God is not a floating thing out there; he is more real than the picture right now in front of you. The reality of the presence of God is perceived with our spirit. The reason this is important is because of our need to change, to be transformed and we cannot create transformation as a self-contained entity, we need to engage with the presence of God to experience change.
Jacob could not have changed himself from Jacob to Israel (Genesis 32:24-32). He needed to engage with the presence of God, over a night time to be able to have that change, and receive the label of a prince with God, and change from a swindler.
Another dimension that the presence of God brings to our lives is the possibility of walking and living in the supernatural; that is your lot when you engage with the presence of God in every way you can, because he is supernatural. You can do that in the word of God, in the place of prayer. By proclaiming the word of God over your situation, you activate the presence of God because God and his word are one.
We need to realise that the word of God is just as powerful as God himself, so we need to give it the required respect. Our valuation of the word of God is equal to our valuation of God himself. When we treat the word of God with disdain we cut ourselves off from the presence of God.
The activation of the presence of God is via his word. Peter recognised this saying to Jesus: where can we go because you have the words of eternal life (John 6:68).
The presence of God is in the manifestation of the His spirit and power. Paul said that he is not after just speaking words to the people, but through the divine words that he speaks, he seeks to manifest the spirit and power of God, to manifest the presence of God (1Corinthians 2:1-5).
If you are not committed to truth of the word of God, you cannot be trusted with truth. To the limit that you focus on the truth of God that is the limit of the concentration of the presence of God in your life because God and His truth cannot be divorced.
It is time we de-emphasise feeling and emphasise the truth. Some people make the error of attaching the presence of God to certain feelings. Truth does not follow feeling neither is it defined by it, we need to follow truth, that is when our feeling will be right. That is the reasoning of the matured.
Feeling is located in our body but truth in our spirit, casting an influence on our soul and by extension the body. God is primarily located in our spirits.
The Colossian Christians were told that they should set their minds (a place where truth should dominate) on things in heaven and not on things on earth (Colossians 3:1-2). They should be heavenly minded and not earthly minded. They should not be carnally minded but spiritually minded. This is because what goes on in our minds is what will determine what will go on in our lives in the manifestation of the presence of God or other contrary manifestations.
The psalmist rebuked the foolish saying: there is no God in their thought, in their mind (Psalm 14:1). Therefore to the limit that there is God in our mind, with his truth is found flourishing there, it is the limit of our experience of his presence in our lives. Remember it is not feeling first, it is truth first.
We were told to let the word of Christ dwell richly in our hearts so that His presence can flow from our lives (Colossians 3:16-17). He cannot manifest himself beyond his truth that we have embraced. When Jesus was in his home-town, he could not do much; he could not manifest his presence fully because of the limit of the truth about him they were ready to embrace, which found root in their hearts (Mark 13:54-58). He did not do much healing there.
There was a problem with their expectation. This shows that the presence of God and the expectation level of the people for it, are correlated. That is why “asking” is a very important part of our relationship with God (Matthew 7:7-8). “Asking” shows that we have a longing, we are expectant, we see him as our source, and we value Him.
The bible says that we will we seek God and find him if we seek him with all our hearts (Deuteronomy 4:28). David describes the presence of God as water and himself as the deer, saying: as the deer pants for the water brooks so my soul longs after God, for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2). As far as he was concerned his life depends on God, and he is energised, sustained by his presence.
As Paul said: “in him we move and live and have our being (Acts 17:28),” meaning that he is our natural habitat. Our existence is derived from him. He is essence itself. That is why it is in the presence of God that there is fullness of God and his right hand pleasures forever more (Psalm 16:11). Joy is quality of His presence.
In his presence we are empowered, that is why Daniel was told that those who know their God will be strong and do exploit (Daniel 32:11). Knowing God comes from experiencing him, experience his presence, because it is difficult to really know someone afar off. Enoch did not have an “afar-off” relationship with God (Genesis 5:24). We have it on record that Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him. God took him from glory to glory as he beheld the glory of the Lord, being near to Him.
We need to be engaged in the activities that activates the presence of God experientially through prayer. Paul said that we should pray with all prayers in the spirit (Ephesians 6:18). Isaiah said that he who waits upon the Lord in his presence (takes their time there) will renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).
- Practicing the Presence of God (theupsidedownworld.com)
- The Game Changer: Living in the Presence of God (nightshade130.wordpress.com)
- In God’s Presence (outofmycomfortzone13.wordpress.com)
- Memories of Presence… (beardedhac.wordpress.com)
- Psalm 51:10-11 – Forgive my ways Lord. (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
- When God’s Not Speaking – 1 Samuel 3 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)
- What the Presence of God Exposes (mubiana.com)
- Be Joyfully Impressed By The Awesome Presence of The Lord God (adisaadeministries.wordpress.com)
- Living in Constant Presence of God (bibletweets.wordpress.com)
- What is spiritual death? (altruistico.wordpress.com)