Seek the Place of His Presence
"But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go. There you shall take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, your vowed offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks" (Deuteronomy 12:5,6).
To gain God's greatest blessing we must embrace His highest purpose. God desires to dwell in the midst of a people called by His name. It is time to quit formulating programs and systems of religion and begging God to be in them and bless them. God's way is for us to find out where He is residing, what He is doing, where He has placed His approval and go there or do that. When we seek to be where God is and do what God is doing, it is already blessed and will prosper under His hand. The works of God are accomplished when we become His workmanship by placing ourselves in the place of His work.
The kingdom of God is to be in power. Until the church becomes the habitation of God's presence it will be no more effective in this world than a political party. We saw this demonstrated after the September 11th attacks when over five million people flocked to the church but few ever returned because they did not find anything that impacted their lives in a significant way. People are not looking for the wisdom of men. They are looking for the demonstration of the Gospel in Spirit and in power. The church must become a place where the manifest presence of God is visible enough to effect the hearts of men and draw them into the place of impartation and transformation for the release of God's ministry.
God will only abide in the midst of a humble people, a people given wholly over to Him for the transformation of their lives. "For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones" (Isaiah 57:15). God puts His name on those whose hearts are fully committed to Him, those in whom the nature and character of Christ is being formed in reality. Ministry will then flow out of our devotional intimacy with Christ based on His will and purpose and not based on the needs or wants of others. As long as the church is driven by the desires of men it will not impact our society in a transforming way or fulfill the commission of God . Only as we are driven by love to live for the One Who died for us, will we see the power of God released to build His church in purity and holiness. Only as we submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in absolute obedience will we be led in the highest purposes of God's glory.