Find Your Spiritual Trysting Place

In my book, The Altar of His Presence, we studied some of the geographical places where altars were built and graced with the Lord’s manifested Presence to those of precious faith. These hallowed sites are known either because of the divine revelations or angelic appearances that supplemented the building of an altar. Mostly for sacrificing, sometimes only as a memorial, altars were named.


Moses named his Jehovah Nissi, and Gideon named his the Lord is Peace. Others, like the one built by the leaders of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh, were not for burnt offering, nor sacrifice, but as a witness and testimony (see Josh. 22:26-27). Altars were made only of earth or unhewn stone on which no iron tool was used and without steps going up to them (see Exod. 20:24-26). With each of them there was neither spectacle nor decoration allowed. The altar was to be plain and simple, for it was the meeting place between God and man and therefore a place of shedding of blood without which there is no remission of sin (see Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:22). The altar is a place of interaction with the Lord for us only through the offering of an innocent life.


From our solar system’s blazing hot sun to the tiniest moon in Jupiter’s orbit and everything in between, God has places. An altar is a place of purpose that conveys this truth—the Lord wants to meet with us. What could be the purpose of human beings having a meeting place with God? For what purpose would God choose the altar as His place to meet with man? Perhaps you have similar questions about the possible alien visitations or odd manifestations found at Stonehenge or Easter Island.


Apparently, the early patriarchs found the real answer. Surviving worldwide flood, generations-destroying famine, and the loss of mankind’s righteousness for sin, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah all built altars. Upon these altars these men of faith offered sacrifices to the Lord as an offering of thanksgiving and praise for the Lord’s guidance, protection, sustenance, strength, or blessing. Each one found the altar’ed life as promised in Exodus 30:6.


Each altar had one ultimate purpose. That purpose was to create a meeting place with the Lord God Almighty. The Hebrew mind viewed the altar as a place where men and women came to worship. It was the place where the passion for and the movement toward the Lord came together. At an altar, Abel offered his finest lamb, while Noah’s provided a sweet aroma that rose to the Lord. Where Abraham’s altar saw the salvation of a promised son; Joshua’s celebrated the entrance into the Promised Land. Gideon’s altar saw deliverance, and Elijah’s changed a nation.


Through the day where is the place that you meet with the Lord? Can you sense the sweet stirrings of the Holy Spirit there? Are you tired of living without passion or unfulfilled purpose? Does your heart still thirst for the living water of the Spirit as the deer pants for a cool mountain stream?


If you haven’t found a trysting place, do so now. Find an uncommon place, either in space or time, to get together with the Lord and His people. Meet regularly. Wait patiently. Call expectantly. Pray unceasingly. At the altar, the Lord will meet you. Every meeting you have with Him will alter your life toward the divine plan and purpose given to you by the Lord.



Having a Heart After God

Earlier this month the Holy Spirit opened my understanding concerning the altar. He began by leading my time of worship, prayer and meditation to a specific idea. That idea was that the Altar of Incense was the “heart” of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. In the outer court stood a priest, the brazen altar and the laver. The Holy Place, which was filled with the light coming from the Golden Candlestick (to the far right) and the smell of fresh bread off the Table of Shewbread (from the far left), had at its center, the Altar of Incense. Behind the Altar hung the heavy and wide curtain separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant.


But, if you look upon that which Moses built, i.e., the Tabernacle vertically instead of horizontally, it forms a symbolic cross with the Ark at the top. And, in the middle or heart of it…the Altar. The Altar was Jehovah’s meeting place with Moses (Exodus 30:6)and as I have shared throughout my latest book, the Altar is where the Lord desires to meet with all of us. For the Altar was first a place, then a Person–in the Lord Jesus Christ and finally, a people–in the people of God.


The Altar of Incense was the “heart” of the Tabernacle. And like the heart organ in the center of our physical bodies, the spiritual heart described in Scripture stands for the center of our moral, spiritual and intellectual life. It is the meeting place between the Lord and the believer. In other words, the heart is our “spiritual core or center.” Perhaps that is why many believers learned the following song as children; “Into my heart. Into my heart. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.”


