The Importance of His Presence

AT HIS FEET

‘Down at your feet oh Lord, is the most high place.’ This is a line from a song. It is special to me because it captures something of what God wants us to realize. Prayer is just coming to the feet of the One who understands. It is a place of humility. It is a place of dependence. When we come with humility and dependence on God to His feet, we are at the highest place.

Psalm 86:5 O Lord, you are so good and kind, so ready to forgive, so full of mercy for all who ask your aid.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS PRESENCE

We need the presence of God in our lives. If we sense His presence it makes all the difference. ‘The presence of God is the only thing that matters.’ I really believe this. It is this aspect that makes the difference between prayers that feel like they have God’s attention and prayers that just bounce off the ceiling.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 In those days when you pray, I will listen. You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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Looking Into His Face

OUR FATHER

God is our Father. As with our earthly fathers, we should be able to communicate with ease. He wants us to come and talk to Him and He is waiting just to listen to us speaking to Him. Jesus taught us to pray to Our Father.

Luke 11:2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven”.

Our Father is always ready to listen when we talk to Him!

LOOKING INTO HIS FACE

We should be looking for the face of God. Often times when we pray we simply are looking to His hand. We want something from His hand. Perhaps for some form of provision or that He will supply a certain need.  This is good and we are entitled to do this, but sometimes we must just talk to God simply because we want to have contact with Him.  I have a picture on my computer of a little boy kneeling at the feet of Jesus. Jesus is seated and the little boy is resting his arms on Jesus’ lap. The little boy is looking intently into Jesus’ face. This picture is a constant reminder to me of how our relationship with God should be.

Psalm 5:3 Each morning I will look to you in heaven and lay my requests before you, praying earnestly.

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Talking to God

Some things in life we complicate. It often seems that the simple things in life become so complicated that we simply don’t do them. Prayer is one of those things. For many reasons we complicate the issue of prayer. The result is we end up excluding prayer from our lives, when in effect it is a very simple and vital element of any Christian’s life. I believe that God meant for prayer to be a simple, spontaneous outflow of our relationship with Him.

JUST TALKING TO GOD

What is prayer? Prayer is simple just talking to God. I think that many people pray more than they realize. But because we have complicated prayer and turned it into a formal religious endeavor, we step back from prayer. God just wants us to talk to Him. Prayer is the communication process between us and the Lord.

Isaiah 65:24 I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

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Living in the Light

LIVING IN THE LIGHT

The effect of having the light of God in our lives should be visible. You can’t hide a candle in a dark room.

Ephesians 5:8-9 Live as children of light  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)  (NIV)

As a result of the light of God in our lives we should only do what is good and what is right and what is true. Our actions should consist of goodness, righteousness and truth. The fact that we have this ‘sunshine in our souls’ should be evident to all. We should live as children of light.

GOD’S LIGHT IS AVAILABLE TO US

God’s light is available to each one of us.

John 3:19-21 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.   Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.

The fact of the matter is that light has come into the world. We can choose to live in this light.

John 1:4-5 Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind. His life is the light that shines through the darkness.

Job 22:28 And the light of heaven will shine upon the road ahead of you.

LET’S TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LIGHT

God intended that we would be light bearers. People who carry His light into their areas of influence.

John 12:36 Make use of the Light while there is still time; then you will become light bearers.

What is this light?  It is simple the presence of God in our lives.

1 John 1:7 But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship & joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.

Matthew 6:22 If your eye is pure, there will be sunshine in your soul.

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Light in Our Hearts

KEEPING OURSELVES PURE

When we get into things that are wrong we put things in the way of this light in our souls. But if we keep ourselves pure and endeavor to live clean lives we can enjoy this light.

Matthew 6:22  ‘If your eye is pure, there will be sunshine in your soul.’

Matthew 6:22  The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  (NIV)

Many of the things that contaminate our lives are things we have entertained in our minds. Let’s work on keeping ourselves pure and uncontaminated, so that we can enjoy the light of God in our lives.

LIGHT IN OUR HEARTS

‘Our hearts’ is an interesting concept.Our hearts represent the center of our being. I remember when we discovered my wife was pregnant. The first thing we did was to go to the Doctor. The Doctor performed a scan and showed us a tiny flickering dot. This was the heart of my daughter. The heart is one of the first things to develop and when the heart stops, we die. It is the most vital organ. It is right there in this most vital area that we need God’s light. In the very center of our being.

Ephesians 5:8-10 For though once your heart was full of darkness, now it is full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it! Because of this light within you, you should do only what is good and right and true. Learn as you go along what pleases the Lord.

