Grace as the Coming Presence of Christ with and in Us
Dragon Slayer says, "I woke up during the night watch with thoughts of how Grace relates to God's presence."
“…and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
"All that you do, do in the name of the Lord" (Col 3:17).
"The kingdom of God is not by observation, but the kingdom of God is in you and amongst you" (Lk 17:20-21).
God has promised you His constant presence (Hebrews 13:5), but are you conscious of His presence every day? God has promised you His constant presence (Hebrews 13:5), but are you consciously awake to His presence every day? "Awake oh sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Eph5:14) When you are conscious of His presence every day, you will experience a peace that gives you rest, joy inexpressible in your spirit and a power that nothing in this world can offer. In fact, you will begin to be peaceful and powerful like Jesus. You will speak and behave like Him. This is because you cannot be in God’s presence without His beauty, love, peace, power and glory rubbing off on you.
If you are in the middle of an argument, see the Lord standing within earshot. Your words will change and your body language will become more reconciliatory as you see Him right there with you extending His grace to you. There will be a restraint which is not borne of willpower, but which comes supernaturally when you know that the One who loves you and watches over you is with you.
Beloved, when you become conscious of God’s presence in your life, worries and fears will have no foothold in your mind. You will see Him maximizing your joy and fun, and prospering you in what you say and do!
And He said “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” “NKJV”
Moses the man gives us a fundamental truth of following God whereas in verse 13 he prays if he has found grace in God’s sight for God to show him God’s way. Because he knows that if he finds God’s way, he would have found grace in God’s sight. It sounds like a play on words but its intention is much more vested.
Often the grace of God which is His presence does not fall under the desire of His people these days. Find a desperate plea for direction and God’s presence and God’s manifold grace will consume the circumstance, individuals, or anything else in the vicinity and conform it to His will. God’s grace is more than His unmerited favor, it is His Divine presence invoked by desperate men, women, or children who realize that not one more step can occur, not one more breath can be breathed, a plea for God’s presence has risen to the heavens and reached the very Throne Room of God and all has halted till God Himself Speaks.
Moses understood God’s presence was essential to progress, it was not the works that were performed or in our current church climate of mega budgets, spectacular events, and charismatic speakers, the proof was demonstrated by the manifested presence of God. If God’s presence was not in it, it was not going to happen. Moses states emphatically in verse 15 “If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” This is a substance of a relationship with God many of us need to cultivate no matter the cost, Moses after being used in such great ways never lost his way. The many years in the desert, in my opinion taught him that all he had was nothing, and it could be lost with one bad decision made with good intentions. The more God moved through him, the more he needed God to move through him because it was God’s presence (His Grace) that accomplished the task.
God’s grace is God’s presence in any given situation, and His presence is power, authority, purpose, victories, trials, and love - can we be a people who will say “If your presence is not with us, then we won’t go.”
In (2 Pet 3) Peter had just finished teaching about false teachers. He then goes into the subject of the coming of Christ. He mentions that Paul's teaching is often difficult to understand. Peter attempts to teach his audience in terms that the coming of Christ in his presence can be metaphorically understood, in order that they may grasp the true nature of the coming of Christ and how it relates to the grace of God. For that reason Peter in the chapter with the words: "Therefore let us grow in grace" (2 Pet 3:18).
"Watch and pray" (Lk 21:36),
"I come quickly" (Rev 22:12-14).
© by George Blasy. Used by permission.
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