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Thursday, April 21, 2011

PRACTICE THE PRESENCE



Early in life as a born again one, I heard the expression, “Practice the presence of GOD.”

I didn’t know what that meant but thought it was a good idea.

Psalms.1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night

Psalms.91:1-2 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

These verses give instruction in how to begin to practice GOD’S presence. While it is true that GOD is omnipresent and we are always in HIS presence we do not always acknowledge it. The proof of this is the way we conduct ourselves, how we speak and what our motives are.

In order to do evil we must ignore HIS presence. Are you planning to sin? If so you are ignoring HIS presence? Ig-nor-ance is a word coined to mean you do not acknowledge someone’s presence and GOD doesn’t take kindly to that treatment.

Something that I have noticed is because the Spirit of God dwells within us continually, we become so used to that we fail to recognize His presence within.

As a new Christian it was easy to remember when the Spirit wasn’t indwelling me and the emptiness within, but as the time has passed the memories of those days have faded. And now we only realize he is within when He moves upon us in prayer or worship. Perhaps we should recognize Him in the same way continually and practice His presence at all times and in every way.

Quote from Bill Johnson:
"As we become faithful to host the presence of the Lord, we find a tension between two realities—that He has been given to us without measure but that we set the limits of that measure. Though all of the measurements are set up on our end of the equation, we can experience the measure of presence we are willing to jealously guard. Whatever you will jealously guard, that is the measure you will have on a consistent basis. All measurements in the Kingdom exist for us to pursue increase. The whole Kingdom is based on this principle: the faithful use of what you have been given is what qualifies you for more."

When one is baptized with the Holy Spirit they receive the fullness of the Spirit and not just a part of Him. When you turn on a light bulb it receives the fullness of the power in order to light up. It doesn’t receive all of the power just the fullness of it.

Every moment of the day we have the fullness of God dwelling in us and we must acknowledge His presence by our conduct and acting accordingly.

Another old saying says, “Practice makes perfect” so practice, practice, and practice some more,









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