In previous posts we looked at the effects of sin on experiencing the presence of God and the importance of God’s presence in a ministry so we must ask, “What are indications of God’s presence?”
The following qualities give evidence of God’s Presence in our lives.
Peace (Rom. 15:33; Phil. 4:9)
When you know His presence, you can have an inward calm despite chaos around you because He is the God of peace.
Rest, Refreshment (Matt. 11:28; Acts 3:19)
When you acknowledge God’s presence, you can “cease striving” because He is God (Ps. 46:10, NASB).
Encouragement (Ps. 16:11; 21:6)
When you are aware of God’s presence, you can’t help but be full of joy and gladness because with Him come eternal blessings.
Shelter (Ps. 16:8-11; 31:20)
When you acknowledge His presence, you can feel secure because when you are with the all-powerful One you know you are protected.
Enlightenment (Ps. 89:15; 90:8)
When you get in touch with His presence, you can know which way to go as He lights your path.
Nearness (Ps. 145:18; James 4:8)
When you bask in His presence, you can feel a sense of warmth and comfort because you know He accepts you and you belong to Him.
Contentment (Heb. 13:5)
When you experience His presence, you can be satisfied because you know you have all you need.
Endurance (Ps. 46:1; Isa. 41:10)
When you spend time in His presence, you can feel renewed as you find His strength and help to keep going, knowing you are upheld by Him.
What a difference it makes in our individual lives and in a church or ministry characterized by these qualities. Likewise, what a difference it makes when they are absent.