Living In His Presence - Cal Pierce
As we advance the kingdom of God in the coming year, it is important that we live in His presence. We have an enemy that doesn’t like what we do and he will come against us to bring discouragement. This year has been a year of the shaking of created things, a year of restructure. God only wants His unshakeable kingdom to remain. Old structures are coming down to make way for the new ones. The new structures represent the new wineskins necessary to carry the new wine. God is creating new structures that can house the increase that is coming.
God provides protection when we live in His presence. If He lives in us then we can contain His presence. In Psalm 31, verse 20 it says,
Thou dost hide them in the secret place of Thy presence from the conspiracies of man,
Thou dost keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
His presence is a secret place of protection from the plots of those who come against us. It’s a place where God keeps you focused on the vision He has given you. It’s a place where discouragement will not overtake you. The secret place is where you walk with God into your destiny. It’s a place where you have strength and joy in His presence. (I Cron 16:27) It is where God goes before you and is your rear guard so that no weapon formed against the vision God has given you will prosper. It’s a Psalm 140:13 place where, “The upright will dwell in Thy presence.” It is a place where you have times of refreshing from the battle. (Acts 3:19)
You and I can live in His presence. His presence is the fullness of joy as mentioned in Psalm 16, verse 11. It is a place where the Spirit of the Lord dwells in us. It’s where we can live in total victory because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. If you live in that place, the joy of the Lord will be your strength.