Give Me That Mountain

The Work We Do

Day nine...

The presence of God in your life is not an imaginary place. You may not be able to experience Him with your five physical senses, but His presence is a real place that produces real results—results you can see with your natural eyes.

God is already in position. He does not have to come from somewhere to meet you. He's already exactly where He needs to be to work with you on all those projects He has prepared for you ahead of time (see Ephesians 2:10).

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You will hear things in the church culture that will confuse God's whereabouts. I've made similar statements myself, so I'm not attacking the people who make them. I just want to help you see the connection between the statements and the reality.

  • “I can feel God's presence right now!” God was present before the feeling came, and He will be present after the feeling leaves.
  • “God, we ask You to come visit us in a mighty way!” God is always the first one on the scene.
  • “We have this narrow window when God is more accessible than at other times of the year!” God gave us all immediate access to Him, day or night, when the temple curtain was torn in two at Jesus' crucifixion.

I can't begin to understand all the reasons why we make such statements, but don't get sucked into this confusion. God is always… always in exactly the right position. We are the ones who need to move.

If you want God to be a part of your every thought, word, and deed please understand this very important reality. God is not the variable. You are! This is really good news, just in case you were thinking it sounded more like criticism.

If you believe God is the variable (and many people do) then you will exercise little to no control over your life. You will have to continually remind God of His responsibilities and then wait around until He decides to do something about them. And when He does act, then and only then can you finally respond. If you think God is the variable, you put yourself in the position of asking Him to do something, waiting on Him to do it, and then responding to what He does. There are so many things wrong with this position that it's hard to know where to start.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)

First of all, it sounds like He thinks more of you than you think of yourself. You don't always have those kinds of expectations for your own life, do you? But He does. Surely, He isn't the kind of God who has to be reminded of His responsibilities toward you. It sounds like He wants better for you than you want for yourself.

So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. (Isaiah 30:18 NLT)

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9a)

It sounds to me like the Lord is the one doing the waiting in these OT passages. And I can't find a single instance in the NT where anybody is just sitting around waiting for the Lord to do something. Any waiting done is an active position of expectation—not as if the expectation might or might not happen. But instead, that the expectation is just around the corner; and plans are being made accordingly.

Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 18:18 NKJV)

And finally, you are not waiting around for God to do something so you can finally respond. He is waiting for you to move according to His Word so He can perform His Word in your life.

When Jesus said, “It is finished” (see John 19:30) He meant what He said. Before this, we had no way of paying for our salvation so we had to put it on layaway and make regular payments with our sacrifices. But the day came when Jesus, Himself, stopped by the store and paid in full for everybody's salvation, even those who had never bothered to put theirs on layaway. It is now up to the individual to stop by and pick up his or her own salvation. He can't do that part for us.

God has fully completed His part of the deal. It is finished. The new covenant document has been executed—signed in blood. It's the strangest, most one‐sided covenant ever made in the history of the world.

The one party (God) has signed over His entire estate—the physical assets (to prosper in all things and be in health [see 3 John 2]), the non‐physical assets (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self‐control [see Galatians 5:22–23]), and retirement living in Paradise. And this is by no means a complete inventory of His estate.

The other party has very few obligations—no physical exam, no background check, no credit report, no references, no work history, no job requirements. Basically the other party just has to show up and cooperate with the administrator of the estate (Holy Spirit), and he or she has full access to the entire Kingdom.

This kind of a deal sounds way too good to be true, but it is true. It's called “God's grace.” It's all right there in position—yours for the taking. And it all takes place in His presence.

The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all [people]. And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being…. (Act 17:24–28a Amp Bible)

He is not far from you. He is in position, but you will never know it with your physical senses. You cannot work with Him if you are governed by your human nature.

He connects with you Spirit to spirit. He does not connect with your human nature. You will never find Him with your human nature. Step outside your human nature and join together with Him, to change the world—and to change you in the process.

Have a good day,
Mike

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