Monday, February 2, 2015

God Is With Us

Are you aware of the presence of the Lord? We have the knowledge he is with us, the Bible tells us that he is. There are even times when we feel moved during worship or during a really good sermon but many people do not have a daily awareness of Jesus' presence with us. There are lots of reasons why; busy schedule, occupied mind in other things, lots of tv or music, worries, fears, uncertainties. All kinds of things keep us from the awareness of Yahweh's presence. It is a shame because it is one of the greatest gifts he has given to us, fellowship with him.

Being aware of his presence is also being aware of all of his promises. It is a reliance on him for strength and wisdom throughout the day. It is important to understand that just because we have thought a thought does not mean that it is the Spirit speaking to us. If we have ignored him for weeks, neglected the Word, haven't given him a moment in days, why would we think we are sensitive enough to hear the Spirit? It is those we open themselves to the awareness of his presence who often hear from him.

Consider Joseph for a moment. Here was a man so fixed on Yahweh that he even received dreams and visions from him. His brothers hated him but even when they sold him and he ended up in slavery Joseph did not lose his awareness of Yahweh:

The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man and served in his Egyptian master’s household. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he did successful. (Genesis 39:2-3)

That's the amazing and important thing here: It is obvious to people when Yahweh is with us. This is Joseph, pre-Jesus, pre-Holy Spirit. So how much more should we be aware of the presence of the Lord, us being possessed by the Holy Spirit? How much more should people be able to see that Yahweh is with us because of the Spirit in us?

We should be seeking the awareness of his presence throughout the day so we may have success in everything we do in Jesus' name. It isn't about us. We should be seeking this so that we can serve people in the strength and wisdom of the Lord. His presence should permeate us so that he is able to impact everyone we come into contact with each day. They should be able to look at us and know the Lord is with us. Seek his face today.

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