The Mountain Of God’s Aura/Presence – Part 2: 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)
The sanctum of God’s divine presence serves as His dwelling place. God governs in the ambience of His presence.
The mountain of God’s presence is a place of meeting, where humanity touches base with Divinity.
The purpose of God is the veracity of His nature. The purpose of God converges around the palpable presence of God. His purpose is not more important than His presence.
Purpose has no value devoid of God’s presence of God. The purpose of God can only be amplified in the presence of God.
It is the presence of God that introduces you to the person of His being. The more you grow you in fellowship, relationship and communion with God the more you grow in being broad in understanding the purpose of God.
God does not transact anything outside of His presence.
The undertakings of God are only discharged from within His Divine presence.
The prophetic mountain of God is an element where humanity touches base with nothing except the presence of God.
The difference between an ordinary mountain and the mountain of the presence of God is His presence. His presence makes all the difference. For example, Mount Sinai existed even before Moses. What made it different as Moses ascended it was the presence of God. (Reference: Exodus 19)
His presence will make a difference and add value in your life and everything that you own. His presence becomes your compass. If you want to understand time and season, access His presence.
If you want to understand your bearing as a believer, you need to access the presence of God.
Everything pertaining to life is found in His presence. The ability to overcome is found in His presence.
The presence of God is what will add value to what you want to own. Show me a person that has value and I will show you a person that has the presence of God in their life.
If you want to understand Divinity, you need the presence of God.
The limitations you anticipate to overcome are found in the presence of God.
The mountain of God in Micah 4 was Eden.
Eden was originally God’s holy mountain. The 4 rivers flowing through it represent streams of revelation. Eden was a source of refreshment to Adam and Eve.
Water symbolizes the Word of God – wisdom and understanding.
The presence of God has all that you need.
The Gold of Ophir was found in the River Euphrates.
Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four [river] heads. The first is named Pishon; it is the one flowing around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is of high quality; bdellium (pearl?) and onyx stone are there. The second river is named Gihon; it is the one flowing around the whole land of Cush. The third river is named Hiddekel [the Tigris]; it is the one flowing east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.Genesis 2:10-14 (AMP)
The law of God and His covenant proceeds from His presence. Moses accessed the 10 Commandments in the presence of God. No transaction happens or can happen outside the presence of God. Especially Divine transactions with God. (Reference: Exodus 20)
God’s presence in Eden is what made the Garden of Eden different.
God desires that we are taken back to Eden where we have access to revelation, wisdom, etc.
The water of Eden symbolizes aspects of the spiritual life of humanity. When God wants to bestow mercy and covenantal blessings, He releases the water of His Spirit.
God used to fellowship with Adam and Eve daily. God desires that we experience Eden again. This is what you see when the new Jerusalem comes down and the habitation of God is with man.
In the desert, the Pillar Of Fire and the glory cloud of God that went before the Israelites were there at the creation of the world.
The children of Israel in the wilderness had a Pillar Of Cloud by the day and Pillar Of Fire by night.
The pillar in the day was a pillar of the glory of God. It served as an air conditioner by day to cool them. The Pillar Of Fire by night was to provide heat.
God is a God of providence and protection. Those outside of the cloud were vulnerable to attacks from enemies.
As long as we are under the cloud of the presence of God, we are protected from demonic activity and attacks. As long as you are under the glory cloud of God, you are insulated from spiritual attack.
What constituted the cloud? It was similar to the cloud Ezekiel saw in Ezekiel 1. He saw the cloud with seraphims and cherubims (angelic beings).
The Spirit cloud that we see in the wilderness is a miniature of the spiritual heavens. For God to be made manifest, He has to come out of invisibility. The Spirit cloud is a royal temple. It moves faster than the speed of light to execute God’s will. The Spirit cloud is a model and replica of the invisible throne of God in heaven.
God dwells in the sanctity of His presence.
The presence of God sanctifies the ground e.g. God appearing to Moses and asking him to remove his shoes because where he stood was Holy.
When Solomon dedicated the temple, the glory of the Lord filled the entire temple and the priests had to stop what they were doing. When God’s presence is manifest, everything must bow – sin, attitudes, programs, etc.
When God came to Eden, that mountain became the temple of God full of His presence.
God wanted man to be His royal sanctuary. The more that God communes with man, the more man becomes a place for Him to abide. That is why He made man in His image.
Tend and keep the garden – where you fellowship and commune with God.
Structures are not the Church. They shall not suffice if you as a person fall short if being His Holy temple. The real sanctuary is you and I, not a building. God is not interested in where you are standing, He is interested in you.
As you commune with His presence, He ushers you to the reality of Him. Your identity becomes secure.
Stop chasing after things that are supposed to be chasing after you. Chase after the presence of God and they shall follow after you.
You can only be appreciated by man when you have grown in favour with God.
And Jesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man.Luke 2:52 (AMP)
Get favour first with God then with man. This is the Divine order.
The presence of God makes you to be relevant for generations. Case in point: Daniel served 4 regimes in Babylon.
When the cloud moved, the children of Israel moved. This is how they managed to thrive in the wilderness for 40 years.
Experience introduces you into the reality of God helping you understand His heart and mind with regard to His law. The Spirit of the law gives life but the letter killeth.
The presence of God will usher you into levels and breakthroughs that degrees and promotions cannot help you access.
