aboutiam




| | | | |


GOD'S PRESENCE IN OUR LIVES

How using faith in everyday life enables us to recognise
God's presence there, and build our belief in him.


-----------------------------

1.    INTRODUCTION

It is suggested that readers should first gain an overview of how to build faith and belief in God by accessing the article titled, “How to believe in God”, before going any further. That article provides a very brief description of how: to learn what God offers us through faith; to create a relationship with him; to understand how and where his presence can effect us; to soundly evaluate evidence of his presence; to walk in step with him through life; find real personal freedom for ourselves.

Essentially, the use of faith in everyday life, within every aspect of our lives, can provide us with the opportunity to experience Gods presence there, as he attempts to provide loving care to each of us. Now, I know well from my experience, that last statement might be hard to grasp and to accept. But I maintain that the fact of the matter is: the Bible explains to us who God is, what he wants of us and how we can walk through life with him to our benefit. And it can be proven, to a large degree, by putting our Bible based faith to the test. It just proves itself, as many of the millions of Christians in the world can attest (certainly not just me). Undeniably to those who know him, he is a God of both love and action.

Of course then, we do need to know something about faith first and, following that, we need to know how it can be applied to life.

2.    CAN WE IGNORE THE CHURCH?

You may wonder at this point whether, as Christians, we can ignore the Church? That is, if it is possible to build belief in God by recognising his presence in our day to day lives, are there good reasons why we should join a community of faith: a church? The answer is a firm Yes from my point of view. Please see the brief article,Gods presence in the Church” for an overview of why. Becoming a true member of a church does offer us a sanctified relationship with God. And that is such a special point in our faith journey ... when we are ready for it of course. And, to varying degrees dependent on what type of church we attend, we can certainly witness and experience evidence of Gods presence there as well. Some of the most powerful evidence of Gods existence is available in the ChurchBorn Again/ Charismatic movement.

3.    PLACING THE USE OF FAITH IN PERSPECTIVE

But, getting back to the subject matter of this article, how do we start this use of ‘faith’ within everyday life? Initially, and most importantly, we must just take the first step, no matter how small it may be. We firstly suppose that God is there through faith, and then gradually move on to fully using the two-way personal relationship that we eventually find is available to us. Basically, we look for God within our lives; open ourselves to him and fully engage with him. And when we do, his life changing power will be released there.

Before moving on, I want to make it clear that, although I know God can make our lives fulfilling and contented through our use of faith, I do not support the theories of Prosperity Theology. That theology, with Bible verses taken out of context according to my understanding and experiences, suggests that we can all be totally healthy, wealthy and happy, with Gods help of course. No, my view of contentment with life as a result of faith does not relate to financial wealth, and certainly does not guarantee continually good health. Also, I do not mean that bad stuff will not happen to any of us during our lives either. The rolling dice of chance, and our own poor choices, can both impact us negatively at any time in life. Those issues, relating to lifes hard times, and how God can assist us when they do occur, are discussed in the article, God during hard times.

Again I do need to make it clear that faith is not just about what we can get out of it for ourselves. No, its not all about me! There are indeed life changing benefits available to practising Christians, but faith as such does come with responsibilities on our part as well. But that becomes clear as our Bible based knowledge grows.

4.    OUR ACTUAL SEARCH

From my own research and life experiences, there are two common areas where God’s presence can become clear to us within our daily lives. They are both readily available to people beginning their faith journey. The first is through recognising his guiding and helping hand. The second is through the beneficial use of prayer. These areas, then, are where we primarily look to find evidence of Gods presence in our lives. I have also included some advice on how to hear Gods own still small voice’. All these subjects are discussed in articles which follow in this section of the website.

You will also notice how a number of articles, later in this section, explain where Gods presence in everyday life becomes the most obvious: when our relationship with him grows closer. Relevant articles are: Mature prayer, Trusting God day to day, Trusting God with your life and God during hard times. I am suggesting that once you have built up a basic level of belief in God, it is a good idea to take the next step: work towards a closer, trusting relationship with him. The truth is that many Christians never completely take that step; never attaining that deep relationship that God would like to have with us. These people also miss out on the level of contentment and freedom that God intends us to enjoy. But, it is up to each of us to take that step if and when we feel we are ready.

From my evaluation of actual faith outcomes and their verification from other believers, God not only proves that he exists within our lives, but will also make his presence all the more purposeful and thereby obvious when we do choose to enter into a deep, trusting and committed relationship with him.  

Contentment with life is a major outcome of faith. Our lives are transformed substantially, make no bones about it. I am so confident to write this! Maybe, that looks a bit over the top for you? Well, if I came to believe it so wholeheartedly, I am fairly sure you can too.

Lets get into it then!

Continue to the next article, God’s guiding hand.