When the police are on a raid, banging on a door, shouting for a response and getting none, they will count and then shout “WE’RE COMING IN !”
How determined are we to find what it is we’re looking for? Focused intent will usually get you somewhere. How focused and intentional are we at finding God TODAY? Hunger for His presence will cause you to find all you need right now.
4 things I have found open the gate to His presence:
1. Confess sin – repentance always opens a door to His presence.
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the PRESENCE of the Lord. Acts 3:19
For as long as we cover our sin and fight against our guilt, we never enter. But the very moment we turn from it times of refreshing fills our soul. His grace is here TODAY.
2. Draw near to God & He will draw near to you (James 4:8)
Our Intellect or religion can get in the way, debating theology, cosmology, philosophy and all the time we miss out on experiencing the life of Christ.
Don’t be timid, come boldly before Him and TODAY He will draw near to you.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy & find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
3. Enter His courts with thanksgiving & praise (Psalm 100:4)
Mr or Mrs Grumpy never find the gate into His presence. They are too busy with their own negative world. “It’s not fair”, “It never happens to me”, “My boss shouldn’t have … “. When we switch off our grumpiness and begin to give thanks we find that thanksgiving has opened a gate for us. The gate is right in front of you TODAY.
4. Come together
“He is enthroned on our praises” (Psalm 22:3)
“I will live among them and never abandon them” (1 Kings 6:13)
“How good it is when we dwell in unity … thats where His blessing is” (Psalm 133:1-3)
Some of the greatest promises in scripture are about the corporate presence of God. God’s presence is most evident when we come together. Unity is the most potent formula for His presence. TODAY come together – to Church, to a Connect Group, to a Prayer Meeting and you will walk through a gate into His presence.
Video message: “I’m Coming In !”