Today's Reading: Genesis 16-17; Matthew 5:27-48
Today's Thoughts: When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him… Genesis 17:1-3
Notice what the last verse says: "Then Abram fell on his face…" The Lord has appeared to
Abram and has begun to speak to him. As soon as Abram hears the Lord, he falls on his face. It does not say that he knelt down on his knees or bowed to the ground. It says he "fell on his face." We are not told from the scriptures how the Lord appeared to Abram or how He spoke to him, but we have to assume that Abram recognized the appearance and voice of God Almighty. At that moment, Abram lost all composure. Then, God talked with him some more. As the chapter continues, God continues to speak to Abram. What an awesome experience to be in the presence of God!
How do you react to the presence of God? When was the last time you fell on your face before the Lord? There are many Christians today who have never heard the Lord speak to them and have no idea of what it means to be in God's presence. Just saying you heard the Lord speak at all can bring raised eyebrows and concerned looks from other believers. Does the Lord still speak to His people? Can we really be in His presence and know it is Him? The answers are yes and yes. Yes, we can fall on our faces in the presence of holy God and yes, He will talk with us.
We wrote and taught a study called Practicing the Presence of God and in the study we included two sections on how to Practice the Presence of Hearing God's Voice. The response from Christians was both enlightening and encouraging, at the same time. Those who had never experienced an intimacy with the Lord learned how to worship and pray. Those who were not sure how to know if they were hearing God's voice learned how to find confirmation in the Word as well as other ways that God confirms His message to us. Most of all, we learned how to fall on our face in worship, how to come to His throne in reverence, and how to know His presence. Today, find time to fall on your face and worship the Lord. Ask Him to speak to you through His Word and to confirm His message to you through His Spirit. Your day will be blessed and nothing else will matter too much.
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