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.’ ’’
The Spirit of God moves in many different ways, and manifests His power based on what is needed. One way He moves is through the “Teflon” anointing: a spiritual protective garment protecting us from all the fiery darts of the enemy. In the natural, Teflon is a coating placed on cookware to prevent things from sticking to the pans. Nothing of the enemy can stick with us when we are under this anointing. As we put on Christ, we put off every work of darkness.
When the enemy targets us to stir up evil works, his attacks cannot prosper and they cannot stick. The very opposite occurs, our fire and passion for the work of the Lord increases. The enemy knows when the anointing is on us. There are no more ups and downs, he can’t touch us and darkness has no impact. The enemy may try to stop us, but whatever he tries to do through circumstances or others will not stick. We do not slow down to deal with the enemy. We don’t even smell like smoke!
We continue to stand and trust in the Lord as we step forth so the Kingdom can come in all its glory! The impact of the Lord makes a difference everywhere we go. We recognize when things are trying to stick with us when we have difficulty shaking the dust off our feet. When that happens, we put on Christ, by faith, so we can be clothed with the Teflon anointing, from glory to glory!
Romans 13:12 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
Are things coming between us and the Lord? No! He is always with us, but the cares of this world and the fiery darts of our adversary may hinder our feelings of closeness with the Lord.
We know this is happening when our walking in love, joy and peace is altered. When we receive bad news from a doctor, are unable to pay a bill, or have a difficult conflicting situation with someone, we may feel as though the Lord is far away. What happened can appear to come between us and the Lord; we may not hear His voice clearly, receive His love or trust His care.
What we learn to do in these cases is see the Lord handling the situation, and know the Lord is placing a hedge of protection around us. He stands between us and the difficulty. We do so by faith, quickly remembering He is with us and not far away. We are able, by His grace, to allow nothing to come between us and know that all that comes through His love is upon us. Our Lord Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant and we are reconciled to God. We can hold tight because He has brought us to a place of surety, comfort and safety. This persuasion handles any division, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When light manifests in the realm of man, there is love, grace and anointing. When darkness manifests itself, there is deception, perversion and lies. Deception comes with caring for what the self wants; when it pleases the flesh. Protection from deception comes through submission to God.
As believers, we are called to minister to one another, to bring comfort and edify one another. It is important to remember that we are just vessels. God is the one who gives the increase. Sometimes people we minister to may look at us like we are powerful and wise. We must resist any word that tells us we are great or mighty, anything that tickles our ears because it pleases our flesh. An anointed word will always point to the Lord. He is the one doing the work. We can do nothing for God without the Holy Spirit.
It is as we submit ourselves to God that we can resist the enemy and he flees. The very act of submitting to God is what resists the enemy. We submit by surrendering our will and our way to the Lord. We walk in the spirit, knowing and trusting that it’s all about Him, His will and His way. We yield ourselves to Him, and let Him be, from glory to glory.
James 4:6-7 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
We put on the whole armor of God; once we do, we never take it off. We remind ourselves that we are clothed with armor when circumstances cause us to doubt. If we believe and receive one part and not another, we are vulnerable.
We have the defensive parts of the armor: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, shoes for the preparation of the gospel of peace, and the shield of faith. With them we are protected and completely covered. In addition, we have an offense in our armor: the Sword of the Spirit, and the Word of God. With it we declare and decree what has been written. We are clothed with the armor of God. We are dressed to destroy every adversary in the name of Jesus. When we are in a battle we need to know the weapons we have in order to use them effectively.
How do we put on the armor of God? By faith we receive Him. The armor is comprised of what is already ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord. We put on Christ through the appropriation of what He has made available for us. It is the armor of God, His! We are dressed for battle and able to resist and destroy every evil work, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:12-13 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”