Daily Spirit & Word: 812: Seeking The Presence Of God.
Good morning my friends, what an awesome Sunday we just had. The church was full of people, because we had three Thanksgivings for babies. It was so good because as we praised the LORD, sang songs, listened to His Word and prayed, we sensed the presence of the LORD.
Acts 23:11 (NIV) “The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.””
There’s absolutely nothing more encouraging for any Christian than to KNOW the presence of the LORD. When you know that He is with you, then you can endure anything in this life.
It was true of some of the Ancients in the Bible: St Paul and Joseph, both in PRISON sensed, knew and experienced the presence of the LORD.
- Paul in Prison in Jerusalem and Philippi Acts 23:11, Acts 16:16-40.
- Joseph in Prison Genesis 39… That LORD was with him.
Genesis 39:20-21 (NIV)
20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favour in the eyes of the prison warder.
Of course we can’t forget many others; Jacob, Moses, Abraham, Elijah and King David who begged the LORD not to take the presence of the Holy Spirit away from him.
My friends, when you are going through stuff in this life, troubles, hardships, tests and trials, attacks from people and persecution for you faith in the LORD Jesus Christ, then know this truth, the abiding presence of the LORD will encourage you, strengthen you and sustain you through it all.
It’s good when friends stick close in troubled times, but it seems to me that friends will always let you down when you need them most. It was true of Jesus and King David, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, Paul’s companions abandoned him when he was thrown into prison in Rome, and it will sometimes be true for you as well. So many Christians have been let down by those they expected would be there for them in sickness or hardships. However, the LORD would never leave you, that’s His promise once you’ve come to Jesus and put your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin. There is NOTHING we need more, and nothing more we need, than the abiding presence of the LORD.
There is NOTHING we need more, that to know and experience the presence of the LORD.
- He will never leave you.
- He will never forsake you.
- He is with you forever.
If there’s any verse that a Christian should take to heart and memorise it’s this one:
James 4:7-10 (NKJV)
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
God’s saying to you today, “…Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”
YBH: Yes, but HOW?
It’s easy to say, “Draw near to God”, but how do we actually do it?
Try this my friends and you’ll soon discover that God will reveal Himself to you in awesome ways.
- Praise: Sing a few songs of praise. Look what happened when Paul and Silas did that in Prison (Acts 16).
- Prayer: Honour God first by Praying The Lord’s Prayer, then Confess any known sins.
- Repent: Repent afresh and seek His cleansing and forgiveness.
- Trust: Trust in Jesus Christ again for your Salvation… Keep TRUSTING…
- Seek: Seek the fullness and presence of God the Holy Spirit right now.
- Praise: Worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth. Sing and make music in your heart to the LORD.
- Seek to Serve: Be obedient to what the LORD is showing you to do today. God’s always got something He wants you to be doing for Him, every day. Just do it… You’ll be amazed when you listen to that prompting of the Holy Spirit.
There is NOTHING you need more, that to know and experience the abiding presence of the LORD.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
If ever I’m feeling troubled and need the LORD’S presence and fullness, that is what I do.
Have an awesome week with Jesus my friends,