As we delve deeper into the camp’s theme of “STAY IN,” our focus now shifts to understanding what it truly means to STAY IN the presence of God, why it’s essential, and how we can achieve it. To STAY IN, we must not only remain in His presence but also continually dwell in the revelation of who Jesus Christ is, through the diligent study of His Word, and walk consistently in the Spirit.
Psalm 91:1-2 – A Glimpse into God’s Presence
Let’s begin by exploring the profound verses of Psalm 91:1-2 [NKJV], which shed light on the concept of God’s presence. The term “dwelling” in verse 1 implies not merely visiting but residing—a sense of permanence. It’s not just any dwelling but God’s secret place, a unique and intimate space. Verse 2, a declaration of trust and safety, stems from a deep revelation of God’s refuge. This revelation-driven trust sets the foundation for remaining in His presence and walking in the Spirit.
The Dual Nature of God’s Presence
God created us in His image (Genesis 1:26), making us spiritual beings. To stay in God’s presence, we must understand where His dwelling place truly lies. Many are taught to seek God only in church or quiet environments, but walking in the Spirit can unveil a deeper truth—God’s presence is not solely external but also within us. God desires to dwell among us and within us, irrespective of our feelings. Jesus assures that as long as His Word abides in us, He remains with us (1 John 3:24). This revelation reminds us that God’s presence transcends both external and internal realms, reinforcing the importance of staying in revelation.
Walking in the Spirit – A Spiritual Journey
Galatians 5:16 introduces the concept of walking in the Spirit, a spiritual journey beyond the physical realm. While “walking” often suggests a physical act, understanding the spiritual context is crucial. It involves our spirit, God’s Spirit, and a spiritual presence. We cannot accomplish this journey alone; hence Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit as our Helper (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit, the source of revelation, reveals the hidden mysteries of God.
The Role of Revelation in Our Walk
Revelation is key to understanding our spiritual walk. Proverbs 4:5 advises us to seek wisdom and, above all, seek understanding. Asking “why” prompts us to seek Christ for His guidance and instruction. Love is intrinsic to the Spirit’s work in us, for God is love. Thus, love is a vital aspect of our spiritual walk (1 Corinthians 13:1). God’s saving power flows through His love, emphasizing its importance.
The Battle of the Mind
Romans 8:5-7 highlights the battle between the flesh and the spirit. Those who focus on carnal things are at odds with spiritual matters. The fruits of the Spirit exemplify a spiritual walk. To walk in the Spirit, we must resist the lure of worldly pursuits and prioritize spiritual growth (Matthew 6:33). Our value is revealed through what we seek first.
Awareness of God’s Nature
Understanding God’s nature is essential for remaining conscious of His presence. Walking in the Spirit provides insight into God’s desires and plans. Dwelling in the secret place of the Most High, devoid of fear, allows us to navigate even the darkest valleys with confidence (Psalm 91:7). Revelation from God’s Word enables us to perceive His glory in all circumstances.
Spiritual Conflict and Victory
Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that our battle is spiritual, not physical. We can command spiritual forces in Jesus’ name. Being carnally minded makes us vulnerable while being spiritually minded makes us the devil’s target. However, we have the authority to overcome (Psalms 91:13). God’s Spirit raises a standard when the enemy attacks.
The Importance of God’s Word
Joshua 1:8 underscores the significance of remaining in God’s Word. Meditating on His Word enhances our understanding. The Word of God dwelling within us enriches our meditation and facilitates hearing God’s voice.
Fruits of the Spirit
Finally, Galatians 5:22-23 demonstrates that walking in the Spirit leads to the production of spiritual fruits. These fruits originate from God, and without Him, we cannot manifest them.
To STAY IN His presence, we must have the willingness to stay. It involves immersing ourselves in His Word, seeking revelation, and walking in the Spirit. Let us remain in revelation, for without the Word of God, there is no revelation. Without His presence, there is no revelation. So, stay rooted in revelation and walk in the Spirit, for therein lies our spiritual journey and victory.