Living in His Presence

God is always with us, but if we don’t recognize His Presence, then there’s something that goes away, something that ends up in a dead end.

How do we get reminded of the fact that we are in His Presence? How do we learn to live in His Presence? Let me give you three measuring sticks as to how you can determine how we’re doing in that.

Three Measurements:

  1. Genuine and Healthy Relationships

“And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also” (1 John 4:21).

We cannot see God, but we can see our brothers. If we want to love God whom we cannot see, start by loving the ones that we can see, because the second one is like the first.

If we want to see if we’re really loving God, we need to ask ourselves and measure how we’re doing with the people we can see. Otherwise, we can be religious vertically, but we’re really not learning to live in His Presence if it doesn’t connect horizontally.

There will be some people that will shut their door to you, but as for you, you must keep your door open to them and not retaliate. There will always be some that will disagree with you. However, do we have to placate everyone? No. God is saying when there is an offense, do everything we can to make sure that apologies are given, forgiveness is given and we ask for forgiveness and do our very best to reconcile. Now, whether they receive it or not, it’s up to them. We must do our part.

  1. Deal Promptly With Sin

Don’t let sin ferment within us. Deal promptly with sin because that’s one of the signs or measuring sticks of whether or not we’re living within the presence of God. Sin is rejecting God’s ways or going one way when God says to go another.

Jonah did that. God said to Jonah, “I want you to go to Ninevah.” But instead of going to Ninevah, Jonah catches the boat that goes the other way to Tarshish, which is on the other side of the spectrum. The Bible talks about the Presence of the Lord when we tolerate sin:

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, ‘Arise, go to Ninevah the great city …’ But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1:1-3).

Sin is choosing to go one way when God has asked us to go another. We need to learn to live in the Presence of God that requires us to deal promptly with sin and to not let it linger. And, when we deal promptly with sin, the Lord embraces us back quickly; fellowship vertically and horizontally are restored.

“But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

The price has been paid; how long is it going to take you to go to the table and ask God to sup with you and you with Him? If you’ve received Christ and you sin and you stumble, don’t wait. Deal with it promptly and say, “Lord, I messed up.” He’ll embrace you and restore you to His presence. Do you know what will happen then? You’ll begin to grow.

  1. An Ongoing Growth

A lot of people grow old in the Lord, but they don’t grow up. We have to let the Lord begin to mold us and shape us.

When we disobey God, we are no longer free. We have an incorrect definition of freedom and we go into an area where we are imprisoned again; we’re bound up again. The Lord says, “Freedom only comes when you obey Christ.” When we obey the Lord, then He is able to mold us and change our way of thinking and we become all that He has created us to be.

If we want to learn to live in His Presence, when the Lord pushes, we need to be a people who give in and can joyfully comply. We obey His instructions so that He can change us from glory to glory. Because that is what the Spirit’s responsibility is — to change us.

It’s not that God is making us do things that we don’t want to do. He’s molding us into the design that He has for us because no one knows our future better than He does.

God loves us so much; He’s going to watch over us. The question is, do we recognize His Presence and do we comply with His Presence? Are we learning to live in His Presence?

We want to be a people who have a relationship with one another. There is cleanliness there because we deal promptly with sin. There is an ever-increasing likeness that takes place — we’ll look more like the Father with the wisdom, understanding and strength we gain when we grow deeper in Him. And when that happens, now we’re learning to live in His Presence.

Comments 1

  1. Thank you for sharing this message which bled out from your daily devotion. I felt my heart was tugging after reading this article. In healing, this become a valuable reminder the importance of learning to live in God’s presence. Mahalo & God Bless!

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