January Letter 2019

January Letter 2019

Hello Faith Partners:

Grace and peace be with you all, as we begin to look and make into the new year – 2019, “Grace for the Supernatural”. I am convinced, as the Apostle Paul stated in Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

I believe one of the main keys to our success this year as we endeavor to walk in the supernatural is God’s Presence. Walking in God’s presence should not be a mystery or a difficult endeavor for believers. It should be a place we are familiar with because we know when we get into His presence; we have access into His power and abilities. A place we are familiar with because it is a place we consistently rest.

Some of the great manifestations throughout the Scriptures were when men and women walked in God’s presence. David says in Psalms 139:7-8 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” This is commonly known as “The Omni-Presence of God”, meaning God is everywhere, at the same time, because He is not confined or restricted to time or space. Wherever we are He is already there, before, during, and after.

Can we live in the presence of God? Often you will hear someone say, “I sense the presence of God,” as if He just shows up, but can we live in the presence of God? Hebrews 4:13 (NLT) says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes…”

Remember in Genesis 3:8-11a where Adam and Eve were living in the presence of God, but when they sinned, they tried to hide themselves from the Him? They had not learned that nothing is hidden from Him. What did we lose when Adam and Eve sinned, and what did Jesus come to restore back to mankind? I believe in part they lost God’s manifested presence in their personal lives. However, the Good News is Jesus restored what was once lost to us. (Matthew 28:20; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; Hebrews 13:5)

How many know that sin will make a coward out of man, and cause him to try to hide or separate himself from God’s presence? However, that is the time we ought to be coming boldly back unto His presence, instead of running away. Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Come boldly because we know regardless how we have missed it, His Grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

We should not be like Jonah, thinking you can run or flee from God’s presence. You would think Jonah would have known better but like some of us, he had to discover that God’s presence is everywhere.

One of the greatest benefits of every born again believers is living in the presence of God, where there is protection and safety, and fullness of joy. “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalms 16:11)

What are some major keys to living in the amazing presence of God? I am sure you can think of many, however here are two. One is worship. When we miss it, the enemy tries to make us feel, that we are not good enough to come into God’s presence. He is trying to keep us from worshipping. How many know that King David knew something about missing God, yet, he always ran back into God’s presence through worship. Look at Psalms 100:1-2, “Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…”

Thanksgiving is another key to entering into His presence. David says in Psalms 95:2, Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” This verse contains two key elements that bring us into the presence of God. The first is thanksgiving. Thanksgiving escorts us into the presence of God like nothing else. Instead of wasting time complaining, it is so much better to invest your time your time, energy, and effort thanking God for Who He is and all He has done.

Psalm 95:2 also provides an example of entering God’s presence with boldness and confidence. David said, “Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” this is a call to all! Believers today have more to shout about than David, he did not have the assurance that you and I have today through the blood of Jesus! The blood, His blood that has cleansed us, has sanctified us, and has made us worthy to enter into God’s presence with as much boldness and confidence as Jesus Himself! I am not making this up, I am just saying what God said in Hebrews 10:19-20 “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.” This is what The Message says, “Come, let’s shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns! (Psalms 95:1-2)

Janice and I are excited about 2019! We have entered into this year with expectations that only God can meet: a move, a manifestation, an outpouring that can only be explained by using His name! We are expecting a year where the Body of Christ refuses to allow distractions, intrusions of the mind, to detour them from what God has called them to do; a year where we return to seeking and understanding the value of God’s wisdom; a year of God’s grace for the supernatural!

Your Covenant Partner

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Richard B. Peoples, Sr.

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