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Renewing Your Mind in God’s Word

The journey of renewing our minds is a process. It doesn’t occur in a moment or two. It takes consistent, daily moments with Jesus over time. Nonetheless, it is one of the most beautiful parts of our journey with Him.

How can we do our part in this? By spending time with Christ in worship, prayer, and meditating on His Word.

Renewing our minds with God’s Word helps us grow in faith, hope, love and all the fruit of His Spirit. As we spend time studying and meditating on His Word, we will experience transformation through His truth and by His Spirit.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Father God loves to set us free from lies we believe and wrong mindsets we struggle with. He wants to transform our perspective concerning Him, ourselves and others. He even wants to help us not be led by our emotions when they are about to lead us astray.

Do you need peace in your life, freedom from fear and anxiety, an attitude adjustment, or other things?
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Experiencing God’s Presence: Four Keys

Whether you are in a season of the fireworks of God’s love or a time when you seem unable to feel His presence, here are some keys to experiencing His presence both tangibly and supernaturally!

Key #1: Heart Posture

Our ability to engage with God in relationship is most influenced by the posture of our hearts before Him. Are we willing to set aside time to tend the garden of our life with God?

Often we are preoccupied with action and progress as we gauge our growth with God, but this is not the most important. The inner life hidden behind our faces—our hearts, minds, and wills—is where God desires we first pursue Him and is the source of every word we speak and every action we take. Continue reading

God’s Presence: What Is It Really?

As Spirit-filled believers, we are accustomed to hearing the phrase “God’s presence” or “the presence of the Lord,” but do we truly know the meaning of this phrase? Have we even pondered it?

In order to truly seek God and worship Him, we must know what, better yet, who we are seeking. I have a sense that some in the Body of Christ think of differing things when they think of “His presence.”

Is it a feeling? No, but at times we can tangibly feel His presence or our physical bodies are touched in an obvious way by His Spirit. Is it something “oily” (the anointing) or electric (dunamis power of the Holy Spirit) in the atmosphere? No, but there can be tangible manifestations of God in the atmosphere.

So what does the phrase “His presence” actually mean? It’s so simple. :)

His presence is His Person. It is God Himself! Profound, I know.

(This post is not meant to be an ethereal, deep devotional about God’s presence, but about the simplicity of what that means so that we can truly experience a closer, more intimate relationship with Him.)

If we are seeking a feeling or some tangible experience that we see as defining the experience of His presence more than we are seeking Him in intimate fellowship, we may completely miss the true depth of connection and communion we can have with Jesus.

He definitely encounters us and tangible things can happen. We see things in the Spirit as He opens our eyes and we hear Him speak within our spirits internally or He shows us what He is saying through a vision. However, this is not our basis for defining the experience of His presence anymore than for example, someone hearing me sing means we have had quality time together as friends.

You’ve heard, felt and/or seen with your spiritual or natural senses, but have you actually connected to God and interacted with Him intimately?

Think of it this way: Say you call a friend on the phone, and they say they can’t talk at the moment because they’re visiting with a guest. This means that they are in the room with the guest, and even more so, it means they are with the person spending time with them, talking to them, complimenting or encouraging them, etc.

Furthermore, in thinking along the lines of having guests stay overnight, it means you are sharing your home with them, giving them a place not only to interact with you in close quarters, but they also eat with you and rest there in your home.

Jesus wants to have His home in our hearts, and us to have our home in His. The Lord wants companions and friends, not simply distant acquaintances who just want to feel the good vibes in the room because He is there. Jesus wants to be our Best Friend and Highest Priority, just as we are His. He wants to be with us, and He wants us to be with Him.

As we worship together as the Body of Christ or have our time alone with God in the Secret Place, I pray that Father God will help us to realize and live out the experience of His presence that is mainly about being with Jesus, our Bridegroom and Best Friend, the Lover of our Souls. In this, we can truly enjoy His presence, and allow Him to enjoy fellowship with us.

When you pursue the Lord’s presence, remember what you are truly seeking: to spend time with Him. Ask His Holy Spirit to teach you to fellowship with God.

