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Presence of God - Part 1, Entering His Presence
Miles McPherson - February 8, 2015

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What if you could walk into a room and be in the presence of God? What if you found God sitting in a chair, so that you could truly experience His presence, hear His voice, and be impacted by Him?

Everything we do as Christians needs to be done from the presence of God.

He’s with you, but do you know it?

Every person is always in the presence God because there is nowhere He is not, but today we are speaking of being aware of His presence, connected to Him, impacted by Him.  He’s with you, but do you know it?

Presence of God: The awareness of being overcome and transformed into the heart of God.

As we begin ouir church-wide 21-day fast today, we are reminded that our daily bread is the presence of God, not Bible study, prayer, or worship. (We need those things, too, but without God’s presence they have no impact.)

Here are five ways to enter into His presence:

1. Acknowledge His presence. Genesis 28:16

Everywhere you go, God is right there.  Acknowledge Him!  His Word tells us to knock and the door will be opened, to seek Him so that He may be found.

2. Prepare your heart through confession. Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12

Ask God to reveal to you the sin in your heart and your actions.  Ask Him to forgive and cleanse you.  Approach God in a quiet place, acknowledge His presence, and ask Him to draw you close.

3. Remove distractions with fasting. Matthew 4:1-11

The reason we are fasting is to draw closer to God. Some may fast food, social media, a sinful behavior, watching television, sports, sugar,  or other things, but we are not fasting to lose weight or to be healthier. Those can be good benefits, but the reason for our fast is to grow closer to God.  We want to remove distractions so we can enter into His presence and interact with Him more closely.

Our daily food is not bread.  It is the presence of God!  When you break your dependence on food, you find out what food has to do with your dependence on the Lord.

If you are fasting, establish a food plan, spiritual goals, and a time and place to meet with God, read the Word, and pray. 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Psalm119:9-11

To find our more about the church-wide fast or to sign up, visit this link

4. Welcome His presence with praise and thanksgiving.   Psalm 100:2-5

Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:2-5

We should approach God with gratitude and praise for who He is.  Even you have a lot of stress in your life in that moment, you can acknowledge that God loves you and can work in and through your life.  Give your burdens to him, stay in His presence, and wait. 

5. Wait, pray and listen. Acts 1:7-8

The hardest part for us is waiting, but we need to wait and listen for God to speak and move in His own time.  Practice stopping, deep breathing, sitting in the quiet and waiting for Him.

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Acts 1:7-8 

Presence of God

This 3-part series answers the question, How do we get fed spiritually? In Part 1, Pastor Miles talks about the presence of God as the awareness of being overcome and transformed into the heart of God. He discusses five ways to enter into the presence of God.

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