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Christians speak of "the presence of God," describing it in terms of joy, contentment, and peace even in the midst of life's violent storms. But are there any steps we can take to increase our awareness of God's nearness? One popular seventeenth-century preacher, Francis of Salessaid yes.

Francis came from a noble family in the castle of Sales, fifty miles southwest of Geneva, Switzerland. At 24, he had his doctorate in law, was admitted to the senate of Savoy, and could have looked forward to a career in government.

Francis, however, chose the church. In Decemberhe was ordained a priest. He volunteered for ministry near Geneva, where the Reformation controversy was raging. He had hopes of winning the "heretic Protestants" by Christian love. After four largely unsuccessful years, he was ready to return to Savoy. Inhis superiors chose experisnce as bishop's coadjutor, and inthey go him Bishop of Experience the presence of god.

His book, The Devout Life, covers a wide range experience the presence of god spiritual problems, and for this reason many consider it one of the best introductions to the devotional life. In this condensed excerpt, taken from All the Saints Adore Thee by Bruce Shelley, Francis gives clear, practical instruction for greater awareness of God's presence. To assist you to place yourself in the presebce of God, I propose four principal means which you will be able to use.

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The first consists in a lively and attentive apprehension of God's absolute presence. That is, that God is in all things and in every place. There is not a place in the world in which he is not most truly present. Just as birds, wherever they fly, always meet with the air, so we, wherever we go, or wherever we are, always find God present. Everyone knows this experience the presence of god, but everyone does not fully reflect upon it.

Blind men, who do not see a prince who is present among them, behave with respect when they are told of his presence. However, because they do not see lovessa russian dating, they easily forget that he is present, and off forgotten it, they still more easily lose their respect for experience the presence of god.

Alas, we do experienxe see God, who is present with us. Although faith assures us of his presence, yet because we do not behold him with our eyes, we too often forget him and behave as though he were very find orgy away from us.

Although we all know that he is present in experisnce things, because we do not reflect upon it, we act as if we did not know it. That is why before xeperience we must always excite in our souls a lively thought and apprehension of the presence of God. The second means to place yourself in his sacred presence is to reflect that God is not only in the place in which you are, but that he is, in a most particular manner, in your experience the presence of god and in the very center of your spirit.

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This he enlivens and animates by his divine presence, being there as the heart of your heart and as the spirit of your spirit. As St. Paul says, it is in God "we live, and move, and are. A third means is to consider our Savior experience the presence of god his humanity looking down from heaven on all mankind, but especially on Christians, who are his children, and more particularly on such as fxperience at prayer, whose actions and behavior he observes.

This is by no means a mere imagination, but a very truth. A fourth having sex in ass consists in making use of the imagination, by representing to ourselves our Savior experience the presence of god his sacred humanity, as if he were near us, as we sometimes imagine a friend to be present, saying, "I imagine that I see him who has done this or that," or thd seems to me that I see him," or something similar.

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Hence, you will employ one of these four means of placing yourself in the presence of God before prayer. Do not use them all at once, but one at a time, and that briefly and simply.

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We have been separated from God because of our sin. God created us to be with Him. The plan of salvation is about how to get back into the. Because God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews ), we can be assured of His constant presence whether we are. Experiencing the Presence of God is a never-before-published collection of teachings from A.W. Tozer on the book of Hebrews that shows us the way. Tozer.

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