God is always helping us to better understand His goodness towards us. Part of the goodness is in what He has already done by making us new creations of His Presence – where the old has passed away and the new has come.
This really is the best news we can get because it is not about us trying to fix the old person we used to be, but about simply choosing to live by the new person that He’s already made us to be. This is because of all that Jesus accomplished and by the reality of His Spirit in our lives.
“and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”Ephesians 4:24
Before this verse Paul talks about putton OFF the old man and then putting ON the new man which is created after the image and likeness of God. When we look at the word “man” in this passage it is actually speaking of a “skin” like a “wineskin” as Jesus referred to. (see G0779 Greek – skins used as containers: Matt. 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:38)
In these passages Jesus spoke about how we are not to try to put new wine into old wine skins or the old skin will burst. It just won’t work. We choose to live by the ‘new man” or the “new skin” in the new creation. He has given us this new life so that we can hold the new wine of His Presence and walk even as He walked – as a man anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit.
So many struggle in Christian circles to please God in the flesh or through the old man – even trying to bypass the Holy Spirit. This is impossible because we are created to live from the inside-out by the power of the Spirit, not by our own. We must have a living relationship that grows through our communion with God.
Yield yourself to God choosing to live as a new creation in Christ. In this you will find true abundant life as you welcome His Spirit to live through you. OK. I’m not going to leave you without some “practical keys”!
1. Learn to be quiet before God
We live in a very noisy society. It takes extra effort to find a quiet place – even if for only 20 minutes. It is amazing what 20 minutes set aside for God will do for you.
2. Meditate on God’s Word
In that quiet place open up Psalm 23 or Psalm 91 or something like John 1. (Preferably not Leviticus) Begin to treasure His words in your heart.
3. Turn on some worshipful soaking instrumental music in the background.
Of course – I would happen to have a lot of that! But I tell you it works. Don’t knock it until you try it. The first album I ever created was for ME so I could spend more time with God “experientially” in His Presence.
Why instrumental? When you are wanting to hear God sometime worship lyrics can be distracting because you are looking to hear His voice which will, in most cases, be different words. As well, if you are reading the Word of God it can be conflicting at times- this is where the instrumental shines. One voice at a time and preferrably God’s voice.
So hopefully these will be helpful tips for you. Feel free to send me any questions you might have as well. Believe me. God does want you to experience His Presence continually!
You are newly made to carry His Presence – even in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Seek the Lord to fill you fresh today as you spend time in enjoying His Presence!
Enjoy God Always!
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Enjoy God’s Presence!
Wow, all I can say is Wow! this one touches my whole being. It is great to have music that you can just lay there and enjoy God’s presence. I know, because some music can?t take you all they way in and this one does for me, Just WOW.
Takes Me Into Realms of the Kingdom of God
I love the tracks on this album. Takes me straight into the realms of the Kingdom of God that were not quire reachable without it. A must have if you want to go into deeper levels of prayer and warfare on behalf of the Kingdom of God!
Audrea V. Heard
Walk with God
John Belt has written a great book that reminds me, convicts me and encourages me to put first things first. Why? So that I may prosper and succeed in every aspect of my walk with God. Thanks, John!
Barbara Yoder, Apostolic Leader
Used as Music Therapy for with Cognitive Issues
Beautiful, calming instrumental music by John Belt. Thanks.
This is my go to CD to soak in His presence!! Love it!
Wonderful worship 😊
So pleased with this music! If you desire to unwind, this artist understands how to help create the atmosphere for it to happen.
Used in the Classroom
Our teacher took Portals of Heaven and played it in the class room for almost 4 hrs. She said her children began settling down and being quiet and calm. She said after that they begin drawing and they were drawing pictures of angels without any prompting as to what to draw.
Atmosphere of Heaven
Now I have been able to truly find someone to whom I can listen and who transports me in the atmosphere of heaven.
Raul De Sevilla
I purchased this for our church – Prayer background music. It’s beautiful. I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to get quiet and centered with God!