Simple but Powerful

I’ve spent the last few weeks really trying to just BE in the presence of God.   Its one thing to walk around thinking about God, but its different to really just be in His presence throughout the day.

This difference is hard to put into words.   Last week as I really prayed and sought God with the desire to stay in His presence throughout the day, it seemed all that happened was I got a glimpse of my ugly sinful self.

I was irritable, moody, impatient, messy, lazy, and all sorts of other gross stuff.

It took a week of me seeing my ugliness before I realized that being in the presence of God has nothing to do with me. It seems this is a lesson I must learn multiple times!  The balance between submitting all things to Christ and working out your own salvation is such an easy thing to get out of balance.  I needed a week of God revealing my sinfulness to remind me of my need to allow CHRIST to do all things through me.

I spent the weekend repenting of my self sufficiency and my desire to do things in my own power.  In the midst of my repenting, God has laid an old hymn on my heart.  “Be Thou My Vision”.   It seems to say everything my heart is experiencing.

Last week I focused on the words

Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

as I humbled myself and allowed God to work in my thoughts and to open my eyes to what it truly means to walk in the light of Christ.

This week, the second verse seems to continually run through my mind.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Dwelling is such a powerful word.  I have plans to spend the rest of the week studying that word and allowing God to reveal to me the true meaning of dwelling…me in His presence and Him in me.

2 Responses to “Simple but Powerful”

  1. Sherry Minter January 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    This message is so powerful, Kari! THANK you for opening yourself up and sharing your spiritual journey with all of us!!!

    • kari January 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

      Thanks Sherry. I appreciate your encouragement.

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