The Power of The LORD’s Presence

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Paying The Cost

Why do some carry a greater presence of God than others?

Why is the anointing more powerfully seen through some than through others?

Because some are prepared to pay the price that others are not willing to pay.

Some are ready to sacrifice more of themselves, and all of themselves, their time, and their lives upon the altar of God’s obedience!

The full measure of the anointing (Christ’s person seen, felt and experienced) requires our full consecration (being set aside to him and yielding to His Will and His Spirit to lead us in every way, every step of the way, every day).

Are you ready to pay the price?

Kathryn Kuhlman talking about The Cost.

Not all Power is Holy Ghost Power!

Sadly, many are mislead by a show of the flesh and an emotional experience that is subtly simulated and accepted by many as the Anointing (the true Authentic Person and Presence of Christ being present in Person).

Most of the time it is the power of suggestion.  The power of manipulation.  The power of the soul dimension, and of course, in some cases also demonic power that is at work, accepted by the majority as the Anointing, because it appears “powerful” and “supernatural” in nature.

Things such as screaming, shouting, jumping, coming across as powerful and being intimidating, combined with the right “moves”, sells a story that many times is merely accepted as the “Anointing”.

The true Presence of God brings a Holy Awe, causes deep humility and brings people into an undeniable experience of His Living Presence being among them.

It is far more than a power-trip and far more than manifestations — it is about the experience of standing in His Living Presence and being transformed in the process thereof.

Unless a man lives a crucified life (being dead to himself and alive to God), do not expect the Ressurection Life of the HOLY SPIRIT to be seen or experienced in Him or through him.

When it’s all about “power” and not about Christ, there may yet be a power — but not Christ’s Power!

Self-idolization (positioning yourself so others can see, celebrate and adore you, rather than Christ) is witchcraft (making yourself into an object to be exalted and celebrated is bearing the identity of Lucifer himself).

Why Does Some Carry More of the Anointing (God’s Presence) Than Others?

Each of us, being Spirit-filled, have a measure of the Anointing manifesting through us, that measure is directly proportional to the degree of our own personal and individual consecration (in being set aside in dedication) to God.

The Anointing is available to every individual in exactly the same measure.

It is a matter of personal hunger, passion and desire that determines to what degree we are willing to consecrate ourselves and our lives to God, and in proportion thereto, how much of His Living Presence He can express both in us and also through us, to others.

Some are prepared to give God access to only a little of themselves, their time, and their lives.

While others consecrate themselves to a greater degree, sacrificing much more in terms of what is known as living an ‘ordinary life’, to be prepared as vessels for His Presence, filled with His Person.

The Anointing is never greatly expressed without personal cost or sacrifice.

As with Jesus, it requires time spent in solitude with the Father, and if we are truly hungry to walk in a great dimension and Revelation of His Spirit – then there must be much time spent with the Father, and much of ourselves given in sacrifice upon the altar of obedience to Him, and much in the way of being led by the Holy Spirit, to live and to move in harmony with His heart.

“You are my hiding place,”   Psalm 32:7.


~ Johann van der Hoven

Johann van der HovenJohann van der Hoven is in South Africa.  He has been serving the Lord in ministry since 1991 and has hosted numerous apostolic revival meetings in South Africa and in South America.  He also currently pioneers a organic church planting movement across South Africa.  For more information about him and his ministry visit Fellowship of Believers or Revival.

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The Power of The LORD’s Presence — 2 Comments

  1. Ps Johann
    Lately, your articles have been astonishing. Rick Joyner wrote about thrones in heaven, but it is not a competition. Rick Joyner observed that faithful, praying women sat on most of the thrones. Nobody saw their devotion except God. If you aren’t sitting on a throne, may I encourage you to sit on a throne (do more housework too!). But what if someone is a leader, how can they lead without becoming proud?

    First, ask the Lord for humility (Rick Joyner also wrote about the mantle of humility, 1 Peter 5:5).

    Second, adopt the servant-leader model (Kathie Walters, 2005, “Word for Australia”). I have modified that model into the slave-leader model. In the spirit, I have an awl in my head. What good could an awl do? A slave could choose to continue to serve their master by having their ear pierced by an awl (Deut 15:17). Voluntary slavery (but see Rom 1:1). If I can help you to sit on a throne, I would do so. The Holy Spirit just impressed in me that the Kingdom of God on the earth will benefit if more people will sit on thrones. I have been diagnosed as having ‘atypical facial pain.’ I suffer constant pain.

  2. It is about His suffering, not mine. The pain that Jesus suffered was intentional. When I stumble, I use medication.
    John 13 The Passion Translation
    Jesus Washes Feet
    13 Jesus knew that the night before Passover would be his last night on earth before leaving this world to return to the Father’s side. All throughout his time with his disciples, Jesus had demonstrated a deep and tender love for them. And now he longed to show them the full measure of his love.[a] 2 Before their evening meal had begun, the accuser[b] had already planted betrayal[c] into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

    3 Now Jesus was fully aware that the Father had placed all things under his control, for he had come from God and was about to go back to be with him. 4 So he got up from the meal and took off his outer robe, and took a towel and wrapped it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ dirty feet and dry them with his towel.

    6 But when Jesus got to Simon Peter, he objected and said, “I can’t let you wash my dirty feet—you’re my Lord!”

    7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand yet the meaning of what I’m doing, but soon it will be clear to you.”[d]

    8 Peter looked at Jesus and said, “You’ll never wash my dirty feet—never!”

    “But Peter, if you don’t allow me to wash your feet,” Jesus responded, “then you will not be able to share life with me.”

    9 So Peter said, “Lord, in that case, don’t just wash my feet, wash my hands and my head too!”

    10 Jesus said to him, “You are already clean. You’ve been washed completely and you just need your feet to be cleansed—but that can’t be said of all of you.” For Jesus knew which one was about to betray him, 11 and that’s why he told them that not all of them were clean.

    12 After washing their feet, he put his robe on and returned to his place at the table.[e] “Do you understand what I just did?” Jesus said. 13 “You’ve called me your teacher and lord, and you’re right, for that’s who I am. 14–15 So if I’m your teacher and lord and have just washed your dirty feet, then you should follow the example that I’ve set for you and wash one another’s dirty feet. Now do for each other what I have just done for you. 16 I speak to you timeless truth: a servant is not superior to his master, and an apostle is never greater than the one who sent him. 17 So now put into practice what I have done for you, and you will experience a life of happiness enriched with untold blessings!”