–Augustine, 400 AD
“God is not at rest until He finds His home in man.”
–Paul Cain, 2000 AD
Living coram Deo-living before His face-means living in His abiding Presence. To seek His face means to seek His Presence. God’s personal, abiding Presence is different than His omnipresence. While God’s Presence is everywhere (omnipresence), He does not make His home, His dwelling, His resting place just anywhere (abiding Presence.)
In John 15 Jesus said “if we abide in Him” many times, indicating that it is possible for living Christian temples to not have His abiding Presence. We must see that Scripture clearly shows us that the abiding Presence of the Spirit of Jesus is conditional. Living coram Deo is about finding out what makes our heart an abiding place for God’s Presence, and then resolving that nothing will keep our altar from being that place. The early believers really were seeing Him and knowing Him powerfully in their midst, and so should it be with us. It’s all about His Presence in the present tense! We are told in Hebrews 11:6 that it is impossible to please God without the kind of faith that believes that He is, not He was. (Joyner The Apostolic Ministry 2004)
If we are Christians, the Holy Spirit has entered and sealed the doorway of our hearts: “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” (Eph. 1:13) Once we are His, we’re His! Nothing can change our final destination: heaven and eternal life with God. But our fellowship with the Lord on the way to heaven is conditional. Each day one question remains for every Christian: has He found every room in our born again hearts a continual place to rest? We see in verses such as these that His residing residence is dependent on our heart toward Him: “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him... you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Heb. 11:6, Dt. 4:29) Coram Deo is about walking out this one revelation: We are created to house God’s Presence, to be His resting place.
Adapted from the Coram Deo Secret