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Pursue God’s Presence — Not His Presents, Pt2

“All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!”  Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive.  But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them” (John 7:37-39, TPT.)

Jesus demonstrated a life of faith during His time on earth.  Having completely set aside His deity, Jesus walked in complete dependence upon the Father, by the Holy Spirit who lived in Him.  It was His plan that we live the same way.

When a storm arose on the Sea of Galilee; Jesus was asleep while the disciples struggled to keep the boat from capsizing (see Luke 8:23-25).  Jesus didn’t intentionally kick up a storm and then go to sleep to test them.  Rather, He used the storm to teach them how to handle tough situations in everyday life.

When the disciples cried out to Him, He immediately arose and rebuked the storm.  Some might say, it was wonderful that Jesus was there to rebuke the storm; but after the storm ceased, He asked them a very important question: “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25, NKJV).  Jesus was teaching His followers that if they believed in Him; meaning, if they had an abiding trust in Him, they could rebuke the storms that arise in their lives, too (see Mark 11:22-24).

On another occasion, those who received the temple tax came to Peter saying that it was tax season.  Jesus told Peter to “…Go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.” (Matthew 17:27, NKJV).  What is interesting about this story is, the passage says, “Jesus anticipated him…” (Matthew 17:25).  Jesus knew the need, by the Holy Spirit, before Peter even asked.

This should be a great comfort to us all.  Those who receives Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, now have the Holy Spirit residing inside of them, to provide help for every situation life throws at them.  God knows what we need before we ask; nothing takes Him by surprise.  When we come to Him in prayer with our needs, He will give us the solution.

The Bible tells us to cast all our cares upon Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).  Of course, we are to find suitable work to pay our bills, but when the storms of life make that difficult, He has promised to provide for us if we trust in Him.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:33-34, NKJV).

Develop an abiding trust in Jesus.  When tough times come, the Holy Spirit will show you what to do.  Thank Him for all His blessings and sleep well.  Leave tomorrow’s cares for tomorrow.

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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit for further information.

  The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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