Who among us doesn’t have questions about God?
- Who is He?
- What is He like?
- Why can’t we see Him?
- Where is He?
One question that He’s had germinating in my thoughts for a couple of weeks is different. God wants me to write about what He feels like, to me. Not HIS feelings about us but what He, truly might feel like to us…in this case my interpretation of identifying God in my life, living inside me.
- How do you know if He is WITH you?
- What factors might indicate HIS presence?
- Should we be able to feel God and what if we don’t?
When I pose this question: What does God “feel” like, I am actually asking a much broader question. I am saying that He communicates with us. And when it’s God, that means his methods could encompass – Anything.
God is powerful.
He knows HOW we would best respond to him.
I cannot explain why He he does, what he does. Yet I cannot ignore His promptings. Holy moments can and do happen to each of us.
Whether we are privy to those moments or we have been blinded and do not hear – God is working for us, waiting on us and providing for us. This statement alone can cause a lot of fear and anger.
I didn’t always recognize these experiences as God. In fact it took a conversation with a theologian friend just a couple of years ago to help me see what I had been missing.
God doesn’t want us frightened by his presence. Even in his mightiness, he still loves each of more than anything. But, our feeble minds are not always prepared for the contact God may be having with us. God works best invisibly and quietly. His Holy Spirit also accomplishes HIS greatest in us during both or DARKest hours and moments of weakness. God’s Holy Spirit is always present near us but He waits to BE with us, to ENTER us until we approach him. It’s only WHEN we approach him that He will prepare to “commune” with us but it has to be because we WANT to.
Before I actually move forward to take this question on let me say… What we’ve got to understand is that with OUR feeble minds WE may not always be able to identify/understand not just when BUT what he wants us to know, or to say or to act.
As Genesis 1:27 says:
“So God created human beings[a] in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.”
Depending on how well we know HIM will depend on how TUNED in we are to the ways HE talks to and to HIS recognizable contact with us. Yes, it can be a two way conversation – (not usually audible,) and that’s what makes the relationship both unique and completely contrary to THIS WORLD.
Honestly, it has taken me years to realize – well RECOGnize that God has been trying to get my attention…to WAKE UP to his nudges! Those nudges are the Holy Spirit. The “invisible wall” that separates us from the “OtherWorld” – just beyond our mortal VIsION.
Yes, we have to work harder to keep our focus on God. We can’t see the battle that is raging on just beyond of field of vision…but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. If we knew how real it was…it might be worse than the movies that scared us as kids.
God is God: He is Unchanging.
A bit about where we are:
We are living in what is known as the “Age of Grace.”
The Age of Grace is all about God having “given” us the Holy Spirit.
This is the time we still have the opportunity to let the Spirit LIVE to within US.
When Christ ascended to Heaven (Pentecost) he “exchanged” places with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus needed to leave the earth before The Spirit could arrive
We can choose to have the Spirit live with us or live without.
Because of that Presence (The Holy Spirit) …God has given us powers most of us may 1) know nothing about or 2) don’t know how to use them/wield them. The Spirit is invisible and many unbelievers refuse to believe simply because they do not have physical proof of being able to see or touch him/it. (Think of Thomas – aka: “Doubting Thomas” from John 20:24-29).
What’s really important for you to understand is God is ALWAYS Good. God does know each of us better than we know ourselves. He knows exactly how we need to be spoken to. In what “framework” and what style we will best receive his message. The problem is, he may know HOW to talk with us but WE may not BE ready to hear him. Are our hearts hardened to HIS hope. Are we deaf because we don’t want to make a decision that is OURS alone to make?
God gives you One chance to make the decision to find out WHO HE IS. If you don’t find out before you die, it’s TOO LATE.
Scoff if you must about seeking SALVATION because it’s counter cultural. But accept HIM / or don’t.
God is Creator, Christ is Your Savior, The Holy Spirit is your COUNSELOR — They are all working together for your benefit. They are your Eternity TEAM
UsE YOUR ETERNAL lifeline. Get it Right NOW —- WHY DO YOU NEED A LIFELINE?
The reality is there is a Heaven and a Hell. You might prefer not to think about it now…but if not now, when? The day your heart stops beating and you die…you will go to one of the two places. Isn’t it better to TALK and learn about them now than not?
It’s better to learn HOW to avoid Hell than just hope that you might go to Heaven and not be SURE.
God set me up for this mission so let’s get to it. What I am going to describe is just my observation. This is a very individual “thing.” Not everyone is going to experience somethings and some will never experience anything.
When I ask the question what does God feel like, it may not always be about a physical manifestation. It could be that on some level he has connected his message to me intellectually and that knowledge provided a burst of emotion: elation/grief/peace….security. God works both inside us, through us and using us to help others!
So, if you’re still wondering: What can God FeeL like?
A gentle reminder: Not everyone feels God’s presence (at least in the same way) or ever gets to FEEL his presence And some wouldn’t want to. But if you are wanting to know what HE feels like here are some identifiers:
* tingling sensations: The tingling sensation can be a mixture of coolness and/or warmth. I’m firmly beginning to believe the level of “cool’ or “heat” may have to do with how God has determined to create the smallest changes within our souls to be adjusted so we GROW.
* Some people may fall asleep, depending on the nature of the situation
* Some may laugh or weep, situation dependent and you don’t know why you’re doing one of the other!
* Some may feel a warm embrace “wrapping” you up….providing a source of comfort – A Big Hug
* Or an uncomfortable feeling…if you are “under” construction…….like a surgery.
* yOu may also feel a need to pray, you don’t know why – for whom or for what reason. But The Spirit needs you and believes you can comply.
And this is barely scratching the “iceberg” of possibilities. God is infinite and so are His Ways.
Key Notes on God’s Holy Spirit
God is not stagnate and HE doesn’t wish for us to be either. I’m finding the adjustments happen with greater frequency depending on HOW much I look to LEAN into Christ and my dependency on him.
- The more I look to him for the needs in my life, the more he will present himself and work with me.
- If I forget to give him “my time” it will feel like distance has grown between us..even though that’s not the case because HE IS.
- The point being, the more I give him of my time…the more he will SHARE with me. He will keep me FED if I’m HUNGRY.
- His goal is to help me GROW.
While the Holy Spirit is always on the move our enemy is on the move as well. We’ve got to be cautious. It can be comforting to feel God close to us but even God admonishes us to be sure and TEST The SPIRITs. We want to believe that we are always feeling God near but Satan is cunning and mean. He’s out to trick us, as sad as that is. Always ask God for confirmation on what he’s telling you – and be certain that the message is a directive from HIM and not Satan. Satan will try to deceive us just like he deceived Eve in Eden. Do you part to put him in his place: HERE’s HOW!
Discerning False Prophets
1 John 4:1-5
New Living Translation (NLT)
4″Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 2 This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet[a] acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. 3 But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.
4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 5 Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them.”
Lord: Thank you for the gift of now and today. Thank you for this life. I don’t understand a lot of things but I want you to help me understand you. Help me find you. Help me to feel you and draw me closer. Fill me with your Spirit to overflowing. Show me what your love is about and help me to see beyond the darkness of invisibility. Amen