How important is it to have the Lord in our “heart?” Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” (Matthew 5:8) and “For where your treasure is, your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). From these and other Scriptures it appears, in the words of Owen: “The heart in Scripture is variously used, sometimes for the mind and understanding, sometimes for the will, sometimes for the affections, sometimes for the conscience, sometimes for the whole soul. Generally, it denotes the whole soul of man and all the faculties of it, not absolutely, but as they are all one principle of moral operations, as they all concur in our doing of good and evil.”


The Bible speaks to the importance of having the Manifest Presence of God in our heart. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” And David said, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26). And Jesus told His disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in Me (John 14:1).


There are specific reasons for “having a heart after God” (filled with the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit).


A Contrite Heart.


First, when we encounter His Manifest Presence, we are made to realize our need of salvation. That realization takes place in our heart. Then, the more we experience His Manifest Presence, the more we want to experience Him. Such has caused me to realize my shortness and His fullness, which I believe has resulted in me being broken and possessing a “contrite heart” before Him.


During my prayer time the Lord has repaired, revived and restored my heart by turning my heart even more toward Him. Isaiah 57:15 says, “For this is what the high and lofty One says– he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” A “contrite heart” seeks after the Lord through prayer, worship, the study of the Word and the Person of the Holy Spirit. And, like the blood that pumps from the heart through our body, a contrite heart sends the nourishing Presence of God into all areas of our lives.


A Heart Full of Faith and Assurance


Secondly, as our hearts are filled to overflowing with His Presence, a “heart full of faith and assurance” develops. This heart enables us to overcome doubt, fear and unbelief. Jesus told His disciples in Mark 11:22-24, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Having the faith of God is a result of being filled with the God of faith! When our hearts are filled with His fullness we reject timidity for the spirit of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). We no longer talk “about” the mountains we are facing, but by faith, we speak “to” the mountain and the mountain moves!


A Hearing Heart


Lastly, having our heart filled to overflowing with His glory enables us to have a “hearing heart.” This term describes the Lord Jesus during His time on the earth. The King James Version of John 4:3-4 says, “He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria.” By having a “hearing heart” our Lord “knew” that He was to “go through Samaria.” Jesus knew He was supposed to take a certain path because there was a certain woman with a certain need. We don’t know if He knew that He would meet that specific woman at Jacob’s well that day. We do know that He was led by His heart to that specific well and woman. His hearing heart resulted in a whole city getting to hear the Good News.


This level of spiritual relationship with the Lord causes our ears to hear and our hearts to understand (hearing and understanding). Being able to know the direction to go, or the words to say, or the actions to take in a certain situation, enables ministry on a whole new level. When we are able to hear what hasn’t been heard, or to see what can’t be seen or to know what we cannot possibly know in the natural realm, we are spiritually enabled to share spiritual wisdom and understanding with those that are in great need.


How can we develop the heart that I have described? This is my story. I find a quiet place to wait upon the Lord. At least once a day I find a place where I can be physically, emotionally and mentally quiet. I then turn off the media, the internet, the cell phone, the television and move away from the noise of life. This enables me to move away from anything that is confusing or distracting and to focus on being filled with His Manifest Presence.


I encourage you to do the same. And to meditate on His Word. Mull over a specific passage or Scripture verse. Spend the time singing and making melody in your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to pray for and through you. Pray that your heart and mind be filled with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, in Jesus’ Name.


And remember, The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who wait upon and hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31.



I love you!



Moving Into New Spiritual Dimensions

If we are going to fully understand the relationship between the spiritual environment we live in and the advancement or lack thereof of personal growth, we need to look at nature. Such an observation was made by a man who makes his living by diving for exotic fish. The fish he catches are used to fill large aquariums. According to him, one of the most popular aquarium fish is the shark. The reason for this is that sharks adapt easily to their environment. The size a shark becomes is determined by the environment it lives in. If you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium in which it lives. Sharks can be six inches long and yet fully mature. But turn them loose in the ocean and they will grow to their normal size.


