The presence of God in a person’s life family, life, and ministry should be the ultimate desire of everyone, especially the children of God. Nonetheless, nothing sinks a person’s faith other than accepting false beliefs about the presence of God. This is because knowing little about a person would not give you the best understanding of the person. And such wrong judgment about the fellow will deny you the best from him.
For instance, if all you know about God is he is a loving and caring God then, you have not known him. That is not all about God. God is a killer and destroyer. The greater his love the terrible his judgment. So know the details of what the presence of God entails will not only help you trust him more but also build your faith when the chips are down. Though none of us likes that, yet those trying periods will come.
Now let us look at a few wrong notions about the presence of God. You may have a problem with what am I am about to say if you belong to the group or church where all you hear is it is well with you all through. They say you are blessed in the morning, afternoon, and evening even if you are not living right with God. They often forget God says, “tell the wicked it shall not be well with him.”
The followings are the top false beliefs about the presence of God.
- You can feel his presence if he is with you.
This is a wrong judgment and test to confirm the presence of God. You will be bringing God to your level if his presence is known by our unreliable five senses. That something is going fine is not an indication God is involved. Also, a negative situation is not an indication of God’s absence. Often we feel God is absent when we pass through the dark corridor of life. Many Bible characters and contemporary fathers have had reasons to question God’s presence when the going gets tough. Psalm 13:1, Matthew 27:47. That you can see or feel his presence does not mean he has abandoned you.
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- Everything will all be well
Romans 8:28. This Bible passage is one of the most misinterpreted portions of the scripture. That passage those not imply every negative situation will always turn good for a child of God. Some situations on this side of life will turn ugly until we get to the other side of life before knowing why or how. Therefore, your belief system is faulty if you believe the presence of God will mean a good time always. King David even wondered why it is well with the wicked while many are passing through tough times. Psalm 73.
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- You are immune from danger and evil.
One of the wrong beliefs held by some Christian is you are shielded from evil and the challenges of life once you give your life to Christ. The situation is compounded by the televangelists that promise miracles, healing, deliverance without holiness, and righteous living Since people love the easy way out, they fall for the deceit.
Go through the scriptures you find every human being had a dose of the negative experience of life. Apostle Paul never left us in doubt in his statement in 2 Timothy 3:12. Therefore, be ready for challenges if you want to please God or achieve any worthwhile thing in life.
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- We feel the presence of God during worship and praise
Limiting worship to the time of song at home, fellowship, or in the church reduces our allegiance to God. Some believe the presence of God comes down when we change the tempo of our musical instrument from fast beat to solemn beat. Often this is accompanied by raising of hands. At this stage, you feel a certain sensation in your body. None of those feelings are necessarily an indication of God’s presence. After all, there are several other means of raising our emotions and sensation. Our money, body, possession, opportunities, and life are a form of worship.
Dearly beloved, seek personal experience with God than depending on feelings. The Bible even says our hearts can deceive us.
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