Manifesting His Presence

Chapter 5 (pp. 84-87)
1 John 1:1-3; 1 John 4:4

Towards the end of my incarceration, a fellow inmate told me he didn’t believe God existed. Without skipping a beat I responded with, “I’ll prove to you there is a God and will show you He loves and has a plan for your life.” This statement came out so quickly I actually surprised myself. The skeptical look on his face told me he wasn’t buying it. Yet out of curiosity he asked, “How do you plan on doing that?”, and I replied “Come hang out with me for a week and I’ll prove to you that God exists.”

Those words may have been out of desperation to save him from a Christless eternity but nevertheless, I meant it. Later he asked how could I make such a bold statement. I explained as the Father manifested himself to us through Christ, we are to manifest His Son to others as John describes in 1 John 1:1-4. The word “manifest” describes being recognizable, and suggests a visibility that gives the observer the ability to define what is seen. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit and His Word, we will manifest God’s loving nature to others so they can know the Father and His only Son Jesus Christ whom He sent. Be encouraged today in knowing:

“Greater is HE in you than he that is in this world.” 1 John 4:4