Experience God’s Presence At All Times

In the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, we encounter stories of God's tangible presence. For the Israelites in the wilderness, God manifested as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, providing them with assurance, comfort, protection, and provision.......

March 18, 2024

In the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, we encounter stories of God’s tangible presence. For the Israelites in the wilderness, God manifested as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, providing them with assurance, comfort, protection, and provision. His presence was an unmistakable sign of His constant support.

I cherish God’s presence because within it lies boundless possibilities. It is where the miraculous occurs, where even a staff can bud with life in the glory of the Lord. In His presence, one encounters the very essence of life itself.

Illnesses are healed, and deliverance is found in His presence. Indeed, everything becomes possible when we are enveloped by it. While I deeply appreciate God’s presence, part of my ministry is to challenge and teach a deeper understanding.

The New Covenant offers something even greater. It doesn’t diminish the significance of God’s presence or its transformative power. However, it unveils a new level of connection and intimacy with God that surpasses what was experienced before.

The new covenant is founded on the revelation of Jesus, not just his presence. If you’re worshipers, I want to challenge you not to be offended by this, because understanding this truth will bring breakthroughs in your worship.

The essence of the new covenant isn’t merely about feeling God’s presence; it’s about knowing Jesus personally. I recently overheard a conversation where someone claimed Christianity is primarily about love and forgiveness. But let me be clear: Christianity is fundamentally about Jesus Christ. It’s about knowing Him intimately.

While it’s true that in Christ we discover love and forgiveness, the world often tries to distort these concepts, separating them from the person of Jesus. This deception leads to a diluted understanding of love and forgiveness, contributing to confusion about our identity and even our gender.

Christianity isn’t merely about abstract notions of love and forgiveness; it’s about Christ Himself. He is the embodiment of love and the source of true forgiveness. Without Jesus at the center, these concepts lose their depth and meaning. Christ not only reveals to us what genuine love is but also shows us what it truly means to be human, reflecting the nature of our perfect Father.

Christianity revolves around Christ. He is the cornerstone of the new covenant, and it’s through knowing Him intimately that we can experience His presence in our lives continuously.

In the old covenant, people had to construct altars, offer sacrifices, and then the presence of God would manifest. But you have something even better. You have a superior altar, a superior sacrifice, and superior promises. When you stand on the revelation of Jesus who died for you, the presence of God is activated in your life. You don’t have to rely on feeling the presence to walk in faith; rather, when you walk in faith, you will feel the presence.

Many of us are deeply moved by the presence of God, and that’s wonderful—I love it too. However, we often find ourselves exhilarated in worship gatherings, only to return to a sense of emptiness the next day because we’re not feeling it anymore. But being a new creation in Christ is about faith, not just a feeling. Feelings may come and go, but faith is a choice we make.

I remember my college days when I first heard people talk about experiencing the presence of God. It didn’t make much sense to me at the time. They’d describe it as thick, but I couldn’t relate; I only knew milkshakes could be thick! But then, one day, I was overwhelmed by God’s presence, and everything changed.

Being overwhelmed by God’s presence is indeed an incredible experience. I recall eagerly anticipating that feeling every time I engaged in worship. And while the intention behind seeking God’s presence isn’t wrong, it can lead to discouragement if it doesn’t happen as expected. Suddenly, questions arise: “Is something wrong with me? Am I separated from Him? Does He still love me?” It’s easy to spiral into self-doubt and analysis, a sure path to depression. Looking inward without viewing ourselves through the lens of Jesus only reveals darkness.

God taught me a valuable lesson through His word: the revelation of Jesus. Understanding that I am crucified with Christ and no longer living for myself but by faith in Him changed everything.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

With a revelation of Jesus, I realized that I can walk in His presence, not by striving for it but by knowing He dwells within me. We aren’t praying or worshiping for His presence; we can worship from His presence.

It’s time to change our perspective. Instead of imagining His presence descending upon us during worship, visualize His presence flowing out from within us like streams of living water, as the Scriptures promise. We become carriers of His presence, regardless of whether we feel it or not. We walk by faith, knowing that Christ resides in us, as Paul declares in Colossians 1:27.