The same is true of most people. Some people live in a spiritual environment that causes their opportunity to “become” small. This is generally due to them living in a spiritual setting that is filled with disagreement, fear, doubt or unbelief. This type of spiritual atmosphere continues to focus on what God cannot or will not do. Rather than experiencing growth, their lives suffer spiritually causing them to remain small and underdeveloped. While we cannot always control the environment around us, we can choose to stay or leave. Each of us can decide to be open to new theology, new spiritual experiences and to experience new horizons.


One of the reasons I wrote, The Altar of His Presence, was to help people move into a new spiritual environment. Such movement usually requires people experiencing the glory of God on a new and intimate level. Such experiences inspire the kind of spiritual growth that transforms the heart and renews the mind. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God– this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.”




How can The Altar of His Presence assist you in becoming all that God has planned for you to become? Reading, embracing and experiencing this kind of devotional material will help you to examine your own desires. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart.”


Desires can be changed. Sometimes they change because of something we have experienced. Desires can wane or grow. The desires that are in our heart can be ignited by reading a new book, hearing a new message or having a new spiritual experience. And, while it is true that that many people generally do what people see, each of us must decide to go beyond what we have previously known or seen and to be open to new experiences and ideas.


It has been my experience that desires change greatly for those who truly delight themselves in the Lord. When we delight ourselves in the Lord, have new and divine experiences in the Holy Spirit, we are given opportunity to respond positively or negatively to the Lord’s Manifest Presence. I encourage you to respond in a positive manner. Why? Because, the Holy Spirit would like nothing more than for each of us to have intimate and experiential knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said he considered everything a loss in comparison to “knowing” Christ Jesus his Lord (see Phil. 3:8). Such “knowing” can only happen when as we experience Him in spirit and in truth.


I encourage you to decide today to contend for the experiential knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you hear the Voice of the Lord. I encourage you to do so by purchasing your copy of The Altar of His Presence and by choosing to act on that which you read. Take the time to meditate on, digest, respond and reflect. I believe such action will cause you to be delighted in the Lord on a whole new level, cause you to fully desire to know Him and become all that you can be in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Have a blessed day.


Our New Book Has Arrived!

I am so excited about our new book, The Altar of His Presence. While it won’t be available at Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Amazon and Target until July 17th. But, I have some wonderful news…you can receive your own advance signed copy today!


Without hesitation, I can say that the message of The Altar of His Presence will help you find the secret to living the “altar’ed life.” Like Enoch who walked with God, if you are willing to walk with God, He will take you. He will take you places you cannot possibly visit or live without Him. He will lead you into paths of righteousness–for His Name’s sake! He will take you to ascend His holy hill and into His marvelous glory! I can promise that you will find yourself in the very “secret place” of The Most High!




This new devotional book will truly inspire you and enable you to experience intimate encounters with the Glory of God. In the book I lay out a revelatory blueprint for how you can take your intimacy with God to new, marvelous and wonderful levels. I am confident that by reading the book, you will:


  • Receive new revelation on how to experience the Holy Spirit more deeply
  • Gain new clarity in how to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading
  • Experience deep spiritual fulfillment as you learn to fellowship with God on a more personal level
  • Enter into greater depths of worship where you can witness God’s glory more powerfully


To order your advanced signed copy, visit our online bookstore today at:


“I highly recommend this book both as a study guide and a daily devotion to discover the beauty of God’s Presence more fully. It will truly alter your life.”
– Charles Patterson, Pastor Emeritus, Church of the Hills, Charles Patterson Ministries


“I would personally encourage every serious man of God to get a copy of this ever inspiring devotional book. I can promise that you will be blessed each time you read through it.”
– Bishop McOwen Andrew S. Mwale, Senior Pastor of Katawa Jerusalem Temple, Mzuzu, Malawi and a Former Division Director, Northern Region of the Malawi Assemblies of God


“The Altar of His Presence is not for those who wish to be motivated by other people’s stories. Instead, Robert Stone skillfully weaves life lessons of his own, richly seasoned with Scripture, in order to lead the reader into an altar’ed life.”
– Ric Shields, President of Doorways


“Follow these principles through study and reflection in each chapter and find a whole new way to experience Christ and the dynamic of the Holy Spirit with life changing results.”
– Doyle Fulkes, Superintendent, Southern Idaho Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God


