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I Don't Feel God's Presence

The Lord is invisible. I do not feel his presence when I need comfort. Am I not chosen to be saved? I have had experience with the devil before. He is all too real to me. I can feel his presence. I try to ignore it. I want to feel the pleasure that the Bible talks about, but its hard to think about it..\

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 ---Kathie on 10/14/14
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Steven, Jesus said to the disciples ""why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always" (Matt. 26:11). Jesus certainly was not disparaging ministry to the poor. However He revealed here that there is a higher priority than any other earthly ministry, and that is worship rendered to Him. This would be an utter blasphemy for anyone less than God.
When a person is hurting for losing a love one, it is not time to go help the poor. It is time to come before the Lord. Only He can take away our pain, even if we do not feel His presence.
---Luke on 10/20/14

The pleasure you are seeking is from helping others in time of need. For example, when a truly hungry street person walks up to you and asks for a dollar for food and you give him a twenty. The emotional response of ultimate gratitude when he expresses himself, thanking you like you never have been thanked before and the tears start flowing in his eyes. You, too, will get wrapped up in the emotion even hours after taking your leave.

"If you love me," says the Lord, "keep my commandments" in which the ultimate is love, true love - as in the verb form.
---Steveng on 10/19/14

Hello,everyone,getting ready before,too late,but, I can't help but, say how beautifull you all are here talk about how God help you in times of lose a loved one.I can agree YES, it was when my son died, I was so, hurt angry had begun to feel like God didn't care about me,my child,bad situation, etc.. it took me, some time to reliase God was there all the time!!
How wrong, I was.. God been with me
So much, not enough paper or pen ti tell it all!! He right there standing..
Thankyou, for such wonderfull blogg.
I am so up lifted!! Love of Jesus!
---Elena_9555 on 10/19/14

Of myself, I don't enjoy the closeness that I will like. God holds all things together, his signature is everywhere, and I am wholly confident in God's existence, but I do not enjoy the relationship I will like with God or the special indwelling presence. I've made repeated mistakes of not following gut-feeling which perhaps is the greatest residue of the Holy Spirit and that I've been given. Too often I have been an idiot for others and not going by gut has taken toll. So I am less the Christian that I used to be because of turning the cheek, going the extra mile, and giving without return. So I empathize with you. I don't enjoy the presence of God as I will like and have not found much help or joy in going to church or in my unending prayer.
---sin on 10/19/14

Sometimes God purposely withdraws from us to see if we have learned enough to stand upon his word alone, that is one of the ways he chooses for us to grow spiritually, during these times draw closer to him thru reading and relying on His word, and remember always that he says "he will never leave you or forsake you." God Bless You.
---Gayla on 10/19/14

Mark E,
I am really so sorry you have lost a son, and the trails you had to go through. Many in moments like yours do question God. It reminds me of the words of Job when He said,
"I cry out to You, O God, but You do not answer: I stand up, but You merely look at me." Later Job confesses:
"Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know..My ears have heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:3 and 5-6).
May the Lord bless you and your family brother Mark.
---Luke on 10/19/14

Kathie "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Purify your heart, [don't be] double minded. The LORD is near unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. Draw near [to God] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having [your] mind [cleansed] from an evil conscience. Hold fast the profession of [your] faith without wavering, (for He is faithful that promised,)" It 's about faith Kathie, not feeling. "Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
---Josef on 10/18/14

\\But God was near me, thru it all. Only when my emotions straightened out could I see that God had never left, had never moved, had not abandoned me, but was still with me, right beside me. He had been faithful, even though I could not see.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/15/14

May your dear son's memory be eternal.

Beautiful testimony, Mark.

I think God has enough sense to know when one of His children is suffering great emotional distress.

Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself (to Whom be glory) was not up on the Mount of Feel Good all the time, either.
---Cluny on 10/15/14

I have found that intense emotions can keep me from knowing that God is near.

When my son died, my emotions were all twisted and I could not think straight. I felt that God had gone somewhere, had abandoned me, and my prayers were only hitting the ceiling. During these months I questioned God a lot.

But God was near me, thru it all. Only when my emotions straightened out could I see that God had never left, had never moved, had not abandoned me, but was still with me, right beside me. He had been faithful, even though I could not see.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/15/14

Katie: It is quite possible that life / circumstance has positioned you far from God.
Because you already believe in God, simply pray that God should help you to be/get close to Him (in Jesus' name) .
---Adetunji on 10/15/14

Do you ever feel the presence of the Lord? Do you ever feel the Joy of the Lord?
If you have, read the bible and discover what brings us the joy of the Lord.

Read the Gospel of Jesus Christ and discover what brings you the favor of God.
(John 14:21) is a great place to start. Now when you read this passage, know the commandments of Jesus Christ go much further than the Ten Commandments.

The Lords commandments deal with both love of God and love of your neighbor. Some will require action, and some will require restraint.
---David on 10/15/14

The way you know He's present is when you give yourself to Him by willingness to read, study, listen to, hear & believe Him thru His word as recorded in the Bible. When you do so, His Spirit will draw close to your spirit. He will then become "very real" to you & show Himself in your life by making ways to escape & defeat the attacks of the devil. You must first do your part, then God will do His, i.e., draw near to God & He will draw near to you.
---Leon on 10/14/14

We don't go to Jesus for comfort or feel-goods or other warm fuzzies.

We go to Him for Himself, because He is all goodness.

Jesus promised us that He would never forsake us, not that we would always "feel good."

Feelings have nothing to do with the truth, which is in the Bible. In fact, one of the snares the Devil lays for beginners is to search for "feelings" (what some spiritual writers call "consolations") and unfortunately the devil will supply them.

Read SCREWTAPE LETTERS and see how in periods of desolation we make the most spiritual progress.

God bless you.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/14/14

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