of what is possible – Acts 5:14-16
I would love to hear your testimonies of the Kingdom of God impacting people through you. Please leave a comment below.
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