“In writing The Altar of His Presence, Robert Stone has put biblical truth at our fingertips. This is a valuable read for all Christians.”
– Fran Bates, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant


“I encourage everyone to read this book with an open heart. I can promise that by doing so they will find that it is not important where we build an “altar” and that by doing so they will be positioned to receive the best of blessings from Him— His Presence.”
– Dwight Karm, Retired Owner, Paramount Construction


“In his new book, The Altar of His Presence, Robert Stone provides a pattern and a process to establish a growing, intimate relationship with God by experiencing His Presence.”
– Reverend Alton Garrison, Assistant General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God

There’s Power in Praying the Scripture

There are passages in the Bible that describe the special privileges and advantages to those who are born again and continue to grow up “in Christ.” The Scripture tells us that by being born again, we are given the privilege to become sons or the offspring of God (John 1:12). The Apostle Paul said that maturing sons are those who put to death the misdeeds of the body, who have received the spirit of adoption, who know in their spirit that they are God’s children and are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13-16).


Such people understand that as sons of God, they have been made to be kings and priests unto God our Father (Revelation 1:5-6). And, as kings and priests, we have been given the right to come boldly to the throne of grace. Hebrews 4 tells us that we should come boldly because God’s Word is alive and powerful within us. It is sharper than any two-edged sword. Therefore, when we (as kings and priests) declare, agree with and pray the Scriptures, we come into agreement with God, and His power is released to answer our prayers.


Not only does He hear our prayers, but He also promises to answer them when we pray in line with His will (1 John 5:14). He will give us the desire of our heart when our delight is Him and His Word (Psalm 37:1-5). That which the Lord has declared (His Word), He hastens to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). That is why praying and declaring the Scripture is so powerful. When we pray the Scripture we are putting ourselves into that which the Lord has declared. This kind of praying causes His power to be released into our lives and circumstances.


The greatest purpose of such prayer is to help guide us in our relationship with the Lord. Praying the Scripture helps us to be better acquainted with our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Scripture (we cannot separate God from His Word!). Prayer is fellowship with God. Prayer combined with Praise is key if we want to abide in His Presence. For in that place we have constant communication with Him. This supernatural communication is vital to our spiritual health. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:12 that He is actually watching us, anticipating our call and looking to hear what we have to tell Him, because He wants to be with us and answer us when we call.


Here are some more benefits of Praying the Scriptures.


·        Your praying becomes the overcoming “word of your testimony” (Revelation 12:11).


·        Your soul “believes” what it hears (Romans 10:17).


·        You “agree” with what God says about you and your life (Matthew 18:19).


·        God’s Word will not return empty, but will perform its intended purpose (Isaiah 55:10-11).


·        Your praying will assist you in memorizing Scripture and knowing the Word of God (Psalm 119:11).


Praying the Scriptures will cause you to learn what God says about certain situations, and by praying His Word you will see His results. His ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts greater than our thoughts. Praying the Scriptures brings interaction with the purpose, power and Presence of the Holy Spirit.


I encourage you to make a commitment to pray the Scriptures out loud every day in June. I promise if you will pray this way for a month, you will find yourself aligned with the powerful force of God’s Word and you will find yourself living in His Word, His Will and His Way. The result will be victory in your life, in your home, and be able to handle situations as easily as the Lord Jesus would handle them.


If you can’t wait until June 1st, start today! Start with Psalm 23 or 91, Joshua 1 or Romans 8. You will be glad you did!  I love you and bless you in Jesus’ Name!   

Listen to What People Are Saying…

The Altar of His Presence will be available through our bookstore after June 20th. You can view it and my other books at

Here is a sampling of what people are saying about this dynamic new book…

Rev. Doyle Fulkes, Superintendent of the Southern Idaho Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God in Nampa, Idaho said, “Prayer is the power that sustains change, drives commitment, and creates the Christ-likeness for every Christian. Robert Stone has laid out the process, potential, and practice of prayer for the believer using systematic and biblically based principles in a devotional form. Follow these principles through study and reflection in each chapter and find a whole new way to experience Christ and the dynamic of the Holy Spirit with life changing results.”

