Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines;
the labour of the olive shall fail,
and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold,
and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet,
and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk 3:17-19
I watch in amazement sometimes at the things professional athletes are able do with their bodies when the situation calls for it. To the runner’s left is the sidelines, to his right and in front of him are defenders, dug in and with outstretched arms. The runner with the ball then leaps up and over the defenders into the end zone. Likewise, in basketball, I’ve seen players dives for loose balls: leaping over the scorer’s table and into the stands. Continue reading →
In the difficult days we face ahead (not being prophetic, it is a part of life that not everything goes as we would prefer) we need the insurance that God is with us. That he is not just with us but taking and active interest in our affairs and working on our behalf behind the scenes. And He is working: though we may not always see him at work.
We need to learn to see Him. We need to learn how to be conscious of His presence and His workings at all times. A phrase some Christians use is “Practicing the Presence of God.” The following are some verses which can help us detect our Lord and increase the strength and accuracy of our “Godar.”
Genesis 17:1: God is behind me.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Deuteronomy 13:4: God is before me.
Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Psalm 91:1 : God is above me.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalms 40:2 Beneath me as my rock
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy
Psalm 16:8 : God is on my right.(south)
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Job 23:9 : God is on my left (north).
On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
Psalm 34:7 : God is all around me.
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them
Colossians 1:27 : Christ is in me.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
(adopted from http://www.ministrylive.org/index.php/2008/09/15/practicing-the-presence-of-god/)
If we know that God is:
To our right
To our left
With me and,
We can understand what the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 1.6:
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
And also Philippians 4:6,7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus