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For the past few months, Nate and I have been reading a book together and chatting about it weekly. Spiritual Authority by Rob Reimer is structured around the ideas that “spiritual authority is rooted in identity, expanded in intimacy, and activated by faith”. The book does a deep dive into each of these concepts as it seeks to reveal how we can develop our spiritual authority and release the Kingdom of God into the world. Dr. Reimer goes on to explain that “spiritual authority is the capacity to touch Heaven and change the outcomes of earth... [and to] invite the presence of God to intervene and move our mountains.” 

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Not too far into the book, a key idea stuck out to me that I continue to think about in my day to day as I walk with God. This idea is to seek His face first, rather than seeking His hands. Or simply put, seek His face. Dr. Reimer writes in his book that “we need to attend to His presence; our lives must be characterized by His presence, saturated with His presence. We must develop a face-to-face intimacy with God that allows us to touch Heaven and change earth. We need to press so deeply into His presence that we carry His presence... We must learn to be deeply intimate friends of God....”. He goes onto share that during his early days in ministry, he began to realize that his one irrepressible need in his life was the presence of God; that he needed to learn how to seek His face first rather than seeking His hands. 

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As I began to sit in this for weeks and unpack this, it spoke volumes to my relationship with God and has shifted my perspective on how I walk with Him. In ministry, and really anything in life, it can be so easy for us as humans to bring our own ideas to the table. We have a plan, a structure, and an agenda; all from our own strength and humanness. Once that is set, we seek out God’s hand to be within the ideas that we brought to the table. All we ask for is God to move. We often forget about spending time with Him. It is crucial to first seek His face - His friendship, and intimacy with the Creator. Seeking His face. For myself, seeking His face is beginning to shift into a posture of awareness of His presence. Being in silence and solitude, and stilling my soul is a tough practice, but it is so worth it in the journey to know my Creator in a deeper way. By allowing myself to seek His face, I have opened myself up to a new type of awareness of His presence as I press deeper into intimacy with Him. 

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To seek His face is to spend time being familiar with how you are aware of God’s comforting presence joining you for the journey of your every day. 

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My question for you is then: are you making seeking His face in intimacy a number one priority? What does seeking His face mean or look like to you? 

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“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend...” 

Exodus 33:11

 

 

 

 

Ashley Galvin

Director of Pre-Teen Ministry