Living with a strong sense of God’s presence is one of the best aspects of being His friend. I can’t believe how long I lived in misery as a Christian because—I didn’t pursue friendship with God. Living without a sense of God’s presence, is the worst hell on earth I’ve ever known.

But, the more I get to know God, the more I become accustomed to His guidance, strength, love and joy; and—a huge void exists when I am not close to Him.

What most often separates me from a strong sense of God’s presence? My pride. My pride dismisses God’s presence and allows the presence of evil to dominate. When I say “pride” I don’t necessarily mean strutting around like a peacock. No, pride often manifests itself quite innocuously. Pride is the desire to live independently from God—which, of course, was original sin. Didn’t Eve eat the fruit because she believed it would make her “like God?” (Genesis 3:4) If she was LIKE God—she wouldn’t NEED God—right?

We do the same thing—we think we can live without God and—this is pride. Our desire to be self sufficient; our desire to live our own way in disobedience to God’s Word—this is pride and when it creeps in–God’s presence bows out.

The Bible says that God “resists” the proud and gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)

Conversely, humility dismisses “self” and exchanges it for God. Our life becomes centered on glorifying Him. We experience HIM—NOT SELF—as our primary source of joy, hope, wisdom, power and love. The experience of His presence is magnificent and incomparable. God gives everything in our life a deeper meaning. The Psalmist wrote: “Thou will show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬)

It staggers my imagination to think that Almighty God has given such a weak and imperfect person as myself—the favor of His presence.

God is the standard for all good—and, without Him–we are nothing. John Piper said: “‘God IS’ means–that nothing that ISN’T God–depends totally UPON  God.” This is the mindset we must develop in order to be close to Him. When God refers to Himself as “I AM,” He is giving us the rich truth about reality: He is the eternally self-existing One. WE—are not! Only those who are humble will comprehend this truth enough to be transformed by it.

When we humble our heart and draw close to God, we discover that there is more goodness in His friendship than we’ve ever known in any other relationship!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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