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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)

God’s Rest in the Here and Now

The other day I asked God for an acronym for “rest” (that is, trust and rest in Him), and this is what I felt He spoke to me:

REST = Reserve Established by the Spirit of Truth

I shared this with a friend, and he shared with me an acronym using the word “busy” – which actually describes the counterfeit of true rest in God:

BUSY = Being Under Satan’s Yoke

If we are resting in God, we’ll have a reserve of energy in every way at all times! His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will do just as Jesus said – Guide us into all truth and reveals to us the things and words of God (John 16:13), comfort us, counsel us, help us. He will point our eyes to Christ in all things (John 15:26).

God fills every part of us with His Spirit: “they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4)– our “souls” mean “our minds, will and emotions,” every part of us as well as the Spirit of God living inside of us! He will remind us of who we are as believers–children of the Living God saved by grace. He will teach us continually about who God is and who we are in Christ!

We’ve no reason to worry, fret, doubt or have any concern! God carries all our burdens if we let Him and renew our minds with His truth. He–the Uncreated One who created all things–holds everything together, and takes care of it all! Let us have holy UNconcern! (I heard this at a conference this weekend.)

Some other “R-words” come to mind as well:

  • Righteousness
  • Rest/Restoration
  • Reliance (dependence on God)
  • Rooted (in Christ)
  • Right Response (because rest and trust in God are just that!)
  • Reality (of living in complete trust with God)
  • Renewal/Renewed, Refreshing/Refreshed, Revival/Revived
  • Relaxed (we can be because God has everything under control!)
  • Redemption/Redeemed
  • River (as in “Rivers of Living Water”) – John 7:38

“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
(John 7:38 Amplified)

“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints…”
(Ephesians 1:17-18 Amplified)

Can you think of any more “R-words” or related things to add to what has already been shared? Feel free to respond!

Fixed on Jesus

There is such a longing growing in me. A longing for God. A longing to pray night and day, to seek Him at all hours. A longing to worship Him with all my heart, all focus completely and utterly on Him. To be so in tune with God and for Him to be glorified in every moment, every place, every day.

Maybe it’s a longing for me to be living in Christ more and more deeply each day. I know that God is guiding me there: “…He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Maybe it’s partly the groaning that Paul speaks of in Romans 8:23: “…we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.”

Let me dive in more and more, Lord.

I’m one of those creative types to whom the “atmosphere” where I read, write, sing and seek, or the people I am pursuing God alongside, makes all the difference. It doesn’t feel like it should exactly be this way (after all, God is with us wherever we go (Psalm 139:8), but it’s there.

Leaving home to study or write in a cafe is a helpful change of pace and place. Getting out of the usual place and pace of things can help me be even more deeply focused.

At times this comes by gathering with friends to seek God in intercession and worship. All  of us know that there is power in gathering with other believers to unite in prayer and to worship Jesus!

I want to live a life of continual and intentional focus on God and the mission of Christ. I don’t know how, except to let His Word penetrate deeply, and to just go for it–to seek after Him! Just to press in, seeking God with all I can muster at any given moment–yet not getting caught up in striving–but being still, knowing that He is God (Psalm 46:10), that He is my God–the lover of my soul–who wants me all for Himself and for His glory. I want to be that. I want to be solely fixed on the One and Only Giver of life (Jeremiah 32:38-40). I want to be steadfast, focusing on the One Thing–the One–Jesus Christ!

That is my prayer.

“O GOD, my heart is fixed (steadfast, in the confidence of faith); I will sing, yes, I will sing praises, even with my glory [all the faculties and powers of one created in Your image]!”
(Psalm 108:1 Amplified)

“Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.”
(Colossians 2:7 Amplified)