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Rejoicing in the Lord

February 10, 2010

Hello Saints,

Well we have all had our share of snow and there is more to come. Have you used this snowed in time to spend some time with the Lord. I could not get out for two days because of the snow and thank God the light’s were on and the heat was feeling good, there was food on my table and I could take a hot shower and all, I even enjoyed watching the superbowl (what a game). But I am ashamed to say that I did not read as much of the Word as I should have , I prayed but did not pray as much as I should have and I munched and ate so much that fasting did not even cross my mind. As I am doing now rejoicing in the Lord’s presence is something that I need to do more often. The bible says when we get to heaven we will be rejoicing in the Lord singing and praising Him all day long. We might as well practice now what we will be doing for eternity. I hope everyone is safe and sound. When you get snowed in next time (yes there will be a next one coming) make sure you spend quality time with the Lord. As you pray, experience God’s great magnificent presence and rejoice in the Lord!!! As I preach to you I am preaching to myself. Be blessed.

Have you experienced God’s presence as you pray?

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!… I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

Philippians 4:4,12 NLT

Arise, O God, and scatter your enemies. Let those who hate God run for their lives.

Drive them off like smoke blown by the wind. Melt them like wax in fire. Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.

But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy.

Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.

His name is the Lord—rejoice in his presence.

Psalm 68:1-4 NLT

Rejoicing in God’s presence

Too often, we approach our prayer time with reluctance. It is almost as if we are saying, “Not again. I’m too busy to find time to talk to God.” As this prayer in Psalm 68 indicates, David cultivated an attitude of joy when he approached God in prayer. He understood what a privilege it was to talk to the Almighty. God’s enemies wouldn’t even be able to stand in the Lord’s presence. Though David was astonished by God’s power, he was filled with joy because he was allowed to enter God’s presence. He counted himself among the godly—those who reverence God and obey his laws.

When you enter God’s presence in prayer, thank God for listening to you.

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