Colossians 1:27 – To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

In this new covenant, the presence of God isn’t fleeting like in the old covenant. Instead, it’s something we constantly carry within us. So yes, even when watching a movie, His presence is with us. Yes, even when you’re alone. Yes, even when you’re having a challenging moment. That’s the truth—He said He’ll never leave us nor forsake us, and He is faithful to His word.

However, the more we engage in worldly activities, the less we might feel His presence, but it doesn’t mean He’s not there. His presence remains regardless of our perception. So, how do we amplify the experience? Through prayer, worship, and the Word. These spiritual disciplines amplify the presence of God that resides within us. It’s not an external force but an inner reality we enhance within ourselves. It’s an inward-to-outward experience.

Did you know that you carry the presence inside you to impact nations? The Holy Spirit dwelling within you has the power to transform communities. Just as the Holy Spirit hovered over the cosmos at creation, He now resides in you, not just to dwell but to invade every aspect of your life. He’s gentle, yet with a conquering mindset, influencing and transforming your mind, heart, body, and everything else.

Jesus likened the kingdom of God to yeast in bread dough. Just a little yeast affects the entire batch. Similarly, you don’t need a multitude to change your surroundings; even one person yielded to the Holy Spirit’s influence can bring about significant transformation.

During our building project, I initially thought we needed many contributors to meet the budget. I prayed for a hundred people to donate a specific amount, but God corrected me. He reminded me that we only need one person fully committed to the cause. It’s not about the quantity but the quality of dedication and faithfulness in one person’s heart.

And that one person can be you. I declare, let it be you. You don’t need a hundred people to change a city. You just need one, and that one person can be you. God is calling you. If you’re not growing, it means you’re already dead, because things that are alive grow. Growth is not optional; it’s mandatory. If you’re alive, you will grow. So grow, get out of your comfort zone, and let the Holy Spirit work in and through your life. Walk in the revelation that Jesus is inside you, the hope of glory. The Holy Spirit within you is there to impact the world.

If your calling is ministry, your ministry should grow. If it’s business, your business should grow. If it’s corporate, your career should grow. If you’re not growing, you are dead. But you have the life of Jesus within you, so you should grow.

Matthew 28:19 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

To what extent should you grow? Jesus said to go to the ends of the earth, not just the ends of Delhi or Mumbai. You should be stretched to the ends of the earth because you’re called to teach and disciple nations, not just a people group. Retirement is not an option; you can retire once you die. You have to keep growing until you fill the ends of the earth. Strengthen your stakes, enlarge your tents—enlarge, enlarge, enlarge!

If you feel stuck in a job that isn’t growing, it’s not for you. You’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’re supposed to grow effortlessly, like a tree planted by streams of water. So, if you’re praying for growth, something is wrong. Are you hearing me? Grow!
The church is growing, but I’m not satisfied because the mandate is to go to the ends of the earth, to make disciples of all nations. That’s your vision, regardless of who you are—a businessman, businesswoman, lawyer, or any other profession.

So let’s not be people who wait for His presence. We can walk from His presence. The disciples tarried for ten days for the new covenant to begin in power, signs, and wonders. Tarrying is not for you in the new covenant. It’s done. The Holy Spirit has come. He’s come to rest upon the church. He’s come to rest upon you. He will not leave you because of a weak moment. He’s so humble that he will not even leave you because of a rebellious act. Every time you say, “Father, I return,” He’ll accept you, embrace you, because He’s humble like that. He pursues you like a crazy lover—not a creepy one, but a crazy lover.

