The Power in His Presence
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Definition of WILD CARD: noun
: an unknown or unpredictable factor.
"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” // John 3:8
Just as the Holy Spirit is unpredictable and mysterious, The WILD Card series is a collection of posts designed to be spur-of-the-moment and Spirit-led, based on the discernment of each individual author.
For the last 20 years of my life growing up in the church, it wasn't until last summer that I had fully accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was the first time I had ever experienced His love in a way that absolutely set me on fire. At this point all I wanted was to be in His presence. So, over the course of the summer all I did was occupy my mornings with reading the word, spend my afternoons with yard work and in Spirit-led conversations with my Papou, and in the evenings read the parables until I fell asleep. This routine continued throughout the whole summer until God directed me into Crossroads Church where I have been serving since.
In Exodus 33:11 it says, “Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.” Spending every waking moment saturated in God's presence last summer prepared me to move forward in my faith and created a greater understanding of God that allowed Him to lead me out of the tent. It's in moments of pure and raw will, when you choose to stay in God's presence, He will lead you out of the tent into your next destination towards your destiny.
“In Your presence, God, pain has no place
Disease has no place, sickness has no place
Weariness has no place, depression has no place
In Your presence, God, In Your presence, Jesus
We find all we need"
Still Believe- Live // Kim Walker-Smith
The power is truly in His presence and as one of my favorite songs demonstrates, when we keep our eyes on Jesus and we stay planted in His presence, there is no obstacle we can't overcome, and there is no destiny we cannot reach. In God's presence we truly find all that we need, and even our purpose can be found in the midst of the secret place with Him.
For many who struggle with finding a place pitch a tent in God's presence, take heart! Walking out a relationship full of intimacy with the Father isn't birthed overnight. It comes from having the grace with yourself to be disciplined enough to practice quieting oneself before the Lord.
It takes practice to become proficient at something. Practicing the presence of God will make us good at it. // R. Alan Woods
The moment you are saved and become reborn into God's family, is the moment that you have the opportunity to realize how powerful prayer is. Prayer is our communication line to God and the more you genuinely pray and ask for His presence, the more of His presence will be made known.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. // Matthew 7:7
As you choose to stay in God's presence and choose to pray for God to reveal it to you, you will find peace and reassurance in His promise to lead you into everlasting life. For His plan and purpose for your life is so great that sometimes it will require you to stay in His presence willingly for you to experience all that He has planned for you.