Circumstance and Presence

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Jesus Calling is one remarkable devotional. Thank you Sarah Young.

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. (Philippians 4.12 NLT)

That verse is a good summary to today’s Jesus Calling entry (November 5). The whole entry is filled with truth because it’s filled with God’s presence. Here’s what I deem the center of today’s calling.

Put more energy into trusting Me and enjoying My Presence. Don’t let your well-being depend on your circumstances. Instead, connect your joy to My precious promises…

I know individuals who live like this. They are up against brick walls that would crush the toughest of us, yet they champion their day to shine the glory of Christ.

I wrote a scathing essay that was filled with dissatisfaction yesterday. I meant every word because I do not say or write anything I don’t mean, and thanks to the Spirit within me I’m not using expletives because I’ve been instructed by my Father not to let any unwholesome talk come out of my mouth. Sometimes living in the light of our Father is a simple refusal to give into temptation.

What Jesus Calling is communicating to me in this moment is that His presence is more moving and life transforming when I embrace it every moment of every day. It’s a conscience awareness that in this broken world His Presence is enough. I long to fix the broken ways of this world as you do, and my drive to write here at Beyond Sad is proof of that. Eternity has been set in our hearts, and we know there is a time coming when perfection will be our reality, but until it happens we have to let faith overshadow our fear.

Precious Father in Heaven hallowed be Your Name. We are weak sinful human beings who focus on the wrong things. We need your power and presence in our battle with the ways of this world. We need you. We’ve always needed you, but when we vocalize our need for you we know you come near. We know your always near, but because of the brokenness we are blocked from truly seeing and experiencing your presence. Open our minds and hearts to your presence. In Jesus name amen.

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