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The Holy Spirit is the Source of Light

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SOURCE OF LIGHT

The Holy Spirit wants to bring the light into our lives. He wants to give us fullness of joy. Have you ever experienced your electricity going off and having to find a candle or the electrical switch box in the total darkness? It is interesting to see that under such conditions, we can stumble and bump into things even within our own homes. Life can be like living in a dark house. Even though we know the house, it can still be a bumpy experience. That is why we need God’s light in our lives. The Holy Spirit is the person who wants to walk beside us and bring God’s light into our situations.

John 8:12  “I am the Light of the world. So if you follow me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, for living light will flood your path.”

EVER-BRIGHTENING LIGHT

We can enjoy the light of God in our lives, getting brighter and brighter.

Proverbs 4:18 But the good man walks along in the ever-brightening light of God’s favor; the dawn gives way to morning splendor.

I was watching the sun as it came up this morning. The dawn was beautiful, but as the rays of the sun broke over the landscape, there was richness and a beauty that is difficult to describe. In the same way as we experience more of God’s light in our lives, our beauty and value becomes more evident to others. It will be like sunshine in our souls. Something that we can enjoy and something that others will notice.

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Sunshine in Your Soul

We all desire to know the light of God in our lives. We all need to know what it means to have sunshine. Light is one of the basic components of life, which we cannot do without. It is the same with our souls. We need light in our lives, light in our hearts and light in our souls. It is possible to know and enjoy the light that only God can give within our hearts and as such we can know what it is to have sunshine in our souls.

THE GOOD PERSON

If we are endeavoring to do what is right and good we can know light in our lives.

Proverbs 13:9 The good man’s life is full of light. The sinner’s road is dark and gloomy.

God’s desire is that those people who want to live good lives can enjoy a life that is full of light. When we have light in our souls we can enjoy full lives and we can be full of joy. Notice that there is the possibility of being full of light. As we grow we can enjoy more of this light shining in our lives.

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The Greatest Blessing

A BLESSING FOR FOLLOWING GOD

There is a blessing in store for those who faithfully follow God. I know many people who have faithfully followed God over many years and through many seasons and I want to encourage you and remind you of God’s blessing.

Psalm 37:25 I have been young and now I am old. And in all my years I have never seen the Lord forsake a man who loves Him; nor have I seen the children of the godly go hungry.

Never get tired of following God. The blessings are promised and that is a guarantee!

THE GREATEST BLESSING

The greatest blessing we can ever know from God is to know His presence with us. We may be blessed financially or in any other way but that does not compare to knowing God’s blessing and the blessing of His presence in our lives.

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Deuteronomy 28:4-6 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

MY PRAYER FOR YOU

My desire is that you will know & experience God’s blessing on your life!

Psalm 129:8 The blessing of the Lord be upon you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that each person reading these notes will know what it is to walk in Your blessing. I pray that You will bless them and allow them to experience Your presence in their lives. Amen.

Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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A Lifetime of Blessing

EXPECTATION

We need to be expectant. We need to expect God’s blessing on our lives. Sometimes we are hoping our ‘ship will come in’ or that we will win some competition and have instant success. We need to shift our expectation in God’s direction. This is what faith is all about.

Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.

Expect God to bless you and your family!

A LIFETIME OF BLESSING

God’s blessing does not come and go. If you are endeavoring to follow after God with all your heart, you can expect His blessing on your life.

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!

I love the phrase: ‘Who daily loads us with benefits’. The two words that I find most encouraging are:

1. ‘Daily’ – that means that from day to day God wants to bless us!
2. ‘Loads’ – Not just one blessing but a load of blessings.

This is what God has in store for those who love Him.

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Our Greatest Wealth

OUR GREATEST WEALTH

God’s blessing is the greatest wealth we can know in our lives. We may be fortunate in every area of our lives but without God’s blessing on our lives and activities we are poor.

Proverbs 10:22 The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth. All our work adds nothing to it!

We cannot earn His blessing, we cannot add to His blessing, but we can respond to His blessing with thankfulness and by pursuing Him with all our hearts.

Deuteronomy 11:22-23 If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to hold fast to Him— then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.

SEASONS

We all pass through seasons. Sometimes we think that God’s blessing is only present when everything is going right. This is not always the case. We pass through seasons and that is simply part of life. The issue is that God is still with us even in these seasons.

Psalm 23:2-4 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.

David writes in this verse about a season of ‘the valley of the shadow of death’. We all have difficult seasons, but that does not mean God is not with us. He wants to carry us through these seasons.

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