Let me share a story. When I first heard Betty’s voice on the phone after learning about her proposal, I knew in my heart, within 30 seconds, that she was the one. All the important decisions of my life have been made swiftly. If it takes longer than 30 seconds, I know I’ve messed up. So in my heart, I said yes, I’m going to marry her, and I was already living in a dreamland. But she didn’t know that. When she came to see me for the first time, I was all in, ready to show her I was committed. However, she found my enthusiasm a bit overwhelming and even stopped talking to me for a week. That’s when I realized I might have been too intense and backed off. When she called after a week, she was ready to say no, but I wisely gave her space, allowing her to feel comfortable, and that’s what made her say yes. You need to be smart.
God will pursue you, but not to the extent of being creepy or overriding your free will. He’ll wait for you to say yes to Him. The moment you do, He’ll embrace you because He’s humble like that. He’ll never leave you, He’s always close. The day you received Jesus, you said yes to Him, and He came inside of you.

Do you know something? You cannot get any closer to God than He already is. All our prayer, worship, and study of the Word is not so that we can get closer to Him because He’s already close to us. However, all these things we do are so that we can experience His closeness. There’s a distinction between truth and experience.

Let me explain it this way: Does the sun shine always? Yes. Are you sure? Yes. Does the sun shine at night? Technically, yes, because the sun is always shining. But because the earth is not experiencing the sun at that side of the earth, we call it day and night. Similarly, the truth for your life is that God is always inside of you. His presence is with you at all times. But you decide when you want to experience Him. He does not decide; you do because He’s so humble that He lets you decide.

I see the Holy Spirit as such a kind spirit. We often call on Him for ministry, saying, “Lord, flow in this place.” But when it comes to our personal lives, we sometimes neglect Him. Yet, He’s so kind that He flows whenever we give Him permission. But I want to emphasize that He’s not limited to ministry, healing, or miracles. He can speak into your personal life. When you feel alone or lonely, the Holy Spirit can speak to you. All it requires is for you to give Him permission by saying, “Holy Spirit, will You speak to me?” He’s already inside of you, and if you give Him permission, He’ll speak to you, guiding you and gently correcting you without humiliating you.

The Holy Spirit is the only one who can humble you without humiliating you. Sometimes, He’ll gently tell you that your plans may not be the best, but He does so out of love and care for you. All He requires is for you to say yes, not just in moments of worship when you feel His presence strongly, but at all times. Even when you don’t feel His presence, He can still speak to you because He resides within you.

You have been sealed with the seal of the Holy Spirit, as Ephesians 1:13 says.

Ephesians 1:13 – In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

This seal signifies that you are His, and it cannot be broken. Just like an envelope sealed to send a message, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit, ensuring that you belong to God and His presence dwells within you.

Unauthorized people cannot break the seal. You have been sealed with the seal of the Holy Spirit. There is no devil that can break the seal. There’s no sin that can break the seal. There’s no sickness that can take away this truth from your life. The person of Jesus is inside of you, and he wants to talk to you. He wants to have a relationship with you, not just about ministry, but about everything in your life. Do you know something? You can talk to the Holy Spirit about anything, even the movie you watched. You can discuss any aspect of your life with Him—any aspect. If you had a lustful thought, you can process it with the Holy Spirit. Do you think the Holy Spirit will react with condemnation, saying, “I can’t believe you thought like that”? No. He can take your sin, help you process it, and guide you to overcome it. He can also help you process your self-righteousness and overcome it. There’s nothing you need to hide from the Holy Spirit because He’s there to lead you in holiness.

The Christian life isn’t about suppressing your struggles. It’s about exposing them. We are called to be people of the light, walking in the light. Walking in the light doesn’t mean walking in perfection; it means exposing yourself, living an exposed life. When you expose yourself, you see the filthiest aspects of yourself, and that’s when the Holy Spirit comes to wash and clean you. As 1 John says,

1 John 1:7-9 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When you walk in the light, the blood of Jesus covers you. If walking in the light meant perfection, why would the blood of Jesus need to cover us?

Walking in the light means being raw, admitting your struggles, saying, “I’m struggling with this. I’m going through this. I can’t get rid of this thought. I’m struggling with my finances.” Every time you expose yourself, you allow the Holy Spirit to come and help you overcome it. Sometimes we treat faith as a suppressing machine, but the Holy Spirit isn’t offended by your struggle. He has the power to take your darkness and impart light.

