Jan 20, 2011

“Presence or Presentation”

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, is quite a tall order. Our first impression is that this will take a great effort. So we resort to a
legalistic, works filled life that is exhausting and filled with failure and frustration.

There is a place in God, called the secret place. It’s a place of rest and quiet within. Not everything we believe God for comes to pass, but that does not mean you are not loved by Him. He loves you so much and has a plan and purpose for your life.

But too often, works instead of faith prevail. The place of rest does not mean no work. We labour for the Master, but it is a labour of love. It is because He gave Himself for us that we labour for Him. We listen to and follow the voice of the Spirit of God living within us.

But our labour should not be legalistic and repetitious. When we worship, it should be spontaneous and from the heart, because we “REALLY” love Him and want to worship Him.

When we read His Word, it’s because we Love Him and want to know what He is saying to us. We are not reading His word to find out what others should do but what we should do.

As we yield to His will, the secret place becomes more visible and tangible. It becomes a lifestyle of being God inside minded. We are not moved by what we see but by what is happening on the inside.

That leads to a life of substance and not symbolism. We yearn for the Presence of God not the presentation of God. Life takes on a whole new meaning and we feel fulfilled in Him.

Jilleen, my daughter and I singing "Jesus is the Sweetest Name I know" during one of the worship sessions in Tallahassee, Florida

Gil Howard-Browne

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