The presence of God
There is a great misconception of the presence of God. As a young believer I’d often hear people say things like, “I feel the presence of God.” That always made me feel behind, because I did not feel that presence. As I grew older I began to feel that presence at times. More recently as I was ministering God began to minister to me concerning this issue. He said to me “My presence is not a feeling, it should be knowledge to you.” What I understood is, you do not need to feel God for you to know that he is with you. Scripture proves this 1 Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
2 Deuteronomy 31:8, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
3 Joshua 1:5, No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
4 1Kings 8:57, “May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may He never leave us nor forsake us.”
5 1Chronicles 28:20, David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.”
6 Psalms 37:28, For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. “They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;”
7 Psalms 94:14 “For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.”
8 Isaiah 41:17 “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”
9 Isaiah 42:16 “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
10 Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Many ministries are not moving forward, because people are waiting to “feel” the presence of God. Are we such a faithless generation that we have forgotten that, we should walk by faith? Faith becomes that substance, that evidence, that knowledge that even though you may not hear or feel God, he is with you. Take the Lord at his word and move forward brethren. We are in the last quarter, there is no time to function on “feelings”. It is time to know God. It is time to understand and seek God.
Father we thank you for even when we do not feel you, we know you are with us because you have said so. Grant us grace to always walk in this knowledge. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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