SEEK TO KEEP THIS ONE THING THE MAIN THING

SEEK TO KEEP THIS ONE THING THE MAIN THING

POSTER DWELLING

With so much going on in ourselves, our marriages, our families, our relationships, our churches, our workplaces, our communities, our society, our country, and our world, it is more important than ever that we as Believers seek to keep this one thing the main thing.

And what is the one thing?

David in Psalms 27:4 states:

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.”

(Psalm 27:4 Amplified Bible – AMP)

The one thing that is important for us as Believers to seek to keep as the main thing is that we dwell in the presence of the Lord, intimately fellowshipping with Him, beholding His beauty and meditating on, considering and inquiring of Him with a view to obeying Him and pleasing Him wherever we are no matter our task or atmosphere.

That is the one thing that is important for us to seek to keep the main thing.

That we dwell in His presence because it is in His presence that we find the love, joy, peace, wisdom, strength, sustenance, revelation, instruction, might and power, to sustain us, strengthen us, and enable us to be and do whatever He requires us to be and to do no matter the situation or the circumstance; it is in His presence that we find everything we need to effectively deal with whatever we face during the course of our daily lives.

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (c. 1614 – 12 February 1691) served as a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in Paris. Christians commonly remember him for the intimacy he expressed concerning his relationship to God as recorded in a book compiled after his death, the classic Christian text, “The Practice of the Presence of God”.

Brother Lawrence understood the importance of and practiced the presence of God.

Here are a few quotes from the book comprising his writings.

“That we need only to recognize GOD intimately present with us, to address ourselves to Him every moment, that we may beg His assistance for knowing His will in things doubtful, and for rightly performing those which we plainly see He requires of us, offering them to Him before we do them, and giving Him thanks when we have done.” 

– Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God –

(Source – http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2133549-the-practice-of-the-presence-of-god?page=1)

“The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees before the Blessed Sacrament.

– Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God –

(Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother_Lawrence)

In his writings Brother Lawrence noted how dwelling in the presence of God as a lifestyle took much practice and required much death to his fleshly nature. He admitted that the path to this union was difficult and He spent years disciplining his heart and mind to yield to God’s presence, yet he persisted. 

“As often as I could, I placed myself as a worshiper before him, fixing my mind upon his holy presence, recalling it when I found it wandering from him. This proved to be an exercise frequently painful, yet I persisted through all difficulties.”

(Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother_Lawrence)

He offered these words of encouragement to those also desirous to dwell in God’s presence:

“Do not be discouraged by the resistance you will encounter from your human nature; you must go against your human inclinations. Often, in the beginning, you will think that you are wasting time, but you must go on, be determined and persevere in it until death, despite all the difficulties.”

– Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God –

(Source – http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2133549-the-practice-of-the-presence-of-god?page=1)

Pause for a moment and think of what would happen if we as the Body of Christ truly sought to dwell in the presence of the Lord, to truly practice the presence of God.

Pause for a moment and think about what would happen if you as a Believer in Christ truly sought to dwell in the presence of the Lord, to truly practice the presence of God.

How would it impact your life…..your thoughts, speech, attitudes, choices, behavior, relationships, the quality of your spiritual life and your effectiveness to advance the Kingdom of God ? – SELAH 

With so much going on in ourselves, our marriages, our families, our churches, our workplaces, our communities, society, our country, and our world, it is more important than ever that we as Believers seek to keep this one thing the main thing……dwelling in and practicing the presence of God wherever we are whatever our task so our lives can be pleasing to Him and impactful for Him to His honor and glory.

“LET THE RAIN OF YOUR PRESENCE” – SUNG BY CORNERSTONE PRAISE TEAM,

CORNERSTONE CHURCH

Be encouraged!

Kim

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Video “LET THE RAIN OF YOUR PRESENCE” – by Bishop Clarence McClendon sung by Cornerstone Church Praise Team courtesy of Cornerstone Church – http://www.youtube.com

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6 thoughts on “SEEK TO KEEP THIS ONE THING THE MAIN THING

  1. This is so good Kim. We need to practice the presence of God like never before. As the world grows darker it will depend more and more on the light of Christ. At the same time the world will more disparrage that light. We must practice now.

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