by Alex Parkinson.
“Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not the things on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4 NASB
There are many scriptures that stir me, but this passage has enraptured me for many years. It’s potency and truth demands reflection and contemplation as it paints the clearest of pictures of our Spiritual position.
We are in hidden with Christ, in God. So hidden that The Apostle Paul writes “Christ, who is our life…”
Today I want to explore our life in Christ, and I want to share some keys on how we can cultivate and sustain the presence of God in our every day life.
1. A Spirit-filled Mind.
One of the greatest enemies of intimacy is a scattered mind. A mind that doesn’t have a focused desire or goal will react to anything placed in front of it.
The invitation from The Apostle Paul is to set your mind on what is above. It’s been said that a mindset is nothing more than a set mind. If we desire to experience the presence of God, we must begin by taking dominion over our thought life and designating our affection toward heaven.
In my own experience, I used to try to pray and immediately feel unfocused. The way I would combat this would be to start taking distractive thoughts captive (2 Cor 10:5), which is important, but what I’ve found is that emptying our mind from negative thoughts is only half the battle.
If we take thoughts captive and our mind remains vacant then we make room for anything to fill it, but God wants us to renew the Spirit of our mind by filling it with His truth.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 NASB
Again, Paul is showing us a heavenly pathway in which we engage God; that we would fill our minds with thoughts that elevate us toward Him.
Practically, this looks like divorcing thoughts of separation and distance in order to receive new thoughts of union and fellowship. The truth is you are one spirit with Christ. You really are seated with Him. This should challenge you to believe that you’re far closer to God than you may have thought.
2. Feasting On The Presence.
“When You said, “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I will seek…”
PSALM 27:8 AMP
God rewards seekers, and seekers are always finders. Living in the presence of God begins by making it a requirement in our lives, and it quickly births spiritual hunger.
Spiritual Hunger is a heavenly grace to feast on the fellowship found in God’s Presence.
When it feels like we’re spiritually starving then it’s usually because we’ve stopped eating. What I mean is, we’ve let go of daily communion.
Jesus included “give us this day our daily bread” as part of His prayer; a key to Spiritual longevity and revelation. God wants to increase your appetite, but first you have to come to the table. You have to require His presence as a vital need.
Have you ate today? Have you entered into the sweet presence of Jesus? Yesterday was great and all, but what about today?
For many it’s hard to believe for something fresh to happen every day, but I’ll give you this promise from Isaiah 50:4.
“The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.”
Isaiah 50:4 NASB
Can God really give fresh mana from heaven on a daily basis? I believe He has something new for us every day if we will make room to draw near.
3. Creating an atmosphere of Glory.
To value the presence of God is to value atmospheres. We can create and establish atmospheres of glory. There are ways to open spiritual gates and doors to God’s Kingdom that never have to be shut!
I’ve found there are several keys to sustaining the glory realm. I could write an entire separate article just on this topic alone, but for now I want to focus on the power of praise.
“We praise until the spirit of worship comes. We worship until the glory comes, and when the glory comes, we stand.” -Ruth Ward Heflin
Praise always precedes glory. When we praise, we break into the realm of the supernatural. We offer sacrifices of praise so that we can move through the gates and courts, into a higher dimension of presence.
Praise purifies our atmosphere and helps us take our eyes off of our self. If you’re ever feeling self conscious, just praise God until your entire being exalts Him!
Praise also interrupts demonic strategies while bringing heavenly clarity, all at the same time. Your spiritual climate soon becomes one of freedom and revelation as you lift up Jesus’ name!
When we see the power of praise we start to become intentional with our personal atmosphere. This will not only open new realms of glory in your life, it will cause an open heaven to rest over you.
4. Pressing the “refresh” button.
When all else fails, press the refresh button. It’s good sometimes to start over with God and pretend we don’t have years of wisdom and experience.
I’ve found we often Plateau in prayer because we cling to preconceived ideas of who God is and how He likes to spend time.
It’s good to repent. Not just in times we sin, but also in times we need to see from a new perspective. God wants to change us in his presence and sometimes that looks as extreme as starting from scratch to approach God in a brand-new way.
Jesus’ disciples had fished all night without catching anything, yet when Jesus showed them where to drop their nets for a catch they pulled in an abundance (Luke 5:1-7).
If it feels like nothing is happening in prayer, and you’ve been doing the same thing for years, then it might be time to press the refresh button in your prayer life so that Jesus can show you how to enter into the fellowship that belongs to you.
I’ll encourage you that no time in prayer is wasted time. We often catch more in prayer than what is perceived.
The presence of God is something worth living for. He’s already created the pathways for us to walk. He is the way, and it is His good pleasure that we find Him again and again.
I pray this article challenges you to breakthrough in the Secret place, and to live life full of glory and wonder.
Mirror Image Ministries