REAL POWER: MAXING OUT ON GOD'S LOVE
IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD,
THEN LIVE AS IF YOU ARE IN HIS PRESENCE
If you believe in God, then the only
sensible thing to do is live as if you are in his presence.
Unfortunately, all around the world people say that they believe in
God, but they donít act as if He is really there.
This split in their spiritual
personality reflects the fact they donít have a personal relationship
with God. They have never opened their heart to his love and dared to
call him Father. They have an intellectual belief that God exists and
nothing more. Although they are totally immersed in Godís ocean of
love, they act as if they are high and dry in a hostile universe.
They are spiritually blind and deaf. They canít see God at work in
their world, and they have never heard his voice of love.
TAKE A SIGHT AND
When was the last time you saw God at
work in your life? When was the last time you heard him speak? If
you canít see the power of Godís love at work, and if you canít hear
his voice of love, you have a problem with your sight and hearing. If
you stay in that condition, you will lose your awareness of Godís
presence and power.
Time will tell whether the
twenty-first century will become the blind and deaf century in which
people can no longer see God or hear his voice of love.
LOOKING WITHOUT SEEING
Ė LISTENING WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING
Seeing and hearing are deceptive
senses. People look with their eyes but donít understand what they
see. They listen with their ears, but donít understand what they
hear. Two thousand years ago, Jesus said the same thing. He said,
ďBy hearing you shall hear and shall not understand, and seeing you
shall see, and shall not perceive.Ē
Most people think their vision and
hearing are fine, but they never see God at work in their world, and
they never hear his voice of love. They are blind and deaf to his
presence. They say they believe in God, but they donít live as if He
There is a massive difference between
saying you believe in God, and living as if He is actually there. In
the first instance, you are saying there probably is a God somewhere,
but you donít have a clue where. You have never seen him at work or
heard his message of love.
In the second instance, you have been
born spiritually and have a personal relationship with him. You grow
spiritually every day as you learn how to max out on his love. The
power of Godís love flows into your mind. You think new thoughts
about who you are and what you can do with your life. You are now one
of Godís children, and you dare to call him your Father. The power of
Godís love flows into your heart and heals your damaged emotions.
Your fragmented life disappears as you build your life around his
Love becomes the driving force in
your life. You send your love back to God through loving other
people. You live every day as if God is your Father, and you act as
if He is continually present. You see his hand of love at work in
every area of your life, and you hear his voice of love showing you
The need to be right no longer
dominates your life. The accountant mentality drops out of your
spirituality, and you no longer worry about trying to score points
with God. Godís love dominates and transforms every aspect of your
PRESENCE MAY SEEM DIFFICULT AT FIRST
Practicing Godís presence may seem
difficult at first. That is normal. When you first start looking and
listening, your hearing will seem dull and your vision will be dim.
But if you continue, his voice of love will become louder, and your
vision will improve.
When you practice Godís presence, you
experience his love. You feel the power of his love flowing though
you to other people. Each time you give love and assistance to the
needy, the sick, the downtrodden, and the dispossessed, you practice
Godís presence. You actually experience his presence when you love
other people. You experience his power by letting his love flow
through you to others. When Godís love flows through you, it heals
both you and the other person.
REMINDERíS OF GODíS
When you practice Godís presence, you
find him everywhere. You hear his voice in the sound of laughter and
joy. You see the beauty of Godís pallet painted in the sunset. You
see his infinite power in the billions of galaxies that He created and
hurled into space. You feel his care in the warmth of the sun that
shines on your face. You see the twinkle in his eyes in the stars at
night. You see reflections of his power in the lightning and hear
echoes of his power in the thunder. Every time a baby is born, you
know that God has not given up on the human race. You hear God speak
in the silence of the desert. You hear God sing in the songs that He
gave to each bird. You feel Godís love in the love that you feel for
your own children.
All these are ways that God speaks to
you. Everywhere and at all times, God is at work in his world.
Although God speaks in a small voice, that voice tells you of his
love. You must open your heart and max out on his love. You must
live each moment as if He is there.
Godís presence makes a difference in
your life. A personal relationship with God reorders all of your
priorities and gives you a new perspective. You are not alone and
helpless. God is present in each moment. You are connected with the
One who created you and knows you better than you know yourself.
Practicing the presence of God is not
just for saints. Itís for everyone. You donít have to wait until you
are older and wiser before you can have Godís presence in your life.
In fact, God specializes in transforming the lives of the young and
foolish so that they live long enough to become old and wise.
God has a plan for your life that is
better than anything you can imagine. God has power for your life
that is far greater than any of your problems. God is present in your
life even if you donít know that He is there. Itís time for you to
wake up and live.
Practicing the presence of God is
what happens when you come alive spiritually and start living as one
of his children. The next four chapters focus on four spiritual laws
that will help you practice the presence of God.
The presence and power of God in my life is love. Whenever I see
love, I see Godís hand at work. When I practice Godís presence, I
experience his love. I feel the power of his love flowing though me
when I send his love to other people. Each time I give love and
assistance to the needy, the sick, the downtrodden, and the
dispossessed, I practice the presence of God. I show my love for God
by loving other people. I experience Godís love by letting it flow
through me to others. When Godís love flows through me, it heals two
people. It heals both me and the other person. God has a plan for my
life that is better than anything I can imagine. God has power for my
life that is greater than any of my problems. I open my heart to
Godís love, and his presence and power make me whole.
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