Practicing the Presence of God
(God’s Stress Protection)
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ as you read this article. May He give us understanding.”
Psalms 16:11 ....... In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 21:6 …… You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.
God is everywhere present at the same time. God is omnipresent.
Jeremiah 23:24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?" says the LORD; "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the LORD.
Psalms 139:7-10 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? (8) If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell (the grave), behold, You are there. (9) If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, (10) Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.
We cannot escape the presence of God while we live on earth. He is everywhere. He sees us. He knows us. He loves us. Therefore, He is available to us. He reaches out to us. He cares about us. And all of us who receive Christ will live in His loving presence forever.
We also live in a fallen world filled with troubles. Jesus said:
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Tribulations, traumatic situations, difficulties, lies, hatred, murder, theft, scheming and much more are the results of sin entering the world when the original couple chose human knowledge over relationship with God. This has caused us to live in a stressed filled world. However, Jesus has overcome the world. Our loving Father has provided a way for us to live without all the stress we see in the lives of so many people. It is the way of life God has provided for those who live in the Kingdom of God.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
The Apostle Paul begins all his letters with Grace and Peace to you. Peace is sorely lacking in many Christians. God wants us to walk in peace. When Jesus first appeared to His disciples after the resurrection the first word He said to them was Peace.
John 20:19-21 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." (20) When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. (21) So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you."
So how do we walk in peace in a troubled world? Answer: We need to focus on God. The world is constantly seeking to knock us off course by distracting our attention away from God and on to surviving in life. When that happens we need to reset our compass and find our true north again. How do we do that? Let me share with you two powerful practices that will help you refocus on Truth.
The Pause That Refreshes
When you are in the midst of a busy day and you feel the stress building, pause for a few moments and focus on the presence of God. As we have already stated God is everywhere present. So, heed what God says in Psalm 46.
Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God……
Here is a way to do that: Close your eyes. Relax. Take a deep breath. Quietly say, “Be still and know that I am God” Take another deep breath. Focus on God. Focus on His love. Focus on His presence. Focus on the fact that He is in control. He’s got this. Say it again. Know that He is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Now feel the stress drain away.
I make it a practice to do this when I wake in the morning and when I go to bed at night as well as when needed during the day. He created me to partner with Him on earth. He is with me! I am not alone. I need to be still and know that He is God. He is in control.
When you have longer than a few minutes, take some quality time and Meditate on God. A full explanation of Meditation is given in the Life Book (page 41) and in the Coaching Manual (page 72). The more you meditate on God the less stress you will have.
For Coaches of the Significant Life: One of our objectives as a significant life coach is to help our coachee stay focused on God. Jesus said, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy (Romans 14:17). When we depart from evil and walk uprightly, live in peace and are truly happy, then our light shines brightly and the world will see our light. Staying focused on God is the only way to do this.