TO LIVE IN My Presence consistently, you must expose and expel your
rebellious tendencies. When something interferes with your plans or
desires, you tend to resent the interference. Try to become aware of each
resentment, however petty it may seem. Don't push those unpleasant feelings
down; instead, let them come to the surface where you can deal with them.
Ask My Spirit to increase your awareness of resentful feelings. Bring
them boldly into the Light of My Presence so that I can free you from
The ultimate solution to rebellious tendencies is submission to My authority over you. Intellectually, you rejoice in My sovereignty, without which the world would be a terrifying place. But when My sovereign will encroaches on your little domain of control, you often react with telltale resentment.
The bets response to loses or thwarted hopes is praise: The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Remember that all good things---your possessions, your family and friends, your health and abilities, your time---are gifts from Me. Instead of feeling entitled to all these blessings, respond to them with gratitude. Be prepared to let go of anything I take from you, but never lat go of My hand!
Psalm 139:23-24; 1 Peter 5:6; Job 1:21 NKJV
NO MATTER WHAT your circumstances may be, you can find Joy in My
Presence. On some days, Joy is generously strewn along your life-path,
glistening in the sunlight. On days like that, being content is as simple
as breathing the next breath or taking the next step. Other days are
overcast and gloomy; you feel the strain of the journey, which seems
endless. Dull gray rocks greet your gaze and cause your feet to ache.
Yet Joy is still attainable. Search for it as for hidden treasure.
Begin by remembering that I have created this day; it is not a chance occurrence. Recall that I am present with you whether you sense My Presence or not. Then, start talking with Me about whatever is on your mind. Rejoice in the fact that I understand you perfectly and I know exactly what you are experiencing. As you continue communicating with Me, your mood will gradually lighten. Awareness of my marvelous Companionship can infuse Joy into the grayest day.
Psalm 21:6; Proverbs 2:4