The Presence of God Will Transform Your Life
When you put a beef roast in the oven at the right temperature for the right amount of time, it is transformed to something fully ready to eat. Similarly, being in God's presence has the power to transform us. Learn how to welcome and host God's powerful presence with Bill Johnson's classic!
“Hosting the Presence” by Bill Johnson is one of two books I read cover to cover on my 2017 Sabbatical, the other being “Pure Grace” by Clark Whitten (review here). Both of these were transformative. While Pure Grace puts you in right thinking about why you can host the Presence of God, “Hosting the Presence” tells you why you should…and how.
The Presence of God in my daily life is something I hadn’t thought much about prior to reading this book. I thought of it as something that is perhaps there during our quiet times or at church. I knew God was omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere, but hadn’t really thought about the impact of carrying His presence with me daily.
Bill Johnson has one of the most inspired and gentle teaching and writing styles I’ve ever heard. His words are dripping with prophetic understanding of the Heart of God. This is the result of years of study and seeking Godly Wisdom through His Word. All of this wisdom and insight comes out clearly throughout the book. His analogies and delivery are memorable and impactful, while the truths they contain are enduring.
“Hosting The Presence” is easy to read and yet full of with depth. Each concept is backed by scripture from both the Old and New Testaments. Some of my favorite examples were of how David sought and knew the Lord and His Presence under the Old Covenant. The richness of God’s blessing and peace that comes with Him is evidenced in every example and text.
Since reading this book, I personally have been acutely aware of hosting the Presence. As I have made a conscious effort to seek Him and bear His Presence daily, a peace that is soothing and yet contagious has begun to grow in my life.
I very much encourage you to add this to your reading list. I certainly plan to read more of Johnson’s material given how excellent this first introduction was and would encourage you to do the same.