The Mountain Of God’s Aura/Presence – Part 1: Sermon By Bishop Gobanga
But in the latter days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains; and it shall be exalted above the hills, and peoples shall flow to it. And many nations shall come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways, and we may walk in His paths. For the law shall go forth out of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.Micah 4:1-2 (AMP)
Aura refers to presence.
God indwells the sanctum of His presence. He governs and administers His counsels within His presence, His aura.
Presence – In Hebrew, “panaim” means the face of God or a close and personal encounter with God.
The mountain of God’s presence is the place in the spirit where humanity has a prophetic face to face encounter with God.
God used to commune with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day; person-to-person encounter. Due to the fall, this was disrupted.
God does not relate with multitudes. He relates with persons.
Whenever God wants to reveal His purpose, He communicates to a single person.
Many Christians want to see the face of God but few are willing to pay the price. It is one thing to desire this and it is another to count the cost. There is a price to pay in order to have a face to face encounter with God.
This is reaching a dimension in the spirit where you commune with divinity.
This is beyond moving in the gifts of the Spirit, prophesying, going to Bible school but a dimension of communing with Divinity. It is a place of encounter with God where He reveals His purpose for you.
When you have a face to face encounter with God, you will begin to understand why God made you.
A mountain is a place of meeting e.g. Moses and the burning bush, Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice to the Lord on the mountain.
Mountain also represent religions, kingdoms & systems, covenants and blessing.
The mountain of God’s presence is a place where you have an experiential moment with God. It is not intellectual but you commune with God experientially.
Whenever God wants you to understand His reality, He ushers you into experience. This reality ushers you into the presence of God.
The mountain is a place of a critical posture of your life. When you appear in His presence, your outlook will change; your mission and vision.
The mountain is a place where you consider certain decisions in your life. It is a place of turning points, a place where we understand our identity in Him.
Your modulation of time and space are modulated by the dictates of eternity.
You can never meet God and remain carnal. When the presence of God engulfs you, the weight and bondage of sin falls away. Complaining and whining cease.
It is a place where you are brought from being carnal to being spiritual. Those that are carnal have never encountered God.
The presence of God ushers you to a place where you see challenges as an opportunity to manifest God, to become a representation of God.
The mountain of God represents His Kingdom, power and authority. There is no value for power and authority, money or titles and accolades without the presence and glory of God.
There cannot be true inherent power, authority or blessing without the presence of God. Without the presence of God, you are powerless.
The difference between a true apostle and a fake one is the presence of God. Even in the marketplace, what will distinguish you is the presence of God.
Whatever God vests upon a person e.g. power is an expression of His presence. These are just outer fringes of the real deal; tangible divinity.
When you miss out on the ways of God, you will miss out on inheritance. Do not get caught up in the works of God and miss the ways of God. Know Him and access your inheritance in Him.
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.Psalm 103:7 (KJV)
The mountain is the place we ruminate on His person not His works.
You touch base with His constant nature. He is the same yesterday, today and forever more.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
The purpose of God emanates from the veracity of His nature and from the palpable presence of His person.
Go beyond the actions of God into the inner sanctum of His nature.
We are a Church of purpose. But child of God, do you know the person of God?
There are aspects of His nature you touch base with when you spend time with God – fellowship, relationship and communion. This cultures you with Divine decorum in His presence and around saints.
You do not know your purpose because you do not know the person of God and His presence.
The person of Christ will take you to heaven while His principles will allow you to live.
May you be caught up in communion with Him and the bounds of His presence from whence He speaks.
God never speaks from without His presence.
It is the person of God that defines the components of His attributes.
The mountain of His presence is a realm where you touch base with His glory.
Without glory, your strategy will fail. What will make sense is His presence and His person for they are inseparable.
It is the presence of God that adds value to your life.
You get knowledge, understanding and wisdom in His presence. These treasures are hidden in Him.
That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.Colossians 2:2-3 (KJV)
It is by this way that Adam was able to name all animals for all animals had a mark of Divinity.
And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.Genesis 2:19 (KJV)
It is the person of God that will enable you to commune with His reality and attributes. The mountain of God is a place where we fellowship, relate and commune with the person of God not His works or actions of God.
God wants us to come to the place where we understand that the purpose of God emanates from His nature and His person.
The person of God helps you understand the purpose of God. The purpose of God has no value in your life without His presence. The presence of God reveals His nature. It is in the presence of God that you touch base with the person of His being.
When you grow in knowledge in the person of God and His presence, you attain to the understanding of His purpose.
The person of Christ is what will usher you to heaven. Not the purpose of Christ.
God does not perform any action outside of His presence. It is the person of God that defines the components of His attributes. The person of God is inseparable from His presence.
The more you know the person of God, the more everything falls into place.
The prophetic mountain of God is a place where you touch base with nothing but His glory. It is the glory of God that seals the pattern.
Only the presence of God adds value to your life.
The Bible is not enough e.g. Pharisees and Sadducees. They missed the Messiah spoken of in the Scriptures they knew too well. To make sense of the Bible, we need the presence of God.
Everything that you need in life is found in God’s presence. His presence is laced with wisdom.
You may have money but you can only maximise on it with the presence of God.
The presence of God will culture you to know how far to go, who to hang out with etc.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.Act 17:28 (KJV)
May we all have the presence of God – the unction that teaches you how to function.
You need to tarry in His presence and transact with the Divine at personal level. This is a transaction no one can do for you not even your pastor.
The prophetic word given to you will not yield fruit if you have unbelief, or live in sin. It will yield fruit as you relate with God in the sanctity of His presence.
The mountain of God is the mountain of Eden.
But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.Micah 4:1-2 (KJV)
Eden was a mountain.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.Ezekiel 28:13-15 (KJV)
Eden prophetically denotes a place of delight that is the presence of God, the door through which you have unlimited interaction with the divine.
The rivers in Eden are a type of continuous flow of revelation.
At Mt. Sinai, God inaugurated His law and covenant with Israel. It was this mountain that God was manifest.
You can go to any mountain but the question is: is God there?
It is not the physicality of the mountain but what it represents i.e. His presence.
The law and covenant came from His presence.
And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.Exodus 24:15 (KJV)
God in His redemptive plan wants to take us back to the mountain of His presence and access His city.
We can access this holy mountain, this city which is Eden, through the blood of Jesus.
God’s presence was in the Garden of Eden. It was an atmosphere but there was a spot where He would manifest in the cool of the day. You may be in Eden but you need to have His presence. There was a particular spot in the garden where Adam and Eve met with God.
It is possible to be in Eden but not in His presence.
You also need a revelation of His holy law by tarrying in His presence. This reality is more individual than it is corporate.
God’s presence is what makes the difference in our lives. If you want to understand the word of God, be in His presence. The word will become relevant to you in His presence.
It is at the place of His presence everything gets form and relevance: worship, bible study, prayer and fasting. Everything will become a reality.
God is ushering us to the mountain of His holy house. It is a personal walk, choice and decision. Revival is more personal than it is a group reality.
Revival started and always starts with individuals. It is first individual before it is corporate. Before it happens in a city, it happens to an individual(s).
There are things only God can do for you in person and not in a group setting.
Learn to tarry in His presence and host His presence.