You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
A friend of mine tweeted a page from a book she’s reading at the moment, here’s what it said.
‘If we are to accomplish all he wants for us in this life, we must always desire more of Him. There is always room for more intimacy, more of His presence, and more of His glory. Our passion will continue to live and burn as long as we cultivate a holy hunger, positioning ourselves to be overshadowed again and again, looking deep into the eyes of Jesus and eating of Him each day.
I pray that you would be drawn to feast upon God’s goodness in the secret place and that you would rest in Him at such a deep level that yielding to His will becomes easy. May you be one who is not content to go anywhere without His presence. In all challenges and in all victories I pray that you would seek and find Him. I pray that from within His heart, you would see and stop for each one He places before you. I pray you would live a life of abundant fruitfulness, flowing from intimacy in the secret place.’
Birthing The Miraculous by Heidi Baker
You can see why I would be so impacted by the words. This is my heartbeat. The secret place is where all real life and fruitfulness comes from. It is God’s desire for us to be fruitful, to bring Him glory by it, so learning how we can be more fruitful is important. I can’t imagine anything more wonderfully surprising than knowing I had managed, somehow, to bring Him glory. Wow. No really…wow… I know myself and my limitations, I’ve lived with them in one way or another for too long not to, and I’m sure you are familiar with yours. The fact that He makes it possible for us to bring Him glory is incredible. So yes…wow is appropriate.
Heidi speaks of not wanting to go anywhere without His presence, true, we know we can go as far as is possible and we will never be away from His presence, it isn’t possible in one sense to be out of His presence.
This, of course, isn’t all of what Heidi means, what she’s talking about is an awareness of His being with us, and an awareness of His manifest presence.
In scripture we see various degrees of His presence are possible.
He is everywhere Ps 139:7
He dwells within the believer John 14:15-17, 1 Cor 3:16
He is with believers, always Mt 28:20
He is with those who gather in His name Mt 18:20, Acts 2
He chooses to make His presence felt more powerfully during worship, sometimes dramatically so Acts 16:25-26, Acts 4:23-31, and sometimes in ways we are more familiar with 1 Cor 14
His presence is sometimes so manifestly ‘there’ that people aren’t able to stand or speak, or behave how they would usually. We can see examples of this in various places in scripture, both Old and New Testaments, as well as in church history.
We can become more keenly aware of Him, if we pay attention we will soon learn to be aware of His presence and be receptive to Him. A willing heart, where we have decided beforehand that we will be obedient to whatever He asks us to do, is a factor of training ourselves in sensitivity to His presence.
We are able to be utterly confident of His being with us, as He has promised He will never leave us and nothing can separate us from Him, and as we learn to practice His presence, we can recognise Him and resonate with Him when He is making Himself felt, and then be obedient to His promptings.
He loves us, He has made Himself available to us, why wouldn’t we take Him at His word, love Him, obey Him, and press in for Him to manifest Himself to us as He has promised?
So we cry…More, Lord…
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
It is in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free…signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.
Ephesians 1:11-14 The Message