PRACTICING GOD'S FOUR-"Ps"-FOR LIFE

The first question you might ask is, “What are God’s four “Ps”? God’s-“four-“Ps” are as follows: His Presence; Purpose; Plans; and Promises.

This will be a four-part series. We will focus on one-"P"-per week. The first "P" will be His presence. Next week, we'll focus on His Purpose.

1.     God’s presence

To be in God’s presence is to be where He is. Since God indwells His children, we could say we are in His presence 24/7. However, some think we are in God’s presence only when we’re praying or in church, but that is not really true. If you’re in a room with another person, you are in their presence, even if you are not engaging in a conversation. If we take a serious look at the implications of being in His presence 24/7—He sees all we do, say, and think -- we’d be more careful about how we act. Nobody likes to be caught in the act of disobedience.

 In addition, God has made us promises that assure us of His constant presence: “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5); “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Although we have these promises, we have to make a conscious effort to practice being in His presence through ongoing communication and the show of reverence by living right: that is, living according to His Word.

 Being in God’s presence demands reverence beyond what we might show or express in the presence of earthly dignitaries or rulers. God is King above all kings: reverence is due Him, and He demands it.

Let's practice being in His presence this week by being mindful of His presence any time we do, or say something. How pleased, or disappointed would He be with us?