210. In Whose Presence?

“You know, my friend,” Stan began, “I was missing an awfully lot before I began to read the Bible carefully every day.”

Continuing, he said, “If I am open to seeing and to paying attention, virtually every single verse in the Bible has something important to say to me.”

“Anything particular in mind?” I asked.

“Yes,” he responded.  “Earlier this morning I read a single verse in the Book of Psalms that really spoke to me.”

Continuing, he said, “It has to do with my being in the presence of the Lord all of the time.”

“It is a fact that God is with me and knows what I am doing all of the time, so I am in His presence in that sense.  However, what is essential for me is that I make the constant choice to focus on being in His presence.”

“Way too often,” Stan continued, “I choose not to be in God’s presence because I want to do what I want to do, and it just so happens that such a choice is contrary to God’s will for me.”

“That happens when I choose to be in the presence of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Or simply to be in the presence of self, rather than in the presence of God.”

“Constant choices that make a significant difference,” I added.

“Amen!” Was Stan’s response before he added, “Because that matter was settled when I accepted the finished work of Christ on the cross, those choices will not affect my destination to be eternally present with God when my time here is done.  However, they are choices that may certainly affect my usefulness to God on this side of eternity.”

“Choose to be in His presence!”

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Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; the upright will dwell in Your presence.  Psalms 140:13.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want me to be in your presence all of the time.  It is only in your presence that I can see all you have for me.  Please forgive all of the times I have chosen on purpose not to be in your presence because I wanted to be somewhere else, doing something other than what you had for me.  I ask that you lead me into your presence.  I ask you to help me in wanting to follow you into your presence.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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