Remember that the tangible, manifest presence type of experiences may come and go, but God’s Spirit dwells inside of our spirits all the time. His indwelling presence is always with us. We can encounter God’s presence at any time, even when in the midst of our daily tasks we can turn our minds and hearts toward loving conversation with Him. Learn more about fellowship with God’s Spirit.

Know that because of Jesus you can come boldly into the throne room of grace to spend time with your heavenly Father! He loves you so much. As you seek His presence with this understanding, you will find that your connection to Christ becomes even deeper and your friendship with Him grows more and more.

You will show me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy,
at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11 (AMP)

When You Don’t Feel God’s Presence

You may be in a time in which God’s presence seems absence and His voice silent. Know that even though things may feel this way, God is working in and around you. You’re never alone, and He will never abandon you.

Father God is loving on you even still, and drawing you closer to Him in faith. Keep going in your pursuit. As you seek Him, you will reap His blessings. God desires to strengthen your heart to press onward even still.

Keep going in your pursuit. Don’t give up!

In the Word, God speaks that we walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t navigate through this journey based on what we see or feel, but by confidence in God and His promises to us:  for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]” (2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP).

Hebrews 11:6 goes on to define this more deeply:

But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.(AMP)

God truly rewards those who seek Him with diligence. This truth does not change even when we are not feeling His presence or experiencing His love in a way we can sense it emotionally. His heart for us never changes, and His love for us always remains.

He will make Himself known to you more, it’s a promise! This may not happen immediately, or even in a week, but He promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him:

Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 AMP)

When You Don't Feel God's Presence
When you don’t feel God’s presence or hear His voice, speak forth the truths shared here over your soul and emotions.

Do not let your pursuit of Jesus be adversely affected by what you feel or don’t feel, but by God’s faithfulness.

Feed on the testimonies of His faithfulness in your life and those you love, trusting in God that as you delight in Him, He will fulfill your heart’s desires (Psalm 37:3-4). As you continue in your pursuit, even in the waiting, keep declaring out loud your heart’s one great aim just as King David did:

When You said, ‘Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word].’ (Psalm 27:8 AMP)

As you sow into your pursuit of knowing Jesus more intimately, you are reaping of His Spirit of life, even though you may not yet see it in the natural. It’s a sure promise that you will reap what you have sown (Galatians 6:8); in fact, this is a truth that God Himself will not fail to act upon, for He does not lie.

The harvest within your heart is coming, as is the harvest of souls around you who you have impacted.

Though you do not perceive His presence, much more is happening in the spiritual realm of your life than you know. As you pray, angels are sent on assignment because God’s words do not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

Your hope placed in God will bring His response; He hears your cries and brings answers to your prayers. God’s heart is moved by your steadfast pursuit of His heart even in this “dark night of the soul” and He loves to be with you as you seek Him.

Do not allow despair to drown you in hopelessness, discouragement or depression. Keep pressing into God’s heart without wavering, knowing full well that He is beautifying His most precious garden inside of you!

Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 AMP)

To Be Possessed by God

We want to be so possessed by God that we live out of His heart and thoughts, not our own. We want to be laid down lovers of God, as Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries expresses this.

Our number one focus must be intimacy with God (relationship), and living as ones who seek first His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33). May we be a people of one thing:

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4 AMP)

Our words, our worship and our prayers are far more powerful than we realize.

The Lord has such a calling on our lives to be vessels of His presence in this world, bringing His love and truth to others. We can change the atmosphere as His people, bringing His light, hope, truth and love into every situation.

When we speak His words, they are powerful in bringing life and bringing change! We are called as ambassadors to further His Kingdom on the earth as it is in Heaven.

Put on Love

As representatives of Jesus in this world, we must share the truth in love and not wound our own. We must be careful not to even come to conclusions or assumptions before we have all the information. Above all, we must remember that God alone knows each and every heart, and we must put on love:

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].” (Colossians 3:13-14 AMP)

When we love and bless even those who don’t have everything right (and probably we do not either!), their hearts will be convicted by God’s Spirit and touched by His love.

The Lord is faithful to answer when we pray for Him to change their hearts or work in a particular situation. They will be more willing to hear what we have to share from the Lord, possibly even being set free by His love and truth.

Let us go on to be lovers of God in every way: How we interact with Him and others, how we think and speak, and how we walk and act.