How to Feel the Presence of God?- 40 Truths!

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Tiny and I were married on April 7th 2010, it’s 2 years already! I am thankful to God everyday for letting our paths meet. And certainly marriage has been an awesome learning curve.

i don't feel God, feeling God,

It didn’t take us long to understand that an external situation could effect the perfect peace of the relationship if we only let it affect us. There were many times, Tiny would look at me ask, “What’s going on?” And she did not have to be rocket scientist to understand when something was bothering me, it certainly reflected in my communication with my wife.

This is no different in our relationship with God. There are some questions that are repeatedly asked to me, and one of them is from somebody that is struggling to feel the presence of God.
They’ve let something come in the way of the relationship with God and now they are struggling to get back and feel the presence of God again. Add to that, many a time your own mind plays the devil by sowing more doubt.

Truth is that as long as you are dependent on ‘feeling’ God, the chances are you will be disappointed repeatedly. Why? Because feelings can be deceptive. You feeling nice does not mean you are in the right, you feeling nothing does not mean you are in the wrong.

When your heart is not in the right place(with sin or anxiety), it is then more difficult to feel God, but that does not imply that God left you. It only means your heart is synchronized with Him and you need to silent yourself, go back to Him and He’s waiting for you with all His heart! Therefore it is required to rise up beyond our feelings and trust God every day.

I once wrote here on, “The Duplicity of Depending on Feelings“. I certainly believe we should not depend on feelings. However, with this post I want to take you through some truths that will help you in understanding how we can be more sensitive to God.

Please take some time and let these simple truths soak into your heart. I’ve tried to keep it precise and direct:

  1. The distance you feel from God is the result of sin.
  2. Fear, guilt and shame follow sin.
  3. satan is the accuser that will challenge your walk with God with fear, guilt and shame.
  4. When you truly repent of your sins – Jesus promised to forgive them.
  5. As long as you live on this earth you will have temptations.
  6. To be tempted is not sin, to give into it is sin.
  7. The secret of the standing man is that he got back from where he fell last.
  8. Never quit running to God – as God has never quit on you.
  9. The key to walking with God is to continually pursue God everyday.
  10. You need God’s grace and mercy everyday. Therefore go to Him everyday.
  11. How long should you ask forgiveness? Till sin does not rule you anymore.
  12. The devil will use guilt and shame to stop you from asking God’s forgiveness.
  13. The devil will use guilt and shame to suggest that you continue in sin as God is mad at you anyway.
  14. The devil will then sow hopelessness in you to do more than what you have already done as you have sinned and lost it anyway.
  15. The key is to keep going to God no matter how miserable you feel.
  16. The Bible also commands you to flee sin. That’s not an option.
  17. You must also call upon the name of the Lord “with those with a pure heart.” Right fellowship cannot be compromised.
  18. Give no excuse for your sin. Call sin a sin. Not weakness or any other names.
  19. Remember again, the secret of the standing man is that he got back from where he fell last. This has to be everyday process to spiritual maturity.
  20. Hold yourself accountable with a leader. Not someone who can cause you to be tempted again. Find a matured and God fearing leader to hold you accountable.
  21. Stop living sin conscious and live God conscious.
  22. Yes, flee sin but more importantly pursue righteousness in the Holy Spirit.
  23. Renew your mind with the Word of God. 
  24. Read the Word of God till it becomes an integral part of you.
  25. Yes, God can do it overnight, but you must first stop quitting overnight.
  26. This is a process and the Holy Spirit is your helper. He knows your trouble more than anybody else and can help you more than anybody else, go to Him. Depend on Him!
  27. Soak yourself in the presence of God. See this image on why we don’t hear the Shepherd’s voice.
  28. Take time to forget everything around you and worship Him with whatever songs you know.
  29. Just love Him, talk to Him like you would talk to your best friend.
  30. Don’t worry about what you feel. He promised to be there till the end of the days and thats all what is important. Give importance to His word over how you feel! (Don’t listen to the lie of the enemy)
  31. Meditate on a Word from the Bible today. Ponder over it. Love it. Read it. Write it. Celebrate it. Enjoy it. Share it. Make it a habit.
  32. Again, please don’t worry about what you feel and how feel God. Enjoy His word.
  33. Don’t forget to pray. Ask the Lord to keep you from evil and give you grace to overcome temptations. Talk to the Lord about the Word you read.
  34. It is not about doing it once, it’s about your consistent walk with God. Do it till walking with God becomes a natural part of you.
  35. Whether you feel Him or not, you are His child, and that settles it, take time to thank Jesus today.
  36. Stop praying and reading your Bible with the attitude of getting something in return. But do it because you love doing it, irrespective of whether God blesses you or not!
  37. Enjoy the knowledge that God loves you more than how your natural feelings tell you. Begin to thank God for His love and mercy.
  38. Remember, there is nothing you can do to gain His love – He already loved you 2000 years ago on the cross, now simply soak in it.
  39. There is nothing you can do to deserve His grace – it’s truly undeserving, simply learn to surrender into His arms.
  40. Now when you reach here, do it all over till you don’t need to have a blog post to tell you that irrespective of your repeated failures you are loved by God, and that He is waiting for you with His arms wide open. Don’t let your emotions rule you, let the fact that God is never-changing rule your heart.

