THE CONCEPT OF GOD'S PRESENCE

  • Posted : Grace Christos

“For in him we have life and motion and existence; as certain of your verse writers have said, For we are his offspring.”
(Acts 17:28 ) Basic English

Psalms 139:3-10 (The Message )
You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too–your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful–I can’t take it all in!

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute–you’re already there waiting!

The Bible speaks so often about the Presence of God. It reveals that it has always been God’s desire that we are defined from a standpoint of His Presence.

The most common Hebrew word for Presence is “panim” which is translated “face”, implying a close and personal encounter with the Lord.

God’s Presence is where we discover our identity. It is a place where perspectives are made clear, dreams, ideas are birthed. It’s also a place of security and protection.

We do not need to necessarily go somewhere special to experience His Presence. We are called to worship Him, and live guided His Spirit within us.
-Tabitha Jonah

The Presence of God is an aura of His personality. It is God Himself.

However, the Presence of God means different things to different people, according to their level of mind renewal.

A man can only best explain the Presence of God according to his level of encounter with Him.
-Jeremiah Idoga

Beyond goosebumps experiences, being slain in the spirit, and other wonderful things we physically experience, the Presence of God is literally His Person, His nature, His possibilities made manifest the Holy Spirit.

It is an extension of God which is made available anywhere; not just in church, and to anyone who knows how to access His Presence.
-David Dam

God’s Presence is the realm of God’s existence along with the possibilities that comes with that reality. It is a realm; not an idea.

Everything that exists, is in God, and He fills up all in all.
Ephesians 1:23 KJV
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The Presence of God is not a space that contains God, but an extension of the possibilities that exist in Him; the multifaceted dimensions of God.
-Jakes Hinjari

The Omnipresence of God implies that the very universe cannot contain the Lord.
1 Kings 8:27 KJV
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
His whole being fills every part of the Universe, and He is present everywhere at the same time in His fullness.
God fills the whole earth…He never comes and goes. He is always present. He is not diffused through out the universe, but present at every point and at every place in His fullness.

Therefore, there is a possibility for every person to dwell daily and perpetually in God’s Presence.
-Amaka Nolise Silvia

The Hebrew word for presence, could be interchanged with synonyms such as face or countenance. And the word countenance also means expression.

The word “presence” could also mean the reality of being in the moment or the fact of being in a particular place.

Having the above concepts defined, it’s quite clear that the presence of God is everywhere, and this is the basis through which we plunge into more profound experiences of His presence.

It is imperative that whether we realize, feel, experience, believe it, or not, God is present with us; He never leaves us!
-Michael Amonieah

It is this realization that led to the concept of practicing the presence of God…

ACCESSING GOD’S PRESENCE.

To access God’s Presence, we must create the Atmosphere conducive for the Holy Spirit to dwell and manifest.

This experience is sustained intentionally cultivating the fruit of the Spirit in our everyday lives.
-David Dam

Psalms 46
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

This is a very assuring text to glean from.
We practice to get ourselves aware of his presence… Not to attract Him… In this practice, we get our souls and bodies in tune with his presence(expressions) and fellowship more intimately with Him.

God doesn’t drift between realms. It is humans who lose consciousness of Him.

Faith is an important part in accessing God’s Presence.

It is imperative to emphasize that if we don’t feel, experience or believe it, it doesn’t change the reality of His Omnipresence… It’s in him we live…

It is in line with the practice that the psalmist says…
Psalms 16:8
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

The word “set” there implies to reckon, to behave, to equalize, to level…

This could imply that he brought his consciousness to the level of the Lord being before him always,: to behave like He is right there, because He actually is… We need to reckon that He is present and yield ourselves to Him…

This also revealed in the name of our Lord, Immanuel
And it is engaged faith…
-Michael Amonieah

Many times, we ask Him to come, like He ever left at some point. Actually, it isn’t “come Lord”…it is for us to access Him. This is because He is already right there where you are. Long before you came, and even after you leave (if you ever do), He will always be here.

Faith produces substance and reality. Whatever you believe becomes your reality. When you connect with His realm, which has become accessible to us, through Christ, we experience the realities of His realm in our daily lives.

This leads us to the second key; Fostering Awareness. This involves consciously including the Lord in everything you do.
In other words, fostering awareness helps to build a consciousness of His Presence within and around us.

Talk to Him daily, involve Him in both trivial and important issues. When you foster this consciousness in you, the Lord begins to include you in His dealings
-Amaka Nolise Silvia

However, there’s another popular word for presence in the Hebrew called “Shekhina” It denotes the dwelling or settling of the divine presence of God and his cosmic glory.

Take note that we’re first aware of His presence before it is settling.

In the new testament, the equivalent of the Shekinah is the indwelling presence of God within our spirits the Holy Spirit. This union is activated at our rebirth.

Our bodies have become the dwelling place of God, the Holy Spirit and our spirits, mingled to the point of unification. We are now one spirit with Him.

As long as you are joined to the Lord… You are one spirit with him, whether you feel it or not, believe it or not, it is true…!!!

We’re not trying to get him settled on the inside, He already is. We just need to connect to this truth faith… The hope of glory… Is Christ in us!!!!
-Michael Amonieah

The very Presence of God resides within us. According to Scripture, we have been made one Spirit with Him.

This reality is so powerful that it makes it possible for us to exercise delegated authority and be gods upon the earth!
This comes through constant consciousness of God within us.
-Emeka Nwokeocha

Believing is a fundamental part of our faith walk, we must believe the Lord and His inspired word to us.

When we drift via sin or in any other way, we lose consciousness of His presence. Like Adam we shrink off in guilt and shame, which could turn into self condemnation and a sense of unworthiness to experience the presence of the Holy and righteous God.

It is important to remind ourselves that Christ became sin… the very thing which could have separated us from His presence, the very thing He couldn’t “behold…” He became because of His great love for us.

It is important that we remember His love is unconditional, without conditions of merits or demerits. Draw nearer to Him; repenting and enjoying the graciousness of our Father’s love.

A few practices that can get our hearts more attuned to his abiding presence and deeper levels of divine experience are:

*Songs of praise, worship and adoration
*Contemplative prayers and fasting

*Study of the word and meditation
Take note; all these things should be engaged with a revelation of His love and overwhelming desire to fellowship with us and that He already came for us so we don’t need to struggle to experience Him, rather to rest in faith in the finished works of Christ.

Let’s go ahead and practice His presence right away, so much has been said in theory already…
Do this in an atmosphere of worship…

Remember He is here, it’s in Him we live and move and exist, so He is all over and around us even in the very air we breathe.

Let this reality inundate your senses, breathe His presence in, yield yourself completely to Him and let Him take over…
The Lord is with us.
-Michael Amonieah

Deep down in every man upon the face of the earth is a longing for the DIVINE.

Our soul cannot resist the power of God. The impact of God’s Presence is the greatest that is, and it is undeniable!
-Jeremiah Idoga

Author: Grace Christos
Grace Christos is a freelance writer, blogger, social media manager and public speaker. Although a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Civil Law; she discovered her passion for speaking and writing, and has been doing so professionally since 2014. Currently the Editor in Chief of Koinonia (Eternity Network International), Life Coach; Life 101 and President of GCB.

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