PRACTICING THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF GOD’S PRESENCE
A. Benefits of Consciousness of God’s Presence To A Believer
God wants you to know that He dwells in the heavenly places and in your environment; but much more, He wants you to be conscious of the fact that He dwells inside you. You are the temple of the living God (2Corinthians 6:16). Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Let Christ dwell in your heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17-19).
Consciousness of God’s presence is using your mind to create the reality of God’s presence. Emmanuel means God with us. The coming of Jesus to earth re-established the presence of God with mankind. If you live outside the consciousness of the ever abiding presence of God, you are in the Old Testament. Consciousness of God’s presence gives ability to worship God and live in sweet fellowship with Him, like a loving Father and son; like a bride and bride groom. When you dwell in the consciousness of God’s presence, prayer becomes your lifestyle of communion; not just the religious ritual associated with those who are begging for miracles.
There are four major things that Consciousness of God’s presence does for a believer:
1. It instills boldness and removes fear.
2. It helps you to live holy
3. It helps you to be committed and diligent to your Christian responsibility (what I call “Holy eye service”).
4. It helps you to worship God (it kick starts the process of intimacy).
B. Today’s Consciousness Scripture
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest… for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of (Genesis 28:15). Consciousness of God’s presence gives you the courage to keep going on even when the path ahead of you looks dark. In the midst of hopelessness, a man that is conscious that the Lord is with Him will not lose hope or courage; He is very sure that there is great light at the end of the tunnel. Those that dwell daily in the consciousness of God’s presence always finish strong. Things may look rough at the beginning, but God’s presence soon brings out beauty from the ashes.
SCRIPTURE FOR MEDITATION
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
By Pastor Samuel O. Osaghae