On Sunday 17th February we will be having a special service to celebrate 60 years of Hope City Church making a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join with us at our 9:30am service at Grovely State School Performing Arts Complex to hear from people as they share their personal experience of the difference being part of the church family has made. Afterwards, we invite you to stay around and chat over a special celebration morning tea.
Over the next two Sundays, Sunjay Stevenson will be ministering at both campuses. Sunjay is our guest speaker at Presence Camp later this year and I’m excited that we get a bit of a camp preview over the next two Sundays.
One thing I appreciate about Sunjay is his hunger to touch the God’s presence and see His supernatural power released into our everyday lives. I’m praying that as you engage God this weekend, your hunger to live in His presence – to practice His presence – would only increase.
The timing of Sunjay’s ministry to our church is no co-incidence. I’m currently reading a book called, “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence – a 17th Century monk who devoted himself to living in Gods presence daily. In letters and conversations, he spoke about how we can go about our daily lives with a consciousness of God. He talked about the way to cultivate this sense of Gods presence even in the midst of the busiest life. To live in a way that is devoted to God in the midst of both “mundane and spiritual matters.”
It was noted of Brother Lawrence that, “Even the busiest work did not distract him from his communion with God.” Not because he locked himself away and didn’t do anything else – rather, even in the midst of great busyness, Brother Lawrence learned how to be tuned in to the love and presence of God. Communing with God at a deeper, more profound level, whilst meeting all the demands of external affairs.
The starting point of this type of communion with God was a deliberate consciousness of God being present while we go about our everyday life. It can be as simple as setting an alarm on your phone to remind you to stop for 60 seconds every couple of hours.
In that 60 seconds, you can:
- Reflect on the fact that God is with you right now.
- Pause to tell God you love Him and want to include Him in the next 2 hours of your life.
- Pause to read over a particular scripture that spoke to you in your devotions that morning.
Whatever it is, it’s about being deliberate to be conscious that God’s presence is with you – even right now.
Can I encourage you to take a moment right now to acknowledge God’s love for you and to tell Him you love Him.
See you on Sunday