Pastor Mike wrote in a Guest Column at the Orange County Register, Published: Feb. 6, 2014.
The link to the article is here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/presence-600614-one-life.html.
The article is included below!
Guest column: Two are better than one
There are times in life when sure, we want to be alone, but there are times when we could use the presence of someone – a mate, a family member, a friend, a loved one. Or we could use someone helpful, knowledgeable, empathetic, spiritual or and sometimes just anyone. There is a power of presence. The wisest man (besides Jesus) said two are better than one.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
God made us social people and there is a power as we pull together. We are actually better together. This is one of the reasons we encourage people to connect together in our Community Life Groups or small groups.
Though there is a power of presence of us together in community, there is an even greater power of being in the presence of God.
Psalm 16:11: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
In God’s presence there is great joy, fulfillment, security, peace, love and so much more. As Jeremiah 29:13 says, if we seek his presence we will find it. Jesus put it this way:
Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
The pure in heart are those who have come to faith in Jesus and seek to live life God’s way (see Matthew 6:33).
When we come to faith, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live with us and guide us into God’s presence.
John 14:26: “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
That’s a powerful presence in our lives. Sure, we can turn our backs on God and not listen to his spirit. That happens when we choose to go our way or listen more to the idols of life. The Bible calls that sin. Kind David went down that road in 2 Samuel 11:1-27 and wow, what a mess. Yet David did not stay in that messed-up life. He confessed his sin and said:
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Psalm 51:10-12).
David did not want to miss out on the power of the presence of God. Nor should we. So the question is, “Are you enjoying God’s presence?” If so, great! Continue to foster that relationship by knowing God more and living life His way.
If not, “Why? Are there idols standing in the way?” Ask the Lord to help you identify them and confess that sin. Set your affections back to the Lord and get back to the amazing, powerful presence of God.
– Mike McKay has been a pastor at Cypress Church since 2004. He and his wife live in Cypress.