​God’s Presence Is Practical

Posted: July 29, 2017 in Arise and Shine, Da Grace Race, Dairy of a Freeman, Family, Help Line, The Grind Theorem, Touchstone

“Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 17:4-7)

 

Peter’s offer to build shelters in Matthew 17 might seem strange to you, but he was inspired and didn’t want the moment to end. It was a life-altering moment. Jesus had just revealed His divine nature in the most spectacular way.

 

Peter was ready to camp out and make it permanent.

 

But Jesus’ next move was to instruct Peter and the disciples to get up and follow Him down the mountain where He continued doing ministry by healing a young boy. It had been a powerful moment, but Jesus knew there was more work to be done.

 

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to pause during a powerful moment of God’s presence, you can’t stay there. While here on earth, our responsibilities will always be awaiting us outside our prayer closets, church services, and quiet times. We will always have more work to do and more people to reach. In fact, we are commanded to go and make disciples.

 

I want to encourage you today with this fact: When you leave mountaintop moments in God’s presence, His presence doesn’t leave you. In fact, if you’re willing, the very same Spirit will work through you.

 

It’s great to be inspired, but to make an impact, action is required.

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