The presence of Jesus.
There is nothing like it in all the world.
"In your presence is fullness of joy." Psalm 16:11
The presence - the nearness - of the One Who is our Savior, our Friend, our everything.
When you know Jesus is with you, you know that you have all that you need. For those who belong to Him, He has promised to be with you - forever.
"I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) - and then to usher is into His presence in Heaven forever!
This, my friend, is the only way we find true, lasting, and full joy - in the presence of the One we were created to know and Who "satisfies the longing soul" (Psalm 107:9) - Jesus.
Jesus is with you right now.
Stop and let that sink in.
Jesus is right there with you. Wherever you are.
I know some of you are probably reading this in a hospital room, at home, on the road, or in different countries. Some of you are happy, some of you are tired, some of you are crying.
Jesus is there.
Stop and ask:
How does the reality that Jesus with with me change my life?
The reality that Jesus is right here with you will change everything, if you embrace it.
All that He Is, is right here. This inspires awe, worship, security, fulfillment, and obedience.
I love to whisper "You are here." in the midst of my days.
Some moments it is soaking in His presence under a starry sky or in my time of devotions, other times it is treasuring His nearness in times of deep pain or while babysitting a household of lively kiddos, and much of the time, it is embracing the everyday moments with the One Who is my life.
Life is beautiful when it is lived in the presence of the Beautiful One. Painless? No. But, deeply beautiful, because the reality of Jesus colors everything I encounter.
The One Who Is:
The Bread of Life - meets me in my soul's hunger
The King of Heaven - is in control
The All-Sufficient Savior - is all I need
The Shepherd - is there to guide and nurture me
... and everything else He tells us He is in His Word - is with you.
Jesus wants you to share life with Him.
Friend, you have the opportunity to live every moment with Jesus.
To walk with Jesus every moment.
To turn your thoughts into a conversation with Jesus.
To soak of the reality that He is in you and with you.
To allow His presence to impact all you do and touch others that are desperate for Him.
I want to make a little note for those of you who are more "feelers" like me. The presence of Jesus is a reality whether you can feel and sense it or not. There are times when His presence feels so near and other times when we cannot feel it and must stand on the truth of His Word where He promises, "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5) His presence is always just as real and unchanging, regardless of our feelings, ideas, or the circumstances of the world.
While His presence is just as real and unchanging, we can become distracted with less important things coming first in our hearts or minds, or believing those things will give the joy only His presence can give - or even seeking to hide from His presence (we can't - Psalm 139) because of the guilt of sin in our lives. Listen to this beautiful truth, "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God..." (1 Peter 3:18) Jesus died for our sins to take the punishment we deserve, make us right with God, and restore the relationship with Him that was broken by sin. Our response must be to turn from our sin to follow Jesus, receive His forgiveness, and live in the joy of His presence!
I love praying, "Jesus, thank You that You are here. We welcome Your presence, Lord. Please have Your way." Think of how you welcome your best friend to your house. Is it with passive agreement? No. It is with shouts of joy, open arms, and a heart of love, right? Oh, friends! Welcome the presence of Jesus - with arms and heart wide open as far as possible to the One Who is your life. When Jesus comes, there is always joy - fullness of joy!
Friend, Jesus is right there with you now. He is present. He is real. He is ready to meet you.
Welcome Him with an open heart, soak in His presence, and share your life with Him each moment.
He invites us to a life lived in His presence - when we respond, we find joy, because we receive Jesus.