The Power of Presence

peters milNow when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.  (Mat 8:14-15 NKJ)

Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them. When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. (Luk 4:38-40 NKJ)

If I was looking for a title for this devotion, it would be, ‘Power of the Presence.’ John tells us in John 7:38, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'” (NAS) The power of God’s presence doesn’t just bubble around on the inside but overflows around and about us.  We see in the story of Moses, as he came down the mountain, that the presence of God was all over him.  We read, “Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. (Exo 34:29-30 NKJ)

As for Peter’s mother-in-law, Matthews says that Jesus touched her, while Luke tells us he leaned over her.  Either way, the fever left her and immediately she was well.  We often don’t realize the full potential that we bring, after all, nobody shows up to a party empty-handed.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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