KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 3:14 KJV “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,”
We look further into what is most important that the Lord would want us to know and to practice. In our key scripture, the Lord appoints His disciples and calls them apostles or the sent ones. The verse stated that He called them so that they might be with Him. Every child of God is called to be with the master. Every Christian leader is called first and foremost to be with the master. We are to learn and be so filled with Him for effective life and ministry. Our strength as servants of God depends on how much we are filled with Him.
When the Lord was describing John the Baptist, He said He was the greatest man born of a woman but added that he that is least in the kingdom is greater than him. All those born of the kingdom, include all who have been born again. John worked no miracle like any of the prophets, yet He was devoted unto the Lord right from his youth. The following verse explains what I just said about him. Luke 1:15 KJV “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.”
John was to grow as a Nazarite. A Nazarite was a vow of devotion that one commits to God. (Numbers 6:2). John was in the wilderness fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit.
John was a man of great spiritual power, that drew the whole people to the Jordan River, without any special advertisement.
The Lord Jesus said abide in me so you might bear much fruit. He said without me you can do nothing. John 15:4,5
What happens when a man stays in the presence of the Lord. He carries that presence to wherever he goes. Please note, as children of God the Lord is ever with us always. If a man gives attention to staying long in the presence of the Lord, he operates in the manifested presence of the Lord. There are varying degrees of staying in the presence of the Lord. We may observe the following activities in His presence. We minister to Him in songs. Ministering to the Lord is one of the most important aspects of our staying in God’s presence. It is a moment when we express our love, reverence and fear for Him. A time in His presence without a meaningful time of ministering to Him, makes you miss a lot. We also pray for any lengths of time that one may be led to go, and meditate on the Lord. We also make time to study His word. These practices should be done always. As you maintain a consistent time in His presence you would grow in your relationship with Him. You would surely have a fruitful life and ministry.
LIFE is all about our relationship with the Lord and Ministering to others comes from the overflow of our fellowship with Him. I make it a prime issue to go into His presence.
John 15:4 KJV Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:5 KJV I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.