I believe that the best way to serve the Lord is from a place of rest and intimate communion with him, and when we do that, we are being effective.
The most significant breakthroughs in our spiritual life come from when we are still when we stand firm and are called to watch and see what the Lord is doing.
So how do we enter his presence, and how do we remain in his Presence?
Be still and know that I am the Lord, says the Psalmist. (Ps. 46:10). To be still is to expect what the Lord will do and speak. Ephesians 6, Paul’s armour of God, encourages us to stand against and to stand firm. Standing firm and against it is not a passive posture but the opposite. So, to remain to enter and remain in the presence of God, we need to posture ourselves in such a way that we can receive from the Lord.
How do we remain in his presence?
The Lord will never speak against his own Word. The Lord is consistent with all his promises. If he said, He would never leave and forsake us, and he is telling the truth. He is faithful to his Word. Jesus also reiterated this promise to the disciples and to all who will become his disciples. So, from God’s perspective, we are always welcome into his presence.
There are seasons in our lives when the Lord speaks clearly, but other times when he seems hidden. Yet, in both cases, his presence is always there. In this time of silence, I have experienced a profound encounter with the Lord. I have found that these times are an invitation to go deeper into the fulness of his presence. With every revelation from God’s Word, we experience another aspect of his presence, which is for our benefit and growth. The key is to persevere and not give up.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Ephesians 3:14–20 ESV)
Paul says that to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Can you put a limit to the fullness of God? No, we can’t, so we are invited into this incredible love of God, in which his fullness is more than enough for us to encounter him and remain in his presence.
I do know that my body needs water. I am constantly drinking. It is a natural process it is more than a healthy habit. It is essential to my very own existence. The desire to enter and remain in God’s presence should be seen and experienced as even more vital to our existence. I want to place myself, whether being still or standing firm, so that I can grasp and be found in the fulness of God.