Posts Tagged ‘Divine presence’

time for godYou would think that someone who takes the time to get up on a Sunday morning and go to church, would want to be there wouldn’t you?

Well, I recently heard of someone who did exactly that, but then 45 minutes into the service started making comments to their neighbour that it was “going to be a long meeting” all because the meeting had been going for 45 minutes and the leader hadn’t started the sermon yet. They finished by adding that “this was ridiculous”!

Personally I find it ridiculous that someone who had obviously gone to church of their own accord not only thought those things, but that they actually shared their thoughts with their neighbour! The meeting in question was apparently one in which everyone there (or almost everyone!) felt God’s presence right from the start of the service, and that the comments from this individual were an unwanted interruption to their neighbour’s spiritual experience with God that day.

Maybe this individual had gone to church that morning out of habit or duty, which isn’t in itself wrong – I myself admit that I’ve attended meetings (Salvation Army services) sometimes just because I felt I should, rather than because I’ve wanted to be there. However on many of these occasions I have been glad I made the effort to go as God has drawn very close to me during these times.

I just don’t understand why someone who obviously didn’t want to be at a service felt it acceptable to disrupt other people’s experience of God? Were they so self-absorbed that they didn’t notice their neighbour felt God’s presence very close to them, or did they simply not care what their neighbour was experiencing?

So please, if you take the time to go to church, even if you don’t necessarily want to be there, be sensitive to those around you, God may be speaking directly to them, and passing comment about how long the service is  or even about what is being preached really is not helpful.

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore ~ Psalm 16:11

Do you believe you are in God’s presence? I believe that wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, I’m in God’s presence, because God is all around me, always. Even when I’m not thinking about Him, He is with me.

Why? Because He loves me and wants me to be who he planned for me to be, where he’s planned for me to be.

Are you living in God’s presences, just where He wants you to be?

PRAYERWhat changes you I hear you ask?

Prayer!

How can prayer change you?

When we spend time in prayer, we are showing our faith in God. By praying we enter into His presence and in doing so we become forever changed by His unquestioning love for us, so that we start to become who God wants us to be. The more we pray, the more our spiritual understanding of God increases and often means things we considered problems, no longer seem to be such big issues any more.

Of course this isn’t always the case, as when we suffer trials and tribulations we can often feel like God isn’t there and isn’t listening to our prayers. Even so the very fact that we are praying despite our doubts and insecurities shows our faith in Him, and that ultimately helps us grow spiritually, even though at the time we probably don’t realise this.

So today it’s time to change, get praying, and get closer to God!

 

Sometimes I think that we should keep Sunday’s special, however most of the time, I must be honest, I see no reason why we must keep Sunday’s “special”.

My first question to you is this, what do we actually mean when we say “keep Sunday’s special”? Special in what way?

If we mean that we should keep Sunday’s sacred, I would want to know why we are singling out Sunday’s to be sacred – Shouldn’t every day be sacred!

As Christians God expects us to act in a Christ-like manner every day, and to do our best to be more and more like Christ in everything we do. Therefore that’s a 27/4 job, not just a job for one day a week, a Sunday.

Maybe part of the reason why some think we should keep Sunday’s special is because they see less and less folk acting like Christ each day, so feel there should be one day every week that we focus on Christ. i.e. a Sunday. But for me, that actually is the best reason why we shouldn’t keep Sunday’s special. i.e. If people are struggling to see Christ in their everyday lives, isn’t that the best reason we could possibly have to show them more of Christ everyday.

In conclusion, I don’t think there is any need to keep Sunday’s special, because I truly believe every day in God’s presence is a special day for me…and it can be for you too!

Ever been on holiday and sat either late at night or early in the morning, sitting looking out over the sea, at the calmness of the water, with just the noise of the sea lapping on the sand and the sound of a few birds or insects? If you’ve ever experienced it you will never forget it, it is so peaceful and so relaxing.

Have you rowed out into the middle of a deserted lake or loch and then just sat there looking around you taking in the scenery? Stunning isn’t it, and so tranquil.

What about just being alone in your home, wearing your jammies and curled up on the sofa with a blanket, with no TV, radio, CD playing in the background? Isn’t that quietness awesome!

It’s good to be able to sit and just listen to the sounds of nature around you, instead of the busyness of our everyday lives. It’s during times like these that we can focus our minds on the important things in life, and even make important decisions about our future.

During these times of quietness is also when we should spend time enjoying being in God’s presence and thanking Him for all the amazing things He does for us.

How often do you spend a few minutes in complete quietness? I must admit I don’t do it very often, maybe together we can make a promise today to spend more quiet time with God.

‎Our awareness of God’s presence may falter, but the reality of His presence never changes

Isn’t it funny how sometimes when life maybe isn’t going our way we find God can be furthest from our mind. The thing is, God never does leave us, He is there with us at all times, through all things.

 

The sixth piece of music I listed in Music to Touch Our Hearts is the song Lord I Come To You (The Power of Your Love).

This song first really touched me when I was away with Bellshill Band in 2003 on our tour of the Netherland, Germany and Belgium. It particularly reminds me of the service we did in Seraing (Belgium) on the Sunday – In the afternoon we had a march of witness and then in the evening we played in a packed and overflowing hall. What sticks in my mind is the atmosphere in the hall during the meeting, it was electric – We were all very much aware of God’s presence with us that day. Despite the obvious language barriers we faced, the message of God‘s unquestioning love for all of us no matter what our background.

Even after the meeting as we headed back to our base on the coach, we were all still very aware of God’s presence. We all joined together in singing a number of songs/choruses, of which this was one…and again it really moved me.

The few months leading up to the band tour had been difficult for me and little did I know at that time, the few years to follow weren’t going to be any easier. This song became even more special to me over those years as it reminded me of God’s constant presence in my life and His constant love for me.

Even now, every time I hear this song am still get very emotional as it continue to give me reassurance of God’s presence and His love for me.

you can read more about Bellshill Salvation Army Band‘s Easter Tour 2003 on the news page for the tour on the band’s website

Lord I Come To You (The Power of the Cross)

Lord I come to You
Let my heart be changed, renewed
Flowing from the grace
That I’ve found in You
Lord I’ve come to know
The weaknesses I see in me
Will be stripped away
By the power of Your love

~ chorus ~
Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love

Lord unveil my eyes
Let me see You face to face
The knowledge of Your love
As You live in me
Lord renew my mind
As Your will unfolds in my life
In living every day
By the power of Your love

(repeat chorus twice)

And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love
(repeat)