Charles Patterson, Pastor Emeritus of Church of the Hills and Founder of Charles Patterson Ministries (in Austin, Texas) said, “Many people today are often intimidated by the idea of developing a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord. A relationship within which one can actually experience His Presence and recognize His voice as He speaks in many different ways. Robert Stone skillfully opens Scripture to reveal that this idea is actually God’s. Furthermore, as God’s invitation to us becomes our priority we discover God’s purpose, pattern, and path-way to know and experience Him in a new and very intimate way. I highly recommend this book both as a study guide and a daily devotion to discover the beauty of God’s Presence more fully. It will truly alter your life.”

Jeff Knebel from Cedar Park, Texas said, “Robert Stone is a revolutionary. In his new book, The Altar of His Presence, Robert gives insight to mankind’s ability to commune with God on a personal and unprecedented level. Robert can take the most difficult biblical concepts, particularly involving the wonderful intervening Presence of the Holy Spirit, and make them seem extraordinarily simple for the average Christian. Robert’s teaching that each of us can experience the manifest Presence of God through a loving relationship with our Lord is truly life-altering. I encourage everyone to join the Lord at the altar of His Presence (the meeting place of our heart). Thank you, Robert, for another “altar’ed” work. Your message has forever changed my view of the Holy Spirit and His work in my life.”

Mike Valiton, Pastor of Finance and Operations, Lake Hills Church in Austin, Texas said, “The Altar of His Presence is a powerful, passionate, and uplifting read that inspires the reader to come experience the manifest Presence of God. This book is rich with spiritual guidance, biblical truth, and practical application. Robert leads us through a journey into the proper order of God and His will for our lives. The book details God’s promise to meet us, deliver us, heal us, and create in us a new heart and mind. All we have to do is believe!  Author Robert Stone uses Scripture, stories, and vivid word pictures to wonderfully illustrate how much God loves us and wants to bless us with a personal relationship with Him. This book is motivating, captivating, encouraging, and invigorating. Finally, The Altar of His Presence reminds us that through God’s grace we not only have a place, a person, and a people to meet the Lord, but most importantly we have God in us, and that is where God ultimately wants to meet. There’s no better time than now!”

Finally, Ministry Partner Dwight Karm from The Woodlands, Texas said, “The Altar of His Presence is one of the best books I have read. The book is full of insight born out of Robert’s research. He presents it in a very understandable way. The information about the materials and manner of how the people in the Bible built historical altars fascinated me. I was inspired to learn how God blessed every one of His people who came to the altar and that He gave many of them a special ability to communicate with Him and other believers. The book also reminds the reader that an altar can be built anywhere and at any time. The promise of God is true. If we will come to the altar, the Lord will always meet us there.”

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I had an “altar’ed moment” last night.

I had a very special “altar’ed moment” last night. The Presence and Glory of God was so thick that I fully expected to visibly see the glory cloud of shekinah at any moment. For several hours I watched people of every race and color being saved, healed and delivered. On four different occasions a supernatural sound filled the auditorium. The only words I have are awesome, wonderful and glorious!  Where did this “altar’ed moment” take place?

My family and I experienced this tremendous move of the Holy Spirit during Tye Tribbett’s “Bloody Win” tour stop at Grant A.M.E. church here in Austin. The praise and worship was dynamic. The music was the best I have ever heard. In response to the glory of God that poured into the room hundreds of people celebrated the victorious and ascended Lord Jesus Christ. We literally stood in awe for hours.

It is evident that Tye Tribbett is an anointed young man and songwriter. He has considerable spiritual depth and insight. I first met him years ago. And, he continues to be a spirit-filled vocalist who knows how to get worshippers rejoicing. Tye has a  passion for the gospel that infuses everything he does. I like what he recently said, “things in the world can come against us so aggressively. Whether it’s bills or health or personal struggles, it can get harsh, but hold on! Hold on! We’ve got to sing louder for the God who is stronger!”

Several times this morning I have felt impressed to pray for Tye and the ministry God has given him. I truly believe that the Holy Spirit is giving him a “sound” that will reach this generation. The “sound” is more than his music, Tye spoke powerfully last night about the solutions that this generation must embrace to experience true spiritual revival.

