I just want You. Nothing else will do.
You don’t owe me anything. I’m not here for blessings.
This is how we open our hearts and intentionally fight to have His presence.
We need His Holy Spirit always not just in a moment of desperation.
We pursue it at any cost.
Jesus is captivating.
He saturates our being.
It is He who convicts us to be who He has called us to be or to do radical things.
When we know our identity in Him whatever prevails I know I can do something about it . I can pray.
It is only when we don’t know our identity that our course is to fear or to keep complaining.
He changes our hearts and we can ditch the self preservation and pursue God at any cost or lack of dignity.
We can stop masquerading at perfection and slick programs, talent filled performance without power.
Faith needs to be in God not man.
Presence has the power to transform.
I am strong when I depend on God.
Our encounter and being in the presence supersedes all else.
In Acts it was asked “who is full of the Spirit?” Not “who is clever or has talent for the task? “
Stephen was that person and He brought many to Faith.
We live in false security when we try to complete in the flesh what can only be done in the Spirit.
Like Moses we should say: “if Your Presence does not go I am not going.”
The illustration shows the space in us filled by Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The power and light that emanates as the spectrum colours enlightening and pushing back the darkness.
Five Scriptures that come to mind:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”Psalm 127:1-2 ESV
“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”Acts 5:29 ESV
“Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.”Acts 6:3-5, 7 ESV
“But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.”Acts 6:10 ESV
“But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.””Acts 7:55-56 ESV
The song Nothing Else. Cody Carnes