Thats all now, don’t wait for more. Tell the devil to get lost and thank God for His grace, mercy, love and presence irrespective of how you feel!

Enjoy Jesus!

Discuss: What has been hindering you from walking with God? What have you picked up from this post? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/SujjuPrasad Sujju Prasad

    wow.. ! i think the key is not living ‘sin conscious’ but “CHRIST conscious” !
    the only one who can condemn you is Jesus ! but he would not ! ! cos He is at the right hand of God ! Pleading for us ! :)  – Rom8:34 -
    ” O…  how He loves us !  “

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Spot on!!!

  • Sujju Prasad

    wow.. ! i think the key is not living ‘sin conscious’ but “CHRIST conscious” !
    the only one who can condemn you is Jesus ! but he would not ! ! cos He is at the right hand of God ! Pleading for us ! :)  – Rom8:34 -
    ” O…  how He loves us !  “

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Spot on!!!

  • Niyati Prajapati

    Thank you brother Shyju for this wonderful blog, It is more than sharing and simply as god has revealed his heart to you at each and every step.

    I am curious to know what is it – to pursue righteousness in the holy spirit? 

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      To pursue holiness outside the Holy Spirit is for us to fail miserably. Thank u sister!

  • niyati prajapati

    Thank you brother Shyju for this wonderful blog, It is more than sharing and simply as god has revealed his heart to you at each and every step.

    I am curious to know what is it – to pursue righteousness in the holy spirit? 

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      To pursue holiness outside the Holy Spirit is for us to fail miserably. Thank u sister!

  • Shannon Sarote

    I was feeling the same ,but its high time that i stop to feel and love and trust God ,irrespetive of anything.Thanks Shyju for this Post 

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Shannon.

  • Shannon Sarote

    I was feeling the same ,but its high time that i stop to feel and love and trust God ,irrespetive of anything.Thanks Shyju for this Post 

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Shannon.

  • Prajay_007

    Thanks lot brother for the post

  • Prajay_007

    Thanks lot brother for the post

  • Niruba

    Thank you so much for the post BROTHER SHYJU!!!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Niruba.

  • Niruba

    Thank you so much for the post BROTHER SHYJU!!!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Niruba.

