Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The Lord’s Presence is the most transformative power in the world. In His presence is the fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). When he taught us to pray, he said in essence, ask for My Presence – daily. Today we’ll look at another of the four theme’s Bob Hudson draws from a deeper dive into the Lord’s Prayer.
“Give us this day our daily bread…” Matthew 6:11
“Trusting God as our Source: The simple request for God to give us our “daily bread” goes far beyond our need for physical nourishment. Our “daily bread” is representative of everything that God intends to give us through His presence – all that He provided in the Garden. Love. Safety, Strength. Worth. Value. Purpose. This prayer can anchor us in the deep reality that He is our Source. This is important because our human tendency is to look outside of ourselves – to others and to circumstances – to give us what we need. Turning our focus to our heavenly Father and acknowledging that He is the Provider of our deepest longings will liberate us from the frustrations and disappointments of expecting situations and other people in our lives to meet our core needs.”
Today, will you welcome transformation? Will you ask for His Presence to fill you – to overflowing with everything you deeply desire – and trust Him to do it?
Monday, March 18, 2019
“And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority!” Mark 1:27
“And as he passed by, he saw Levi…and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.” Mark 2:14
As you start your Monday, remember that there is One present within you who is more powerful and potent than anything or anyone anywhere, ever.
Consider this, the God who spoke life into existence, the God who spoke and called a deadman from a tomb, and the God who spoke but a few words and men followed him is present to you, now.
David Benner says: “The potency of Jesus’s teaching and the fact that others recognized him as carrying astounding authority came from his presence and the way it bore witness to the truth of his being. The power of his presence – not rhetoric, manipulation, hypnosis, or any other source of influence – is the basis of the most powerful natural authority and source of influence we will ever encounter.
Jesus is with you, in you and able to do abundantly more than you ask or think. Take on Monday full of His love and potent presence and let His glory shine.
Saturday March 9, 2019
“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.”
According to social psychologist and researcher Brene’ Brown, we are lonelier than ever. Social media, cell phones, technology and the capacity to travel have not brought us together, but created a world of loneliness and superficial connections.
What a marvelous reality that the Savior of the world did not save from a distance, but came to be with us, to dwell as a man among men, eat with sinners, become known to friends, and go to weddings. It was very personal and very much a ministry of presence with Jesus.
And even as Jesus physically departs to return to his Father, he promises not only to not leave us alone, as orphans (exposed, in danger, fending for self), but to give us the Holy Spirit. In Paul’s letter to Timothy he says: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment” (2Tim1:7).
We are not alone – and we are not made to be alone. Take a moment and BREATH – breath in the reality that the Spirit of the Living God is in you, for you and loves you. Let him meet you in your loneliness. Now choose to meet others, to be present in love with others – let’s not leave one another as orphans, but love as we have been loved.
Thursday, March 4, 2019
Acts 3:19-20 say:
“Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…”
So long as I hold onto the things of this world and the demands that my fleshly desires be satisfied, I will be moving away from the satisfying presence of the Lord. And I’ll likely know this is the case because of the presence of anger, frustration, anxiety or frustration, at a minimum.
The call to repent and turn is not a call to dissatisfaction, but an invitation to move into the satisfying presence of God and welcome all the love and joyful security He offers in Christ.
Which way are you moving now?