Thursday, October 17, 2013

Experience God's Presence

I want you to grow closer to God. To experience the kind of relationship with him where you will never feel alone, discouraged or frightened. Start by asking yourself: Do I have a relationship with God and do I believe He is with me? If you have answered yes and yes but still feel alone, there are some things you can do that will help you experience God's presence.

  1. Be honest with God. God Himself said, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jer. 33:3) Tell God that you're no experiencing his presence. Ask Him to confirm in your heart the promise of his presence.
  2. Talk to God. The apostle Paul put it simply: "Pray Continually" (1 Thess. 5:17). People today stay in touch with their friends by talking and texting continually. It's as if they never left the person's presence. And it's the same with God. The more you talk to God about all the affairs of your life, the more real His presence will become. 
  3. Spend time with God and others who know Him. How contradictory is it to never spend time with someone you say you want to be close to? Yes, God is with you but you need to want to be with Him. Wherever you sense the presence of God best, pursue it. 
  4. Believe that what God says is true. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says "We live by faith, not by sight." You have to incorporate into your belief systen the truth that God is with you. That means the battlefield is your mind. You may feel onely, but in truth you are not. God is with you, just as He promised. 
The longer you walk with God, and the more time you spend with Him, the more confident and secure you will become in His presence. You will be living your life by faith rather than by feelings. Once you are secure in the vertical dimension of your relational life, you will know who you are. Regardless of what happens in the horizontal realm, you will know you are never alone.

(Excerpts from When You are Down to Nothing, God is Up to Something

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