Godly Bubble (Revised)


        "Come out with your hands up, you are completely surrounded!" I never thought I would spiritualize that phrase, but that is how the Christian is to approach the beginning of each new day - hands up in surrender and praise, acknowledging God's presence all around us.

        In Isaiah 52:12 God's presence is positioned before and behind the believer.

"for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard." 

He prepares the way and protects the Christian's blindside. Therefore, the Lord takes care of a lot of unseen needs in the believer's life. Hindsight has revealed in my life that many times I was the one that got in the way of God's plan and/or protection.

        In Psalm 91:7, David speaks about a thousand falling at the believer's left hand and ten thousand at the believer's right hand. God's protective presence is displayed on either side of the believer.

"A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you."

        Also in John 14:26, John uses the Greek word parakletos as the descriptive word for the Holy Spirit who comes alongside of the believer as a counselor, comforter, advocate, and/or representative of the believer to God and God's Word to the believer.

"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."

        In Psalm 119:105, David says to the Lord,

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

David uses an analogy of two different kinds of illumination to express God's light, presence and word in his life. The "lamp" is used for illuminating near-sighted objects and a "light" for the long distance "path". The Christian needs the Holy Spirit directing or illuminating the daily steps and granting the believer vision for the future with the light on the path of life.

        In Deuteronomy 32:11 God is depicted as "an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft." So, Christians have divine protection and care from above also.

        Jesus speaks about the importance of His presence in the believer's life when He says,

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

        The Lord provides a protective bubble of His presence around His followers, but He also permeates the inside of this bubble. Paul addresses the Christians in Corinth concerning this, telling them that God's Holy Spirit is also within the believer.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;" - 1 
Corinthians 6:19

        Recognizing God's presence everyday and remaining thankful is a wonderful start to remaining in Him and Him in us so that we bear much fruit. Christians not only receive protective watch and care while remaining in Christ, but are productive for the kingdom in doing so.

        Above, below, in front, in back, left, right, or within - God's Presence completely envelopes and consumes the believer. Whether or not you deem yourself worthy of God's company, He has promised never to leave or forsake those who believe in Him (Heb. 13:5). In addition, for those that practice His presence daily, remaining in His ways, His favor is the result. The Christian lives life by recognizing and taking an active role in living, moving, and having our being in Him while Christ surrounds or envelopes the believer with His presence through a Godly Bubble (Acts 17:28).