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The Practice of the Presence of God Quotes by Brother Lawrence
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#2 – We Experience The Presence of God Through Scripture
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Your submission has been received! Start your mornings with the good, the beautiful, the true Subscribe to Aleteia's free newsletter! Let's stay connected! For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea.
Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing. He dispels human lethargy, heaviness, and deadness. Another way we recognize the presence of God is when Christians have courage to speak the Word of God regardless of potential hostility or harm to themselves. The presence of the Holy Spirit gives boldness.
Early in the history of the church, the religious leaders seized the apostles Peter and John for healing a lame man and then preaching to the crowds that gathered about the resurrection of Jesus. Peter did not answer tactfully. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
That was not a statement written by a public relations firm to win the favor of those in power. But it was a bold statement of the truth. Boldness and the presence of God go together. After the religious leaders consulted together about what to do with Peter and John, they ordered them to stop preaching Jesus, threatened them, and then released them. Peter and John returned to the church and reported what had happened. The church lifted their voices to God and prayed that he would give them boldness to keep preaching the gospel. Fifteen hundred years later, in the early days of the Reformation, a young German monk caught the attention of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church when he began writing and preaching that people are saved only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from religious acts of penance.
Eventually he was excommunicated and brought before a Church court, where the Church scholars demanded he recant his writings. If he did not, he would be given a death sentence and likely end up burned at the stake. Facing that threat would get your attention. The monk asked for time to consider his decision. One day later he took his stand before the reassembled court and declared:. Here it is, plain and unvarnished. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us. On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me. The monk, of course, was Martin Luther.
Where did he get the boldness to take such a stand? From the grace given by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Holy Spirit can flow like a river. The water just keeps coming from its source. There is a flow of ideas, words, feelings, energy, guidance. Whatever we are doing with God at that moment can become easy and natural. Not that we always experience this, not that the absence of flow means the Holy Spirit is absent, but when there is a flow of spiritual inspiration the Holy Spirit likely is present in a special way.
Jesus said the words will be there when you need them. When I speak to others in a gift of prophecy, I experience a flow. I begin speaking with an idea or a few words that I feel have been revealed to me, not knowing what I will say after the first sentence. Then the words and ideas just keep coming, and sooner or later the flow stops. I vividly remember one especially inspired time of praying over all the attenders at one Sunday worship service. I laid hands on people one by one and prayed as I felt led of the Lord. After praying for a half-dozen people, I was interceding with a level of inspiration I had never experienced before.
God was showing me things and inspiring me with faith that kept getting stronger and stronger.
When I was finished, I even went back to pray again with some of the earlier people in line because I felt they had been shortchanged by not being in the later flow. There is an important lesson here for those who want to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit. When the flow comes, follow it. How did Jesus perceive power moving from his body to hers? I say this is likely because Christian history—in particular the history of great spiritual awakenings and revivals, as well as the testimonies of ministers used in the gift of healing—are filled with stories of Christians saying they had physical sensations when the Holy Spirit came upon them or worked through them in a special way.
This is not always the case, and it is obviously subjective, but it is reported too often to ignore. One author lists the following physical sensations reported by people attending such meetings: heat, electricity, power, trembling, weakness, or a weight upon them. That is the way people trained in Western education systems think. I saw a video last week of a missionary to Taiwan named Cina Silva who testified of being healed of torn ligaments in her ankle.
On the other hand, we recognize the clearly supernatural presence of God in miracles; physical healings; dramatic healings of the soul including deliverance from demons; the baptism of the Holy Spirit; spiritual gifts like prophecy, tongues and interpretation, words of knowledge, supernatural signs and wonders, and visions and dreams and unusual messages from God.
These supernatural things are real, and they are not limited to the times of the Bible. They happen today regularly all over the world.
The Sense of the Presence of God
When they happen, God is present. Once my wife was driving on a four-lane road that was not a divided highway, and she was in the left lane of the two lanes going her direction.
She heard in her spirit the words, Move into the right lane. So she pulled into the right lane. In less than 20 seconds, some sort of jostling occurred in the cars coming from the other direction, and one of the cars swerved into the lane Nancy had been in a few seconds before. During my sophomore year at Illinois State University, I made a decision one morning to ask a girl out for a date.