Soaking In The Presence Of God
The practice of being in his presence, soaking in the presence of the Lord
Do you desire to live in God’s presence 24/7? If you want to enter His presence, simply look to Jesus. Jesus is anointed to make the presence of God real to you.
Being hungry for His presence and desiring to be in the presence of the Lord on a daily basis should be our greatest priority… just to be with Him and seek His presence with all our hearts. We all live in His presence all the time, (“In Him we live and move and have our being” Acts 17:28) but not many people are aware of it.
While God is omnipresent, and His presence is always with us, we long to experience Him in some way. When we talk about experiencing the presence of the Lord, we are talking about the realization of God’s presence – of perceiving His presence and being conscious of Him. “Practising His presence” through worship is one of the ways this can happen. God has promised that as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us and we will experience His presence in ever increasing measures.
My prayer is that as you spend time at The Secret Place, you will have an encounter with the Presence of the living God.
Worship That Brings Down The Presence Of God
Practicing the Presence of God... Soaking in the Presence of God
God is omnipresent, meaning that He is everywhere at all times. David said in Psalm 139:7, “Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?” He concludes that there is no place that we can hide from God’s presence – He is everywhere and sees everything. Because of this we can know that we are never alone and that He shall never leave us nor forsake us.
Abiding in the Presence of God - How to Live in the Presence of God
As well as being omnipresent, God also dwells in the believer. The indwelling presence of God is given to all who believe. “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16.
However, His omni-presence, and the indwelling of His Spirit, does not stop us from longing after the Presence of God. How can we long and hunger for something that is already all around us and dwells within us? When we talk about experiencing the presence of the Lord, we are really talking about the realization of abiding in God’s presence – of being able to perceive His presence and becoming conscious of Him. It is as much as case of increasing our awareness of His presence as it is an increase of His presence itself.
Experiencing the Power of God
Although God is always with us, it is obvious that there are times when His presence is with us in greater measure, and we experience God’s intimate presence in a greater capacity. The manifest presence of God is what brings power. God's manifest presence is what changes lives and reveals the glory of God.
Ushering in the Presence of God - How to Bring Down the Presence of God
God reveals Himself to those that earnest seek Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). If we want to walk in the presence of the Lord, then we need to be practicing the presence of God. One of the major ways we can do this is through worship. By placing ourselves before Him in a place of adoration, we make room for Him, and through focusing our attention on Him, increase our awareness of being in the Presence of God in our lives. Learning how to soak in God's presence through worship is one of the most valuable things we can do with our time. God has promised that as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us and we will experience Him with us in ever increasing measures. This how to abide in the presence of God, by abiding in worship.
Abiding in God's Presence through the Word of God
Another way to abide in the presence of God is to practice abiding in His Word. Jesus said, "if you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, you will ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you." This is because abiding in Him means we will ask according to the Father's will. Jesus is always present with His Word. Abiding in the word of God will always bring an increase in the sense of His manifest presence.
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Pursuing the Presence of God - Recommended Resources
The Practice of the Presence of God: The Original 17th Century Letters and Conversations of Brother Lawrence
Brother Lawrence (1614 to 1691) was a monk who today is most commonly remembered for the closeness of his relationship with God, as recorded in this little book. He spent almost all of his adult life in solitude, poverty, and obscurity within the walls of a priory. He was known for profound peace and high commitment to Jesus Christ. He cared not for the worldly status of his tasks, but the motivation behind it. "We can do little things for God," he wrote. "I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God." Generations after his death, this book has become one of the most popular Christian books in history. It was oft quoted by John Wesley and A.W. Tozer, and today tens of millions of copies are in circulation.
Brother Lawrence's personal conversations on how to get into the presence of God:
Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
The Secret Place: Passionately Pursuing His Presence, by Dale Fife
Do you hunger to live in the presence of God? Do you yearn to know the Father's heart in an intimate way? Do you desire revelation and passionate encounters with the Almighty? Do you long to spend time in the Secret Place, getting to know the Father in a deeper way? This book will lead you into that place of revelation, the place that will satisfy your hunger for more of God. If you long to experience a greater intimacy with the Father, The Secret Place will draw you in and change your life!
The God Chasers, by Tommy Tenney
What are God Chasers? God Chasers are people whose passion for being in His presence press them to chase the impossible in hopes that the uncatchable might catch them! Throughout the pages of history, chasers such as Moses, David, Paul, Job, A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill, and countless others shared one common bond - an insatiable hunger to know their Lord. Add your name to the list and become a God chaser. Who knows? You might be one whom God catches!
The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence, by James Goll
The presence of God is meant to be more than just an occasional event during Sunday morning worship - you are meant to live in God's presence! In The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence, James W. Goll uncovers ancient and nearly forgotten keys to deeper intimacy with Christ Jesus while revealing the ease of working with Christ instead of for Him. Through this book, you will rediscover the lost precepts of Biblical meditation, contemplative prayer, and waiting on the Lord and learn how to apply them in your own life. Most importantly, you will gain inspiration for your own intimate walk and the courage to spread the fire of His presence to everyone around you!
The Practice of God's Presence, by Andrew Murray
Is something missing from your Christian life? Do you long to feel God's presence and experience His power? Andrew Murray's scriptural insight makes it easy for you to know God. Discover how to have a dynamic, joyful relationship with the Lord. Live every day, every hour, in intimate fellowship with Him. Not only can you have an effective prayer life, but you can also experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit, a blameless heart, and absolute power over sin. The supernatural life God has called you to is available right now!
Experiencing the Presence of God, by Charles Finney
Does your heart long to live in God's presence? Do you struggle to maintain a daily relationship with Him? Learn to continually be found in the very presence of God as Charles Finney, one of America's most influential writers on revival, reveals how you can receive strength to overcome the things of this world, as you daily experience the presence of God.
Hosting the Presence of God, by Bill Johnson
"As we become faithful to host the presence of the Lord, we find a tension between two realities—that He has been given to us without measure but that we set the limits of that measure. Though all of the measurements are set up on our end of the equation, we can experience the measure of presence we are willing to jealously guard. Whatever you will jealously guard, that is the measure you will have on a consistent basis. All measurements in the Kingdom exist for us to pursue increase. The whole Kingdom is based on this principle: the faithful use of what you have been given is what qualifies you for more." - Bill Johnson