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Anticipating the Presence of God

Luke 15:1, “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.”

Anticipating God’s presence equips me to know, grow and share…

…HIStory with others.

When I began writing I created a website and a blog. I wanted them to complement each other; they didn’t. This bothered me.  SO, I decided I ought to hire a professional to tie things together. {If you like the looks at my place, you can contact, Erin, at Insight Designs.}

Combining my blog and website was not an over night project. First, I explained to Erin, who I am and what I want. Then I waited for a response. Erin and I decided we wanted to work together on this project and she sent me a questionnaire. I worked on it in small sections, as there were many decisions to be made. After each email to her…

…I waited.

I anticipated her responses because I was so excited about the remodel.  One morning it occurred to me that I ought to look for God, His ways, and His plans with the same anticipation.

I asked myself this question: What prevents me from anticipating the presence of God?  I discover two things…

1. Unbelief 

  • When I think of God as distant, inactive, and uncaring I really don’t expect him to participate in my life. His word tells me he is always with me and since I’m his child, he will never leave me.

TRUTH: As his child, I cannot mess life up so badly that he will leave me.

  • I forget who I am in Christ and then being a daughter of the King doesn’t even cross my mind. If I do not believe I am his child, I behave as though I am his enemy. Enemies don’t care for one another.

TRUTH: As God’s child, I am never his enemy.

  • I do not believe he has anything I need or want. When I was waiting for Erin to respond I knew she had something I wanted, website design. I believed it was in her ability to give me what I wanted. I eagerly waited for her emails. I checked early in the morning and late at night to see if she had responded.

TRUTH: Go to the Psalms and read, relax and ponder the psalmist knowledge of how much he needed God. Ask God to show me how much I need him.

2. Sin

  • When I am blinded by Sin and unaware of my rebellion against God, I live as though he doesn’t want me when the reality is, I don’t want him. I want my way.

TRUTH: Listen with an accepting ear when a friend attempts to remove the blindfold from my heart of sin. Repent and turn. Ask God for grace to want his ways more than my own.

  • When I sin and justify my actions, I work to justify myself, clean myself up in light of the sin I embrace. I avoid God because I think he is avoiding me. Sin is deceptive.

TRUTH: Tell a trusted friend I am struggling with sin. Be honest. Ask for prayer. Humble myself.

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So then, as a sinner — saved by grace, how can I anticipate the presence of God?

I make it a routine part of my prayers to ask God to reveal where I oppose him knowingly or unknowingly. It’s important to consider other people’s insights before rejecting them and ask for help as I grow in grace and knowledge.

This is a war folks. No one wins a battle alone. A life of repentance draws us near to God, makes us stronger Kingdom followers, and gives us a story to share.

Question:  How do you anticipate God’s presence in order to know, grow or show His Story to others?  Share your answer by clicking here.

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AboutAli Dent

Ali Dent is an avid writer, home school teacher and tea sipper. She thinks her husband is a gift from God and that her four children and four grandchildren are awesome! She’s passionate about the sovereignty of God, identity in Christ, and the transforming power of the Spirit. As a counselor trained at Westminster Theological Seminary she reaches out to people in confusing and difficult circumstances bringing the hope of the gospel to bear on their lives. She is devoted to helping families enjoy the wonders and pleasures of God’s story, which equips them to Live Outside the Lines and Share THE Story.
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  1. Amy Alves says:

    Hi Ali!
    I’m anticipating His presence daily at this point. I’m finally feeling like I believe He is who He says He is. :) That means, He will “show up” for a daughter like me! Love this! Thanks sister! ~ Blessings, Amy :)

    1. Ali Dent says:

      I am so happy you see how special and important you are. He doesn’t just show up. He’s there even when we aren’t and that is good news!

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