Today, let's fast from the thought that says: "God is far from me."
We have to learn to not only discern between right and wrong; but we must discern between "right" and "almost right."
It's "almost right" to ask God to come down and help us. It sounds holy. It sounds humble. But you will truly be free when you discover, HE IS ALREADY HERE. Emmanuel means "God with us." When Jesus came to the earth, He put an end to the separation between God and man.
Separation between us and God is a myth. It's an illusion. The devil wants us to believe it to keep us powerless and misinformed concerning our connection with God. We WERE separated from God through our sin (Isaiah 59:2). But Jesus TOOK AWAY the sin through His blood. Therefore, the moment we are born-again, there is NO SEPARATION between us and God anymore. It's our failure to recognize this that keeps us in bondage and feeling distant from God. We feel sometimes, He is so far away. But He is not. He is here. He is there.
LET'S CHANGE IT TODAY
1. Psalm 46:1 says, "He is an ever-PRESENT help in times of trouble." WOW! You have to love this thought. Have you ever had times of trouble? But notice, He is ever-present. THEN, it says, "help" in times of trouble. It is His "ever-presence" that brings us help in times of trouble.
2. Take Him at His Word. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, "Lo, I am with you always; even to the end of the age." There is no way to misinterpret this verse. "I am with you always." That has to warm your heart and comfort you.
3. Christianity is not a life of attainment, but a life of recognition. Philemon 6 says, "that your faith might become effective, through the acknowledgement of those things which are already in you, in Christ Jesus." Many people focus on "attaining" God's presence and God's blessing. But the Scripture is clear that we must recognize and acknowledge that He is already in us. His gifts are already in us. This produces power that MONEY and RELIGION cannot buy! The first part of the verse says this is what makes your faith become effective. Acknowledge. Recognize. He is already in you. His gifts are in you.
4. Christianity is not us "finding God." It's that He came and found us, spilled His blood to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, took us into His arms, and breathed His very Spirit into us. Now He lives in every person that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord. Romans 8:11 says, "and if the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you, then He who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead, will give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that indwells in you."
5. Eliminate every thought that says, "God, come down and help me" or "Send your Spirit." He has already come. He has already sent His Spirit. Our battle is to believe this whether we feel His presence or not. He is in us!
6. It's not us living FOR God. It's us LIVING FROM GOD. Galatians 2:20 says, "It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me." David said in Psalm 139:7-9, "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go to heaven You are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even THERE Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will hold me."
THINK IT & SAY IT
I decide today to eliminate the thought that I am separated from God in any way. He is an ever-present help in my time of trouble. His ever-presence brings me help! And I will rest in knowing I am in His presence. I recognize that He is already in me. That's what makes my faith work. He has found me and put His Spirit in me. The very same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is living on the inside of me.
God is not far off. He is right here, right now. I am surrounded by His love and enveloped in His presence. Therefore I am not afraid. He is my shield and refuge. My fortress and my very present help today. I am not trying to live FOR God; I am living FROM Him. His power is in me. His presence is in me. His love is in me. And nothing can ever separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus my Lord!
-Courtesy of Gregory Dickow Ministries