God has promised always to be with us, but often we’re not aware of his constant presence in our lives.
It’s easy to get so caught up in dealing with the demands of daily life that we don’t notice God at all, and we wonder when – if ever – we may experience the thrill of encountering him again.
The good news is that God loves to be close to us and wants us to know him better.
If you long to experience more of God’s presence, you can take steps that will lead you closer to him, inviting him to make his presence known more strongly in your life. Here’s how:
Choose adventure over safety. Accept the fact that there’s nothing safe about pursuing God and decide to take whatever risks you need to take in order to experience the blessing of getting closer to God.
Be willing to have God turn your life upside down, reshape your values and redirect your energy.
Rather than trying to stay inside your comfort zones, be open to saying “yes” to God whenever he calls you to follow him on adventures.
Expect encounters with God that inspire awe and wonder in you.Pursue revival.
The definition of revival is: “the overwhelming sense of God’s presence that falls powerfully on a Christian people who have become dead and lethargic in their spiritual lives, reviving those elements of the Christian life that God intends to be normal for his church.
” You may have heard about revivals in history or on the news that affect whole churches or entire geographic areas.
Keep in mind that large-scale revivals start when individual people pursue fresh encounters with God.
The signs of revival include: repenting of sin, worshiping and obeying God with joy, experiencing a new love for fellow believers that restores broken relationships, using ministry gifts both inside and outside of the church, and witnessing about God to unbelievers who then come to faith in God themselves.