How To Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord


  

Stillness is the key to knowing God.

Knowing God is the key to communicating with God.

 

Here are a few tips on being still:

   

Go to a place where you won’t be distracted, disturbed or interrupted.

Mornings are great for me as I can get up before anyone else in the house and just be still. Find a time when you aren’t going to be disturbed and create a habit!

 

Go with a purpose and intention to have some “alone” time with God.  “Enter your closet” as Jesus said.  Matthew 6:6

Having an intention and purpose for your still time is important. If you just try to be still without intent, you’re mind will likely run away with you. Stilling the mind is a challenge anytime. Make it a little easier by setting your intention and purpose to hear God’s voice.

 

Go with faith filled expectation.  Every one who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

According to your faith be it unto you. If you really don’t expect God to speak to you, do you really think you’ll hear his voice? What is Faith?

 

Go when you are rested, awake and alert.  If you’re tired from a long day of work, stillness will likely put you to sleep.

Only you know what will work best for you – and it may take a little testing to figure out a good time for you to be still. Don’t give up! You can find some time for stillness – be creative!

 

Go without preconceived notions and ideas about how God will speak, show up, etc.

Thinking you know how God will speak is arrogance – and true stillness is about letting those beliefs go anyway.

 

Go with the understanding that God most often speaks in a flood of thoughts that come into your mind.

I wanted to hear an audible voice – you might think that would be great as well. As it turned out, God doesn’t speak to me in an audible voice. Be open to anything and partial to nothing.

 

Go prepared to take notes.  There’s nothing worse than trying to remember what God has said and being afraid you might forget something.

I did this for awhile and I think it’s still a good idea, but I’m a horrible note taker. The thing I love most about time with God is the impression in the heart. So it’s not so much about receiving a message, but more about accepting an impression on my heart. Do what works for you.

 

Go without judgement.  Don’t try to judge every thought to see if it’s from God.  That’s a trap that will interrupt your time in God’s presence.

There are some who would recommend that you compare what you receive from God to the Bible. Not me. If you’re communicating with God, why do you have to verify it with the Bible? I understand the fear that drives this idea, but you’ve really got to trust God enough to fear not!

 

Go often.  There’s nothing like consistent communication to build an amazing relationship.

Stillness is a practice. It’s a way of living. And once you begin to live in that space, you’ll want to stay there!

 
 

  • Rachel February 7, 2010, 8:12 AM

    thank you for this confirmation of knowing the presence of God and hearing His voice. I get so excited when God speaks to me and when I feel His presence. It’s a feeling like none other. God has been speaking to me for a very long time and it has not been long since I knew He was speaking to me. I thought He was putting the thoughts in my spirit. All I can say is “thank you God for allowing me to recognize this is You”.

  • Robert February 7, 2010, 12:50 PM

    Rachel,

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    It’s important for all of us to realize that God IS speaking to us NOW! It’s for us to become aware of His words to us.

    Robert

  • Padma February 22, 2010, 4:22 PM

    Being Absolutely Still is like entering a state of bliss. But it barely lasts for a few seconds.

  • Robert February 22, 2010, 11:19 PM

    Padma,

    The more we spend time there, the longer it lasts. I have to believe that we can eventually live in that space if we so choose.

    R

  • Alice Da Costa March 28, 2010, 1:13 PM

    Robert,

    I have to believe that too! ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! and I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.

    God Bless you in this your online Ministry which is so touching me and speaking to me.

    Gratefully,

    Alice

  • Ellen August 23, 2010, 9:22 AM

    I was trying to make an important decision in my life and I wanted the Lord to speak to me. It was about an apartment that was offered to me. I wanted to be so honest to the Lord and let him know exactly how I feel. He spoke to me and said to Be Still..I really do not know what that means !!

  • Robert August 23, 2010, 10:25 AM

    Ellen,

    There is a fair amount of information on this site to help you learn to be still. I hope you find it useful!

    As you learn to be still and know God, you’ll find that the apartment decision will become obvious!!!!

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • T.J. December 17, 2010, 1:10 PM

    Robert I have to say this site is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I figured out this connection with God too and wasn’t sure if I was crazy or being toyed with by Satan. A lot of doubt clogs my mind about if I really am hearing God and now I realize 100% I am. So thank you thank you thank you for this post/article (whatever its called lol) and this site. Now I know without a doubt that I do have a connection with God. Padma is right, feeling or even the thought of being in God’s presence is honestly the best feeling I have ever had and continue to have. So God bless you Robert this is an amazing site, and I never feel comfortable commenting on anything like this. So thank you again, youve given me even more confidence in my relationship with our Lord. Amen.

