God help me understand

One night a precious man came into the Family Christian Store.  Full of energy and joy, Robert shared how he met Jesus face-to-face in a vision as he was crying out to God and grieving the sudden death of his beloved wife.  He confessed that had been a Christian for more than 30 years before he “met’ Jesus personally and began to understand what it truly means to have a “personal relationship” with God.

Robert delighted us with story after story of his encounters with Jesus.  There was a gift wrapped bag on the counter that sent him back to one such encounter.  He had a vision one day of Jesus presenting him with a beautifully wrapped gift.

“Wow Lord, what is this?”

“It is my gift to you.  There is one for you each day.”

Thank you Lord, it’s beautiful!   As Robert opened that gift and felt awash with the Love of God pouring through his spirit.

“Turn around Robert.”

Robert turned around and there were presents for as far as his eye could see,each one beautifully decorated.   “What are these Lord?”

“Those are the presents that you didn’t open. The days that you did not open my gift.  Robert, never let a day go by without opening my gift to you.”

Robert assured us that he has not let a day go by without earnestly seeking God for his gift.

This story reminded me of a conversation that I had with Jesus about a year and a half ago.  I was meditating on Psalm 16:11 “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

Jesus, please help me understand this verse, help me understand your presence.

”You have the ability through my finished work on the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit to come directly in My presence; to have direct communion and revelation with Me.  This is because you have the faith that accepted My free gift of salvation.  Most believers go their entire lives without accessing this privilege.  I AM your covering.  I make you blameless and therefore qualify you to enter the presence of the Father.  Since most believers know and acknowledge only their own imperfections, they think this is impossible.  This is a false belief that attempts to nullify My work on the cross.  Never forget this privilege and seek My face daily so you can live the life that I have planned for you.”

That gift that Robert received from Jesus sure sounds to me like the gift of God’s presence in our lives that Jesus was just talking about. I was sharing Robert’s story in a class I was teaching and a few days before, the Lord had given Jeanette this journal entry:

“Jeanette, each day I have a gift; a blessing for you.  It’s like a wrapped box.  They are limitless, but you need to ask and expect to receive it daily. As with every gift you receive, remember to give thanks.”

Jeanette thanked the Lord for the specific revelation that He had for her that day.  I love how the Lord will reinforce an important teaching through the witness and testimony of several people.

Jesus has a gift of His presence for us every single day.  A personal encountering blessing.  I sure don’t want to miss a single one of those gifts.  Do you?

How do we open this gift from God?  Matthew 5:6 gives us a hint; “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  To hunger and thirst for something is to have a deep desire for it.  The first step is to sincerely desire Jesus and His presence.  Robert was crying out to God in his grief.  He was hungering and thirsting for comfort from the Comforter.  His prayer was answered and then he knew what he had been missing all along.  His experience in his grief birthed a hunger and thirst for more encounters with Jesus.

Jesus already shared the next steps in Jeanette’s journal conversation; ask Him and expect Him to give it to you.  Matthew 7:7 reminds us to “”Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”   The Lord is commanding us to ask, seek and knock.  This shows the persistence of expectation.  God wants to be believed for these promises.

God will answer this heartfelt prayer.  The verse says, God will open the door.  If you hunger and thirst, ask and expect Him to commune with you, speak to you, show you something, give you an encounter, He will answer you.  That’s an amazing truth.  Then, as always, thank God for every gift of blessing.

Jesus, forgive me for the days that I have forgotten to open the personal gift of Your Presence.  Help me to not let another day go by where I leave a gift from You unopened.  I thank you Lord for each and every blessing.  Help me to live out the promise of the fullness of joy that comes from Your Glorious Presence.

Now it’s your turn:  Ask Jesus:  Lord, give me a hunger and a thirst for your presence.  Help me to experience Your Presence and show me the special gift that you have for me today.  Share what He shows you here in the comments below and thank Him for the gift of His presence.

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Burnt my wings – stepped into the flame
Ignorant to truth – and never took the blame
Looking for something – I couldn’t understand
’cause all this time I’ve been playing the devils hand

I faced the darkness – stood over the line
These demons held me – just killing my time
Holding me down and the man in me
Kicking and screaming – wouldn’t let me free

God help me through this I’ve been living a lie
God help me through this I’ve been living a lie
God help me through this I’ve been living a lie
God helps me through this.

Broke my word – time and time again
Never listened once – now want to make amends
Broke my dreams – broke yours too
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Broke your heart a thousand times with all i do

I faced the darkness – stood over the line
These demons held me – just killing my time
Holding me down and the man in me
Kicking and screaming – wouldn’t let me free

God help me through this I’ve been living a lie
God help me through this I’ve been living a lie
God help me through this I’ve been living a lie
God help me through this

Dreams—always the same situation
Visions—of my destination
But always the same ceaseless end

Day’s— lost in my tears of salvation
Held by this false safe sensation
Leaving me locked to contend

Сожженные крылья мои – шагнул в пламя
Не зная истины – и никогда не взял на себя вину
Ищете что-то – я не мог понять,
Потому что все это время я играл рукой дьявола

Я столкнулся с темнотой – стоял на линии
Эти демоны держали меня – просто убивает мое время
Холдинг меня и мужчина в меня
Ногами и кричать – не позволил мне бесплатно

Да поможет мне Бог через это я жила во лжи
Да поможет мне Бог через это я жила во лжи
Да поможет мне Бог через это я жила во лжи
Бог помогает мне через это.

Сломал мои слова – снова и снова
Никогда не слушал один раз – теперь хотят загладить свою вину
Сломал моей мечты – сломали ваш тоже
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Разбил твое сердце в тысячу раз со всем я делаю

Я столкнулся с темнотой – стоял на линии
Эти демоны держали меня – просто убивает мое время
Холдинг меня и мужчина в меня
Ногами и кричать – не позволил мне бесплатно

Да поможет мне Бог через это я жила во лжи
Да поможет мне Бог через это я жила во лжи
Да поможет мне Бог через это я жила во лжи
Да поможет мне Бог через это

Мечты — всегда такой же ситуации
Видения — моего назначения
Но всегда же непрерывные конца

Day’s — потерял в моих слезах спасения
Проводит это ложное ощущение безопасной
Оставив меня взаперти, чтобы бороться

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Dorothy LaCroix Hill

    by Dorothy LaCroix Hill Published by Abingdon Press in New York .
    Written in English. Classifications

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    Library of Congress BT107 .H5

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    Pagination 93 p.
    Number of pages 93

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