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Ministry of Presence
October 04, 2015      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons


We facilitate the transition to kingdom thinking and living not with a new model or philosophy of ministry but rather by a ministry of presence.


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Transitioning the church, and a disciple’s life, from independent up and down carnality to Spirit-filled Kingdom living and expression requires an instrument of the presence of God.

After Joshua, Israel had a 400 year period of history where they were led by Judges.

It was an up and down experience with God that can best be described by:

Judges 17:6

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Judges 21:25

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

This “doing what was right in their own eyes” involved evil and good but both were failures as it related to walking with their God in victory. 

David’s reign as king, though not perfect, was the high point in the history of Israel in the Promised Land.

The transition from Judges to David’s rule was orchestrated by God through the prophetic ministry of Samuel which was typified by the Presence of the Lord. 

Samuel: The Ministry of Presence

1. Dedicated and Conceived in Presence

1 Samuel 1:10-11, 19-20

She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11 And she vowed a vow and said, “OLord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”

19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord.”

2. Personally grew up in the Presence of the Lord

1 Samuel 2:11, 18, 21, 26

Then Elkanah went home to Ramah. And the boy was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli the priest.

18 Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy clothed with a linen ephod.

21 Indeed the Lord visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew in the presence of the Lord.

26 Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man.

1 Samuel 3:1, 3

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.

3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.

3. His ministry was a prophetic one prospered in the Presence of the Lord

1 Samuel 3:19-21

And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

4. His ministry was a prayer one which caused victory over enemies by the Presence of the Lord

1 Samuel 7:8-10

And the people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” 9 So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. And Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. 10 As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the Lord thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel.

5. His ministry was a king raising ministry by Presence

1 Samuel 10:1, 6

Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the Lord anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you to be prince over his heritage.

6 Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.

1 Samuel 16:13

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

I believe that the Lord has called us to transition in our lives and to help bring transition in peoples’ ministries and lives.

We facilitate this transition to kingdom thinking and living not with a new model or philosophy of ministry but rather by a Ministry of Presence.

How?

By decocting our lives and growing in the Presence of God ourselves.

By hearing the word of the Lord in the Shiloh (place of rest) Presence of the Lord and then obeying and delivering it with power.

By perseverant, enemy-destroying Presence-filled ministry of prayer.

By a Presence-filled raising up of the body of Christ for gifted kingdom ministry.


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