GOD'S PRESENCE IN OUR LIVES
How using faith in everyday life enables each of us to recognise
God's presence there and build our belief in him.
1. INTRODUCTIONImportantly, if you have not done so already, please read the small article, “Sound Faith” before going on. 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 to your life 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 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. 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 belief in God 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 article,“God’s 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 God’s presence there as well. Some of the most powerful evidence of God’s very existence is available in the Church’s Born 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.
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.
Before moving on, I want to make it clear that, although I know
God can make our lives more 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 God’s
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
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”.
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’!
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.
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” 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 the deep
relationship that God wants to have with each of 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.
will explain that in other 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!)
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”.