How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.
- – Psalm 31:19
how do you remain centered in the presence of God?
perhaps if you were to honestly seek an answer to this question, those who would be honest with themselves, would confess that it’s a struggle.
that everyday, presents it’s own struggles.
that the chaotic busy nature of our life, threatens this desire to remain centered in the presence of the Lord daily.
every minute of our life.
even then, the desire for many of us, never does go away.
why? you may ask.
for many who have experienced the power of being centered in Christ, you know how rich of a blessing this is.
how much peace we receive when we are centered in His presence.
how our days, are that much more doable.
and how He manifests Himself in every area of our life, like an angel who dares to never leave you alone.
yet if there is any blessing the enemy tries to steal from us, it is this ability to remain centered in the presence of the Lord.
not just part of the day, or some days, months or even years. it’s the ability to remain centered in the Lord every waking second, minute of our life.
and so it was, that as this year opened, I hungered terribly for this.
i prayed, and asked the Lord to help me draw near to my purpose, and with that came the knowledge, that I must work on remaining centered in the Lord.
in the center is where you find God at His most powerful nature.
it is here, where our eyes are opened to see just what God sees.
it is here, where our ears are opened to see just what God hears.
it is here, where our thoughts meet His thoughts, and we begin to think in His ways.
it is here, where we feel just as He does.
where, the pains of this world that bring tears to the Lord, begin to bring tears to our eyes too.
it is also here, where we receive. receive His wondrous blessings.
it is here, where we quench our thirst, and are fueled to keep going.
it is here, where we find rest and peace.
no matter our circumstance, we find rest and peace.
it is here, where we find protection. protection from any works of the enemy.
the Lord is longing for His children to remain centered in His presence. just as we long for the company of our children, the Lord longs so very much for our company.
He is the unchanging God. the Lord, who never leaves, and never does He forsake us.
when we call, He answers. He is ever present, yet many a times He is in the company of just a few of His children.
His tears fall down upon the earth, as He aches for the company of His children.
may we turn from our ways, and instead center ourselves in His presence.
may we long for Him, as He longs for us.
picture the Lord in this majestic palace, and in this palace He has prepared a room for each and every child of His. yet, as you enter His palace, only a few rooms are occupied. and in His courts, He has made room for each and every one of us, yet if you look around, there is so much empty space waiting to be filled with our presence. and as the sound of the bell rings for dinner, this huge oak table, covered in beautiful center pieces of the most magnificent flowers, filled with all sorts of goodies is but half way full. many many seats are unoccupied, the feast goes on, but it is clear that the Lord who seats at the head of this very huge table is sad. the Lord’s heart aches for the company of all His children. He knows that outside His will, and presence, our today, and even our tomorrow, is a waste and under utilized.
i love worship
i could eat and live worship
worship is my love language
when i listen to worship, or when I am part of worship, i find myself at the center of His presence.
worship to me, is like prayer to the prayer warriors. that’s my way of praying, for an extended amount of time.
i remember after having experienced so much of God’s goodness, and mercy in one season of my life, i went to worship and during worship i told God, I would never be ashamed of lifting my hands in Praise. that i will never half heartedly worship Him. that if I was to sing Praises to Him, i will be unashamed. and ever since that declaration, I have never stopped worshiping. in fact, i invest in satellite in my car, just for the simple fact that everywhere I drive, i want to be in the presence of the Lord in worship.
what is your love language when it comes to your relationship with God?
what one thing, pulls you closer to the presence of the Lord where you are unashamed?
grab a hold of that one thing, and let it be your path to the center of His presence.
surround yourself with ways in which you can continually practice His presence, using that one thing.
if you are like me and love worship, surround yourself with worship music. find ways to commune together with other believers in worship.
and as you practice your love language, you will find yourself centered in His presence. the challenge is remaining in His presence, therefore practice makes perfect. surround yourself with everything God, and in prayer ask God to make this practice much easier, and practical for you, so that as you grow in practice, you will find this effortless and you will continue to remain in the presence of the Lord.
it is very important as believers that we remain in the center of His presence. this world is not our home, therefore we are always faced with all sorts of challenges, and the enemy is always at work, looking for a door to make his presence known in our life.
as you practice remaining in His presence, you will automatically begin to close any open door and the enemy will be locked out of your life. it will be impossible for him to make his presence known in your life. keeping the enemy locked away from your life, means that deliverance will begin. all ungodly spirits dwelling in you, will make their way out of your life. the Holy Spirit will suck the life out of any ungodly spirit, and soon they will be no more. you will receive a Holy Spirit cleansing, and only goodness shall dwell in you, all the days of your life.
being in the presence of the Lord is more powerful than we even know. there is tremendous power in the Lord. ask Paul who experienced God’s mercy in a mighty way, and went on to do such great works, writing most of the new testament. ask Daniel and his friends who were saved and protected while in the lions den. how about the children of Israel, who experienced God in such might ways. how about the handsome man David, the one who the Lord said was a man after His own heart. how about, the wondrous works he accomplished in the presence of the Lord. how he killed Goliath with a sling and stone.
there is power in the Lord. great power. would you find rest in the Lord. commune with God all the days of your life, and you will enjoy His riches, all to His glory.
i hope you will take the Lord up on this challenge. and as we all make a point of doing this, the Lord’s tears will be turned to smiles ,as His children enjoy His loving company, and He ours.
the Lord awaits your company, would you please join Him.
until next week, may the Lord help you remain centered in His presence
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