God’s presence can be your biggest weapon. First of all I have to say that God’s presence is always there whether we know it or not. Whether we feel it or not, He is there. Sometimes we experience Him more than other times. Sometimes His presence is so strong that it is tangible. It changes the atmosphere and it changes us. I have been in church services where the presence of the Lord was so strong that you could feel it and it was more real than the chair I was sitting on. It felt like God had entered the church and sat among the congregation. That powerful presence comes when faith is in the house, our hearts are open and praise is our offering. I have also experienced the presence and the glory of the Lord in my own house. We don’t need a church to encounter God. I found that out in the most amazing way. I remember praising the Lord and worshipping in the comfort of my dorm room in college. What made the presence manifest was the desire to see Him lifted up and an open invitation through my heart. I wanted to adore Him and please Him. It didn’t happen right away but after doing it for a few days in a row, I saw the glory. I felt the presence and I was filled with so much peace and so much joy that I couldn’t believe it was real. It all stayed with me and every morning I would check and see if it was still there and it was. What I had done was create an environment where the Spirit of Jesus could move freely and where His praises were stronger than the negativity of the world.
I saturated myself with the presence of the Lord by praising Him every morning and every night and having prayer sessions throughout the day. Jesus was all I could think of and I had discovered that I could be friends with Him and I could fellowship with Him all the time. This was the start of the journey I am still on today. I still praise Him and pray to Him every day and His presence has become something familiar, comforting and encouraging. Why is it a weapon? His presence is a weapon because it reminds me that I don’t have to face life alone. It encourages me and it builds me up. It puts Jesus in the center and it gives me a reason to worship Him even when things are not going well. Do I have days when the presence is not that obvious? Absolutely! Those days are when I need to isolate myself more and get into praise mode. I have not praised the Lord without ever reaching a higher level of faith and reverence. When you are aware of His presence, you just want to bow down before Him and exalt Him. His presence keeps us in a place of adoration and a place of openness. We can be open to receiving and to welcoming what He has to give us.
God is always present and His love for you is always the same. Next time the enemy tries to steal your joy and tries to harm your faith, remind him that God is still the same and the enemy has still lost the battle. God’s presence is the weapon you can brandish when the enemy comes. Speak about the Lord and lift up His name. Thank Him for being with you and thank Him that His presence is always around. Thank Him that you are protected and that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Thank Him that the weapon of His presence will always work and bless you. Thank Him that every day of the week you have the weapon that can stop the devil in its tracks and you have nothing to worry about. Thank God that He inhabits your praises and every time you extol Him, the world fades away and He shows up in a great way. You are going to make it this week because the Lord won’t leave your side. You have all you need. You have Jesus. You have peace. You have love. You have joy. You have victory and all your needs are met according to the Lord’s riches. Don’t fear. Don’t worry. The Lord is your weapon and nothing will overcome you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Exodus 33:14; Hebrews 13:5; James 4:8