Stay In His Presence!
Friday, January 1, 2016 by Dr. Paul D. Norcross

My wife Rita read an interesting article about the effects of honey on wounds. Believe it or not, I managed to cut myself as I was trying to use a knife to open some Christmas presents. So that day we tried using honey on the wound.

We were astonished how quickly the wound healed. Rita is a nurse, and treats patients every day. Wounds just don't heal that fast!

It turns out that honey has many amazing properties. It is antiseptic, and a whole lot more. In the presence of honey, things really do heal quickly.

This all reminded me of the presence of something else being healing -- Jesus Christ is our healer.  Apply Him to our wounds.  Don't they heal quickly? Wounds to our soul, wounds to our bodies – Christ heals them all.

When Jesus Christ is present, everything changes immediately.  The nearer you let Jesus come to you (draw nigh to Him, He will draw nigh to you), the faster your deliverance.

We know from Psalm 16:11 that the pathway of life is this: in His presence is fullness of joy.  Acts 3:19 tells us the times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord.  And Hebrews 4 shows the benefits of entering His rest, i.e. His presence, wherein we cease from our works (which releases Him to do His work through you).

Was there any sickness when the Lord Jesus Christ was around? Sickness did not last long in His presence! Even death held no power when the Lord showed up.  

Neither shall death hold any power when you show up armed by being in His presence.  Read that a few more times.  Romans 8:11 shows us that the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is in you and me!

With Christ in you, the hope of glory, sickness shall die at your doorstep. Declare it so!  You have an authority in the spirit realm that is unlimited. This was precedented by Jesus Christ himself.  He modeled what we are to do.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  (John 14:12) 

The presence of a man or woman of God who knows who they are, who Christ has made them to be, and who has learned to stay in the presence of the Lord--these are ones who will see astonishing increases in supernatural signs miracles and wonders in 2016.  Mark 16:15-18 speaks to the signs that shall follow them that believe, and then concludes with:

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:20).

If we learn anything this year at all, may we learn the pleasure and privilege of entering His rest, finding Him in the secret place of the Most High, and lingering there.  In His presence is not only the rest and refreshing, but also the empowering.

Then when we go out on assignments directed by our Head, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it will be with an anointing of power in the Holy Spirit such as you have never seen before. Hallelujah!

You will rejoice that even devils are subject unto you, and the Lord will remind you of the grace and mercy that your real rejoicing is in having your name written in the Book of Life.

May you, your family, and your ministry be blessed in 2016. I believe that in this first month of January alone, you will see more of God's power and authority released through you than you have ever seen before. Make that happen by lingering in His presence daily!

With all of our love and blessings to you in Christ,

--Paul and Rita


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