21 Days to the Manifest Presence of God: Day 8 (Fifteen Minutes)
Welcome to Day 8 of my series about developing an awareness of God’s presence! You can refer back to Day 1 if you’d like to know my backstory for the series.
I encourage you to read all the posts in the series if you are just joining us. Each day’s assignment builds on the previous assignments, and they are all vitally important! (Be sure to subscribe to receive my daily posts so you won’t miss anything.)
Today on Day 8, we are going to talk about one of the most life-changing decisions you will ever make, aside from accepting Jesus as your personal Savior.
That life-changing decision is THE THING that will grow your relationship with God the most.
It’s THE THING that will help you walk in His manifest presence the most.
It’s THE THING that will help you become the person you dream of being.
It’s THE THING that will satisfy your soul more than friends, popularity, money, fame, drugs, alcohol, or any kind of earthly fun ever could.
Day 8 is the decision to spend time alone with God, one-on-one, every day.
Starting today and for the rest of your life.
I’m glad that this turned out to be my subject for Day 8. I didn’t plan it that way on purpose, but 8 is the number of new beginnings. Why is that significant? Because making the decision to spend time alone with God every day will give you a new beginning.
It’s time to draw the line in the sand.
THIS IS THE DAY to start.
And once you’ve started, you’ll be hooked.
You’ll never go back to the old ways, where you went about your business without spending time with your Father first. I know you’ll be hooked because Psalm 16:11 says, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Joy is addicting. I’ll take all of it I can get. There’s nothing more fulfilling than that sweet satisfaction I get in my soul and spirit when I’m alone with God.
And when I say “fulfilling,” I mean it literally. When you are alone with God, He literally fills you up.
- Everything that was wrong, becomes all right again.
- Everything that hurts, He fixes.
- When you’re lonely, He fills you up with His own companionship, and you suddenly won’t care if anyone else is around or not.
- When you’re sad, He’ll make you happy.
Whether we realize it or not, we all have a deep, inner longing for special time with God.
And God longs for that special time with you, too.
So your assignment today is to start your daily quiet time with God.
Go to the special place you picked out yesterday.
Set aside 15 minutes.
Yes, 15 minutes. You can do that.
You may be busy, but we’re all busy. You may think you can’t afford to take 15 minutes, but the truth is that you can’t afford not to.
(Don’t worry, God is a really big God. He can actually redeem your time and make your remaining time much more productive, just because you put Him first.)
And, you’re going to have to do it on purpose. If you leave this time to chance, it won’t happen. You have to DECIDE that today is the day you will start.
So set aside 15 minutes, and go into the place you picked out to meet with God.
And ask Him to meet you there. Sit there and open your Bible. Start reading in the Psalms, like we talked about the other day.
Find a few verses that you can identify with, and tell God about how you’re feeling as you read those verses.
Then sit back and let Him to minister to you. Focus your thoughts on Him. Imagine your Father God hugging you.
Then thank Him for helping you spend this time with Him. Ask Him to help you get alone with Him again tomorrow.
This is the start of your new life.
What happened when you met with God today? How did He speak to you or minister to you? Please leave a comment below and share your experience.
I like your website very much, thank you for your ministry,I would like some suggestion`s on some problems i`m having, I`ve been seeking the Lords presence in my life,i feel like something is blocking it,i`ve prayed about it, please give some suggestions thank you in advance and God bless.
Hey Cassandra, wow, that sounds like an idea that could make a whole blog series. “Things that can keep you from sensing the presence of the Lord.” Here are the biggest things I’ve seen in my experience with discipleship, deliverance, and mentoring:
1) Unconfessed sin
2) Unrepented-of sin
5) An orphan spirit
There are more, but start there. Do any of those resonate with you? Ask the Holy Spirit; He’ll show you. He’s far more interested in being close with you than even you are, so He’s happy to reveal to you anything in the way of your closer relationship! 🙂
Thank you for reading, and for your encouragement! I pray Daddy God would continue to bless you abundantly. 🙂
Hello Jamie,Thank you for replying to my comment,I`m pretty much an infant as far as my christian walk with the Lord,I so want to have a closer walk with the Lord,all that you mentioned in your reply does apply i`ve prayed and confessed sin`s that i`m aware of and not aware of also,im still working on the unforgiveness and bitterness,the orphan spirit I haven`t never heard of it,I`ll read up more on it.Thank you Jamie and I pray that the Lord will Bless you.
God said he is with me, he will never forsaken me, He knew about me when I was still in my mother’s womb. All what I must do is to put forward to Him all that I want, I must believe in Him and have faith.
I started the practice of spending time with the Lord daily a few years ago as a result of Him delivering me from depression and anxiety. I started every morning as soon as I woke up with the Lord. Reading his word, a bible study, prophetic words. Took longer than 15 minutes but that’s a good start. I no longer wake up with anxiety or overwhelming depression. And even if I’m do after spending time with Him my spirit is lifted and I joyfully start my day. It’s my medicine and I can’t get by without my time with Him
My alone times with God have been flat and dull and uninspiring lately. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, and I know it shouldn’t be like that. I pray that God will somehow make our alone times meaningful again. I don’t like feeling so distant from him, and I don’t like feeling nothing when I come into the presence of my god. I would really appreciate prayer about this and thank you for this wonderful post.
Lifting you up in prayer Rishie. Singing songs of thanksgiving and praise helps me.
I felt a sense of total security.
I thank God for bringing you into my life since we met spiritually. Every email I have gotten since has been a great blessing.
I have started 21 day manifest Presence of God and now on day 8, I am overjoyed! I was led to Psalm 29 and I read it from The Passion Translation. The manifest presence of God overtook me in such a marvelous way that my body felt as though i was floating on air. The verse from this chapter that spoke to me is:
10 Above the furious flood,[h] the Enthroned One reigns,
the King-God rules with eternity at his side.
11 This is the one who gives his strength and might to his people.
This is the Lord giving us his kiss of peace.[i]
Be blessed my friend!