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How to Recognize/Be aware of God’s presence (5 Helpful Tips)

Take time to be in God’s Presence

If we want to be aware of God’s presence at all times then we must learn to take time to be in God’s presence. Only through being in God’s presence will we learn to recognize God’s presence as we go throughout our day.

It is similar to being in a large crowd of people and you hear a faint sound of a voice that is really familiar to you. You may not turn at the hundreds of voices you hear but when you hear this voice, you immediately turn to find their face. The reason is you can recognize it because you have spent time with that person to become acquainted with what they sound like.

It is no different with the presence of God. God can be known just like any other person can. And if God can be known then so can His presence, but it only comes through getting before God and spending time with Him through worship and prayer. (Related Article: How to Know God’s Presence in Your Life).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

This verse reveals that the whole purpose of God giving Jesus to us is so that we would not perish but have everlasting life.

In John 17:3 Jesus defines everlasting life.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)

So the whole reason for Jesus coming and the whole reason we are saved is so that we could know God and His Son now on this earth, which is truly eternal life.

All this is said to encourage you to get to know Him personally. Spend time with Him. Talk to Him. Worship Him. The more you do this the more you will be aware of His presence as you go throughout the day.

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Take breaks throughout the day to focus on God

We all know that life is busy. Sometimes things can get so busy that it takes our eyes off of God and His presence onto other things that cause stress in a person’s life.

How do we stop this from happening?

Well first, if we are applying all the other tips mentioned in this article it will help stop this tremendously! But still, there are those days that demand our attention, so in these cases, we should take just a few minutes to bring our hearts before God.

You can do this by simply closing your eyes, taking a deep breath and saying, “Lord Jesus, In the midst of this day I worship you. You are good to me.” Then just take a few seconds to a few minutes, with closed eyes, and put your whole attention and affection on Jesus in complete silence.

It doesn’t matter what is happening around you because what matters is what is happening in you. If we can keep our eyes on Jesus in the midst of the trials of life we will be stronger than the weakness around us and we will overcome them.

Speak in Tongues Often

God gave us an incredible gift called speaking in tongues. This gift is a manifestation of His Spirit and it is a manifestation that is intended for every believer.

As we speak in tongues the Bible says that our minds are unfruitful so we need a divine interpretation to understand what we say (1 Corinthians 14:13-14). But what isn’t unfruitful is our spirits. The Bible says that as we speak in tongues our spirits are edified (1 Corinthians 14:24).

Well, this edification comes in many ways, but the primary way is that we become more aware of God’s presence. As we speak in tongues we begin to sense the Holy Spirit edifying our spirits and since the Spirit of God is the presence of God on the earth it becomes easy to be aware of Him. [Related article: Is the Presence of God the Holy Spirit? (Biblical Answer)].

Worship God throughout your day

The Bible tells us that we are to “enter God’s presence with singing and into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:2-4).

Jesus also said something similar when He taught on prayer. He said, “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9)

As He goes through the manner of prayer that He is teaching, Christ explains that we should begin with worship (“hallowed be Your Name”).

Using these two verses we can come to the conclusion that by worshipping and praising God and singing to Him we enter God’s presence. And if this causes us to enter God’s presence then it definitely will enable us to be aware of God’s presence. [Related article: How to Enter God’s presence (Step by Step Guide)].

Now we can understand the apostle Paul when He says, “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Paul is essentially saying that when we are singing to the Lord and praising and thanking Him we will continually be filled with His Spirit, which is His Presence. (Related article: Filled with the Holy Spirit: Does it Happen Once or Multiple Times?).

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Study the Word of God

Finally, if we want to be aware of God’s presence and to learn to recognize it then we need to be extremely familiar with the Word of God.

The Bible reveals that God and His Word are One.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

The more we know the Word of God, the more we know God personally.

Now I’m not referring to head knowledge of the Bible, I’m referring to knowing Him personally because you have spent time reading His word and understanding who He is.

It is similar to you spending time with someone and talking with them for an extended period of time. The more you do this the more you hear their words and therefore you begin to know their likes and dislikes, their desires, and their plans for the future. You can get all of this information simply by listening to their words.

The Bible even says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). Well, judging from this verse we can understand a person’s heart by listening to their words.

When we understand this we can finally see that it is no different with God. The Bible is God’s written Word (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16). God spoke from the abundance of His Heart. So if this is true then that means that I can know God’s heart by knowing God’s Word, and the closer I get to His heart the more His presence will rest on me because I will be drawing near to Him (James 4:8). What a powerful truth!

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