LIFE IN HIS PRESENCE

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
MATTHEW 28:20
There are so many benefits that become ours in Christ. David said not to forget these benefits. Let’s see now; there is forgiveness for all my sins, deliverance from the power of sin, healing for my body, provision for all of my needs. Actually I think this list has no end, His mercies endure forever. But there is this one benefit that is often forgotten and seldom appreciated; ‘What is it?’, you ask. It is the actual and manifest presence of the Lord. To those who haven’t tasted it, it is overlooked and considered inconsequential or non-essential. But to others (those who know His abiding presence), it is the one thing they are not willing to live without. Actually, the presence of the Holy Spirit is what was purchased for us at Calvary. It is easy to focus on the ‘eternal’ part of eternal life. It is the life part that is essential. The Holy Spirit is life, He is God, and He is our portion that begins in our lives here on earth. The disciples experienced ‘the presence’ because Jesus was physically with them. Of course they loved the miracles and the teaching but it was Jesus Himself that made their life so full and complete. When He told them He was going to die, that was unthinkable to them. At least it was unthinkable until the Holy Spirit came upon them and in them. That changed everything! Here are some thoughts from Andrew Murray on God’s abiding presence.
‘When the Lord chose His twelve disciples, it was “that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14). A life in fellowship with Him was to be their preparation and fitness for the work of preaching. The disciples were so deeply conscious of this great privilege that when Christ spoke of His departure to the Father, their hearts were filled with great sorrow. The presence of Christ had become indispensable to them; they could not think of living without Him. To comfort them, Christ gave them the promise of the Holy Spirit, with the assurance that they would then have His heavenly presence in a sense far deeper and more intimate than they had ever known while He was on earth.”
On the day of Pentecost the disciples finally began to understand; this is what Jesus was talking about. The Comforter would change everything. Don’t be willing to live your life without this benefit. He is more real than any of us know. He is available for all of us, He is available right now.

2 Replies to “LIFE IN HIS PRESENCE”

  1. It is impossible to understand the difference between religion and what God has offered until you experience the manifest presence of God for yourself. Try as I might, I am accused of trying to get people to change their denomination or judging their salvation. All I want is people to know God through Christ and know what was meant by life abundantly.
    Crazy, my life in comparison to prior to 1/24/2005, my salvation, is radically different and is very noticeable to those that know me. As I continue to press on to obtain a deeper relationship I am told to be not so hard on myself, that I am a good person, better then most.
    I just can not get passed needing God’s presence and His interaction in my life. When it is not there or as evident as before, it drives me crazy. Who would have thunk I would ever become one those Jesus freaks I laughed and made fun of years ago.
    Like the old commercial says, “try it, you’ll like it!” What an understatement. \o/

  2. WHEWHOO HALLELUJAH…

    HOLY, HOLY, HOLY! YOUR PRESENCE KING, HALLELUJAH…. HAVE YOUR WAY JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT WITH ME ALL DAY LONG/FOREVER!

    FILL ME UP OVERFLOWING ALL IN YOU JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT GIGGLING, LAUGHING, OVERFLOWING BUBBLING OVER!!!! HALLELUJAH
    I LOVE YOU JESUS!!! YOU ARE AWESOME!

    PASTOR FRANK, HAVE A BLESSED AND FILLED DAY IN OUR KING OF KINGS, JESUS! HALLELUJAH. LOVE YOU, PASTOR. 🙂

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