|'In His Presence / No Excuse'
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you"(Isa. 60:1). The prophet Isaiah
was prophesying, in this verse, the future restoration of Israel and coming of the messiah. How blessed are
we who have received Christ Jesus as our Lord, Savior and Master and that our redemption and assurance of
eternal life are not events in a future time to come! The glory of God embodies His presence and radiates His
power and majesty in Christ to those who will confess Him and "believe on the name of His Son"(1Jhn. 3:22).
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of
the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ"(2 Cor. 4:6). Open the windows of your soul and invite
the glory of the Lord to shine into your heart like a dove wings its way into the first golden brightness of the
dawn ... being captured in its absorbing brilliance. Allow the Lord's presence to surround your entire being,
claim-stake your heart, quicken your spirit and be the source of your ever-present joy (see Ps. 16.11). "The
church is called to be a manifestation of God's presence"(1). Let us preoccupy ourselves with the pursuit of
God's kingdom, His righteousness, His presence and glory or else the body (church) will not have its call fully
realized through its members. As disciples of Christ constituting "the assembly of the first born" (Heb.12:23)
we have an wondrous responsibility and divine call to be a manifestation of God's saving grace, His presence
and a living portrait of His gospel in the kingdom of God ... as we proclaim "Jesus is the Christ" (Acts 5:42).
Do not let the situations of life so burden and discourage your soul that you do not recognize the Lord when
He appears in the midst of your circumstance (see Lk. 24:13-32). If we, corporately and individually, continue
to walk the middle-path (see Prov. 4:25-Niv / pathway of His Righteousness) set out by Christ for His church (see
Mat. 16:24/10:38) then we will surely be challenged by constituents of this world, opposed by forces in the
supernatural realm (see Eph. 6:12) and taunted by weaknesses in the flesh. If we believe we are in the last hours
of the Church Age, then we have a commission to fulfill which has not been set before any other generation!
If we are the generation to witness "the coming of the Lord" (1Thes.4:15-17) then we best make every effort to
be in readiness and complete the 'great commission' (see Mat. 24:14) He predestined ages ago for His church
during the last days! God has already set His charge before the church, He is calling those belonging to His
Son into the sheepfold and through the Holy Spirit the Father is preparing the bride in waiting for the
bridegroom. We have no excuse not to be in readiness other than our own willfulness to not be so! The
written Word holds all the keys and ciphers necessary to interpret the "signs of the times" ... the Pharisees and
Sadducees looked for additional signs (see Mat. 16:1-4) and "Jesus then left them and went away"! [Underlining -
emphasis added]. Seek to be continually in His Presence ... it is a want-thing on our behalf; it is a nourishing
life-thing ... if we are not in His Presence, then whose presence are we in? (see 2 Cor. 4:4).
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1) Holman Biblical Dictionary - Presence Article.