There's a refrain in the life of Joseph that says, "...and the Lord God was with him." Amidst all the difficulties that Joseph faced, at each and every turn the Lord God was with him. And that, my friend, is what our daily lives are to be about. Let me share four principles to practice the presence of God in your life:
Romans 12:1-2 holds the secret: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
There's the formula. Presentation + transformation = realization. Present yourself to Him. Sign the contract and tell Him to fill it in. Don't be afraid of that, because when you present yourself to Him, then you're transformed — what is on the inside comes to the surface. You don't find the will of God; the will of God finds you.
Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." God is going to allow you (not cause you) to have difficulties in life. Do you have a dream that lies shattered? God is not through with you. No matter what Satan does, no matter what happens, God is in control!
Do you know what I want? I want God with me. I want there to be something about Adrian that you cannot explain apart from the fact that God is with me. I don't want God to take His hand off of my life. How about you?
When we come to Him in repentance and faith, we are empowered-and expected-to live the Christian life not by trying, but by trusting. Faith is not only how we receive salvation, it is how we walk, day by day, in grace. Only by faith can we extend forgiveness to others, share God's truth, and leave a godly legacy. As the tapestry of your life unfolds, may you begin to see the wonders of living each day, moment by moment, a life of faith and forgiveness.