PRESENCE VS PRESSURE

bible-blur-christ-christianity-372326Come reverently expecting, in need of Abba Father, not because of materialistic/worldly wants but first and foremost because you want Him and only Him!

2 Corinthians 1:21 (NLT, Study Notes)

“The Holy Spirit guarantees that we belong to God and will receive all of His benefits (Ephesians 1:13, 14). The Holy Spirit guarantees that Salvation is ours now and that we will receive so much more when Christ returns. The great comfort and power the Holy Spirit gives in this life is a foretaste or down payment (“first installment”) of the benefits of our eternal life in God’s presence…”

Today’s Journal Entry (April 30, 2020):

Is it correct to pray, “God, bring me into your Presence?” Isn’t He always with us? Yes, He is!

There is a difference in sitting at my desk and sitting at my desk in the atmosphere of God. I don’t feel always feel in the Spirit. Is anyone always in the Spirit?

To call upon Him to come sit with me, seems a bit demanding! Wouldn’t it be respectful and loving to pray that He brings me into His presence? Isn’t this acknowledging that He is the one who is in control of the transfer? I do nothing, He does everything! He takes me from just sitting at my desk to His spiritual atmosphere, as I am now.

“Thank you, Jesus!”

If He doesn’t make it happen, it won’t happen. He is the power! It feels more like a summons, therefore, I think to pray that He brings me, is a better posture before Him. It feels good! I feel surrendered and at His mercy and grace instead of me sitting down in my chair and taking charge: my thoughts and agenda.

“Here I am, Lord! What is it that you have to say?”

Isn’t it preferable to a child of God to hear from their Father instead of the child dictating to their Father?

“Correct me, Jesus, if I am wrong! I sit before you to learn. Help me to see your ways, not my own!”

I most certainly want to be in this spiritual state when sharing Him with others, whether I am leading a group, counseling, writing, or whatever work the Lord has called me to. It’s no good to do any of this without the Lord’s power, guidance, and protection. It is a must to be in the Spirit! This feels peaceful and the Lord taught me long ago, that if there is peace, it is from Him. If there is frustration or friction, it comes from the enemy. I believe I’m on the right course! Praise God!

When a believer dies, this spiritual transfer becomes permanent. There is no battle between flesh and Spirit and it is because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He came to give us life! Hallelujah!

Galatians 5:1 (NLT, Study Notes):

“Christ died to set us free from sin and from a long list of laws and regulations. Christ came to set us free-not to do whatever we want because that would lead us back into slavery to our selfish desires. Rather, thanks to Christ, we are now free and able to do what was impossible before-to live unselfishly. Those who appeal to their freedom so that they can have their own way or indulge their own desires are falling back into sin. But it is also wrong to put a burden of law-keeping on Christians. We must stand against those who would enslave us with rules, methods, or special conditions for being saved or growing in Christ.”

Galatians 5:2-4 (NLT, Study Notes)

“Trying to be saved by keeping the law and being saved by grace are two entirely different approaches. ‘Christ will be of no benefit to you’ means that Christ’s provision for our salvation will not help us if we are trying to save ourselves. Obeying the law does not make it any easier for God to save us. All we can do is accept his gracious gift through faith. Our deeds of service must never be used to try to earn God’s love or favor.”

Romans 5: 1-5 (NLT, Study Notes):

“…it helps to keep in mind the two-sided reality of Christian life. On the one hand, we are complete in Christ (our acceptance with him is secure). On the other hand, we are growing in Christ (we are becoming more and more like him). At one and the same time, we have a status of kings and the duties of slaves. We feel both the presence of Christ and the pressure of sin. We enjoy the peace that comes from being made right with God, but we still face daily problems that often help us grow. If we remember these two sides of the Christian life, we will not grow discouraged as we face temptation and problems. Instead, we will learn to depend on the power available to us from Christ, who lives in us by the Holy Spirit.

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Galatian”s Study Notes added per the Lord’s direction. I had finished my entry but He wasn’t finished. Always beneficial to sit quietly before Him, pray He opens your heart so that you don’t miss out on His wisdom and opportunities.

Study Notes taken from the Application Study Bible, New Living Translation. My first copy was given to me from a sister in Christ and God has used it mightily in my time with Him. I’m now on a second copy! He never fails to speak to me through His Word, and He will do the same for you! I encourage you to read your Bible daily. He has much to share with you!

 

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