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Hosting the Presence: Unveiling Heaven's Agenda Paperback – May 15, 2012
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"The testimonies and truth, in these pages of inspiration, will open the eyes of your understanding in a whole new dimension in surrendering to the Holy Spirit."
—Dr. Ché Ahn, Senior Pastor at HROCK Church, Pasadena, CA
"This book is filled with lessons and present day history of a tender man of God named Bill Johnson."
—James W. Goll, Encounters Network • Prayer Storm • Compassion Acts • Author of The Seer
"This is a book meant for recalibration, calling us back to our first love and warning us not to allow the lesser things rob us of the most important, our relationship with Him. I believe it will become a classic devotional book for our day much as Andrew Murray's writings were for a bygone generation."
—Randy Clark, Founder of Global Awakening and Author of There Is More
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This is not one of those!
It's not a literary great, but one cannot dismiss the heart's desire of the author for more of God's presence in his life. It makes so much sense of Moses' cry to God in the desert: "If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?" In other words: if the presence of God does not go with us, there is really no point in being called a Christian.
Now, I know that many will ask, "as Christians we all have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us so is this that relevant?"
But there is no doubt in my mind, from scripture and from my own experience, that there is also something called God's 'special' presence - something so tangible and real, something so powerful and loving - that you will do anything to have more, and more, and more!
Bill Johnson knows this experience and he wants others to know it too. Most of all, I got the impression that the motive for wanting it is not just for the experience sake, or that one's life will suddenly become easier/better etc - but for the glory of God.
If you - like me - have been seeking God for more of His presence in your life, this book will encourage you. It will not only encourage you to keep seeking - until you have found - but it will encourage you to step out of your comfort zones, in the realm of faith - and see God's presence released in and through you.
I will definitely recommend this book to fellow Christians who truly want to experience GOD, first hand.
Outline of the book:
1.)Hosting the Presence as the ultimate assignment to man.
Bill breaks this down as our ultimate task here on earth. To position ourselves as vessels that the very Presence of God can reside in. This is our ultimate assignment as Bill says there is no greater privilege than to host the Presence of God and likewise no greater responsibility.
2.)We are destined to rule!
Adam and Eve and the rest of mankind were created to rule on earth like God. We were given dominion over everything and were commissioned to represent God. The fall separated man from God but didn’t change our purpose of bringing order and rest to the planet.
3.)Presence and the importance of worship.
David had access to the Presence through his intercession and worship unto the Lord. Bill makes two profound points in that each generation builds on top of what the previous generation has done, and we always become like the one we worship. David had the ability to access the Presence from the new covenant because of his ability to enter the Presence in worship. We have access to the throne room of God through our worship, God responds to His people when we praise Him and His Presence is what comes.
1.) What we have access to.
One of the strengths of this book is really emphasizing what we have access to as new covenant Christians. Through what Jesus did on the cross we have access to all that the priests had in the old testament because we are priests ourselves. Through the blood Christ didn’t just redeem us from sin and death but He gave us access to the Presence of God and restored us back into who we were created to be from the very beginning before the fall. This is imperative as knowing who we are in Christ and what we have access allows us to boldly enter into the Presence of God and allow Him to rest on us in our lives. Amazing to know that we as new covenant Christians have access to what many prophets prophesied and desired to have access to. This book stresses knowing who we are and appreciating and cultivating the Presence in our lives.
2.) Jesus is perfect theology
I was born again-again last year at power and love with Dan Mohler and Todd White. It was like hearing the simplicity of the gospel and the finished work of the cross for the first time. It was then originally that I learned the Jesus was perfect theology but just recently realized Todd White accredits this to Bill Johnson. Jesus is perfect theology and looking at this book, the Presence, and anything in ministry outside of that is just ludicrous. Jesus is the standard and the only standard to follow. Jesus healed all the sick who he came in contact with, the Spirit of God rested on Him like a dove, and we have access to what He had access to. I agree with what Bill says to start off chapter 8, he says “What you think you know about God that cannot be found in the person of Jesus, you have reason to question.”
1.) Bill mentions on page 44. That “If I have a power encounter with God, which we are required to pursue, then I am equipped to give it away to others.” I’m not sure if I agree with that required pursuit. Although I agree that we should give away what gives us, I’m not sure if it’s the desire of all people to have such encounters with God. Although I’m fully convinced people should have these encounters through my experience a lot of Christians don’t want them. It would be interesting if God did require us to pursue these encounters however I think that because our hearts choose them He gives them to us. It’s all about the heart and the heart of God I don’t think demands this although He wants His children to have access to Him.
2.) Bill talks about his ability to enter the Presence with pen and paper as God speaks to him about his tasks that need accomplished throughout the day and meetings etc. From my experience I haven’t been able to separate what really is from God and what is just in my wandering mind dude to things I need to get done. Although I understand what he is saying at this point in my life I don’t quite agree as I don’t know if that is accessable to me right now. I’m trying to take 10+ minutes of silence with God everyday to listen not ask him what needs to get done. I’d like to be able to do what Bill talks about but right now I have to disagree that this is for everyone until my experience matches up with Bill is saying here.