Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dependent on God's Presence

Last week at our Wed. night prayer meeting, I was so overwhelmed with the thought that God had promised that if 2 or more gathered in His name--He was there in our midst. I visually pictured God in our midst that night. It changed my prayers. And as I spoke it out loud and prayed passionately about needs, everyone caught that same vision. I can't even begin to tell you how much it changed our ordinary Wed. night prayer meeting. God was there. And He accepted each need we brought to Him. And He's already answered many of those prayers!! Amazing!
The next morning, I was reading this and it only confirmed what God had done.

Taken from My Utmost for His Highest:

"When we are in an unhealthy condition either physically or emotionally, we always look for thrills in life. In our physical life this leads to our efforts to counterfeit the work of the Holy Spirit; in our emotional life it leads to obsessions and to the destruction of our morality; and in our spiritual life, if we insist on pursuing only thrills, on mounting up "with wings like eagles (Isa. 40:31), it will result in the destruction of our spirituality.
Having the reality of God's presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually. Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His presence. The experience the psalmist speaks of--"We will not fear, even though..." (Psalm 46:2)--will be ours once we are grounded on the truth of the reality of God's presence, not just a simple awareness of it, but an understanding of the reality of it. Then we will exclaim, "He has been here all the time!" At critical moments in our lives it is necessary to ask God for guidance, but it should be unnecessary to be constantly saying, "Oh Lord, direct me in this, and in that." Of course He will, and in fact, He is doing it already! He will press through them, bringing restraint to our spirit. Then we must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Thank you, I needed to "hear" that.