His Presence Shall be my Dwelling Place by Nancy Dufresne
How does one achieve this life in the Spirit, this life lived in the presence of God? There is a temper of soul that is developed in a believer that readily perceives the presence and nearness of God.
Every patriarch who walked with God developed this temper of soul that perceived His holy presence. Moses acknowledged His presence by removing his shoes. Abraham acknowledged His presence by leaving his home and kin to follow the Unseen One. Jacob awoke from a dream that ushered him into this awareness and stated, “…Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not” (Genesis 28:16).
A man’s perception of God’s nearness is what marks him for glory, because when one knows God is present, he lives a more faith-filled, honorable, holy, fearless, joyful, and loving life.
Chapter 1: life in the Spirit means allowing in your thought life ONLY thoughts that lead you to God and thoughts that are in line with His Word!!!
your praises will stop wrong thoughts cold in their tracks!!!
soo good!!! I will spend more time throughout my day praising the Father!!! I won’t allow negative thoughts to keep me out of life in the Spirit!!
Chapter 2: This chapter was sooo good! A hectic life is a great enemy to your spiritual life!!! A full life doesn’t mean it has to be hectic! There’s a difference between having a lot going on and having a chaotic hectic life!! I can’t allow my emotions/circumstances to pull me into “hectic”!!!
The issues, or that which flows out of us, tell us what we have allowed into our hearts!!! If I don’t like what’s coming out; change what I’m allowing in!!!
When I look at myself, I sink low, but when I look at Him, I rise high!!!! SOOOOO good!!!! I will stop looking at myself and determine to keep my focus on HIM!
When Jesus said “It is written” He didn’t just mean “It is written in the scrolls” He meant, “It is written IN Me!!!” Only the Word I get IN me will be the difference maker. I will choose to meditate on the Word; not just read it but all day long focus on what I read and let it get in me!
This chapter was really good!!! I especially liked the point to keep your focus on Jesus!!! The enemy wants you to look at the people, the promotion, the success; when it really is simple just keep your eyes on Jesus!!! My favorite statement was probably “God doesn’t call anyone to be successful- He calls us to be faithful!!”
Jesus made it know that He was only able to accomplish God’s work by living in constant contact with the Throne.
Do you know God? Is He everything to you? We don’t want to only have Him as our Father, we want to know Him!!!
Real power flows from knowing God and being in fellowship with Him!
It is not in only knowing scriptures; it is in knowing WHO the scriptures speak of- Jesus! The religious leaders were worshipping the scriptures instead of the One they reveal!
Sooo good!! My focus will stay on HIM!!
As long as our eyes are on Jesus, we will see our answer!!!! I will not take my eyes off Him!!! Paul looked at the waves and sunk; no matter what is trying to attack me, I will keep my focus fixed on Him!
You can get into the Spirit by: taking your attention & thoughts off the problem and put in on God’s Word, by praising God, and by speaking in tongues!!
Complaining people are forgetful people!! You cant live in God’s presence and grumble and complain!!
In the same way we prepare for guests, or plans, or activities, we are to prepare for the Lord! We are to run our homes and lives in such a manner that the atmosphere is conducive to allowing God to manifest Himself and speak to us!!
Uncontrolled atmospheres in a home make the atmosphere unfavorable for God to speak.
I will set the atmosphere of my house to not be “busy, loud, disorganized” but one that is ready to hear from the Father!! I really liked the story of her house growing up how even the television volume was low so nothing would compete with the atmosphere they set!
This chapter was so good!! The Israelites were not men of war, but their victory was guaranteed if they remained in the presence of God!!
In God’s presence there is rest, rest from all human effort, rest from strain, rest from torment and oppression, and rest from pain and suffering!!!
My fav!! The Christian life is a life of joy, and Christian service is a pleasure! If you are not enjoying life, you are not doing it right!!! If life is hard for you, you have transgressed from the will and the plan of God somewhere!
He left His peace with us! We have it!!! Don’t let it go!!