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Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 5:42:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

In order to live and rest in God's presence on a moment-by-moment basis, we must first understand how God sees us. When we truly experience God's deep love for us, and when we truly grasp how highly He values us, our insecurities will melt away.

Even this morning, I was clouded with fear and doubt in preparation for two upcoming speaking engagements. What do I have to say that is of value? Do I really experience for myself what I am challenging others to experience: the supernatural love, joy, and peace that come from knowing that we are loved just as we are, with no need to perform for God's acceptance? Do I actually experience living in His presence, or am I still caught up in my performance? Do I really value intimacy with God over everything else?

I just wrote this in my journal: Lord, you have opened the doors to being a light, shining for you, and yet I still struggle with my identity as a son of the King, full of your glory and dearly loved...I want more of you. I want to live out of my true identity...I want to experience all you have for me.

God then firmly and gently reminded me that it was not about me, but about Him and His pursuit of me, that He desires for me to live in His presence even more than I can desire. As He often does, He spoke to me through a song while I was worshipping. Here's the chorus from "Come to Me," a song off Bethel Music's new album, The Loft Sessions:

Come to Me, I'm all you need.
Come to Me, I'm everything.
Come to Me, I'm all you need.
Come to Me, I'm everything.

I followed this by worshipping to a song about Psalm 23, which begins "The Lord is my shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack" and ends with "Surely [or only]goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence]shall be my dwelling place" (vv. 1, 6, Amplified Bible).

After worshipping three or four times with these songs, the cloud lifted. I was able to come more deeply into His presence and rest more fully in His love for me. Will I struggle again with the clouds of fear and doubt? Absolutely. I live in a body subject to wide emotional swings. However, as long as I remember to run to Him in those moments, the clouds will lift and I will find again myself in His presence, the most wonderful place on earth.

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