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.’ ’’
Can we believe in miracles? When the impossible becomes possible; the supernatural becomes the natural; and what cannot be accomplished by men can be accomplished by God; then, we remember our Savior’s birth and gain faith for all the miraculous expectations we carry in our hearts.
When the doctor announces an incurable disease to a patient; someone gets laid off a job at a time when unemployment is high; an unforeseen divorce brings hopelessness; or finances diminish to nothing; then, we may be caught up in despair and fear of an uncertain future. The question is: was Jesus born of a virgin? Our answer to that question stirs up faith and brings us divine answers for whatever we face.
The angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, so not only could she believe, but we could believe as well. We learned that miracles not only pertain to Jesus, but are available for everyone. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the amazing, astounding and astonishing works of God. Yes, we do believe! Nothing is impossible with God. Our walk of faith expects divine steps at every turn, from glory to glory!
Luke 1:36-37 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Our Heavenly Father is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. The idea of God finding us the moment we worship Him, leads us to worship Him even more. With our heart turned towards Him and our hands lifted up, we embrace Him through our words, tears and expressions of love. We stand in awe as we meet God face-to-face and rejoice in His presence.
We rejoice in worshiping Abba Father and giving Him glory and honor because of who He is. A lesser known benefit of worshiping is that satan is publicly rebuked and reprimanded during our praise. Our adversary was cast out of the place of worship even though he used to be the praise leader in heaven. When we do what he is no longer able to do, he is resisted and has to flee from every area of our lives. It is imperative that when we feel the most oppressed, attacked or in warfare that we rise up and worship. In doing so we get closer to what is of God, and further away from what is of the enemy. In that place of intimacy nothing can come between us and the awesomeness of God’s glory.
If we ever need to feel closer to God, let’s worship. When depression tries to come upon us, let’s worship. When darkness increases in the world around us, let’s worship. When we don’t know what to do, let’s worship. No matter what it takes or where we are, we press through to worship, from glory to glory!
John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
After the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they looked behind them and saw the Egyptians dead on the shore. We too need to look back and see our enemies defeated. Through the victory on Calvary, Jesus conquered sin and death and they can no longer threaten us.
Fear, sickness, lack, and addictions are dead. The person we used to be before our new birth in Christ…is dead. When we face any opposition, we proclaim ourselves dead unto sin but alive unto God. This enables us to disarm our adversary. To see our enemies dead helps nullify their power. We are survivors and through the power of Christ, we bounce back from all trials and tribulations. What we see and know as already conquered cannot threaten our lives. We stand on the truth that Christ won the victory at Calvary.
Lies of the enemy often pertain to things of the past. We can look behind us rejoicing the enemy was defeated. We can go forward with the glory of the Lord as our rear guard. The Egyptians tried to take the same path through the Red Sea that the children of Israel took, but they were defeated. Our enemies cannot travel the road of victory that Christ has prepared for us, from glory to glory!
Exodus 14:30 “So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.”
The One in us is greater than the one who is in the world. Christ is greater than any problem, temptation or trial that may come against us. Instead of walking by fear, we walk by faith because of the overcomer who dwells in our hearts.
In the past, we may have attempted to build walls to protect us from the attacks of the enemy. These walls ended up isolating us and keeping us away from divine opportunities. We may understand that Christ is greater than what comes against us; but it’s when we comprehend that He is greater in us that walls can come down and our fear is conquered. Walls built from fear do not bring protection, but hinder us from the victorious position we have in Christ. The presence of the Lord in our lives is enough to protect us from all the fiery darts of the enemy. His presence in us enables us to stand as champions in His name because we have on the whole armor of God.
When we take a look at what’s in us, we come face to face with our humanity and question our divine identity. It’s then that we have to recognize the treasure we have as earthen vessels: Christ Himself in us, with us and for us, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
When we remember the work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope, of others in the Lord Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with thanks unto God. The scripture tells us to remember faith, love and hope without ceasing. When our focus is about the weakness of others, how they failed our expectations, or what they are yet to grow into, our faith and hope is diminished.
Our prayers for others are affected by what we remember of them. Without ceasing, we are to recall their work of faith and labor of love. As we do so, our faith for what is to come into their lives is increased. Our prayers are motivated and remain fervent by love. Remembering, even briefly, what the enemy has done can plant seeds of fear and hinder our faith. This is true whether it’s in regards to us or to others. The connection between prayer and thanksgiving is seen throughout the Bible.
Our labor of love is not in vain in the Lord and the prayers of the righteous avail much. We do not see the glass half empty, but half full. One drop is enough for our God to multiply. At times, when we only see what hasn’t been accomplished yet in our lives, and the lives of others, let’s remember our work of faith, and labor of love and praise God, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.