Day 27 – Journey to the Cross – Dr. Jason Harrison

Hello First Family!

Today’s Code word devotional comes from the pen of Dr. Jason Harrison. Enjoy! See ya Monday  on our Journey to the Cross!

Code Word: Presence

              Even devout Christians often struggle with the concept of what it means to be in God’s presence.  Maybe you have even wondered what being in God’s presence even means if God is omnipresent.

               First, we need to try to understand the concept of God’s “all-pervading omnipresence” verses His “manifest overt-presence”. 

              His omnipresence can be viewed as His overall effect on His creation, when we are in right relationship to Him.  Consider these two verses:

  • Psalm 16:11 (ESV),  “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
  • Psalm 21:6 (ESV), “For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.”


              Then we have His overt presence.  This is where God actively engages man by performing miraculous and extraordinary acts of power and glory.  Moses experienced this several times with God.  Some examples would be with the burning bush, and when he received the ten commandments.

             Either situation reveals the glory and majesty of the living God who permanently dwells in His children, in the form of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13 (ESV)

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.


              Today’s focus verse is from Hebrews 13:5 and states all we need to know about the Presence of God in our lives, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Praise the Lord as you ponder this thought today.


Rev. Dr. Jason Harrison

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