to linger on, make residence, to live in, to sit, remain, abide
The Bible talks about us dwelling or abiding or remaining in/with God. But what does that mean? Do I have to go to a specific place to find His presence? Do I have to be reading my bible and only focusing on holy things?
John 14:16-17 says, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him, because He (the Holy Spirit)
dwells with you continually
and will be in you….”
If the Spirit dwells with me forever all the time, I don’t have to go anywhere or do anything to be in His presence. He is always here. I am just way too caught up with taxes, laundry, dishes, ministry…
If I would just remember to acknowledge that He is present with me all the time.
The dwelling Jesus calls me to is not supposed to be hard.
He calls me to dwell in his presence… to stay there a little longer, linger and remain. How beautiful that the Spirit is constantly dwelling in and with me already.
To be in the presence of God is just to be.
It is to realize I’m already there.
To linger in his presence is to remain in the mindset of I am with him as I finish my quiet time or devotions in the morning and move to doing laundry and then to be talking to Him while I am doing taxes, and then again in while I’m making dinner.
His resurrection made this exact thing possible. I don’t have to go to the temple once a year. I have full access to Him because He dwells with me constantly and I choose to remind myself hour by hour to shift my thoughts to dwelling with Him, in Him.
He calls us to a place of remaining in His presence while doing normal life.
It’s consistency. To be constantly aware that He is remaining; dwelling with me, within me.
He doesn’t leave.
He is always present, so I will remain. I will dwell, abide, sit in the reality of His always present presence.
If you want to expand your understanding of His presence and what it means for you, consider joining us for the next Discipleship Training School. You’ll never be the same.