7 WAYS TO FEEL
1. Get Right With God
To sense and live in the Presence of God, we must remove blocks that are in our way to make way for communication between the two of us. God never left and abandoned our lives, but our sensitivity to His presence might be affected by such things as unconfessed sin in your life. So, first, we must Get Right With God. This begins with confessed sin and giving our life to Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You can pause here and make this prayer right now!
David, the Psalmist, said, "When I kept silent (about His sin), my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. So then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. Instead, I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord'--and you forgave the guilt of my sin" (Psalms 32:3-5). So also, 1 John 1:9 tells us: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
2. Read Scripture Aloud.
Once you have made things right with God, the most effective means of conditioning your soul is to begin every day in God's Word, reading quietly mixed with audibly speaking God's inspired Word. You will sense its power and His presence. The Bible says God's Word is "living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). That sharp sword, His Living Word, the Bible, will either make you aware of its weight or prick your heart through conviction, inspiration, or determination. A pricked heart is better than a dull heart any day, wouldn't you agree? If we want to walk with God as our friend who is closer than a brother, the Bible says we must align our soul and daily life towards Him. It may seem unattainable, too difficult, something that requires just too much effort and discipline, but it is easy and joyful if our hearts truly want to walk in the presence of God. He will give your grace and joy in it!
3. Sing God a Love Song.
God inhabits the praises of His people. Ever wondered why you sometimes feel closer to God when you're in a worship service singing passionately from your heart songs of praise and honor to Him? Then, of course, you can worship in the quietness of your home, driving in your car, on a lunch break at work, a solitary walk with Him in the morning. Wherever, and whenever you chose, He is there.
For example, I worked in New York City for 25 years, and during my lunchtime, I would step into the many church chapels along 5th Avenue to have a time of solitude away from the business sounds of manhattan. Of course, this was not normal for a Jewish man to do. But I sensed the solitude in the middle of the chaos. So I communed with the Spirit ( Holy Spirit) every morning on the bus while reading my Bible. You will make your own way, I am sure!
You see, it begins in your heart. When you start praising Him regardless of where you are, you'll sense His presence because you're no longer focused on yourself but for Him.When we open the door of our hearts to love Him, He will meet us there.
4. Say God's Name and Call Upon Him.
There is power in the name of Yeshua, Jesus, because "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). When you speak words of blessing and encouragement, you are literally inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit to invade those things in your life that concern you the most. You are telling the enemy that you are Kingdom-minded, and your focus is on a higher calling.
Are you using your words wisely?
Are you using words that evoke hope and peace?
Are you setting an example for those around you who need to know and receive the miracle-working power of a Savior?
John 14:12 tells us, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will also do; and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father.” Say His name aloud--as the Answer to all you seek, because His name is the Source to calming your soul, as the One whose presence you long for. I guarantee you. You will sense the power of His presence... and His peace. Read Phillippians 2:1-11
5. Now Breath in His Presence! It Will Take Over
the Busyness of Your Soul.
Sometimes we can't sense God's presence because there's too much of everything else going on. Too much noise. Too much traffic. Too much confusion. Too many thoughts running rampant in our minds. Too much anxiety. Center your mind on Him and start to breathe deeply. Try it. Exhale the distracting thoughts. Inhale a desire to sense His presence. Exhale your pre-occupation with the self. Inhale a desire to know Him more completely.
Exhale the worries of the moment. But the quiet time is not an end in itself. It is meant to develop the habit of starting the day with the Lord and then consciously walking with Him throughout the day. The amount of time isn’t as important as the quality of time because its purpose is to initiate the daily walk. I have found that five to ten minutes locked in with God is worth more than an hour of drifting in my reading and prayer time. During this time, inhale His peace. You will sense His presence. There's a reason His Word says, "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalms 46:10).
Stop and seize moments in a day and breath in the presence of God that comes like a wind of peace simply by saying His name in the quietness of your mind. Then, begin to yearn for him and cry out for more of Him. For me, oftentimes, it's just "Yeshua (His Hebrew name) I need You" or "Yeshua, give me a heart for You and greater love. The simplest of cries are the ones that penetrate His heart--and ours--the quickest.
6. Take a Walk for His Presence in Creation.
As exercise brings your body, mind, and heart to life, get outside, move around, confess to Him what's on your heart and allow Him to awaken you spiritually. My best times with God are when I'm walking alone with Him while I pour out my heart to Him. So often we can't sense God's presence because there's too much of everything of the earthly bearing down upon our soul. But we are a spirit, and spirit communes with the spirit. In turn, it transforms our souls.
Romans 8:15-17, "For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer from Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him.…
7. Look for the Light.
Too many people, including God's people, focus on the negative events occurring in our society, government, and the church. Many changes are indeed underway. And sin, carnality, and perversions are rising exponentially due to the last days that we are in. But this should not surprise us.
Heed the words of II Timothy 3: 1-17. "3 But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Despite the above words, the kingdom is increasing, and I choose each day to walk in the light and away from the darkness and shadows of our day. In the light, you find encouragement, a divine appointment, and an opportunity to share the Good News with a soul lost in the darkness. No matter how dark it seems, the light will always displace darkness. So walk in the light of His presence, truth, joy, hope, power, and authority. Have a zeal for the Lord and a love for people. Resist being disgruntled, worried, and hopeless. These come from the unredeemed and unconditioned soul. But the conditioned soul desires good cheer because as long as we breathe air on this side of heaven, we have the joy of walking with God as the children of God.