His message reminded me of similar words given to me by the Holy Spirit. In my upcoming book, The Altar of His Presence, I wrote, “We often wonder why God has not done anything to change many of the issues in the world. We wonder why God hasn’t brought peace to war, overturned abortion laws, stopped the violence in our cities, or brought revival to our land. Many of us are waiting for God to take action when in fact God is waiting for us. God is waiting for His people to call upon Him. He is waiting for His followers to genuinely repent of lives that have become too busy, too focused on success, and too measured by how much money we make. He is waiting for us to humble ourselves and return to the altar of His Presence.”

We must remember that ALL the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus. Just as the Lord promised Jeremiah that He would answer his prayer and tell him of great and unsearchable things (see Jeremiah 29:12-13), He has declared the same to us. If we will ask, it will be given to us. If we will knock, the door will be opened. If we will seek, we will find.

The Lord wants to have a meeting with us. His will is not that we seek Him out only on Sundays or when we are having problems. He loves for us to be in His Presence. He loves to cover us with His wings. If we will draw near to Him, He has promised to honor us with His Presence, glory and power.  If we will come with a pure heart, call to Him and seek His face, He will listen to us and answer us in wonderful dimensions of goodness, grace and glory.

Pray for Tye. Pray for his ministry team. Pray that the Lord will use him to speak to and reach this generation with the gospel.

Pray for me. Pray for my new book. Pray that tens of thousands of copies will fill the earth with the message of meeting with the Lord. Pray that people all over the world will be inspired to experience intimate encounters with the glory of God…every day…and every hour.


I love you!



Standing on Holy Ground

When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3:5 NASB


There is a spiritual principle that we must come to understand and embrace. The principle is this, “Whatever is connected with the worship of the holy LORD is itself holy. Nothing is holy in itself, but anything (and anyone) becomes holy by being connected and consecrated to Him.” Therefore, any place where He manifests His Presence is holy ground (Exodus 3:5). The tabernacle or temple in which His glory is revealed is a holy building (Exodus 28:29); and all its sacrifices (Exodus 29:33), ceremonial materials (30:25) and utensils (1 Kings 8:4) are also holy. The Sabbath is holy because it is the Sabbath of the Lord (Exodus 20:8-11).


Holiness, in short, is expressive. Like fashionable clothes, holiness is always noticed. We who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for our eternal salvation have been chosen and set apart unto God. Therefore, like the Tabernacle or Temple in the Old Testament, we have become the dwelling place of God, hence, we are holy. Because our bodies have been made from the dust of the earth, we are standing on and in holy ground. That is why we are admonished throughout the Scripture to remove any garments of sin and decay and to put on the garments (the character) that reveals the holiness of God.


What does holiness worn by a believer look like? Isaiah prophesied it would be like wearing a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness. When Paul told the Church in Rome to put on (wear as a garment) the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul was telling the Church that holiness would show forth the goodness, the grace and the glory that God has shown to us and exchanged for our sin and decay.


Holiness can also be described as wholeness. It has been said that, “if a half-a-man marries half-a-woman to get half-a-marriage.” To have a whole marriage we must be whole people who marry others who are whole as well. To be whole or holy means that as people who are filled with the Presence of God, we are to be kind, considerate and helpful. We are to have a spirit of humility where we take the low road of modesty instead of the high road or arrogance. We put on the Lord’s meekness, patience, and love. Being “holy ground” means that we are patient with others while becoming able to persevere through difficult times. We should seek to focus on forbearance so that we can bear the weakness, flaws and irritations of others. Let us offer forgiveness to everyone we meet so that we purposely pardon and release those who have wronged us (just as Christ readily forgave us of all our sins).


The Lord has chosen to manifest His Holy Presence in and through our lives. Thus, we are His Holy Ground. Our lives should no longer be viewed as common, but dedicated to the will and purposes of our Lord and Savior. The injunction, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2), plainly implies an ethical conception. In ourselves, we cannot resemble God in His divine attributes. But, by the Presence, purpose and power of the Holy Spirit, we can shine His likeness along the lines of those moral qualities of righteousness and love in which true holiness consists. In the Psalmists and Prophets, the Divine holiness becomes, above all, an ethical reality convicting men of sin (Isaiah:3:1) and demanding of those who would stand in His Presence to have clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3).


