// Michael Cameneti
DOES SUCCESS ever seem out of your reach? If so, your life may be missing an ingredient. And adding this one ingredient will help you become successful.
That missing ingredient is probably not what you think. But it is necessary if you want to receive the promises of God in every area of life.
We find this missing ingredient in Romans 3:18: "There is no fear of God before their eyes." To fear the Lord means to have a wholesome dread of displeasing Him. Another side to fearing Him involves reverence. Every Christian should practice reverence for God every day.
Reverencing God is simply acknowledging that He is in you wherever you go. That attitude of awareness will keep you in a position where He can continually move through you in every situation.
You Are a Carrier of God!
Because people don't stay in constant fellowship with God, they feel as if they have to "work up" to Him to get Him to move on their behalf. God doesn't need us to make Him willing to help. He's always ready and willing to show His power on our behalf. The problem lies with us. We forget that we are carriers of God, because He is always with us.
An excellent example of this is a great man of God who lived during the beginning of the 20th century. Sometimes when he stepped onto a train, people immediately fell to their knees and repented of their sins!
Why did that happen? God's presence in this man's life became so strong that people were convicted of their sins just by being around him.
All Christians are carriers of God, but not all Christians reveal His presence in their lives. We play a part in how strong God's presence is in us. That is where reverence comes in.
First Corinthians 3:16 says, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" As we reverence God, this awareness of the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence begins to affect every area of our lives.
Many Christians put on a good act when they're around other people. But behind closed doors, they're involved in sin. They mistakenly think that if no one knows what they do, they'll be OK. They can live a lie only as long as they don't acknowledge God's constant presence.
Once they start acknowledging God's presence at all times, they'll quit doing anything that displeases Him.
God Is Always With You
Something happens in a person's life when that person continually practices the presence of God. Hebrews 12:29 says, "Our God is a consuming fire." Just as fire consumes everything in its path, God burns up sin in the lives of those who yield to Him. Sin loses its grip on them.
The key is to be consumed with God and His presence—to keep uppermost in our hearts and minds the awareness that He is in us.
Make it a practice to acknowledge God everywhere you go and in everything you do. This can be done. It just takes a quality decision to start.
As you acknowledge God, you'll become sensitive to Him and begin hearing His voice more clearly. This will allow Him to lead and direct you throughout each day.
The stakes couldn't be higher. Deciding whether to walk in the fear of the Lord will determine the outcome of your life. What kind of harvest do you want to reap? An unending cycle of unanswered prayer and chronic defeat? Or an upward climb toward prosperity and success as you reverence God each day?
[Editor's Note: Michael Cameneti is founder and senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Canton, Ohio.]