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Day 15: God is Far From Me

Author: Pastor Larry & Pat Downing


1. Psalm 46:1 says, “He is an ever-present help in times of trouble.” Wow! You have to love this thought. Have you ever had times of trouble? Notice, He is ever-present. Then, it says, help in times of trouble. It is His ever-presence that brings us help in times of trouble.

2. Take Him at His Word. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you always; even to the end of the age.” There is no way to misinterpret this verse. Jesus is with YOU always. That has to warm your heart and comfort you.

3. Christianity is not a life of attainment, but a life of recognition. Philemon 1:6 says, “Your faith might become effective, through the acknowledgment of those things which are already in you, in Christ Jesus.” Many people focus on attaining God’s presence and God’s blessing. But the Scripture is clear: acknowledge. Recognize He is already in you. His gifts are already in you!

4. Christianity is not about us finding God. It’s about Jesus finding us, spilling His blood to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, taking us into His arms, and breathing His very Spirit into us. Now He lives in every person that has accepted Him as their Savior and Lord. Romans 8:11 tells us that the Spirit of God lives in us!

5. Resist the temptation to pray, “God, come down and help me”, or “Send Your Spirit.” He has already come. He has already sent His Spirit. Our battle is to believe this whether we feel His presence or not. He is inus!

6. It’s not us living for God. It’s us living from God. Galatians 2:20 says, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”


I am not separated from God in any way. He is an ever-present help in my time of trouble. His ever- presence brings me help! I recognize that He is already in me. That’s what makes my faith work.

God is not far off. He is right here, right now. I am surrounded by His love and enveloped in His presence. Therefore, I am not afraid. I am not trying to live FOR God; I am living FROM Him. His power is in me. His presence is in me. His love is in me. And nothing can ever separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, my Lord! Amen.

Pastor Larry & Pat Downing
Foothills Community Church
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