  • T.J. December 17, 2010, 1:14 PM

    And everything you described about communicating with God is EXACTLY to a T of how I perceive my relationship/communication with him. Thank you again. This has given me the clarity I need. Thanks man.

  • Robert December 17, 2010, 11:59 PM

    T.J.,
    Thanks for sharing your comments – even though it’s not your first inclination!

    I don’t typically leave comments either, and yet I really appreciate people leaving comments on my site! I’ve even been a bit reluctant to create this site, but felt compelled to do so.
    Comments such as yours thrill me, and make me know the effort is worth it!
    Having confidence in our relationship with God is key. If we doubt our own connection with God, it’s impossible to have a meaningful relationship with Him.
    As Jesus said “According to your faith be it unto you.”

    Thanks and Blessings,
    Robert

  • iris shaw January 14, 2011, 10:20 PM

    Thank- you so much

  • Iris Shaw January 14, 2011, 10:22 PM

    Thank-you so much again I thought God had forgotten about me I was feeling so shallow inside I was thinking that no one loved me I am fine now I know that God has not forgot about me.

  • Robert January 15, 2011, 1:45 AM

    You’re welcome!

    It seems a common malady to feel separated from God.
    It is just a feeling, and feelings are a choice – not an accurate representation of reality.
    Keeping the facts before us helps overcome those feelings that often arise.
    Glad you’re doing fine!

    Robert

  • Susan April 8, 2011, 11:43 PM

    Hello Robert,
    I would like your opinion on something I heard in a message years ago: The first voice (thought) in our mind, regarding direction from God, is from God. The second voice (thought) in our mind is from our rationale (flesh). The third voice (thought) in our mind is from the enemy. ?

  • Robert April 9, 2011, 1:38 AM

    Susan,

    I’m not in perfect alignment with that thought.

    It seems a little arrogant or presumptuous to assign thoughts in that way, in that order. I just don’t think it’s that cut and dried.

    Personally, I also don’t entertain the idea that “the enemy” is injecting thoughts into my mind. That will sound blasphemous to the believers in the enemy’s power, but I don’t give that power.

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Caroline January 17, 2012, 7:05 PM

    Interesting thoughts. Growing up I was known for my creative imagination. I was the eldest of 13 of us cousins and I was the one who could draw them around me and just make up outrageously creative stories on the spot, at any time! They loved it and I loved it!

    Therefore, when the time came much later, when God and I communicated (in the mind, not only floods of thoughts but definite conversations taking place – me asking loads of questions and Him answering) it took me literally YEARS to accept it really was God.

    Usually the things we ‘discussed’ were in their own right quite outrageous (waaaaay out of the Christian box of comfort) ; and yet what kept me semi-believing was the fact that He would give me amazingly different, new and exciting scripture interpretations. Finally I knuckled down to make the choice as the lack of peace over this issue was beginning to drive me mad!!! Is this God or is this my excellent creative imagination?

    It took me two weeks to get the courage to believe! I had to make the choice to believe ‘all or none’ as the voice speaking to me of these different things was the same one all the time. I remember the day and moment standing under a tree announcing verbally to God that from now on I would believe it was God speaking to me and not my own imagination! Believe it or not, it was a very scary, courageous moment! To force me to stick to my new choice, I chose to make it a vow!!

    I had a few tough weeks pressing into my declaration and choice ~ but amazingly it all fell into place. Once I got rid of the doubt and worry I had about this issue, and stuck to my decision to believe, knowing I was in the right safe atmospheric conditions (another story!) it all came right.

    It gradually became very obvious through a clear inner knowing what was God and what was me.

    Interestingly, once you get started into a flow with Him, you don’t get interrupted by your own thoughts OR any other influence, it just pours through you and nothing of your own thoughts can gain entry.. and you absolutely KNOW when it comes to an end… then you have to be very careful at that blending point between your flowing time with God’s communication, and back to ones own thoughts to distinguish..

    However, as time passes (years!) you grow into basically pretty much your whole thought life is you and God… this seems to just evolve this way. You become one thinker. You just ‘know’ things..and you simply ‘do’ and ‘go’ and don’t need to think about ‘is this God or is this me?”

    I’m not sure how easy or hard this all sounds, but everyone is different. I was a natural born skeptic so perhaps this is why it took me so long.

    The one thing though which is really a ‘must’, is constantly getting with God in that still place… this whole process only happens as we are prepared to make the effort to meet with Him often and regularly. Otherwise, it doesn’t happen. Maybe to many people, they don’t need to communicate? I had a burning desire for this, which I cannot and do not take credit for… but it burnt so strong I was drawn to it 24/7 like a moth to the proverbial flame!!

