January 16, 2022

Bob Maas
“I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.”
John 17:11

It doesn’t make any difference whether I am with a lot of people or by myself, the Lord is always present and I can have fellowship with Him continually. There are continual distractions that try to interrupt the communion we are having but when I observe them along with an awareness of His presence, they are ineffective. I used to think that the thoughts and emotions I have were a part of my identity. Now I realize they are the only tools that God has given me. My true self is who I am in Christ. Just as He was able to live in continuous intimacy with His Father, I have come to realize that it is also possible for me, provided I am hungering and thirsting for that reality in my life.

It has taken me many years to get to this place of abiding and it is so refreshing to experience it. My awareness of His presence is more important to me than anything else because it sustains me in every kind of circumstance.