Most Christians would say they have a goal of daily communion with God. We all long to live in His presence moment by moment, yet many would say they find this hard to do.
This has been my story. For years I’ve loved books like, The Practice of the Presence of God, Rees Howells Intercessor, and the Autobiography of Madam Guyon. They describe such wonderful communion with God. I’ve often thought of Enoch going so deep into communion with God that one day he simply stepped over to the other side.
Walking with God is described in several different ways in the Bible:
- Abiding (John 15:4)
- Being led by the Spirit (Romans 6-8)
- Entering God’s rest (Hebrews 3, 4)
I’ve often struggled to “be led,” to “rest,” to “abide.” God has been giving me a key that makes all this work.
A Wonderful Key
The key is living in love. Living in love empowers us to abide in God.
In the New King James Bible there is an interesting Section Heading for 1 Jn.4:7, 8:
“Knowing God Through Love”
These verses really get to the heart of the matter.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
These verses are so helpful in that they give you a heart gauge to see if you are abiding – are you walking in love? Without walking in love there’s a breakdown in knowing God and abiding in Him. So in searching for this breakdown you simply look for the “love disconnect.”
Love is how you walk in daily communion. Receiving His love and giving it away is the Key to Life!
Practically speaking, how do you do this? Here are two things I’m seeking to do daily in my devotions.
1—Receiving His Love
Daily in devotions I seek to position myself to let His love into my heart.
I ask myself:
- Can I focus on God’s presence right now and know in my heart I’m loved?
- Am I receiving His love or do thoughts come about some way I’m not measuring up?
- As I seek to embrace God’s love do thoughts come about a relationship that is not right or a sin in my life?
If I notice anything hindering God’s love — the disconnect — I remind myself of His truths:
- He loves me with an everlasting love. (Ezk.31:3) There’s never a time I’m not loved by God, even when I’ve made mistakes.
- There’s nothing I can do to cause God to love me any more than He already loves me and nothing I can do to cause Him to love me any less. I can never be “good enough” to receive His love, it’s a free gift. (Rom.3:27, 28, Eph.2:8, 9, 1 Jn.4:10)
- Only love matures. Fear of judgment and condemnation never produce true maturity. It is God who will finish the work He began in me. I can’t work hard enough to produce it. I can only cooperate with it. (Phil.1:6, Rm.2:4)
- Once I’ve embraced God’s love for me anew I deal with anything in my heart.
- If I’ve sinned I repent.
- If I’ve wronged someone I ask forgiveness.
- If I’m emotionally triggered and can’t get past it I find someone to do prayer ministry with me.
2—Giving God’s Love Away
The second thing I do is consider how I might give God’s love away to others. I might ask God in prayer to show me some ways. I sometimes consider different relationships in my life and consider how I might show God’s love to them today.
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As you seek to live in God’s love daily you will be amazed at how your relationship with Him begins to rapidly grow!