    Maybe this is helpful? I wish someone had told me this years ago! It might have saved me a LOT of angst!

    Caroline:)

  • Robert January 18, 2012, 2:53 AM

    Caroline,

    I absolutely think that is helpful! Thanks for sharing that!

    That’s an amazing story and wonderful proof that we can experience Oneness with God.

    And so I ask you. Now that you are living in a space of Oneness with God, how do you view needing to accept Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to have it?

    The reason I ask is that really, what you are experiencing is heaven. It is oneness with God. It’s what religions promise and can’t deliver – that’s why they promise it will come after you die! That way you can’t come back and get a refund!

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • mahosi March 8, 2012, 8:56 PM

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G

  • Robert March 9, 2012, 3:31 AM

    :-)

    Thanks!

  • Caroline June 16, 2013, 1:57 AM

    Dear Robert,

    I just now stumbled on this old post and discussion, and found your follow- up question! I am really sorry it took so long to get back to you!! Lol

    Here is your comment:

    And so I ask you. Now that you are living in a space of Oneness with God, how do you view needing to accept Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to have it?

    The reason I ask is that really, what you are experiencing is heaven. It is oneness with God. It’s what religions promise and can’t deliver – that’s why they promise it will come after you die! That way you can’t come back and get a refund!

    #######################################################

    Well, it is almost 3 years since this discussion! Maybe it IS the right time to have found it again!

    Firstly, nothing has changed with the communication between God and myself. If anything, it s only more firmly embedded in me, and between us! So, that is nice!

    The second thing which I note, is that I no longer feel, as I did back then, like God and I are two separate beings, walking side by side. We are now far more in the ” oneness” you spoke of. In retrospect, even though we communicated as I wrote, and I would have agreed emphatically back at that time 3 years ago, that we were in that space of ” oneness”, well, that might have been true, but in a far lighter, thinner kind of way.

    Three years on, I dont feel God is beside me, or away up there somewhere, but He and I have actually GROWN into one person/ being. That being the case, I really look forward to another three years passing!! ( Perhaps we always were one being, but I hadnt come to the stage of sensing that then. Now I do sense it strongly.)

    The Jesus Christ is Saviour question. I thought about it, and cannot give any opinion or thought on how it is for anyone else! For me, I still have that belief. As time has passed, it has become stronger and I do have a total heart conviction on Jesus being the Saviour. I talk with Him as a separate entity.

    However, How can I really speak for anyone else? If others have this same communication, in either the same way as I do, or in other ways ( we cant restrict God to one way of anything!!) then who on earth am I to question it? I simply wouldnt be true to my inner self if I began questioning and judging others. I can only rejoice for all who have any sort of communication and Oneness!

    One thing though, I am convinced that Jesus the man, the prophet, the One who died on the cross and was raised etc, here in His time on earth, that there is FAR more to what that is all about. There is the Christ consciousness we can live in, which I believe is all tied up with the Oneness thing.

    We continue to explore and grow… To search and find…. Without end. Shall we meet here again in 3 years and see where we are then, eh!! Heh heh!

    Caroline

  • Robert June 17, 2013, 10:09 AM

    Hey Caroline,

    Thanks for coming back and adding more wisdom to this discussion!

    I agree that we cannot say how it is for another – or how it should be. Each person is where they are in their relationship with Christ consciousness.

    Now that time has passed and I am where I am today, my question seems poorly phrased. It is difficult to make these distinctions sometimes.

    The old way of thinking held the Christ as a man Jesus completely separate from ourselves, one who we had to believe in and accept as our “personal Saviour” to be saved. And of course this is my looking into the house through the window I was standing at back then – and I’m simplifying it.

    Once you begin to see that Christ was not a man named Jesus, but much more, then believing in Christ takes on a different meaning. It’s no longer about believing in the physical man or the physical acts he performed 2000 years ago. It’s about believing in the Christ consciousness and accepting that connsciousness for ourselves and allowing that consciousness to become the source and cause of all our actions. In that sense we are saved – and we become like him, because he is truly dwelling within us. This IS salvation and so the Christ is very much our Saviour – and it has nothing to do with the impressive physical actions that the man Jesus undertook while here because – it’s as Jesus said in John 14: “…He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

    Christianity as ususal, placed all emphasis on the physical acts because the spiritual aspect or cause wasn’t understood. So Christianity became all about believing that a man Jesus died for our sins on the cross. All physical stuff. Once the deeper spiritual cause of Christ life comes into our awareness, that physical stuff is still very impressive, but no longer significant in terms of the salvation of our souls.

    Let’s not wait 3 more years!!!

    Robert

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