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Experience More of the Presence of God

Good Friday by Anita Brown

Presence is experienced by humans as being in a particular place – so choose a place near you and be attentive and receptive to Presence of God in that place.

Similar to when King David set the Presence of God at his right hand.

When you are experiencing the presence of someone you love, you breathe differently. When you are more full of Holy Spirit – perhaps because you ask and receive by faith – you breathe differently.

Watch how you breathe when you are appreciating the Presence of God being in your midst, being near you.

The awareness of the Presence of God can be contagious and others more easily sense this – if they are sensitive to the Presence of God. If they are not, they need Presence even more. Make this a gift to others, experiencing the Presence in a particular place when you are with others. The gift from Holy Spirit to you in such instances may be that you experience Presence more easily as you do this! Ask how, and maybe even why…and discover what you can learn about this.

One of the names of Jesus is Immanuel. Which translated means, God is with you. It’s a promise in his name. Literally! A promise.

All you have to do is make a choice to receive this promise and pay attention, being attentive – like you would with a friend or a family member who is near you. You can sense their energy, their presence, what they are like.

Once you notice or remember that they are near you, you can easily be attentive to them even while you are doing ordinary things.

Similarly, when you remember Immanuel, that God is with you, you can choose to be attentive to the Presence of God who is near you and with you. Paying attention in a particular place often helps make it more real for you.

Because God is everywhere, you can choose anywhere. It’s hard to sense everywhere with clarity and strength, though you can learn to be aware of I Am. You can become aware of what I like to call, for myself, “Awareness of Consciousness of Being”.

Once you do this, you can also choose or recognize where is right and good and best at this moment, to sense and be aware of the Presence of God who is near you.

You can intend to allow Presence of God to affect the space around you, to affect you, to affect those around you…and as you practice and get better at this simple thing — the affect of the Presence of God in you, on you, around you and in the atmosphere of where you are – and especially the people around you — will be affected.

When we are attentive to and noticing Immanuel, God with us, we experience more wholeness more easily. We feel stronger. More capable. Safer. And more joyous.

I encourage you to experiment. To give thanks and enjoy! (Here is a valuable hint – a key – the more gratitude you feel [perhaps by remembering and savoring three things or more that you are grateful for] — the more easily you will experience the Presence of God.)

Experiment and explore for yourself. See what you can discover and learn. Miracles, joy, safety and happiness happen more easily and more often when you experience the Presence of God. Experimenting is very worth while!

Questions? Comments? Something to share? Let me know by email at: David@DavidBurnet.com

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The Good News that Jesus Preaches

I say preaches instead of preached because he still preaches through the Body of Christ and with the help of Holy Spirit.

But what is this Good News? It is different than a lot of us expect.

Mark 1:15 is the shortest version. We’ll explore other versions later – this is just a start. Mark gives key bullet points, a sort of minimal set of what this Gospel is. Depending on your translation, it goes something like this: “Now is the time. The Kingdom is at hand. Repent and believe the Good News”.

Let’s take a closer look at this –

  • Now is the time. It has been a long time in coming. It’s a special moment. And, for humans, when someone – especially with the Anointing, says, “Now” — we tend to focus very much on the present moment. Which is good. Now is the only time decisions can be made. Especially deep decisions.
  • The Kingdom is at hand – literally means is within reach. This is the Kingdom of God where God rules. Things are the way God wants and says. Not sickness, financial difficulties, relationship troubles – even in families. No trouble with bosses, financial cycles — none of the broken things of this world that affect us so much outside of the Kingdom of God.
  • Repenting is to make a new and deep decision to turn around our lives and orient them towards God and the Kingdom. In this case, with Jesus preaching – the King is actually physically present. (After he ascended the Apostles taught and preached a bit differently – they had to. They were not the King being physically present.)
  • And believe. Which can be to continue to believe, and to continue to orient our lives around God and his Kingdom.
  • What a relief to have God’s Kingdom come and rule where we have troubles in our lives in this broken world.

This is the context, the preaching of the Good News of the Kingdom, by the King (Jesus the Anointed One), where the sick were healed, demons and unclean spirits exorcized, lepers cleansed, the dead raised – and disciples made.

In such a context, the preaching of the Good News of the Kingdom of God changes the atmosphere, and the context – and we more easily receive our Lord’s grace.

Where disciples heal, free the bound, and so forth. Where disciples make more disciples who multiply and make yet more disciples.

More on these things and how they are related in another posting.

Questions or comments? Love to hear them! Email me at David@DavidBurnet.com

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Setting the Presence of God

King David set the Presence of God at his right hand. See Psalm 16:8, Acts 2:25. You can do this by sincere intention and prayer, too!

Angels do what God says. God has said, many times (use your Internet search engine for this if you want examples), “Be holy.”

That is, be set apart, be consecrated.

So…say what God says. Say what God said. Be what God says to be, do what God says to do. Discover what happens!

Considering this meditatively while at an electronic church meeting, someone (K.) spoke of a need for the Presence of God for someone else, someone close to her.

So if we can set the Presence of God for ourselves as King David did, if we can say what God said – it is likely angels may help.

I had a micro-vision: Four angels at corners of my property, with Temple with Presence of God in the Temple. Four angels around me personally, at corners of the Temple.

You are the Temple of God. You literally carry God’s Presence.

Angels who worship often carry the Presence of God and the atmosphere of heaven in a powerful way. Help make the experience of the Presence of God stronger where you are, too. In worship services. In church. In the Temple of God — in you!

Why not pray for someone, and set the Presence in and around where they are personally. Their personal space. Their car. Where they live. Where they work. Such prayer is called intercession.

Intercede!

–This is for K. Keep praying!

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When Grief or other Feelings are Too Strong

My wife of 50+ years died, unexpectedly. Grief was strong, and later, too long. I discovered something that helped wonderfully. I wonder how much what I found can help you….

Grief or other feelings can be too strong and last so long that the pain is overwhelming. Life is interfered with. I tried some experiments that made a huge change, and I encourage you to experiment and explore too – to see what works for you and how well it works.

So…what experiments have I tried that helped so much? Simple ones.

  1. I asked Holy Spirit to fill me more, or to be filled more with Holy Spirit. Gladly received by faith. Not a big deal – just asking. Holy Spirit came, gently and quietly. Grief was still present, but became pretty small – and quite manageable. I still felt what I need to feel without denial. And, without grief overwhelming my life.
  2. I remembered to put the Kingdom of God first. Sometimes right standing with God and Kingdom of God first. All my values automatically re-orderd. Correctly and well. And Grief stopped being at the top as when I was caught up in Grief and inadvertently made an idol out of it.

Both of these approaches worked well. Every time. That’s amazing.

I’m wondering what other human experiences can be improved by doing these things – I look forward to more exploration and experimentation.

It is wonderful that now I find I am automatically applying asking for more of Holy Spirit at other times when I become unresourceful. Other kinds of pain are helped and the habit is spreading. Feels like this spreading is automatic. This is better than I expected.

I wonder what will happen when you experiment with this. I’d love to learn, and to hear from you.

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Joy in the Morning

This morning when I woke, I spoke out loud, gently, and said, “Good morning”. To each, by name: Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. I do not recall having ever done this before.

I suddenly noticed – I was filled with joy!

I am eager to address the Trinity more often. To experiment and explore what happens.

If you do something like this, I would love to learn what you experience what you are able to notice.

May you have joy in the morning!