Never! And, I mean, never leave the presence of God the same way you came. Anybody who has had a true, real-life encounter with God walks away differently.
- Moses’ face shone with the glory of His brightness (Exodus 34:29-35).
- Jacob left with a limp, but a new name (Genesis 32:22-32).
- Abraham left with a promise (Genesis 12:1-3).
- Paul was knocked off his beast, but had a new mission in life (Acts 9:1-16).
I could really go on and on with example after example (way too many to mention). Any time we come into the presence of God we should not leave the same way we came. There is something supernatural that should take over this holy encounter as the Spirit that dwells in you, dear believer, hooks up with the Source of all life.
When meeting with God there is an awe-inspiring reverential feeling that takes over the atmosphere of your heart. Whether it be a physical meeting of something more, or if we are speaking of meeting with Him in prayer, worship, reading the Word, and the like – there should be some manifestation that you have been where He is.
Am I talking about walking away with a physical expression causing you to walk funny the rest of your life? No. Unless that is His will. But, what I am talking about is there should be a change of some sort that takes place; something that attests to the fact that He and I have communed together on a personal, spiritual level.
Perhaps a situation that looked hopeless was comforted in prayer leaving you with calm you didn’t feel before. Maybe sorrows grabbed your heart, but through His Word peace was revealed and hope renewed for another day. In any way, shape, or form that we have an opportunity to hook up with God; to be where He is and to be filled up of Him; we should be fully spiritually awakened to that specific moving of the hour and take full advantage of time spent with Him.
Things can be changed when we meet with God! We don’t have to leave the same way we came! He can do a complete turnaround in the hearts and minds of men. He makes the impossible become possible. He can speak and things come to pass that never existed. Or, just being where He is can renew faith, lift spirits, and dawn hope on a future path that was once appeared dreary.
If you come to a service make up your mind you won’t leave the same way you came in. There should always be a better impact of being where He is. There should always be a holy impression made on you and your life from drawing nigh unto the Almighty. If we meet with Him in life, prayer, praise, or whatever and wherever – do so with the same ambitious determined mentality: “I will walk away differently than I came. I am going to benefit from my encounter with God Almighty.”
And, please, hear me really clearly – I am not referring to selfish benefits, dear friend. For the world and the church hears too much of that these days. The benefits I speak of are things only He can do in your life; they are workings only He can perform for those who come to where He is.
Yes, some of the examples above show physical blessings of holy encounters. How much more blessed if we walk away with spiritual benefits abounding? “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” John 10:10 proclaims. Sweeter still if that abundance is overflowing with the beauty of who He is working on the inside of someone like you and me.
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Life gives us two options: stop where we are now and walk away or keep moving forward until one’s destination is reached. Giving up is not an option. The perseverance of our Christian journey is more than obtaining worldly goals, success, and the like. It’s a continual press onward and upward toward the kingdom of God. Heaven is our destination, and although it may be hard at times, we must keep pressing forth until we are where Jesus is.
When God was ready for the children of Israel to go through the Red Sea, despite what appeared to be an obstacle before them, He told Moses, “Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” Exodus 14:15. Sometimes we have to stop worrying over everything, we have to stop staring at the problem, and just GO FORWARD!
Sin has destroyed peace. Circumstances try to overrun peace. Emotions can’t seem to grab hold of peace but, if this time of year teaches us nothing else, it’s that peace is still a very real thing to not only seek after but to find.
The Savior was born for peace. He came to reconcile, restore, and offer peace to mankind of the likes they never could have else wise imagined having. His peace is not commercial and it’s not superficial. The peace of Christ is an inner peace that comes from knowing that even through the hardest trials of life, God’s love for each of us is so magnificent that He offered us this great gift, the best Christmas gift we could ever hope for, through His Blessed Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Peace should not be so elusive for the heart to behold. While the Shepherds were in that field on that holy night, the chorus of the angels rang out, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men,” (Luke 2:14). Peace is part of the salvation package; it’s part of the gift we have received through Him. While it may not always seem like it or even feel like it, in Christ you have a peace which, “passeth all understanding,” and this peace “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:7).
Your life hidden in Him is something beyond human comprehension. You are cemented in a joy that cannot be moved because the One who holds your hope cannot be moved. Your Redeemer came as a babe and reigns as Victor and He, being the Author of your salvation, is not only your eternal reward in heaven, but He is your peace on earth today.
Father God, Help us through this season. Not just the holiday season, but these seasons of life that we find ourselves wrapped in. There are so many questions of why that we may not always understand. There are circumstances that often we just cannot figure out. Thankfully, You know it all together and you didn’t ask us to try to know the beginning from the end because You already do. You asked us to have faith and just rest in the peace that Your Son has already given us. For many, this time of year is very hard. For some situations, we can’t begin to imagine the hurt and confusion one carries, so we stand and pray that people everywhere would feel a refreshing of Your peace in their lives today. AMEN!
“I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning,
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.”
– Author unknown