Walking in God’s Powerful Presence – Isaiah 43: 1-13
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2).
Being saturated with God’s presence is not about abilities, skills, personalities or temperaments. Those becoming saturated experience the presence of God in their daily lives. They walk with God, finding him a present help in time of need. They prove his goodness by seeing his promises in scripture brought into experience. They unlock God’s mysteries using the key of faith and open God’s vast treasure chest by means of prayer.
This doesn’t necessarily happen every day, nor do they feel victorious all the time. But the overall bent of their lives is in this direction. These disciples demonstrate to a watching world that “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
It can be discouraging to look at this list of qualities and conclude, “I am not like this, so why try?” Remember, this doesn’t happen overnight. And remember that historic figures known today as great men and women of God were normal people. They grew in spiritual depth, increasing their capacities to receive from God and applying this to their daily walk and ministries. Then, at crucial moments, he used them for great things. Our daily responsibility is to faithfully journey in becoming saturated with more of God’s powerful presence.
God’s use of historic figures was not only in public ways, however. The chronicles of heaven will reveal multitudes of great men and women of God saturated with the presence of God and used for incredible things that the public never knew about.
Abiding: The Doorway to Becoming Saturated
How can we be saturated with God’s powerful presence? The answer is simple – yet living it is quite challenging. We abide in Jesus (John 15:4-5), spending long hours with him – enjoying intimate fellowship, resting in him, gazing on his beauty and meditating on his personhood and works. We give ourselves to open adoration, unhindered worship and gratitude for who he is and the divine purposes he’s working on earth.
Abiding in Jesus is a doorway to becoming saturated with God’s powerful presence. It connects us more with his heart, producing an increased measure of his presence in us. Having this capacity expanded is an ongoing process. There are no shortcuts. We are meant to go deep with Jesus in costly devotion. We experience his presence in our hearts, minds and spirits while releasing it on others through our lives and ministries.
Christians becoming saturated in God’s powerful presence seek him in deeper dimensions, declaring through their lives that Jesus is who he says he is and can be trusted. We can choose to receive or reject this saturation. Again, this has no bearing on our eternal salvation but on experiencing the awakened spiritual life God intends us to operate in.