The presence of God causes you to be relevant throughout your life. It seasons you and enables to to be like the Sons of Issachar discerning times and seasons.
The cloud functions as a temporary chariot-like throne room.
The Angel of His presence is God Himself. He is the Pre-incarnate Christ.
The Tabernacle that Moses was instructed to build, the Spirit cloud entered to fill it. The glory of God seals the pattern. What made the difference was the presence of God. The tabernacle was built according to the blueprint that God had given to him, but it is His glory that sealed the pattern.
The main purpose that the people of Israel left Egypt was to go and worship God at the mountain.
It is at the place of worship that you know how to enter rest.
It is at the mountain that you get the law and covenant from God.
It is at the mountain you instructions for living that differentiate you from your Egyptian ways.
The promised land was also a mountain – there was provision. It is at the mountain the Lord communed with Moses and got provision.
Programs and systems will not suffice outside of the presence of God. It is the ‘kabod’ that will make the difference. His presence is what will vindicate you. Our programs are only relevant to the extent to which the glory of God is present.
What will confirm if you heard God is the fruit – your character, your reaction, etc.
When you are caught up in the presence of God, nothing else will matter.
God wants to bring His people into fellowship with Him and worship at His Holy mountain.
You cannot go to the place of rest unless you know how to worship.
Calvary is the mountain where we keep renewing our covenant. At the place of Calvary, sin gives way.
Canaan, the promised land, was also a mountain. At the mountain of God there is providence, there is freedom.
We need to realize that before God gives you what you want, He wants you. In the promised land, you will inherit things but God does not want you to forget Him when you access these things.
Do not get enthralled by houses and vineyards and miss out on God.
God wants the Church to serve as the garden of God, to be restored back to the original mountain of Eden. This is the only way we can be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over all the earth.
God wants to use us so that through us all the nations and peoples of the earth can be restored back to the mountain of God. He wants to use you to evangelize to men.
The mountain is not meant just for you but for other people who are in the world.
The mountain as revealed in Micah in our context represents God’s Kingdom. The Church is a part of the Kingdom of God. God is establishing a Kingdom that shall be greater than every other kingdom. All other kingdoms will throng into it.
It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be [firmly] established as the highest of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it. And many people 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 that we may walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law and instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.Isaiah 2:2-3 (AMP)
The prophetic purpose of the apostolic and prophetic is to prepare people for the second coming of Christ as He prepares us to be ushered into the Kingdom Age. The Kingdom Age is eternal. It has no end. (Reference: Revelation 21)
May the presence of the Lord in you cause impact in your place of calling, at home and elsewhere as you interact with people in whatever environment you are in.
God wants His Kingdom, the expression of it, to fill the entire earth. Eden is a type of God’s Kingdom that Adam and Eve were to replicate all over the earth.
And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.Genesis 1:28 (AMP)
God wants the expression of Eden to be experienced in all of the earth. In Micah, God is recalling what He spoke in the Garden of Eden.
God wants the seed of the woman to fulfill His mandate. The seed of woman is Christ but it is also you and I.
A significant aspect of the cloud of God’s glory was the Tabernacle because it contained the Ark Of The Covenant – the presence of God.
It is at the place of the Ark Of The Covenant that God would speak to Moses. Moses needed to be in the cloud before He could hear His voice.
The construction of the Tabernacle served as a picture of the Edenic land. There’s nothing that God does that is devoid of the Edenic experience. Your life must conform to that which constitutes Eden.
If you are going to fellowship with God day by day, there should be similarities in your life with Eden – place of delight, the presence of God.
It is not the entire part of Eden that served as a garden. The Garden was found on the Eastern side. God drove Adam and Eve from the East. He stationed a cherubim to guard from them entering.
In prophetic language, the East refers to a new move of God.
The East Gate of the temple was always closed. It is believed that is where the Messiah is going to come from at His second coming.
A cherubim was stationed to guard Adam and Eve from accessing the garden.
Cain ran way from the East – away from Godly people.
Anytime when you run away when rebuked and corrected, you are running away from His presence. You are running away from God Himself. No one that walks in rebellion can carry His presence.
Check the spirit of pride and rebellion as it will resist the move of God in your life.
When you access His mountain, you are accessing a place of healing – in your relationships, finances, etc. Healing can only be found in His presence through the Holy Spirit.
It takes one that is humble.
For thus says the high and lofty One—He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin].Isaiah 57:15 (AMP)
The sacrifices that are acceptable unto God are sacrifices of a broken and contrite spirit.
My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.Psalm 51:17-18 (AMP)
When you are accessing His mountain, you are accessing a dimension where it is not about you, it is not about the other person, but it is a place where it is all about Him.
The mountain is a place of worship where you tremble at His word (that has been revealed to you by God) It is a place where you touch base with eternity where He dwells. It is a place of revelation where God’s word becomes alive to you before it can become so to others.
For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being [by and for Me], says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres My commands.Isaiah 66:2 (AMP)
You can only worship God to the extent that He has revealed Himself unto you.
The answers to your breakthrough are found in God’s presence where you can touch base with eternity, where purpose becomes apparent.
The entrance of the Garden of Eden was towards the East, a place of new beginnings. The entrance of the gate of the temple faced the East, a place of the new move of God.
The wise men came from the East to announce to Herod a new beginning.
You need to understand your position in the mountain lest you miss out on the experience.
We all have a place in God’s presence.