Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Presence of God

Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  Psalm 139:7-10.

Hello dear friends.  I hope you are doing well.  Today I want us to reflect upon our spiritual awareness of God’s presence.  Do you recognize the presence of God in the normal routines of your life?  God is omnipresent.  He is present everywhere, even in the normal routines of life.  We need to acknowledge God’s presence and pay attention to the spiritual lessons He desires for us to learn. 

We look for God to reveal Himself during grandiose events, but we need to be aware that God   most often will reveal Himself to us in more intimate ways.  We have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; therefore He desires to reveal Himself to us in a very personal way.  If we choose to only look for the presence of God during spectacular events, we will miss Him in our routine, everyday circumstances.  God has a plan and a purpose for our lives, but to understand that plan and purpose we must recognize His presence.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and  a future – Jeremiah 29:11.  I encourage you to not miss God’s glory in the normalcy of your everyday life. 

God has a unique calling upon each of our lives.  To be aware of our unique calling, we must be aware of the presence of our LORD.  God will provide us with the power and the strength we will need to fulfill His purpose and plan which He has for our lives.  Before understanding God’s unique calling upon our lives, we must recognize His presence in our lives.  We need to understand that in this season of life, God is preparing us for a unique purpose and plan we may not even recognize yet.  Ephesians 1:18-20 – I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  The power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.

For some reason you may be attempting to hide from God.  God reveals in His Word that we can’t hide from Him.  Jeremiah 23:24 – “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?”  declares the LORD.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”  declares the LORD.  If there is sin in your life and you are trying to hide from God, know that you can come with a repentant heart to your Savior and LORD and He will forgive you.  God is always with us, keeping watch over us.  He knows what we need to carry out our unique calling and He will provide.  Please know that our LORD is watching over you.  The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good – Proverbs 15:3.

Our LORD is with us each and every moment of the day.  Our LORD is with us during difficult seasons of life.  I pray whether you are in a season of life with things going well, or you are experiencing a difficult season of life, that you will acknowledge the presence of the LORD.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior – Isaiah 43:2-3.  Seasons of difficulty will affect all of us.  These seasons of difficulty will either cause us to drown or cause us to grow stronger.  If we choose to go in our own strength we will drown but if we choose to go in the strength of the LORD, He will help us beyond measure. 

I encourage you today to seek God in the midst of your normalcy.  Acknowledge His presence as He leads and guides you in fulfilling your unique calling.  Take comfort in knowing – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height or depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD – Romans 8:38-39.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your presence in our lives.  Help us to be aware of Your presence.  Lord I pray that as we carry out the routines of our day that we will acknowledge that You are teaching us.  Help us to acknowledge the spiritual lessons You desire us to learn.  Thank You for the unique calling You have placed on each of our lives.  Provide us with the power and strength we will need to carry out Your calling.  In Jesus Name I Pray…..Amen.

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