Our life is full of brokenness - broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God's faithful presence in our lives.— Henri Nouwen
Heartwarming God's Presence quotations
To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust him in the dark, that is faith.
Spirituality is natural goodness. God is not a person; God is a presence personified in us. Spirituality is not a thing; it is the atmosphere of God's Presence, goodness, truth, and beauty.
The healthy Christian is not necessarily the extrovert, ebullient Christian, but the Christian who has a sense of God's presence stamped deep on his soul, who trembles at God's word, who lets it dwell in him richly by constant meditation upon it, and who tests and reforms his life daily in response to it.
Don't ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet.
Visitation of God's presence is a byproduct of worship.
However, we don't worship in order to gain His presence. He is worthy to be worshipped whether or not He chooses to show up.
Only God's presence can change people's lives.
Prayer means that we have come boldly into the throne room and we are standing in God's presence.
God sometimes removes people from your life to protect you. Don't run after them.
If you have God's presence, you have favor.
One minute of God's presence can accomplish more than 20 years of your striving.
Retire from the world each day to some private spot.
Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God's presence envelops you. Deliberately tune out the unpleasant sounds and come out of your closet determined not to hear them. Listen for the inward voice till you learn to recognize it.
God maintains a delicate balance between keeping his existence sufficiently evident so people will know he's there and yet hiding his presence enough so that people who want to choose to ignore him can do it. This way, their choice of destiny is really free.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
The goal of faith isn't to take away your fears but to leverage those fears to create bolder belief. Faith leads you past your fears and reassures you of God's presence. And after a while, you begin to trust that God is going to lift you above the waves this time just like he did last time.
Each day presents a new opportunity to experience God's presence.
Do not look for evil. Look for the goodness of God all around you. As you look for signs of His Presence, many more opportunities will occur for you to bless people and share God's true nature.
Nothing happens by accident. God is preparing you for great things.
The more conscious of God's presence the more I feel like being myself, the less conscious of His presence, the more I feel I need to prove myself.
Let the presence of God INVADE you today.
It's all about Him...don't get distracted by the stupid things of the enemy. Remember, God wins! :)
Men invent means and methods of coming at God''s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God''s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?
God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He's working on you too.
Vision is the ability to see God’s presence, to perceive God’s power, to focus on God’s plan in spite of the obstacles.
And I believe it to be a signal evidence of the Spirit's presence when the Word is really precious to a man 's soul.
As hard as I have tried to remember the exact moment when I fell in love with God, I cannot do it. My earliest memories are bathed in a kind of golden light that seemed to embrace me as surely as my mother's arms. The divine presence was strongest outdoors, and most palpable when I was alone.
David didn't need to know Goliath's strength because he already knew God's.
Having the answers is not essential to living.
What is essential is the sense of God's presence during dark seasons of questioning.
My whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God's presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first [compost] heap.
To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.
What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked god for yesterday.
Worship strengthens you. It gives you a sense of God's presence and ultimately His protection and provision.
It often takes the darkness of a storm to show us the light of God's presence.
Worship is about encounter-coming into God's presence
Life is ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence.
More is accomplished by spending time in God's presence than by doing anything else.
Conscience is God's presence in humans.
Trying to be happy without a sense of God’s presence is like trying to have a bright day without the sun.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
We need prayer to understand God's love for us.
If we really mean to pray and want to pray we must be ready to do it now. These are only the first steps towards prayer but if we never make the first step with determination, we will not reach the last one: the presence of God
What deadens us most to God's presence within us, I think, is the inner dialogue that we are continually engaged in with ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought.
The one thing you absolutely need is the one thing you can never lose: God's presence and love for you. Just have to talk to him.
God gives every bird a worm, but does not throw it into the nest.
We don’t have to convince an unwilling God to come and refresh us with His presence. He’s for it. But, He cannot be manipulated. But when sincere hearts who know they cannot do His work nor His will without Him, humbly pray, He will answer.
The thing is that oftentimes, we want to be everything all at once.
We want to be strong and mature, and God wants that for us, too. But just like that flowerpot had to sit in the sun and receive water day after day, we have to sit in God's presence every day, too.
The church for too long has followed Casper, the friendly ghost instead of seeking the fire of the Holy Spirit. We have turned limp at the thought of our own cross; we faint when we think of suffering or sacrifice. Beloved, it is time to embrace the fire of God's Presence. It is the fire that purifies our sacrifice.
Many Christians estimate difficulties in the light of their own resources, and thus attempt little and often fail in the little they attempt. All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence with them.
Prayer requires that we stand in God's presence with open hands, naked and vulnerable, proclaiming to ourselves and to others that without God we can do nothing. As disciples, we find not some but all of our strength, hope, courage, and confidence in God. Therefore, prayer must be our first concern.