Being in His Presence

How close are you to Jesus?
When Isaiah saw God, he said, “I am undone. I am a man of unclean lips.”
His words, his works, his heart didn’t come close to what God wanted for him.
He didn’t find excuses.
He didn’t justify his actions.
He stood before God in truth.
He could do nothing.

It is easy to judge others…
Why don’t they do this?
Why can’t they choose right?
But when we get closer to Jesus, He lets us see ourselves.
How close do you let Jesus come to you?
Do you keep Him at a distance so He won’t see what you do?
So you don’t have to change?
So you can do what you want?
Or do you allow Him to see all the hidden places of your life,
the fears no one else knows,
the insecurities that keep you from trusting Him,
the areas you must control,
because you know better.

To be close to Jesus means to allow His light to shine on your darkness.
Light reveals.
Light penetrates.
Light exposes.
Light changes.

Once the light reveals what you are doing, you can’t continue to sin,
and enjoy it without becoming hard.

I like things to be the same.
I like a good cup of tea.
I want my day to carry on, like yesterday.
No surprises.
No hassles, problems, inconveniences.
But those make me go to Jesus.
He pushes me toward Himself.
I see more of my unsubmissive attitudes,
my independence,
my desire for what I want.

He shows me my wrong.
He takes away the dross.
He forgives the sin.
He changes me.

I become like Him.

What’s your response after being with Jesus?
What does spending time with Jesus do for you?
Do you come away with joy? Blessing Him? Worship?

Luke 24:52-53 “And they worshiped Him…with great joy. And were continually in the Temple blessing God.”

How is Jesus changing you?

I write about what you---
women, wives and moms---
about your family, faith and future.
I write about what's hard, what helps and what heals.
I show you how it's done. And not done.
I hold your hand as you find what matters to the Savior.
And let go of those things that mattered to you, but not to Him.
I write about what Him.
               Sonya Contreras

Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

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