The greatest school we must attend to make lasting impact in our world is the school of God’s presence.Those who attend the school of His Presence gain wisdom and authority that makes them an astonishment to their world.
In His Presence our weakness is turned into strength.You may live in one of the poorest nations of the world,no educational qualification to give you an edge in life,no financial resources to fulfill your dreams.But if you will attend the school of God’s Presence you are educated beyond the natural mind, making you a complete marvel to those around you.
The Goal of Learning
The goal of learning is to know and love God.Every intellectual accomplishment that is not crowned with God Presence will lead us to become arrogant and prideful.
A professor who has studied in the four walls of the seminary but never educated by the Lord’s Presence will accomplish very little compared to one man,with no theological training never attended the seminary but spent his entire time in the school of God’s Presence.
The seminary can teach us principles for ministry in the classroom but the Presence can only be discovered in our closet.Its the difference between theory and experience,professionalism and Divine Encounter.
Brother Lawrence will always be remembered for the intimacy he expressed concerning his relationship to God as recorded in a book compiled after his death, the classic Christian text,The Practice of God’s Presence
As a young man, Herman’s poverty forced him into joining the army, which guaranteed him meals and a small stipend. During this period, Herman claimed an experience that set him on a unique spiritual journey. He considered it a supernatural clarity into a common sight, more so than as a supernatural vision.
During the winter, Herman looked at a barren tree, stripped of leaves and fruit, and realized it awaited the sure hope of a springtime revival and summer abundance. Gazing at the tree, Herman grasped deeply the extravagance of God’s grace and the unfailing sovereignty of divine providence. Like the tree, he felt seemingly dead, but held hope that God had life waiting for him, and the turn of seasons would bring fullness. At that moment, he said, that leafless tree “first flashed in upon my soul the fact of God,” and a love for God that never ceased. Shortly after, an injury forced his retirement from the army, and after a stint as a footman, he sought a place where he could suffer for his failures. He thus entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Paris as Brother Lawrence.
He was assigned to the monastery kitchen where, amidst the tedious chores of cooking and cleaning at the constant bidding of his superiors, he developed his rule of spirituality and work. In his Maxims, Lawrence writes, “Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?”
For Brother Lawrence, “common business,” no matter how mundane or routine, could be a medium of God’s love. The sacredness or worldly status of a task mattered less than motivation behind it. “Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.”
Brother Lawrence felt having a proper heart about tasks made every detail of his life possess surpassing value. “I began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.” Brother Lawrence felt that he cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world alongside God.
He admitted the path to this union was difficult. He spent years disciplining his heart and mind to yield to God’s presence. “As often as I could, I placed myself as a worshiper before him, fixing my mind upon his holy presence, recalling it when I found it wandering from him. This proved to be an exercise frequently painful, yet I persisted through all difficulties.”
He found a peace in reconciling himself to the thought that this struggle and longing was his destiny. He said his soul “had come to its own home and place of rest.” His death in 1691 occurred in relative obscurity, but his teachings lived on in the compilation of his words
Being in the presence of the Lord could arguably be considered the single most important part of our lives. While in a sense, it is always with us and we cannot live without it, we find ourselves hungering for it more and more.
The Life Of Brother Klaus
Brother Klaus, who is the patron saint of Switzerland, was born in Flueli in 1417. For fifty years, he lived ‘in the world’, worked as a peasant, served as a soldier, and was happily married. He was father of ten children, carried out the functions of an alderman and judge who stood up for right and peace.
But in the heart of this esteemed man there was a restlessness that urged him away from his worldly task into a lonliness and nearness to God. Heimann Am Grund, the parish priest from Kriens, was his advisor and the helper on his way. In 1467 Klaus left his family and possessions and became a hermit. Even then he did not cease to be counsellor and peacemaker for his fellow countrymen. Above all is know his interference by the ‘Tagessatzung’ (council of the Swiss counties) in Stans in December 1481.
As for the rest he lived in his cell in the Ranft, a secluded glen of the Melcha valley. Nearly twenty years he lived there without food. The power of his prayer, his deep ties with god, and his theological clarity have been a miracle for his contemporaries by which they were attracted and at the same time terrified.
Brother Klaus died on March 21th 1487. He is still the quiet warning voice that cannot be ignored.
After a deep spiritual crisis he withdraws from public life and spends the remaining 20 years as a hermit, praying and fasting. Men from near and far come to him seeking counsel. They call him lovingly Brother Claus. The mystic becomes more and more a political adviser and his fame spreads over all Europe.
Lets Pray Brother Klaus Prayer Together:
My Lord and my God,
take everything from me
that keeps me from Thee.
My Lord and my God,
give everything to me
that brings me near to Thee.
My Lord and my God,
take me away from myself
and give me completely to Thee.
What Matters Most In Life?
What do you think matters most in life? I will tell you,its God’s Presence.While God is omnipresent, and His presence is always with us, we continue to long for an encounter with the Presence of God. When we talk about experiencing the presence of the Lord, we are talking about the realization of God’s presence – of perceiving His presence and being conscious of Him. Practicing His presence is one of the most valuable things we can do. God has promised that as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us and we will experience His presence in ever increasing measures.
WHATS WISDOM IS THIS?
The wisdom of Jesus was such that raise such a great acclamation in his home town.Those who knew him discovered that a rapid change has suddenly happened in his life.They told themselves,”We know who he is, we know his brothers and sisters,he never attended school.”His wisdom and mighty works were so shocking to them.He was taught by God.Being taught by divine encounter with God’s Presence gives you such an amazing edge in life.
MARY AND MARTHA
Luke 10:41-42,” And Jesus answered and said unto her,Martha,Martha,thou art careful and troubled about many things:But one thing is needful:and Mary hath chosen that good part,which shall not be taken away from her.”
Nothing is worthy of much importance more than God’s presence.If what I do for God becomes more important than what He does in me,in the shortest time I wear out.While many Martha ministries are wearing out of energy,resources and life, Mary ministries are waxing strong daily because of the impact of God’s Presence.
Acts 4:13,”When they perceived that they were uneducated, ignorant men they realized what being with Jesus has done for them.”
When the world looks at the church who do they say we have been with? I will tell you-RELIGION and DENOMINATION.
The world must see Jesus to be awestruck.
The Apostles had no great learning from the conventional institution of their day, but they had the greatest institution in the universe educate them.Those who attend the class of Jesus become first class in life.
After every great learning I gain from the library and books if I do not strive to be taught by God’s Presence, at best I end up a parrot re-echoing what other men have said.