I fall short of my expectations in many ways. But one thing I have learned is how to regularly enter into, and enjoy, the presence of God. I do regularly encounter God by the Spirit. I can’t always encounter Him exactly when I want or exactly how I would like; and I certainly can’t get Him to do all the things I would prefer He do at the time I would prefer He do them…but I am regularly able to truly enter in and deeply enjoy His presence.
It’s certainly not because I am so special or so wonderful, but it is because I have learned something important about the role of the Holy Spirit. One of the primary jobs of the Spirit is to “pour the love of God” into the hearts of people who draw near to Him. I have come to expect Him to do that job on a regular basis, and I position myself through worship so He can regularly pour the Father’s love into me.
Paul tells us the most important foundation we must have for our lives is to be rooted and grounded in the revelation of God’s unconditional love for us.
“May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is.” (Eph. 3:17-19 NLT)
Do yourself a huge favor: Enter in and enjoy His presence often...at home, in the car, when you exercise, when you get up, when you lay down…present yourself to Him and enjoy His love for you!
Mark Drake is an internationally known author, teacher and leader. He focuses on equipping leaders around the world in New Covenant Grace.