Walter Beuttler – Gottes Gegenwart verstehen

Walter Beuttler hatte den Spitznamen “Apostel der Gegenwart” und war langezeit ein Bibelschullehrer am Eastern Bible College und VFCC. Beuttler hatte wie kein anderer Mensch die Bibel wörtlich genommen, Verse wie “Der Vater und ich werden kommen und sich euch offenbaren” waren für ihn konkrete Erfahrungen. Er hatte oft wie David schreibt “des Nachts auf den Herrn gewartet” und auf seinen Glauben hin kam der Herr ihn dann auch nachts besuchen. Er kannte die Gegenwart Gottes wie kaum ein anderer seiner Zeit. Hier ein kurzer Beitrag von ihm (gefunden bei Jerry Hyde Ministries):

Having feelings or a consciousness of the presence of God must be first understood to be a by-product of waiting on God. As we with naked faith believe, and persevere in our waiting we shall learn the secret of His Presence.

Irrespective of how you feel, forget feelings and base your waiting, your life and actions on this bare fact: GOD IS HERE! We need to know that the fact of His Presence is far greater than the consciousness of it, though both are essential.

It is only after we are firmly rooted in the fact of His Presence, that God can give us the consciousness of it. Lest we become over dependent upon Him for His Conscious Presence. (Psalm 139:7-12)

The Lord, when He comes, has something on His Mind. And knowing how the Holy Spirit deals with us while in His Presence, is a result of growth and development. He comes in a variety of ministries including: intercession, worship and adoration, revelation and knowledge, and a consciousness for waiting. The ability to know just what God desires for us, is developed by practice and cultivated be devotion and obedience. Now there is some degree of development and growth at a great risk of grieving or offending the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we can offend Him by walking out on Him prematurely. When the Lord comes to us He comes with a purpose as noted above, and we must learn to know when that purpose has been accomplished. leaving prior to His being finished is detrimental to many other areas of spiritual ministry.
We may not always be careful, but the Holy Spirit has feelings. He is not some force, He can be disappointed. He is a gentle gentleman. He is not intrusive, neither will He force Himself upon us. The Lord appreciates being appreciated. He will come where He feels welcome.

The Spirit will often pray through us in code. Frequently we will not know what is the real need in our lives or in the lives of others. But in foreknowledge, God provides for this. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26) For thus the Spirit prays through us, for He knows the Will of the Father. As a result of this. He gives us a burden within our soul that corresponds to the need to which only He is aware. Often we can become sad, happy, full of joy or expectation, all during the process of the Spirit as He expresses Himself through us toward the need. This is not for us to understand, but He will often decode it somewhat as we wait upon Him.

Probably if we knew, it would only serve to hinder the efficient work of the Spirit of God in praying through us. When do we stop our activities to go to wait before Him? When the Holy Spirit comes with a burden or an extra heavy presence, care must then be exercised in knowing that the Lord wants something, something is up! But if duty demands, the presence will subside and return again or carry with you until you are ready to go. But if you don’t want to be bothered by Him, it will be a long time before He will think to call upon you again. When do we stop praying? His Presence will begin to lift and a song will rise in your heart or a peace will be felt or He will withdraw until a future time. We must exercise caution not to leave until He is finished. Some help in knowing when to stop will Genesis 18:33.

Gradually, you will find a secret place close to the heart of God where your entire spirit will be poised toward God in absolute silence. The whole prayer is contained within this poised spirit and words or expression would only serve to interrupt your communion with God. – Walter Beuttler

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