The Very Presence Of God

I once heard one definition of Heaven as where God is and one definition of Hell as where God isn*t. Someone wrote a book entitled Practicing the Presence of God. We ought to practice knowing about it and concentrating on it. Simply being aware of His presence is a wonderful thing. I had trouble with a couple of bullies when I was a young child. When one of my big brothers walked with me past the homes of those bullies I was not afraid of them. And no one ever dared to bully me in the presence of my father. But the presence of Almighty God is better than the presence of my big brothers or my father.

God is always present in the hearts and lives of His children. What a glorious truth! What a glorious privilege! Do we know about it? Do we know how wonderful His presence is? Do we focus on it? Do we recognize it? Do we enjoy it? Is it the best and most important thing to us? Do we go into His presence often? Do we live continually like He is with us? Living as if He is not in us, with us and near us is a miserable existence. Do we want His presence or don*t we? Do we try to hide from His presence?

Genesis 3:8: And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Ephesians 2:18: For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Hebrews 10:22: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Psalms 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Acts 17:27: That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Romans 8:38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 17:20: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

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