Christian addiction recovery
Christian addiction recovery: Be in His prescence
God’s greatest desire is to have an intimate relationship with you and it begins with studying His Holy Word. Now, don’t confuse this with receiving Jesus as your Savior. Once you do that, the Holy Spirit comes to live in you. But in order to gain access to and develop your relationship with the Holy Spirit, and have true fellowship with Him, you must go through His Word. You can’t just receive Jesus and then forget about it or just go to church once a week, sing a few hymns, say a couple of prayers, and then expect to access the Father. It doesn’t work that way. His Word develops the fellowship. The fellowship brings Him great pleasure.
Spending time in the presence of God will transform you from inside out, which Paul tells us in the following scripture: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians, 3:18, KJV). The best way to enter into His presence is to praise Him, lift up your hands, and tell Him how wonderful He is. Put on worship music. When you make a habit of spending time with Him, your faith and trust in Him will grow because the intimacy brings you a deeper knowledge of who He truly is—infinite love beyond our comprehension. This revelation will bring a greater understanding of His deep concern for you.
Since being in His presence is transforming, the things that would normally drive you crazy seem miniscule and insignificant. It changes your entire perspective on life. You will never be the same. The more time you spend with Him, the more transformed you will become. Moses was glowing when He came down from the mountain after being in the presence of God. Jesus was transformed on the Mount of Transfiguration when God showed up. It is the same for us when we spend time with Him. His Holy Spirit is activated within us when we seek Him. He comes rushing forth like this great light that shines outward. People can’t help but notice. I think this is what Jesus meant when He said:
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16, KJV).
In my mind, there is no better deed than to spend time with God, so others can come to know Him through you. I was drawn to the Lord through His joy and light, which I saw manifested in another person. I knew that was what I had been yearning and searching for my whole life. I searched the entire United States. In my teens, I hitchhiked all over the country in my search. I filled that gaping hole inside of me with food. I couldn’t get enough. Nothing could fill that big void. As an adult, I moved from city to city and from relationship to relationship. The ironic thing is that I only needed to look inside where Jesus came to live after I received Him. There He was waiting patiently for me the entire time. He filled me up like nothing else could. There is nothing else on this Earth like spending time with the Lord. It is truly out of this world and His presence will help you conquer the addiction.
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