  • Roshan_raibagi

    Wow thank u sir for the encouragement, can u plz teach more about renew of mind for instance Lust ,negative thinking etc thank u praise god

  • Roshan_raibagi

    Wow thank u sir for the encouragement, can u plz teach more about renew of mind for instance Lust ,negative thinking etc thank u praise god

  • divya

    awesome post….glory to God ….. before reading this post i was exactly thinking about this only… how Great is our God …..
    nothing will bother or make us feel guilt until and unless we put full Trust on HIm…
    Lets lean on to God rather than leaning unto our own….
    give fully to God…..
    PRAISE GOD

  • divya

    awesome post….glory to God ….. before reading this post i was exactly thinking about this only… how Great is our God …..
    nothing will bother or make us feel guilt until and unless we put full Trust on HIm…
    Lets lean on to God rather than leaning unto our own….
    give fully to God…..
    PRAISE GOD

  • Bernadine Wicket

    Wonderful post !!! It’s good to begin each day with getting into the Presence, acknowleding our weaknesses and grey areas and allow the Holy Spirit to deal with each area and soak in His word. 

    Awesome tips above to keep from temptation and sin and grow closer to the Lord.

    Blessings

  • Bernadine Wicket

    Wonderful post !!! It’s good to begin each day with getting into the Presence, acknowleding our weaknesses and grey areas and allow the Holy Spirit to deal with each area and soak in His word. 

    Awesome tips above to keep from temptation and sin and grow closer to the Lord.

    Blessings

  • Nicholas..pillai

    thanks a lot sir for this post..n i really agree this 40 truth .and i have feel that.and i have feel  presence of god lots of time in my life  …jesus always be with me..sir  and i have feel thats presence jesus..there is a lots of testimony in my life of jesus…n we had met in ahmedabad in  Riseup meeting…last year..nicholas…pillai

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      My pleasure. Thanks Nicholas.

  • Nicholas..pillai

    thanks a lot sir for this post..n i really agree this 40 truth .and i have feel that.and i have feel  presence of god lots of time in my life  …jesus always be with me..sir  and i have feel thats presence jesus..there is a lots of testimony in my life of jesus…n we had met in ahmedabad in  Riseup meeting…last year..nicholas…pillai

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      My pleasure. Thanks Nicholas.

  • Sylwetek

    Great post!
    Thank you for sharing
    Your sister in Christ!
    God blessed you

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Sylwetek. Thank u.

  • Sylwetek

    Great post!
    Thank you for sharing
    Your sister in Christ!
    God blessed you

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Sylwetek. Thank u.

  • Prachi2704

    very helpful this content was for me on how to get more near to god , thank you god bles you

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Prachi

  • Prachi2704

    very helpful this content was for me on how to get more near to god , thank you god bles you

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Prachi

  • http://twitter.com/Lerryson Christy Lerryson

    KEY FOR WINNING CHRISTIAN LIFE ..THANKS BROTHER…

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Very welcome Christy

  • Christy Lerryson

    KEY FOR WINNING CHRISTIAN LIFE ..THANKS BROTHER…

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Very welcome Christy

  • pianistforchrist

    I’m struggling in this area and after reading this post, i’m so thankful to know again that God still loves me after i ignored Him many times. I’m determined to change my attitude and to live a life that is God-pleasing. Thank you Bro Shyju for posting this :)

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome! Glad!

  • pianistforchrist

    I’m struggling in this area and after reading this post, i’m so thankful to know again that God still loves me after i ignored Him many times. I’m determined to change my attitude and to live a life that is God-pleasing. Thank you Bro Shyju for posting this :)

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome! Glad!

  • maximus

    i can’t say i was the worst sinner in the world , but i was pretty well in its grip for many years and in many forms. For me the journey has been long and sometimes painful . Addiction after addiction some of them too weird to mention;
    My truth is i got the “gift of desperation” which took me to a place of complete teachability. Thats when my journey really began. The 40 points listed on this blog are pure & true and surely God given. I guess some folks get it without having to taste hell . others, like me, know what hell is like & simply don’t want to go back there. Jesus is great , The Holy Spirit lives in me , and Together with the Father they love us beyond measure of human expression . What s not to lay hold of ?Blessings

