All throughout the day yesterday I found myself deeply immersed in such a yearning cry for a greater measure of the Presence of God. His Word assures me that to be in Christ I already have all of Him. God never witholds any measure of who He is from us. It is us that put up the barriers or walls that can keep him on the outside while all the time He is knocking at our hearts door to be allowed fully in. Yet He will never force His love upon us in any shape or form.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it his not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
The quest for the infilling of His presence shall know no end. The depths of His love are unsearchable. I find that as I feel like I can’t receive enough of him it is because there are elements of resistance still within me that are creating friction. You know what friction feels like, right? So why would I offer up resistance that would impede what I desire so intensely and desperately to drink in to the very depths of my being? Perhaps I find myself unable to discern the source of such resistance?
So now what? That which I know not how to identify is keeping me from my greatest and most intense desire? There is is only one answer to this dilemma and that is to first acknowledge it and that I feel totally helpless standing in the middle of such. Two words will break this dilemma and they are “Yes Lord”. “Yes Lord, I am holding on to some measure of unbelief that tells me that you are not great enough to overcome it. Lord help me in my unbelief to believe and trust you to supercede and overtake such. You already overcame everything in this world for me and paid in full the price for such with the ultimate sacrifice that you made for me.”
If I ask Him such, He takes it from there as I have invited Him to do so. He will not do anything for you until you earnestly and genuinely ask him to. However once you ask and continue to persistently follow hard after Him in relentless pursuit He will open a measure of His presence that is beyond anything you or I could imagine.
Yes such new lands await you and I and He is so ready to break us through and we shall find ourselves on the other side in the fullness of His glory if we will simply believe Him for who He is and trust him through the process. Yes, it is a process. Don’t expect this to manifest like instant potatoes because true relationship takes consistent and concise cultivation. Yes this word “cultivate” is the key here. It begins with Jesus and I and Jesus and you, and then we cultivate the same with each other. Do you find such intimidating? Yes, our human nature has taken us in such a direction has it not? However it is time now to come home; come home to the Father’s heart. In a sense we have all been prodigals have we not? Well first may we forgive ourselves. Release and let our past go. We merely forgot who God created us to be and the way to live that nature out totally in his likeness.
Don’t be in judgement over where you are and have been. Let us forgive ourselves and each other and walk in the precedent that 1 Corinthians 13 offers us. This leads us to where we can truly consecrate ourselves which then transforms our world all around us as we reflect and emanate such.
Perhaps next we can explore this matter of consecrating ourselves. Shall we? Be rooted and centered in His Love that surpasses all of our understanding. Allow His peace therein to keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. He has us and now let us discover that we have Him totally when we allow the resistance to be melted away.