How are you? I’m well.
One night at the end of the year 2020 when I waited upon Him, I heard His Rhema words. Then I said to Him, “Father, I want You to give me Scriptures too.” And I waited. Then the Words came, “My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” I was reminded of receiving this Scripture from Exodus 33:44 a day before I went to my sister’s place in California together with my mom back in 2019. It gave me such a comfort and assurance before the long trip at that time. The next day after I received this Scripture again from the Lord, I read a Walter Beauttler’s book, “The Manifest Presence of God: My Spiritual Journey.” Then, I happened to read the verse, Exodus 33:44 in his book and I felt it was the Lord’s confirmation.
About a month later, I had a monthly online meeting and my pastor encouraged the members to set aside time to pray before the meeting and share what the Lord would speak to us during the meeting. So, I asked the Lord what He was saying to our meeting and its members. Then the Words, “My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest,” came to me again. The next night, I asked the Lord to give me confirmation in order to make sure I heard Him correctly and I would share this Scripture with the others as a revelation.
I went to bed and had a dream. In the first dream, I kept hearing the Babylonian names of Daniel’s friends, “Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-Nego” or I, myself, kept murmuring their names, which I couldn’t even remember nor pronounce correctly. But I knew they were three friends of Daniel. I was not able to recall any scene in that dream, except I kept hearing their names. I think I heard something like they were underestimated. When I awoke in the middle of the night, I searched the Scriptures on Daniel’s friends and read the story on their being thrown into the burning furnace after they refused to worship the Babylonian idols. I also read Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king saying:
“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:25)
When I read about the presence of the Son of God among them in the fiery furnace, I was assured the Lord confirmed that I would share His words on His presence and rest. While I read the Scriptures further down, I also found the king Nebuchadnezzar glorified the God of Israel after he saw this overwhelming deliverance and miracle. Hence, he decreed a law that anyone who speaks anything against the God of Israel shall be put to death. And he promoted Daniel’s friends in the province of Babylon.
I believe this is the Word of God for you and me this year. We will see more shakings come. Yet the presence of our God will go with us and He will give us rest. When the world sees the peace we have, they will glorify our God. Even when the world is shaking, His faithful children will still prosper, just as Daniel’s friends were promoted in Babylon.
Do you believe this? I do. And I think we must also play our part in order to have His presence. We must purify our hearts and mouths and walk uprightly. I know it’s not easy, but our Father made a promise in Exodus 33:19, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” He is faithful. When we are weak in our effort to purify ourselves, He is gracious and compassionate to His children. I think all we need to do is to ask our Father to give us grace and mercy to do His will.
Have a bliss!
You will show me the path of life;