  • maximus

    i can’t say i was the worst sinner in the world , but i was pretty well in its grip for many years and in many forms. For me the journey has been long and sometimes painful . Addiction after addiction some of them too weird to mention;
    My truth is i got the “gift of desperation” which took me to a place of complete teachability. Thats when my journey really began. The 40 points listed on this blog are pure & true and surely God given. I guess some folks get it without having to taste hell . others, like me, know what hell is like & simply don’t want to go back there. Jesus is great , The Holy Spirit lives in me , and Together with the Father they love us beyond measure of human expression . What s not to lay hold of ?Blessings

  • julie

    really really its true. I am a born again Christian just started in my steps with Jesus. Then and there i do feel that i am alone; i lose feeling of His presence with me. I get confused. I pray and pray. But now i now that He nvr leaves me along. I learned to feel His love even wen i dont feel His presence. Jesus is always with me; guiding me loving me pampering me and i hug with tight with all my heart.

  • julie

    really really its true. I am a born again Christian just started in my steps with Jesus. Then and there i do feel that i am alone; i lose feeling of His presence with me. I get confused. I pray and pray. But now i now that He nvr leaves me along. I learned to feel His love even wen i dont feel His presence. Jesus is always with me; guiding me loving me pampering me and i hug with tight with all my heart.

  • Genesis Epaenetus Akarii

    thanks sir.. I felling so good after read your blog..
    God Bless you more sir.
    .

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Thank you for sharing with us. Remain firm in your pursuit for God and his presence. God bless

  • Genesis Epaenetus Akarii

    thanks sir.. I felling so good after read your blog..
    God Bless you more sir.
    .

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Thank you for sharing with us. Remain firm in your pursuit for God and his presence. God bless

  • Emma

    my thoughts and seeing others better in there walk with God when i feel down and God isnt picking me up , makes me quit then i do and come back

    • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

      Emma, be encouraged because Jesus loves you the way you are and nothing in this whole creation can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Know that if any thought brings you into unnecessary condemnation and makes you feel that God isn’t bothered is clearly not from God.

      Also somebody has out it this way: Comparing has brought more people unhappiness than they could ever imagine. Each one goes through their own valleys and mountains in their walk with God. By isn’t it comforting that we all are running the same race and our goal is the same? Be encouraged. God bless u.

  • Emma

    my thoughts and seeing others better in there walk with God when i feel down and God isnt picking me up , makes me quit then i do and come back

    • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

      Emma, be encouraged because Jesus loves you the way you are and nothing in this whole creation can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Know that if any thought brings you into unnecessary condemnation and makes you feel that God isn’t bothered is clearly not from God.

      Also somebody has out it this way: Comparing has brought more people unhappiness than they could ever imagine. Each one goes through their own valleys and mountains in their walk with God. By isn’t it comforting that we all are running the same race and our goal is the same? Be encouraged. God bless u.

  • Bini Mathew

    Thankyou for this post. Just happened to go through today. There used to be times i depended on my feelings. Used to think that today i didnt get that feeling so may be God didnt hear me today or the Holy Spirit is not by my side. It was killing my peace and happiness. Slowly Jesus made me realise that its not about my feelings rather how much i put my faith in His Word. His Word says He will never leave or forsake and Holy Spirit lives in us who are Gods temple. If i go by feelings, then am not truly standing in Faith. If i wait for a feeling to know Gods presence then where is my faith in His promise? Am glad God helped me through this. Now i live my life peacefully in His Word and promises despite what i feel. Felt really happy to read this post. Thankyou and may this be a blessing to all who read.

  • Bini Mathew

    Thankyou for this post. Just happened to go through today. There used to be times i depended on my feelings. Used to think that today i didnt get that feeling so may be God didnt hear me today or the Holy Spirit is not by my side. It was killing my peace and happiness. Slowly Jesus made me realise that its not about my feelings rather how much i put my faith in His Word. His Word says He will never leave or forsake and Holy Spirit lives in us who are Gods temple. If i go by feelings, then am not truly standing in Faith. If i wait for a feeling to know Gods presence then where is my faith in His promise? Am glad God helped me through this. Now i live my life peacefully in His Word and promises despite what i feel. Felt really happy to read this post. Thankyou and may this be a blessing to all who read.

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