Title: Hosting the Presence Every Day
Author: Bill Johnson
Publisher: Destiny Image
“The quest to host God’s Presence does not begin with formulas or principles. It starts with an increasing awareness of Who lives within you,” Bill Johnson writes in the introduction to his book, Hosting the Presence Every Day: 365 Days to Unveiling Heaven’s Agenda for Your Life.
This one hundred and forty-four paperback targets those looking for a daily devotional that is quick and to the point, focusing on how the Holy Spirit dwells within Christians on a day to day basis. The NKJV, NASB, KJV, ASV, NIV, ESV, and NLT versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.
In this devotional that can be read each day in mere minutes, each month covers a theme mainly relating to the Holy Spirit such as those titled Your Ultimate Assignment, Your Significance in God’s Presence, Sneak Previews, Red Letter Revival, Releasing the Dove, and Your Baptism of Fire.
Each day begins with one general sentence of reflection followed by several paragraphs that occasionally include a written out Bible verse. Most pages have Scripture reading to look up of one to ten verses or a short Psalm. A prayer of one to eleven lines long ends the devotional. Sometimes the full page is used, other times only a half. The last two weeks of the year are dedicated to notable individuals’ lives and their testimonies, having no Bible verse references.
Noting at the beginning that there is repetition of verses, and the prayers are suggestive, not comprehensive, the idea is to develop an intimacy with the Person of Christ through meditation. One example would be the short insert for October 7th that begins with the statement: One of the reasons it’s so important to learn the ministry at home is because of the value of serving where there is no honor. Two paragraphs discuss how Jesus served in His hometown and was not honored. By serving others, we cooperate with the Presence of the Holy Spirit. The Scripture reading is Luke 4:24 and the prayer states: I do not serve to receive honor. Holy Spirit, help me to serve people because I honor them. I honor people because You love them.
With this daily book only mentioning a few Bible passages each day, it would be best read as an addendum to reading the Word of God and may be helpful for those who like to look up a couple of verses each day.
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