Dwayne Wedderburn | Living in The Presence of the Lord
"I travelled all the way from America boarding several connecting flights over 2,000 miles to this little church to hear the angelic choir, be a part of the worship, see the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit, hear the Lord speak to His people through prophesies and tongues and interpretation, and hear God's Word through anointed speakers. It was worth travelling all this way to experience the presence of the Lord. If only we could feel this every day."
These words were spoken during the vote of thanks at the end of a convention I visited. The experience was indeed heavenly and worth travelling for. But I have come to realise that God wants to give us more than periodic experiences of His presence. Experiencing His presence must be our way of life. Frances J Crosby penned in 1884, "I must have the Saviour with me for I dare not walk alone, I must feel His presence near me and His arms around me thrown, then my soul shall fear no ill, let Him lead me where He will".
Moses declared in Exodus, "I will not go unless your presence goes with me", and the Lord assured him that He will go with him and give him rest.
Pre-requisite for Living in His Presence
Accepting Jesus as Saviour and Lord of our lives by confessing all our sins in prayer to Him and asking His forgiveness inviting Him into our hearts commences the journey of living in His presence. We must then develop our relationship with Him by always praying, reading the Bible, attending a Bible - teaching church, testifying about the goodness of Jesus, and witnessing to others that Jesus Christ is Lord. After starting this journey, we will realise we want so much more of Him and there is so much more of Him to receive. We must then seek for the baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues for the edification of our spirits.
Surrender is our Sacrifice
Living in His presence is forbidden territory for your own will. We often know clearly what we want for our lives and have a clear blueprint to execute our desires, but when we come to realise that what we want for our lives and what God wants is completely different, the difficulty begins. A battle between our will and His ensues. However, our love for God soon leads to our surrender and to us turning our backs on our own will. Until we surrender completely, our walk is a continuous battle.
Sacrifice is often the highlight of people who have not totally surrendered to Him. When we totally surrender, there is nothing to sacrifice. Abraham left his family and his inheritance to follow God's call to a land that he did not know. Peter left his career as a fisherman at one call by Jesus. Saul, when confronted by Jesus on the road to Damascus asked, "What will you have me to do?" When he found out, he did it for the remainder of his life. There is no place in His presence for man's agenda, only God's agenda exists. When you have given up all of you, then you will have all of Him.
Experiencing the miraculous in the Presence of the Lord
Miracles take place only in the presence of the Lord. Souls are saved, sick bodies healed, broken hearts mended, demons cast out, witchcraft spells and generational curses are broken only in the presence of the Lord. These are direct works of Jesus and can only be done by those who live in the presence of the Lord. Living in His presence validates our sonship authority, "them that are led by the Spirit are the sons of God". Attempting to do the miraculous outside of His presence will yield absolutely no result.
When our will has died and we declare, like Paul, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me," our purpose becomes His purpose and the miraculous presence of the Lord becomes evident in our lives.
- Dwayne Wedderburn is an Apostle at World Harvest Mission Church. Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.