It was early in the morning. I was my quiet time with the Lord. Suddenly, He was speaking to
my heart. Almost a whisper. But, more than a whisper. It sounded more like a yearning. A
yearning I could hear.
He whispered, “The abiding presence of God.”
Humbled, I began to pray that God would teach me about His abiding presence. It was a sweet
time in the presence of the Lord.
As the day progressed, I continued to hear that powerful phrase…the abiding presence of God.
I knew this is what God was wanting from His people. THIS is His desire.
To abide means to dwell, to remain, to continue, a fixed state and a residence.
I continued to dig into the meaning of abide by searching synonyms of the word, abide. Let me
share some of the with you; enduring, lasting, persisting, long-lasting, lifelong, continuing,
remaining, surviving, standing, durable, everlasting, perpetual, eternal, unending, constant,
permanent, unchanging, steadfast, immutable.
This is what God wants from us. He does not want visitors. He wants us to abide in Him and
Him abide in us. It is a place we choose to dwell, to make our home.
We all have people we visit once a week or so. But we do not live with them. We do not abide
with them. We have not made our home with them. Abiding is not visiting.
Many of God’s people visit Him once a week. They are happy to be in His presence for a couple
hours. They will sing and shout and dance at the joy of being in His presence. But do they
abide in Him when they leave the doors of the church? Does His presence go with them? Will
His abiding presence be found in their home?
These are the questions I had in my heart today.
God is seeking a steadfast, unchanging, perpetual, remaining people who desire to be in His
manifested presence as much as He longs to be in theirs. Will we be one of those?
John 15:5 says; I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears
much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 17:22-23 says; And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one
just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that
the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
This is an awesome invitation!
I love the part that says, that they may be made perfect in one. That word, perfect, means
complete. It means wanting nothing necessary to completeness. When we abide in God we are
complete. We are made perfect IN Him and Him in us.
God wants us complete, lacking nothing. The only way is to abide in Him. And He longs to
abide with us…all the time, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
I don’t know about you. But it is not enough, not near enough, for me to spend a couple hours
a week with God. I need Him and His presence every single day of my life. To have that
awesome presence in my life, I must abide in Him and Him abide in me.
So how do I do that? I spend time in His presence. I pray and seek His face. I don’t just take my
needs to Him and walk away. I thank Him for His presence in my life. I thank Him for Jesus and
for the Holy Spirit. I tell Him how much I love and need Him. I take the time to talk to Him.
And I wait to hear what He has to say to me. I sit quietly before the Lord until I feel I am
released. I don’t rush our time together – it is precious to me.
Today, I hear the heart of God saying, My abiding presence, spend time in My abiding presence.
Will you come? In Him you will find peace beyond measure. In His presence you will find
fullness of joy. There is strength in His presence. There is healing and restoration in His
presence. Come into His presence today and make Him your abiding place. And…create an
abiding place for Him in your heart, and in your home.
Meditate on this:
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4