When we are in the presence of the Lord, we enjoy His love, His peace and His rest. Often, it is in that place that He distributes gifts to us without our realizing it. Only later do we notice an increase of His gifting, in and through us, as the need arises. His presence always comes with presents from Him. As we seek Him and not the gifts, we find that He showers us with the gifts.
These gifts are spiritual gifts and come from the greatest gift, love. He wraps us with more of His glory so we can be His gift to others. We carry and distribute His love to all those we meet. As this most precious gift is given, it leads all of us to experience His presence and seek Him even more. His word, healing and peace are shared with others and multiplied in more ways than we can see.
We do not know the results of our sharing Christ’s love. God continues to increase all that is done from His heart of love. We do not follow the signs and the wonders; they follow us. His love heals, restores and comforts. His love is what brings forth all that comes from Him. As we love Him and rest in His presence, let’s receive His presents to present to the world, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
The presence of the Lord in our lives is truly amazing, and the most important reality to keep in mind at all times. When we know that God is with us, we look for Him, and to Him, above all else. As we do, we make room for Him to lead us and His perfect will to be done.
It’s not this or that we need to look for, it’s the Lord, and then all things align under His divine leadership. It’s when we feel as though we are not worthy of His presence that we find He is there to carry us through. It’s when we see our weaknesses that we become aware of the power of His strength. It’s when we think we don’t deserve His glory that we realize His glory shines regardless. It’s when we think we have nothing to give that we find He gives Himself to us, by His grace.
In His presence there is fullness of joy. In His presence no hindrance can remain. No fear, worry, depression or loneliness can stay when we know that God, Himself, is with us. It’s when we trust He is here that we draw near to Him. If God is for us and with us, who can be against us? Oh the glory of His presence, from glory to glory!
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated ‘God with us.’ ’’
As we make room for the Lord in every area of our lives, He becomes a host, not a guest. We do not desire a simple visitation of the Lord, we desire His habitation. We go from temporary to permanent; from seasonal to continuous. As we celebrate our savior’s birth, we pray that He will be welcome in every household and occupy a bigger place than ever before!
When it was time for Jesus to be born, Joseph and Mary were forced to stay in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. The lack of concern for them, even with Mary’s condition, showed their poverty and thus, Jesus, the Savior of the World, was born in a manger where no one would expect such royalty. Even now, though He is Lord of all, He continues to look for hearts where room is made for Him. We may think our hearts are not clean or ready for the Lord; however, God looks for us to invite Him in, not because we are ready, but because without Him we can never be ready.
When we prepare for guests, we make sure the house is clean and everything is at its best. When we prepare for hosts, we turn the keys and everything we have over to them. As the host, our Lord sweeps clean our home and transforms it from a manger to a mansion. He doesn’t look at what is made for Him; He looks for those who are willingly making a place, from glory to glory!
Luke 2:7 “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”