Saturday, June 11, 2011

Practicing the Presence of God

What is practicing the presence of God? It is being continually aware of God’s presence through out our day’s and nights. So intensely personal and so passionately in love with you is our Heavenly father that he is with you continuously every moment every day, eager to respond to your prayers and praise. You mean everything to him. If you struggle to believe this, I understand. The intensity of God’s personal love and devotion to you is so mind-boggling. Begin the long journey to grasping the magnitude of this truth by remembering the torturous death the Lord of glory willingly suffered, just to be on intimate terms with you.

God welcomes each of His children with open arms. He makes no exceptions. He has no exclusions. The greater the sinner, the wider are His arms open to His child. Our Father wants us to know Him.

So why for hours at a time do we daily ignore the most precious person in our lives? Why is it that, often despite our best intentions, we rob our Lord and ourselves of priceless privileges by pushing the most astounding person out of our consciousness for hours at a time? He never leaves our side and yet our mind is continually wandering away from him, not only ignoring him but actually forgetting that he is even there.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus. . .

2 Corinthians 10:5 . . . we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ

Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Psalms 34:1 . . . I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. KJV

Psalms 71:8. . . Declaring your splendor all day long.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray continually

Of course, for each of these themes there are numerous supporting references scattered throughout the Word of God.

These scriptures provide us with a multitude of reasons for practicing the presence of God. Not only are these reasons for us trying: they are reasons for believing that we can achieve this goal. God clearly wants it, since he has emphasized it in the Bible, and if the Almighty wants it, he will t empower us to achieve it.

Why should we practice the presence of God?

One of the most staggering and life-changing statements in the Bible is Jesus saying about himself, “I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.”John 5:30

Let the impact of those words shake you to the core. If the eternal Son of God could do nothing without Our Father God, how great our moment-by-moment dependence upon God must be! Life is just too complex for any sensible person to dare attempt the tiniest task without involving God.

Through out the Word of God are many streams related to continually reminding ourselves of God’s presence.

I’d like you to read two Scriptures with new eyes:

Numbers 15:38-40. . . Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say of the LORD, He is]my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Living in the presence of the Most High  gives us the safety and sovereign protection of the Almighty God  which is a security that compares to nothing on earth.

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