Monday, July 21, 2008

Presence of God

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! A little late this morning, but this is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! As I stepped outside this morning, the moon was getting a little lop-sided, as it wanes, but was slightly hazy. No stars were visible, but the sky seemed cloudless... a beautiful warm day ahead!

Yesterday was so hot, we stayed in as much as possible after church, but did get out for a short ride to the park. Only about five cars were there... the brave ones walking in the heat. It doesn't seem to bother the ibises or the herons or the squirrels, who are always running about , and the ibis are always poking intently in the ground. God is good!

We also drove over to Joe's Creek Park, but only one car was there. It's a nice small park with a good walking trail, but not used very much.

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Is it possible to experience God's presence today?

Hebrews 10:22-24 Let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting him. For our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.

During Old Testament times, God's presence was expressed in limited ways. For example, the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies only once a year. In Jesus Christ, the veil between us and God is torn away, and we all enter freely into his presence. Let's not take for granted the privilege that is ours.

Ephesians 3:12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God's presence, assured of his glad welcome.

Colossians 1:22 Now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

When we have a free pass to an event, we do not hesitate to enter. We are given the privilege of admission based on the generosity of the giver.Our faith in Jesus Christ is God's free pass to his presence. When we put our trust in Jesus Christ, we can enter God's presence confidently.

Are there times or places when God leaves me?

Joshua 1:9 I command you--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,