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Steve Porter: "A Quest for Hidden Treasure"

Steve Porter, Rochester, NY
Jan 21, 2024


"Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me." (Psalm 42:7)

Beloved, as we journey in our walk with the Lord, let us not be content with just knowing Him as our Savior alone. For there is a depth of His presence waiting to be explored, like uncharted waters waiting to be discovered. Imagine the depths of the ocean, the vastness and the mystery that lies beneath the surface. That is how we can picture our relationship with the Lord. Just like how we take quiet moments to dive into the ocean and explore its wonders, let us take those quiet moments to dive into the depths of our relationship with Him.

The Lord longs to reveal Himself to us in a personal and intimate way to show us His heart, and to take us by the hand and lead us into the depths of His presence. Let us take that step forward, beyond just knowing His blessings and into knowing His depths. For in knowing Him more deeply, we will find ourselves transformed by His love and grace. In this article we will explore more on this beautiful revelation.

To Know His Depths

Many in the Body of Christ are content to know the Lord as their Savior, while some have desired to go a little further and know Him as the one who answers prayers, heals them, supplies their needs, and uses them to minister to others. Some are satisfied with only the "feeling" of His anointing, not realizing that the Lord is seeking to reveal Himself to them in a far deeper, more personal way. Beloved, there is MORE! Much more! Move beyond His hands—beyond His blessing—and into His arms. He is waiting for you to reveal His very heart! Oh, how Jesus desires to take you by the hand and lead you into the depths of His presence. To know His depths—this is what we are after (Psalm 42:7).

The Nearness of the Lord

The nearness of the Lord is something every heart longs to experience, even if many are not conscious of this. The world often distracts us from knowing who He really is and what He desires for us. Yet, there will always be souls that hunger for His love and seek Him wholeheartedly. Before anything was created, God was the only source of life in existence; He is self-sufficient and has no need of anything outside of Himself, and yet He longs to be near to us, and that's why the one who earnestly searches for God with all their heart will truly know His nearness. They will be able to call Him friend. (Photo via Unsplash)

This understanding provides such comfort in knowing that our God longs to have an intimate relationship with us. What an honor it is that God would desire to walk with man! He is our Creator, and He loves His creation. He is our Father, and we are His children. What a wonderful thought that the God of the universe would want to have a relationship with us. The experience of His nearness brings a strong assurance that we are valued and beloved by a heavenly Father. Take comfort in this knowledge, as it will bring deep peace and joy to your soul.

The joyous recognition of Him in our lives brings us into an abundant, deeper life. No matter where you are in your relationship with God, remember that He wants you to know His nearness. He longs for you to recognize Him in your everyday life and joyfully come back into deeper fellowship with Him. Don't give up on your relationship with the Lord; He's always ready and waiting with open arms.

Quiet Moments

The Lord is always seeking to reveal Himself to us, and one of the ways He does that is by isolating us from the noise and distractions of the world. When we are alone with Him, we can more clearly see His hand at work in our lives and come to know Him more intimately. The sounds of the world are hushed, as if beckoning us to leave them behind and respond to God's solo invitation. The quiet moments we spend with Him are some of the most precious, for it is in those times that our souls are thirsting for His living waters. And as we draw near to Him, He promises to satisfy our deepest longing for Him.

So let us listen for the still, small voice of the Lord that is calling us away from it all, so that we may recharge in His presence and come to know Him more deeply.

There is something wonderfully intimate about the Lord's call to come away. Can you hear the sacred call to draw near?

"My beloved speaks and says to me: 'Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.'" (Song of Solomon 2:10)

A Quest for Hidden Treasure

Here are some scriptures on knowing the Lord more deeply and experiencing His nearness:

"You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)

Just as a traveler on a quest for hidden treasure must seek it with all their might, so must we seek the Lord with all our heart to truly find Him. It is only by casting aside all distractions and focusing our entire being on seeking Him that we will discover the riches of His presence.

"O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, beholding Your power and glory. Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You." (Psalm 63:1-3) (Photo via Rawpixel)

Just as a thirsty traveler in a barren wilderness longs for a cool, refreshing stream of water, so does our soul yearn for the Lord's presence. When we behold His power and glory in the sanctuary of His presence, we are filled with the recognition that His steadfast love is better than anything this life can offer, and our heart overflows with praise.

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..." (James 4:8)

Just as a magnetic force draws two objects together, so does our decision to draw near to the Lord activate His response to draw near to us. When we take the initiative to move closer to Him, we can trust that He will respond by moving closer to us in turn.

"You have said, 'Seek My face.' My heart says to you, 'Your face, Lord, do I seek.'" (Psalm 27:8)

Just as a lover longs to gaze into the eyes of their beloved, so does our heart long to seek the face of the Lord. When we answer His call to seek Him with all our heart, we are drawn into an intimate relationship with Him where we can behold the beauty of His face and know Him more deeply.

"I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death." (Philippians 3:10)

Just as a seed must be buried in the ground to bring forth new life, so must we be willing to identify with the Lord in His sufferings in order to experience the power of His resurrection. When we choose to die to ourselves and live for Him, we become like Him and are transformed into vessels of His love and grace.

Let us hold fast to these scriptures and pursue the Lord with all our heart, knowing that He is always waiting for us with open arms.


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Steve Porter
Refuge Ministries


Steve and Diane Porter have dedicated their lives to helping others experience a deeper relationship with God. Through their work with Refuge Ministries and Deeper Life Press, they have created resources that touch lives all over the globe. Steve has a special anointing to bring forth the deep truths of the Spirit, and his books, articles, and videos have helped people draw closer to God. The Porters live near Rochester, NY, and their greatest joy is to share the incredible love of their wonderful Lord.

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