1 Pet 2:4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
9 But you are A chosen race, A royal priesthood, A holy nation, A people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
YOUR PURSUIT OF FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM DETERMINES THE QUALITY OF LIFE YOU LIVE AND LIGHT YOU WALK IN
Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
OUTWARD MANIFESTATIONS OF HIS GOODNESS ARE THE FRUIT OF INWARD EXPERIENCES WITH HIM.
Gen 12:7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him.
ABRAHAM ALWAYS BUILT ALTARS. THEY REPRESENT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
ISAIAH 61:3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting (DESPAIR). So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
INCREASE IS ALWAYS A REFLECTION OF CLIMATE!
Ps 67:5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6 Then the earth shall yield her increase;
NKJ Psa. 50:23 Whoever offers praise glorifies me and to him who orders his conduct (conversation) aright I will show the salvation of god.”
MESS Psa. 50:23 It’s the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the way I’ll show you my salvation.”
PRAISE CHANGES THE CLIMATE AROUND YOU.
2 TYPES OF PRESENCE VITAL TO SUCCESS IN LIFE…
THE ABIDING PRESENCE… HE NEVER LEAVES OR FORSAKES US…
THE MANIFESTED PRESENCE OF GOD… ATMOSPHERE
TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO EXPERIENCE A HARVEST FROM A DRY SPIRITUAL CLIMATE.
GOD KNOWS HOW TO MAKE YOU BLOOM AND FLOURISH… BUT HE WON’T ALLOW IT WITHOUT HIM.
Ps 68:1 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered,
WE ARE THE ONES WHO DETERMINES IF GOD IS ARISING OR NOT.
THE PRESENCE AND LIFE OF GOD WILL BRING THE CLIMATE FOR GROWTH AND INCREASE
THIS PRINCIPLE WILL BE ESTABLISHED DURING THE MILENEUM.
Zech 14:17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. (No Worship, no rain)
Ps 113:3 From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the Lord is to be praised.