The theological term is ‘omnipresent,’ which means God is present everywhere all the time. He is just as close to those in the crack-house or strip club, as He is to those in the synagogue and seminary. To be a bit more precise, according to scripture, everything is in Him. ~ “[God] who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:23). The entire universe is in Him. The doctrine of God’s ubiquitous nature is long-standing and widely accepted and understood.
Where is God?
This being said, why is it so hard for His children to find Him? Even the most sanctimonious Monk will confess that intimacy with the Creator is something that sages have ardently sought after throughout the corridors of History and few there are who found it lightly. If God is present everywhere all the time, why do even his most wholehearted followers struggle so hard to find Him?
Together, yet so far away
Most of the problem lays in the fact that God is always present, but we generally are not. Most people do not live in ‘the present.’ Generally speaking, nearly all of us spend 99% of our time living in the past or dreaming about something in the future. The fact of the matter is that we very rarely inhabit the here and now, the present moment. Have you ever talked to someone and suddenly noticed that the individual you were speaking to really wasn’t there, he wasn’t really present? He was off in some other universe thinking about something else. Yes, he was physically present, but his mind and spirit were in another galaxy. Unfortunately, this is the human dilemma. How sad it is, however true, two people can live in the same house for years, yet rarely if ever really be together at all.
Obliterate Your Stress
The first step to intimacy with God, or I guess you could also call it prayer, is to learn to distinguish and to practice being in the present moment. This is a subtle, yet very powerful spiritual law that will revolutionize your spiritual life if you practice it, while at the same time obliterate your stress and compound your faith. God is The Great ‘I Am.’ When Moses asked God his name, God said his name is “I Am.” ~ “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you'” (Exodus 3.14).
Walk in the Spirit
God is always present. He is always in the here and now. Our struggles to find God and communicate with Him are literally all in our head. Because of the Devil’s uninhibited access to the human mind through the Tree of Knowledge (the Garden of Eden, Gen. 2), he is able to hold hostage, those who are unaware, by bombarding their minds with endless and often tormenting out-of-control thoughts. The enemy is able to literally blind us from the presence of God because we choose to be spiritually absent from God, we choose to be more conscious of our mind then of our spirit. ~ “Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2Corinthians 4.4). The moment you choose to actively focus your consciousness on your spirit, your reborn human spirit, than on your mind, you will begin the most fascinating Journey, which will conduct you into a life lived in the presence of God continually. This is what the Bible means when it tells us to walk in the spirit.
Faith is always ‘Now’
You’ve probably already noticed faith, like God, is always in present here and now. The moment one moves into the past or future, faith disappears out of the heart. Faith is a spiritual force, and all of the spiritual realm operates entirely in the now. Notice, the first word in the biblical definition of faith is ‘now.’ ~ “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11.1). Faith is always now. It is always here and now. If it’s not here and now, it’s not faith. The moment you begin to worry or scheme or plan; you are no longer in the present moment, you are no longer in faith, and you are no longer in the presence of God.
Living in the Presence of God
It is the reborn human spirit that has access to the wisdom of God and the powers of Heaven; the human mind is blinded and frequently held hostage by the devil. You will remember that Satan entered into the garden of Eden, or into the human race, through the tree1 of knowledge. And so it is today. You can live in mental knowledge, the knowledge of darkness, or you can live in spiritual knowledge, the light2 of life. It all comes down to the simple practice of learning to live in the present moment, where God is always active and accessible. The Bible tells us God’s name is Jehovah Shammah,3 which means God is present. God is always present, and as long as you are in the present, if you are a born-again Christian, you are already in the presence of God almighty, and the resources of Heaven are at your fingertips.
Colossians 1.17, Jeremiah 23.24
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD.
1. Genesis 2.17
2. John 8.12
3. Ezekiel 48.36
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