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.
Importantly, please read the small article, “Sound Faith” before going on, if you have not already. It offers a framework for: building that level of sound faith, proving God’s
existence for yourself as a result of applying that faith to your life,
and receiving the potential benefits of his power there as a result!
Essentially, the use of ‘faith’ in everyday
life, within every
aspect of our lives, can provide us with the opportunity to experience God’s
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 as a beginner Christian. But I maintain that 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.
Yes, 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.
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 both belief in God and our faith by recognising his presence in
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 articles,“God’s presence in the Church” and “Why we go to church” for an overview of why.
As I stated in the article, “How to believe in God”, the
primary aim of most churchgoers, as committed Christians, is to worship
God. For beginner Christians, the Church is a critical place to attend for building
knowledge of God and our
relationship with him, i.e. it guides us all in our search for Bible
based knowledge. We need that knowledge to guide us into developing “a relationship with God”; and understand how to apply faith to our lives.
And, to varying degrees
dependent on what type of church we attend, we can certainly witness
and experience evidence of God’s presence there as well. Some of the most powerful evidence of God’s very existence is available in the Church’s Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement.
Becoming a true member of a church does also offer us a ‘sanctified’
relationship with Jesus. And that is such a special point in our faith
journey ... when we are ready for it of course.
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.
firstly trust or suppose
that God is there through faith,
and then gradually move on to fully using the two-way personal
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.
The fact of the matter is that when we do open our lives to him, in
this manner within our journey of Christian faith, the evidence that flows to us does in turn give us benefits. So, yes we
get the evidence we need to believe in him, and we gain positive benefits in our lives from the use of faith as
a result. Of
course there is more to Christian faith than just thinking of
ourselves, but none-the-less he emphatically wants to lovingly walk
with each of us through life!
are indeed life changing benefits available to practising
Christians, but faith as such does come with responsibilities on our
part as well. That becomes clear as our Bible based knowledge grows. Again I do need to make it clear that faith is not just about what we can
get out of it for ourselves. No, it’s not ‘all about me’!
Before moving on, I also want to make it clear that, although I know
God can make our lives more purposeful 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 God’s
help of course. No, my view of contentment with life for us Christians, as a result of our 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
The rolling dice of chance, and our own poor choices, can
both impact us negatively at any time in life. Those issues, relating to life’s hardships, and how God can
assist us when they do occur, are discussed in the article, “God during hard times”.
4. OUR ACTUAL SEARCH
my own research and life experiences, there are
two common areas where God’s
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 God’s
presence in our lives. I have also included some
advice on how to hear God’s own ‘still small voice’ . All these subjects are discussed in articles which follow in this section of the website. Please take your time, as life permits, to read and then put them to the test. Build your own evidence-based belief.
You will also notice how a number of articles, later in this section, explain where God’s 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”.
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 the deep
relationship that God wants to have with each of us. These people can
miss out on the level of contentment and freedom that God intends us to enjoy in life. But, it is up to each of us to take that step if and when we feel we are ready. All I can say in encouragement is it is worth it!
will briefly explain all the above in simple words. From my evaluation of the actual
outcomes of faith, 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, beneficial and thereby obvious when
we do choose to enter into a deep, trusting and committed relationship
with him. (I am sorry for the length of that sentence!)
Indeed, greater contentment with life
is a major outcome of faith. Our lives are
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.
Let’s get into it then!
Continue to the next article, “God’s guiding hand”.