Practicing the Presence of God
Similar to the church in Ephesus, we all drift from our first passions. John gives us all a good reminder in his letter of Revelation, that we need to remember our passion for Christ, repent from our hardening heart and return to to the practices of love.
Where is the Church in Jesus life? Good question, since Jesus only says the word twice. But when He talks about the Church, it is very weighty. We need the Church – to grow, to learn, to love each other. The Church needs us – to encourage each other, to help each other. The Church was born in song, it is an act of worship and God blesses us through the Church as we bless others.
Part of living in God’s presence is talking to God. In John 17, Jesus gives us insight into the relationship that He has with the father and shows us how we can talk to God through PRAYER.
How do we live life in God’s presence? We need to know that God speaks, and we need God’s Word more than food. God’s Word is precious. Actively put yourself in Jesus’ path by reading His Holy Word.
How do we live in God’s presence? Receive His gracious gift and act on the virtue of faith. It isn’t all about working for faith, it isn’t all about waiting on Jesus, there is a concurrence. Work with the gifts God has given you to produce fruit through virtue and love.