Learning to host the presence of God well for His presence changes everything.

Jesus paints a beautiful picture of a flourishing vineyard recorded in John’s gospel, chapter 15. Jesus uses this image to describe what Kingdom life is to be like ~ one that is bustling with fruit, sustenance and satisfying aromas. This life is only made possible by intimate connection with God; for apart from God as our source of life, we accomplish nothing. This is the practice of abiding presence. It is the intimate infusion of God in us and us in him. He is our source of life and power.

Since the presence of God changes everything we intentionally fix our eyes on what God is saying and doing rather than being distracted by what is not happening. Such distraction always leads down a path of disappointment, discouragement and/or hopelessness.

In the presence of God we see things clearly from God’s perspective. Outside His presence our view becomes distorted (Psalm 73:16-17).

Inherently the presence of God continually invites us into a process of being changed into His likeness. So we position ourselves in ways that foster vulnerability, humility and a teachable spirit.

(John 14:5, 18, 23; 1 Cor 3:16; Psalm 63:1-3; Ephesians 2:21-22)