THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Galatians 5:16, 18, 22-23 (LDB) I challenge you to think, speak, and act in obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be in any danger of gratifying any selfish or wrongful [fleshly] desire . . . . 18 If you allow yourselves to be led and controlled by the Holy Spirit, you are free from any need to put yourself under the restraints and control of the Law of Moses . . . . 22 When you allow the Holy Spirit to control your life, the fruit He will produce in you will be: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such behavior.
I challenge you to think, speak, and act in obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery [unsavedness—apostasy]. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) Rejoice always [be conscious of and glad for God’s grace], pray continually [without any unnecessary time-gap], give thanks in all circumstances [to acknowledge that “God’s grace works well”]; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Xará (“joy”), xáris (“grace”) and xaírō (“to rejoice”) all share the same root and the same fundamental meaning.
Philippians 4:4 (NIV) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Hebrews 13:15 (AMP) Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.
- Praying – Giving Thanks – Praising – Rejoicing
- Giving Thanks – Praising – Rejoicing – Praying
Ephesians 6:18 (AMP) Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
Throughout the day, acknowledge God’s grace until joy comes!
Acts 13:52 (NASB) The disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
. . . Because of the abundant presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives, the disciples were overflowing with happiness. – Common English Bible
Psalm 113:3 (KJV) From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.
Psalm 34:1 (KJV) I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
King David won victory after victory, not because he was perfect, but because he blessed the Lord at all times. He was conscious of and glad for God’s grace. He acknowledged that “God’s grace works well!” He thought, spoke, and acted upon the grace that God’s Spirit supplied.
Proverbs 20:5 (KJV) Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.