|View over Crystal Lake by C.V. Lacroix|
Here below the saints enjoy God in a measure, but in heaven they enjoy Him without measure. Here we take some sips of His goodness, but in heaven they drink deeply of it and swim in it like a boundless ocean. Here we have our communion with God broken off many times, but in heaven it is uninterrupted.
Our burning passion and earnest desire should be for more of His presence, and we should seek to avoid anything that interrupts it. One thing that interrupts it is sin. I recall someone once saying that sin is anything that interrupts the presence of God in your life. But of course there are other interruptions to His presence that are not sin, such as distractions and interruptions. These interruptions may even seem like legitimate needs. For example, when you are spending time with the Lord and the phone rings. It may even be someone from whom you were awaiting an important call back. However, it's best not to answer it, and instead let it go to voicemail. You can always call them back later, but our time alone with God is precious and must be guarded. Don't become a victim of demonic interruptions.
We need His presence more than the air we breathe. In my article Eudoxia Varga Testimony of Heaven and Hell, I wrote that when she was caught up to heaven and saw the Lord Jesus Christ, she said that life was flowing out from every part of Him, and that this life is the air she breathes. Our attitude should be the same as Eudoxia's. Let's desire His presence more than the air we breathe and seek to have unbroken communion with God day and night.
Attribution notice: Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®, where noted. The "View over Crystal Lake" painting is by my daughter Charity V. Lacroix. Please see more of her lovely artwork at A Brush with Life.
Author's Note: If you enjoyed this post, please check out David Wilkerson's message on A Conspiracy of Interruptions! You may also like the other posts in this blog, such as As the Still, Fair Court, Practicing the Presence of the Lord, In the Shelter of the Most High, The Lord is Near, and Walking in the Light of His Presence, which are available through the Home page of this blog. I also recommend Eudoxia Varga Testimony of Heaven and Hell, One thing, Fruit in Every Season, Led by the Spirit, For the Glory of God Alone, The Obedience of Faith, The Knowledge of the Holy, and Ask for the Ancient Paths. Also see my daughter's poems called God Will Meet You There, Connected to the Vine, and The Glory of God, as well as this song about His presence by Mercy Me, called Here with Me. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."
Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus. Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15). He preached that we must repent and believe.
Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International. He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.