It’s incredibly powerful to process things with the Holy Spirit, to be raw and absolutely true with Him, to expose yourself and live an exposed life. Don’t wait for some experience to happen before you expose yourself. Be proactive. You are a son, not a slave. Slaves wait for external things to happen, but sons are proactive. You can intentionally invite the Holy Spirit into your mess, saying, “Holy Spirit, I need you. Help me process this. Help me deal with this proactively.” And you can experience victory at all times.

When you process things with the Holy Spirit, He will give you a word. For example, if you’re struggling with pornography, the Holy Spirit might remind you that you are the righteousness of God, perfected in righteousness. You take that word and believe in it, and faith rises up. You move from being stuck in that cycle to experiencing freedom because of the word you received.

The Holy Spirit loves you, exactly as you are. He sees your past, your future, the good, the bad, and the ugly, yet He chose you. You’re not here by coincidence; the Holy Spirit led you here so you could hear this. You are chosen, handpicked by the Holy Spirit because He loves you.

But here’s the thing: He won’t leave you as you are. When you expose your wounds, hurts, and vulnerabilities to Him, He won’t let you stay the same. He will work in you to heal and transform you. You know, the journey with the Holy Spirit is so transformative that two years down the line, when you look at yourself, you can’t even recognize the person you used to be. But the Holy Spirit knows who you are because He created you with God the Father. Only the creator truly knows who you are. That’s why He breaks the lies you’ve built about yourself and starts rebuilding it on the truth—on God’s Word.

The best thing about the Holy Spirit is that He meets you where you are and starts changing your opinions. He loves you. There’s no greater truth than this—God loves you, and He is for you. But every time you say yes to Him, you give Him permission to work in your life.
In Genesis chapter 12, when God called Abraham, He promised to bless him and make him a great nation. But before all the blessings, He said He would take him to a land. The blessing of Abraham includes inheritance of properties, including real estate, gold, and silver.

Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

It says that Jesus became a curse for us on the cross, so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles—that means to us. And then it says, “the promised Holy Spirit.” The blessing of Abraham is the promised Holy Spirit.

The same Holy Spirit that can heal you is the same Holy Spirit that can change your finances. You don’t need a different spirit. It’s the same Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit that can deliver you from your sins is the same Holy Spirit that can change the condition of your bank accounts. The same Holy Spirit that can make you rich in your spiritual walk with God is the same Holy Spirit that can make you rich in your emotions and in your finances. This is one thing: God has given us one gift, and His name is Jesus. We interchangeably call Him Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit is the spirit of Jesus. One gift unpacks every other blessing. Everything else that you need is found in the person of Jesus.

Everything you need is found in the person of Jesus, and He resides within you. Whether you need healing, provision, deliverance, forgiveness, friendship, companionship, counseling, or anything else, Jesus is the complete package. Don’t wait for His presence to come and transform you because you already have Him within you.

When you walk in the revelation of the person of Jesus, you can operate from His presence, which has everything you need. His presence becomes healing, prosperity, success, and more for you. Activate this presence by faith, knowing that Jesus is inside you.

Even if you’re not a good singer or you feel discouraged, the Holy Spirit will still work in you when you say yes to Him. Your words are important—they communicate your desires and intentions. Just as in a romantic relationship, expressing your love verbally seals the deal, so too does your verbal acknowledgment of Jesus and His presence in your life activate His transformative power within you.

Yes, your words are incredibly important. Just as saying “I love you” seals the deal in a romantic relationship, expressing your love for Jesus verbally activates His transformative power in your life. When you say yes to Jesus, whether out loud or in your heart, it’s powerful because it gives permission for the Holy Spirit to infiltrate and invade your life, transforming it completely.

Now, let’s practice experiencing His presence together. Close your eyes and let’s do this exercise. Even though we don’t have music playing, we can still have the revelation of Jesus. So right now, let’s focus on experiencing His presence because we know that Jesus is with us.

About the author

Samuel Thomas

Samuel is a second-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. He has been the pastor of Lighthouse Church since 2017 with a two-word mission statement: transforming lives. Samuel's priority in life has been to know Christ and to grow deeper in His love.

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