From the beginning of time God has desired a people who would want to
abide with Him. A peculiar people, who want more than just the knowledge
of God. A people who desire to intimately know Him and are willing to
lay down their lives, their wills and desires, in order to have that kind
of relationship with God. Throughout the scriptures we see the picture
of Gods love and desire for this kind of people who will be set
apart unto Him, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus
19:6). In his book, Let us Abide, Judson Cornwall walks through Psalm
15 and gives a guideline of how we must adjust our lives in order to dwell
in the presence of God Most High.
Oh Lord, who may abide in Thy tent?
Who may dwell on Thy holy hill
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a reprobate is despised
But who honors those who fear the Lord;
He swears to his own hurt, and does not change;
He does not put out his money at interest.
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent ,
He who does these things will never be shaken.
Have you ever found yourself moving from Sunday to Sunday or conference
to conference seeking those mountaintop experiences in the
presence of God, only to find your life unchanged after the climatic experience?
God uses those experiences to stir in us the desire and hunger for His
presence and to motivate us to seek after Him for an abiding relationship.
But in order to have this kind of a relationship with God we must be willing
to have our lives adjusted by Him. Judson Cornwall gives five different
areas of our daily lives that need to be adjusted: walk, words, will,
works, and wealth. Step by step he examines the scriptures and describes
Gods plan for us in our daily walks in Christ.
Judson shares many of the personal struggles and trails that God brought
him through. It encouraged my heart to read how the Lord used different
circumstances to conform this man of faith and draw him into an abiding
relationship. In conclusion to this book Cornwall writes Until I
came into an abiding relationship with God, I had been a frustrated worshiper.I
could sing and praise, but I could not really worship. But as I learned
to dwell in God, I found worship becoming a second nature to me. It was
as natural as responding to the tenderness of my wife. It was fulfilling
and gloriously satisfying. While praise so often was an effort controlled
by my will, I found worship to be a nearly spontaneous response of my
spirit to God when in His presence. Nothing can ever move the abiding
one from participating in the exhilarating worship of God the Father,
God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; so let us abide!
The Lord is returning for a bride without spot or blemish. We must be
willing to lay down our lives and the pleasures of this world if we want
to dwell with God and intimately know Him! If it is your desire to truly
know Christ and to live a life worthy of the calling I am
convinced that this book will be an encouragement as well as a stirring
to keep you seeking after the truth. Many times while I was reading I
had to stop (sometimes mid-sentence) and just start worshiping the Lord
and praising His name because of the things He was stirring in my spirit.
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that
He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.(2 Chronicles
Let Us Abide!!!