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God’s Empowering Presence
Jeremiah 1:6-10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. (KJV)
When did you last feel the Presence of God in your life? I don’t mean a merely intellectual recognition that He is with you, for He is everywhere. What I mean is, when did you last know in your heart that the Lord is personally, intimately abiding in you?
If you are like many believers, it may have been a while since you really felt His Presence. Far too many people go about their lives without a real sense of God’s closeness. That is a tragedy!
Continually in Scripture, we see that whenever God calls someone into His service, He first reminds the person of His enduring Presence. We see this in the stories of Moses (Ex.3:11-12), Joshua (Josh.1:1-9), Gideon (Judg.6:12), and Jeremiah (Jer.1:6-8), to name just a few. These men discovered, as we can, that being aware of God’s Presence motivates us for our work.
Why does God repeatedly assure His followers of His presence? He does so because we need to be reminded of the reason for our confidence. Each time God calls a servant into action, He essentially says, “You can be strong and courageous because I am with you. Victory is NOT about yourabilities, yourstrength, yourskill, yourarmor, yourgifts, or yourdedication; it has to do with Jesus’ Presence. You can be strong because God will be strong in you. Any time that God gives one of His servants a job, He equips that person to do the job. I am proof of that!
When Jeremiah trembled at the thought of the difficult ministry ahead of him, the Lord strengthened him with these words: Jer.1:19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee. (KJV)
God knows how difficult life can be, and He knows every tiny detail of each struggle you will ever face. As a believer in Christ Jesus, you can trust that your heavenly Father will keep His Word. Trust Him. He will NOT let you down! Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (KJV)
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