Coram Deo – Experiencing Freedom in His Presence


“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.” Psalm 147:11

 

Coram Deo is Latin, translated as a phrase – “in the presence of God” from Christian Church theology which communicates the idea of Christians living in the presence, under the authority, and to the honor and glory of God at all times. Coram Deo is living in a cognitive state of being before the face of God, to live in the presence of God is to understand that whatever we are doing and wherever we are doing it, we are before the gaze of Almighty God. God is omnipresent. Therefore, there is no place that we can escape His penetrating gaze. HE SEES! Coram Deo is to live with a conscience state of awareness of His sovereignty. We enjoy His terrible awesomeness and fear God when encountering this relationship like a fountain of life as we read in Proverbs 14:27. Coram Deo is also to be overwhelmed by His love, in awe of God because He is so forgiving and merciful. Only those who are truly born of the Holy Spirit can understand this dual awesomeness! God is terrible, fearful, and full of awe!! God is NOT tame, He is NOT safe, but He is, oh so very good, so holy, so merciful and so loving. Without understanding the duality of holy severity and the incredible kindness of God, we cannot grow into true Christian maturity, nor will we realize the depths of freedom available to us in His presence. Coram Deo is wrapped-up in the fear of God, and the fear of God is not mere reverential trust. One merely need ask those who have actually received a glimpse of God; or peer into the Holy Scriptures and read about those who have encountered God in His glory (Revelation 1:12-17.) They fall in awe, in terrible fear – TREMBLING before the Almighty. God has transformed my life in Coram Deo. I pray that you embrace Coram Deo yourself to experience that great freedom He has for those who love Him! Living in the cognitive state of Coram Deo insures a victorious life free from sin bondage as you can see in a study of the promises found in Scriptures in footnote 2.

Holy prophets are rarely embraced or accepted during their office in this life. Real prophets live in Coram Deo. It is why they communicate very starkly specific and distinctly loud   p r o n o u n c e m e n t s   against sin and warn of the soul’s destruction. Today, most of the Church would not welcome such holy prophets of old, believing themselves smarter and more refined; and indeed, they are more refined – so refined most of the time, as to passively empower sin to remain in the hearts of people. It is one reason why I believe so many continue to struggle with same-sex attraction. The Church and even many in the ranks of “ex-gay” ministry feel they must have a messaging that is kinder and more compassionate than those in the Bible. It is true that most people today cannot stomach hearing bold loud preaching, and rarely is there a message on the torments of hell.(1)  Truly, we have embraced a more effeminate breathy gospel message. This is a result of years of brow-beating the Church by the LGBTQ+ community saying that the Church is hateful.

No doubt, the Church in many places has been unkind and yes, even hateful, such as the wickedness of the Westboro Baptist gang. We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit for revival. In Church history true heaven-breathed revival has always come as a result of much prayer, even years of prayer and the constant bold preaching of repentance. For freedom to really permeate same-sex attracted souls and anyone held in bondage to sin, the revelation of Coram Deo, knowing the fear of God must be restored. This is exactly part of my own foundation for freedom. True spiritual formation for real freedom must have, “the beginning of wisdom.”(2) There are far too many people who pervert the teaching of the fear of God to minimize His holiness and make a “god” in their image. Unfortunately, they leave many in bondage to same-sex lust and many forms of sin, as they proclaim a cheap-grace message and mere reverential trust.

 

“It is good that you take hold of one thing (righteousness/compassion/kindness) and also not let go of the other (wisdom/the fear of God/severity); for the one who fears and worships God [with awe-filled reverence] will come forth with both of them.” Ecc. 7:18. AMP. Parenthetical added.

CORAM DEO — God sees you all the time and everything you do, and you will give account to HIM.

“For The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight (God sees all), but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Jesus Christ – The Word of God – will be our judge). Hebrews 4:12 & 13. AMP

“For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:30 & 31 AMP

“Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and in trembling awe; for our God [is indeed] a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28 & 29 AMP

CORAM DEO IN US FOR JESUS’ SAKE AND FOR HIS GLORY!

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Footnotes:
(1) Read the “Terrors of Hell” by William C. Nichols on the First Stone Website.

(2) When the Bible teaches us something more than once it is very important, when it communicates many times, it is extremely important to God, when a subject is communicated over and over, it is truly a matter of life and death. Over 50 verses noted here that are promises for you in the Bible concerning the Fear of God: Deut. 6:1-9, Psa. 19:9, 33:18, 34:7-11, 66:16, 85:9, 103:11-17, 111:10, 145:19, 147:11, Prov. 1:7, 1:29, 2:5, 8:13 9:10 10:27, 14:26-27, 15:16, 15:33, 16:6, 19:23, 22:4, 23:17, Ecc. 12:13, Isa. 11:1-3, Matt. 10:28, Luke 1:50, Luke 12:5, Luke 23:40, Acts 9:31, 10:35, 13:16&26, Col. 3:22, 1 Peter 2:17, Rev. 14:7, Rev. 19:5

Comments

3 Responses to “Coram Deo – Experiencing Freedom in His Presence”

  1. Dale Schmidt on July 11th, 2011 5:13 pm

    Amazing!

  2. Stephen on July 11th, 2011 5:31 pm

    Thanks Dale! God is amazing! May we cultivate Coram Deo in our sphere of influence for HIS glory!

  3. Laura Stanlake on July 19th, 2011 6:50 am

    Thanks, Stephen. This is a good meditation. Grace makes sense in light of His perfect holiness and untainted, radiant, pure rule over the universe.

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