R u b e n D u a r t e
The Ministry Of Abiding
ABIDING---when it comes to God---is all about honorably waiting on Him without the demand for answers or demonstrations of power. There is a richness in God’s presence which creates a closeness that cannot be measured logistically. It is like a family gathering together for Thanksgiving. Beyond the meals, the snacks, the conversations, and the football games on television, it is about loved ones appreciating just ABIDING together.
I remember sitting at my piano at home, worshiping the Lord for an extended time and, as I prepared to conclude my heartfelt musical devotion, i heard somewhere in my spirit the Lord sovereignly whisper: 'Don't stop.' Could it be that far more than the need for us to ABIDE in God is the passion of the Lord Himself who is deeply wanting to ABIDE with us and in us?
The very notion that God Almighty Himself---who has the universe and all of creation at His disposal---would desire for us to ABIDE in Him, is a great MYSTERY. This is also at the very foundation our life’s ministry---to intentionally ABIDE in Him.
"Abide in Me and I in you As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it ABIDES in the vine, neither can you unless you ABIDE in Me."
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall ABIDE under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)
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As we step into His Presence, His anointing begins to fill every crack and every crevice.
Every nuance of our lives is made whole as we step into His Presence. -RD
"Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!"
(Psalm 95:2 ESV)