“Take time for the quiet moments as God whispers and the world is loud” – Ancient Irish saying
“If we do not know how to enjoy God and be filled with God, we shall not know how to work with Him, how to be one with Him in His work.” ― Witness Lee
The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks the question, “What is the chief end of man?” Many of us know the answer. “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” To enjoy our God, as referenced in the quote from Witness Lee above, is a part of our relationship of oneness with Him. It is for this oneness we exist and were redeemed from our former manner of living. This is what it means to live in the Kingdom of our God. His Kingdom is one of deep intimacy with Himself, and the oneness between Himself and His people is the core relationship in His Kingdom.
Oneness with your God is a highly personal and individualized experience. Just as no two people experience a common friend in the same way, everyone who pursues their God will find Him in their own unique way. As you begin life in the Kingdom of God, you will learn to recognize the awareness of His presence and know when He is speaking or directing. These will grow until you are often aware of Him and often hear Him through your day. Remember, few are those who find this road in life, this path of living in the Kingdom of God.
Below are some practices and tips I have learned that have helped me in my awareness of the Kingdom and of the Holy Spirit living in me.
- Develop a daily practice of seeking your God. Come to the point of delighting in His presence. As with any intimate relationship, this takes time. Ask your God to make His presence a delight to you. This must become an engaging search to the point of being an obsession. Jeremiah 29:13 “When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart….”
- Begin to pray often each day for your own crucifixion and for the life of the Holy Spirit to be lived in place of your life. Be sincere about it, and do not fear the dying. Our God will gently work in those who are earnest.
- Look to your God for the fruit of His presence – love, joy, peace, etc. Don’t look to circumstances or to the world. 2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust and may become participants of the divine nature”.
- Pray for a greater sense of His presence, of your oneness with Him. Ask your God to reveal His presence in the moment, to increase your sensitivity to His Holy spirit who lives in you. He is present. If one does not sense that presence, the block is not from the Spirit’s side of the relationship. Pray for the removal of the blocks, and be ready to do away with whatever your God points out. Do not let anything on earth get in the way of your oneness with your God, or with the sensing of His presence in you.
The key issue here is this: if you have chosen to follow after God, to know Him intimately and live in oneness with Him, you have chosen a life of richness beyond understanding. To pursue that life will take everything you are and everything you have. You will have to deny your self and die to self and the world. You will have to look to your God for your living and not to yourself or your circumstances. You will need to pray and plead with your God to make this happen, not because our God is reluctant but because it is our natural bent to be reluctant. We pray and plead not to overcome our God but to overcome ourselves.
“The most reliable and proper feeling is often a gentle sense that does not compel. It is like a voice but not a voice; it is a sense that prompts but does not compel. This most precious sense is the operating and anointing of the Holy Spirit within our spirit. Therefore, a life of fellowship means that we have fellowship with God, are connected to Him, and have a mutual flow with Him in everything. We should not focus on doing things that are right, good, or godly. Rather, we should focus on whether we are joined to God, connected to Him, and in a mutual flow with Him when doing things that are right, good, or godly. We should focus on not being separated from Him” – Witness Lee