The Holy Presence of the Lord within us makes us holy ground. Being led by Spirit in the paths of righteousness, for His Name’s sake, should cause His light, life and love to shine through us. The Bible tends to say that rocks can talk and trees can clap their hands. Perhaps we should think more like the burning bush that Moses ran into. Perhaps we should ask the Lord to cause others to see, hear and come in contact with Him through us.

I am reminded of these words written by the great song writer, Bill Gaither:

We are standing on holy ground
For I know that there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
For we are standing in His Presence on holy ground

Verse 2
In His Presence I know there is joy beyond all measure
And at His feet sweet peace of mind can still be found
For when we have a need He is still the answer
Reach out and claim it for we are standing on holy ground

We are standing on holy ground
For I know that there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
For we are standing in His Presence on holy ground.

(Bill Gaither, We Are Standing On Holy Ground© 2017 Gaither Music)



Clouds of His Presence


I pray that this blog on the ministry of the Holy Spirit has brought you in contact with the Manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit as never before. Every one of us experience Him in special and unique ways. Each person’s experience is different than that of others and yet similar. Examples of such are that in the Scripture He is said to manifest His Presence quietly and sweetly at certain times, then at other times He reveals His Presence with wind and fire (Read Acts 2). In the Old Testament the Manifest Presence of Yahweh (The LORD) is called Shekinah. The Shekinah is described in the Jewish Encyclopedia as the majestic Presence or manifestation of God which has descended to “dwell” among men.


In the Old Testament, the Shekinah generally manifested in the form of a cloud. Such is seen in 1 Kings 8:10-11 which says, “And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.”


In the natural clouds are visible accumulations of tiny water droplets or ice crystals in the Earth’s atmosphere. Clouds form when air becomes saturated, or filled, with water vapor. Clouds usually appear white because the tiny water droplets inside them are tightly packed, reflecting most of the sunlight that hits them. The color white is what we see because that is how our eyes perceive things when all the wavelengths of sunlight mixed together with the moisture.

The metaphoric and symbolic uses of clouds in Scripture are many, and provide some of the most powerful and glorious illustrations. English Baptist pastor and biblical scholar, John Gill wrote about the Shekinah being manifested as a cloud in his commentary on Isaiah 60:8 which says, “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?” Gill believed that Isaiah was referring to a vast number of future converts. These converts are being compared to a “cloud” because of the number of them, because they covered the land of Judea as the clouds fill the heavens, and for their elevation and situation, being raised from an earthly to a heavenly state; being called with a high calling, and made partakers of an heavenly one; and for their being filled with the grace of God, as clouds with water; and for their unanimity, their coming together in a body, making as it were one cloud, and that openly and publicly, professing Christ, and joining them in His Church.”

No doubt the foundation of Gill’s understanding is found in Numbers 11:24-25. “So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.”


Clouds, according to McKenzie, are “an almost universal element of the revelation of Yahweh to His people.” The occurrences of clouds indicate the Divine Presence is heavily distributed throughout both Testaments. The cloud is, perhaps, the earliest element that was connected to the Divine presence by Israel. Such is the example of the “Pillar of Cloud” which guided and protected the Israelites during their escape from Egypt. When the host of Israelites first met the LORD, at the foot of Mt. Sinai, the mountain was covered in a “Pillar of cloud.” Hiebert suggests that the image of the cloud is connected to the Hebrew term for “glory”. While this image is directly connected to Priestly writings and, often, associated with the Temple, Hiebert argues that it “may more narrowly also derive from the aura of the fiery storm cloud.”


I truly believe that we are seeing the formation of His glorious Presence. Pressure is being put on Christians from every country to surrender to secularism and religion. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is calling a group of us to come together for the purpose of true worship and intercessory prayer. The same type of pressure was put on the infant church right after the resurrection of our Lord. An in response to the obedience, worship and prayer of God’s people the manifested Presence of the Holy Spirit was experienced on the Day of Pentecost, during the prayer meeting in Acts Chapter 4 and at the house of Cornelius in Acts 10:44-47.

