Devotional by Drew Briggs | Song by Mallory Pfenning
Have you ever known someone who could change the atmosphere of a room just by showing up? When trying to describe these people, you may use phrases like, “That guy just lights up the room when he walks in.” or “When she shows up everyone is on their best behavior.” It could be based on their work ethic, their charisma, their high standards for others, their attitude, or even their physical features. Some people can just walk into a situation, and their literal presence has an affect on everyone around them.
Observing the effect a person’s physical presence can have on a situation can actually lend itself to helping us understand a very powerful attribute of God. The presence of God in a situation, in a life, or even in an idea makes all the difference in the world. His presence brings peace to situations, clarity to ideas, and purpose and meaning to people’s lives. The presence of God is what you need in your life at all times.
Galatians 5:19-24 “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Here we see the contrast of a life lived without God’s presence and a life with God’s presence at the center. The more you get in God’s word and seek His presence, the more you will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). The more you find him, the more you will begin to learn how to live a life, not only filled with the Spirit but also bearing the real tangible fruit of the Spirit.
Romans 8:10-11 “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
This verse is such an encouragement! Once you commit yourself to living a life in accordance with the Spirit, God puts His power inside of you. Now wherever you go, you carry God’s presence with you. You are now a vessel that God can use to reach people and accomplish incredible things for His kingdom. His complete control of your life will result in your own freedom from sin, finding your place in his divine plan, and living each day intentionally for his glory.
Therefore, ask yourself two questions:
- How much influence does the Presence of God have in my life right now?
- How can I become more aware and sensitive to his presence in my life?
He wants to use you. His presence in your life is what you need to accomplish His purpose for you. With His presence dwelling on the inside, you might even be someone who can change the atmosphere of a room when you walk in.
(Verse 1) There is a still small voice that’s calling | Whispering peace amidst the storm | There is a gentle hand that’s leading | Pulling me safe into Your arms
(Verse 2) There is a hope that’s unrelenting | Giving me strength to not let go | There is a joy that’s overwhelming | Knowing Your love redeems my soul
(Chorus) I want more | I want more | I want more | More of Your presence
(Verse 3) There is a truth that’s everlasting | Setting this slave and captive free | There is a love that’s all consuming | Stirring a faith from deep in me
(Bridge) Walls are shattered, Chains are broken | At the sound of Your mighty name | In Your victory, lives are set free | Now Your power lives in me