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In His Presence

Our pastor has been speaking the last few weeks on the subject of forgiveness and yesterday on the subject of grace.  Something he said at the end of that message really spoke to me.  He said that when we are in the presence of Jesus – something happens to us.  His presence draws and changes.  We basically do nothing without Him and should receive no credit when there is a changed life.  I thought to myself, “how true this is”.  If we could only get ourselves out-of-the-way and let those around us really see HIM – His contagious and transforming love would radically change people.

There is example after example of this in scripture – the transforming, life altering encounter with Jesus – forever changing the broken, cynical and desperate into new creations of wholeness, optimism and health – boldly going forth with new purpose and determination.  All things different forever because of that extraordinary brush with deity.  The woman at the well – Paul on his way to Damascus – knocked off his horse – both of these had an encounter and a moment with the almighty – that forever changed them.

There are many stories in the Bible of how Jesus changed lives just simply by walking among the people – and being in their presence.  It is something that we have access to all the time – a life that is saturated with the love and presence of Jesus – made evident in our daily walk and talk.  It is also something that I need to be aware of – and I need to get out-of-the-way and let others see Him in me – so that they too can be changed.  He is the great beautifier – He is the one who changes hearts – He is the one capable of restoring and bringing new life and purpose to people – not me.

Lord – help me to remember to point those around me to you.  Help me to be sensitive enough to get out-of-the-way and let your love and grace shine through my life.  Help them to see you.  Help them feel and experience the transforming love of your presence.

If you are struggling today – my prayer for you is that you come back into His presence – find renewed strength for what you are going through and a fresh perspective on situations that you alone cannot carry.  All things that are possible – in His presence.

God Bless

In and out of situations
that tug of war at me
All day long I struggle
for the answers that I need
But when I come into His presence
All my questions become clear
And in that sacred moment
No doubts can interfere

In the presence of Jehovah
God Almighty, Prince of Peace
Troubles vanish, hearts are mended
In the presence of the King

Through His love the Lord provided
A place for us to rest
A place to find the answers
In our hour of distress
Now there’s never any reason
For you to give up in despair
Just slip away and breathe His name
You will surely find Him there

In the presence of Jehovah
God Almighty, Prince of Peace
Troubles vanish, hearts are mended
In the presence of the King

In the presence of Jehovah
God Almighty, Prince of Peace
Troubles vanish, hearts are mended
In the presence of the King

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Comments on: "In His Presence" (8)

  1. I was brought up where the work ethic was huge in an Atheist household. It’s so hard for me to get out of God’s way most of the time. I tend to do first and think about it later.

    • I think we all do – I was raised in a work ethic home as well. It almost feels wrong to just bask in His presence and NOT do anything!

  2. “Getting out of the way,” I think, is the hardest part. Humans love to put themselves in the middle. Not always easy to step away. Thanks for this beautiful song!

  3. beautiful video, cindy. really enjoyed listening to that today!

  4. Good thoughts – I like your phrase “he is the great beautifier.” Very freeing indeed – we often feel the pressure is on us as Christians to somehow make Jesus beautiful, when often what we display ends up being the direct opposite. But just to let him work within us and love people through us…it will happen naturally because it is the Spirit’s work.
    Love it.

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