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”


Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to manifest the Lord Jesus Christ into, for and through our lives. Such manifestation will reveal the love, the peace, the joy and the righteousness we see in the life of Jesus (as He walked here on earth). When others see His Presence being manifested in and through our lives they will see Jesus. They will see His grace, His goodness and His glory.

Let us gather together as mighty clouds of joy and fill the heavens with shouts of praise. Let us become one (as clouds do) and form one glorious cloud of His Presence. Let us be witnesses and surround the hurting and dying around us with the testimony of Jesus (which is the spirit of prophecy). For as we call upon the Lord together, humble ourselves and seek His face, then will we hear from heaven. Only then will the Lord heal our land. Bless His Name!

I love you!





Are You Thirsty, Yet?

David was a man known for being a man after the heart of the Lord. In fact, David’s own words declared just how focused he was on experiencing the Lord’s Presence and gaining special understanding of the Lord and His ways.

Psalm 86:11-12 says, “Teach me your way, Lordthat I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your Name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your Name forever.” And, Psalm 63:1-3 David prayed, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory…your love is better than life.”

These words speak to many of us. From my youth I have spent much time reading, praying and praising in these two Psalms. Again and again my heart has been thirsty with spiritual desire. Like David, my soul has been painfully unsatisfied at times. My prayers continually describe how I eagerly I long for the Presence and Manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

I am convinced that there are many others like me. From the hundreds of people who continue to faithfully read this blog to the others that I hear talking in casual conversation, thousands of people are now convinced that neither religion, science, education or money will ever quench their thirsty soul.

Just as natural thirst can be the result of exertion, eating salty foods or going without water, the act of becoming spiritually thirsty can result from a personal crisis (like cancer), a financial crisis (like losing your job) or a crisis of faith (due to an educational or political experience).

True spiritual thirst should be the result of spiritual revelation. Like David, we must come to know that only the Holy Spirit’s Manifested Presence in our lives can fully refresh, support and strengthen the thirsty heart and soul. In fact, as I am writing this blog, I am reminded of an old hymn by Lanny Wolfe that said,

“The world may try to satisfy that longing in your soul.  You may search the wide world over, but you’ll be just as before.

You’ll never find true satisfaction until you’ve found the Lord, for only Jesus can satisfy your soul.
Only Jesus can satisfy your soul. Yes, only He can change your heart and make you whole.
He’ll give you peace you never knew, sweet joy and love and Heaven, too.
For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.”
Are you thirsty, yet?

Spiritual thirst calls for us to desire; to examine or explore; to seek earnestly; to diligently search for; to wish for;  to crave; to investigate; and to pursue the Lord and His Presence.

Being thirsty moves from wishing to acting. Thirst calls us to put action to our plans and intentions. Without thirst there is no motivation to move toward a higher level of faith and fulfillment. One doesn’t drift into discipleship and transformation of soul without choosing to do so.

Being thirsty to know the Lord must involve our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Our relationship with the Lord must not be viewed with a lukewarm or hapless commitment. Effort must be consistently exerted. Progress can only be marked with total devotion, extreme fervor and passionate zeal.

When we are thirsty, we are internally motivated. We give, share our faith, enter fellowship, worship, pray, study, engage in world missions— not because someone is forcing to, or are manipulating us into, but because our thirst for the Lord Jesus Christ becomes our greatest desire. We then live to know, love and serve Him.

Are you thirsty, yet?

If this sounds like what is going on inside of you, I encourage you to pray these words…Dear Lord Jesus, how awesome and glorious is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! Your dwelling place is me! And yet, my heart and soul yearns, thirsts and even faints for more of you Lord. Lord, my heart and my flesh cry out for You. I ask you to fill me to the fullest degree. Move upon me by Your Holy Spirit. Flood and overflow me. Saturate me in my attitude, opinion, emotion, commitment, action and pursuit of You. Saturate and inebriate  me with Your Presence.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen!