The presence of God doesn’t just show up because it is God’s will to make it happen; it must be sought. The psalmist said, “Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!” (Ps. 105: 3). Jesus said, “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him” (John 7: 18). The glory of God’s presence must be sought with a whole heart.
There is nothing that will get us out of the glory of God’s presence quicker than distractions. Have you ever started worshiping the Lord and the phone rings, or your dog starts barking, or you’re at church and someone starts talking behind you about what they did the day before? As a pastor I’ve seen distractions get people out of the glory of God quickly. We must guard ourselves from distractions if we are going to seek God’s glory wholeheartedly. Paul reminds us, “And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction” (1 Cor. 7: 35).
I would encourage you to desire to spend that one minute with God throughout your day, every day, and you’ll soon find yourself overshadowed with the glory of God. That’s when you’ll see visions and dreams from God, prayers answered, and miracles begin to happen. My husband is consumed with God. Anyone who knows him will agree with me that he has a hunger for God I don’t see in many people. Keith lives in the atmosphere of the overshadowing glory of God because he spends so much time with God. That’s the reason we see such great miracles, healings, and deliverances in every service we have. This lifestyle is not reserved for Keith; it is open to whoever would accept the invitation to seek and pursue God’s glory with everything they have.
Jesus taught that “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12: 48). If you want to have the glory of God rest on your life, it comes with a price. God will give us much when He knows we can handle it. Therefore, we need to cry out with the psalmist, pleading, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple” (Ps. 27: 4).
In order to believe God for the miraculous, we need active faith. Even though we receive faith when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our faith needs to be worked out in order to produce results. In other words, we have the faith within us to move mountains. It’s God’s very own faith because He put it there. The problem is that so many Christians never put it into practice because they live disconnected from the power source— the presence of God.
Remember, without faith it is impossible to please God: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11: 6, KJV). We actually please God by expressing faith in Him and what He can do. However, this faith only strengthens as we spend time in His presence, letting Him fill us with His Word, His love, and His promises. Then, when we put this faith into practice and experience just one minute with God, everything can change!