SEPTEMBER 2019 FAITH-MAIL

THE PRESENCE OF GOD

The word of God is God.

John 1:1 confirms, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” 
The word of God is God which is also the presence of God.
At a time when Jonah walked away from God’s word (His direction), The book of Jonah 1:1-3 records that Jonah went away from the presence of God.
The word of God is the presence of God that needs to be received, obediently for one’s direction and preservation, not to become a victim of the wicked world.
Are in a position of disobedient to God’s word, walking away from the presence of God? 
The word of God is a living word that is not stagnated but move, to locate anyone for God’s direction as God purposes.
Pages of the Bible testifies how the word of God, the presence of God came to locate some for direction:
Genesis 15:1, “After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” 
1Kings 6:11 “Then the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying…” 
For, Elijah to receive provision from God, through a widow, “Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” (1 Kings 17:8-9)
Jeremiah testifies, “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying…” (Jeremiah 1:4)
John the Baptist word came to him just like Jonah, “…the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” (Luke 3:2-3) 
In the days of the Bible, the word of God came, today, the word of God is still coming to locate one for directions which will keep one in the presence of God.
When the word of God (the presence of God) comes to you, as a direction in life, obey but do not be disobedient, to avoid self-destruction.
The word of God came to Jonah, but he disobeyed to miss the presence of God.
The Bible records, “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so, he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” (Jonah 1:1-3) Jonah’s disobedience to God’s word of direction is identified as Jonah’s fleeing from the presence of God. 
Without doubt, disobedience to walk against the word of God (the presence of God) is the avenue to destruction.
Jonah’s disobedient of God placed him into the STORM at SEA.
Bible records, “But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea so that the ship was about to be broken up.” (Jonah 1:4)
Disobedient to the word of God is walking from the presence of God into the distance.
Are you walking away from the word of God?
A man can survive living or walking in disobedient to the word of God (the presence of God) for some time but will not be possible to survive the time of destruction without returning to the word of God, the presence of God.
Disobedient to God’s word is wickedness before God, the evidence of having the word of God, near in the mouth but far from the mind. (Jeremiah 12:1-2)
Are you living a life of Jonah?
Jonah received the word of God but not in his mind to do according to God’s direction.
Are you living a life of Jonah?
God is never the author of one’s trouble but walking away from the living word of God, the presence of God will lead to troubling challenges, a STORM of destruction, the kind of Jonah’s experience in the STORM of destruction.
As a disobedient to God’s direction, no one with you on the same journey will have an excuse before God not experience your trouble.
Think of your walking away from God as a source of trouble to all around you also.
For a man to arrive at the expected end of the journey of life, disobedient to the word of God must be eliminated by giving self to obeying God’s word (the presence of God) continually.

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