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5 Ways To Encounter God

June 9, 2017 5:35 pm
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If you are really curious about 5 ways to encounter God, you know what it really comes down to? Making a life transforming decision that will not only impact your life, but countless others. You simply choose to BE with God every day. 

When you do, then you are setting yourself up for encountering God in such a personal and intimate way which leads you to truly KNOWING Who God is in your life.

When I have opportunities to minister, I really love to lead others to be more aware of God’s Presence. Isn’t that what you want too? Here are a few practical ways how to experience God’s presence in such a refreshing way.

BE With God

I remember when God told me to look up the definition of “be.” I was really surprised what I found. It means to Abide. What really changed my relationship with God was when I looked up the synonyms of “be.”




Imagine you continuing in God’s presence. What would that look like for you? Picture yourself remaining with Him throughout the day. You CAN stay in God’s presence. You know why? He promises He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

I love to encounter God and stay in God’s presence, but its a choice. You can choose to continue, remain and stay in His loving presence as long as you like. The choice is up to you.

TALK With God

Its my desire that everyone have the opportunity to get closer to God where they can recognize His voice. There is that still, small voice on the inside of you. Yes His voice is gentle, calming and peaceful. When you call upon Him, He WILL answer you. (Psalm 91:15)

I want to start today talking with God as if He is one of your best friends. He IS isn’t He? What would you talk about when you converse with one of your closest friends? God wants you to hear what you want to say to Him, so simply start having a conversation with Him.

Your relationship with God will be so enriched from now on when you decide to share what’s on your heart with Him. I encourage you to actually talk out loud with Him. When I do this, it helps me to stay more focused on what I am saying to Him but more importantly it helps me concentrate on His responses.

SOAK With God

I truly enjoy leading others encounter God through Soaking Prayers. If you are not familiar with what a Soaking Prayer is, then listen to the Soaking Prayers I have on my website and also on YouTube. It is a time of where you are aware of God’s presence like never before. You will be soaking in God’s presence and actually hear what God is saying to you.

It is a time of quieting your mind and listening to what God is saying through me but also what He is saying directly to your heart. So many people have shared with me testimonies of what God revealed to them during their soaking time with Him. You GET to soak in God’s presence. (HINT)

Every time I do a Soaking Prayer, the Lord always asks questions. He wants you to engage with Him as you listen to anointed music and what He wants you to know right now. Wait in His presence to speak to you as you soak with God.


The more you listen to God, the more you will hear Him.  Selah! Pause and think about that.

It makes so much sense doesn’t it? If you want to hear anyone MORE, you must listen to them more. Why do I recognize God’s voice? Because I choose to listen to His voice. He created us to listen AND hear His voice, didn’t He?

You can encounter God when you decide to listen to HIM. I am emphasizing HIM instead of others. Yes you can learn so much from ministers and teachers about WHO God is, but wouldn’t you really like to hear it from God personally? So if you are listening to a lot of others talk about God, I recommend its time to take a break from them and listen to the ONE who knows you better than anyone else.


I’ve noticed the more I thank God, I am more aware of His constant presence. He LOVES when you thank Him for WHO He is, not just what He has done for you and your loved ones. There is something special about thanksgiving that helps you know God better.

God loves to be close to you and hearing how thankful and grateful you are to Him. Don’t you like being around people who are thankful? I believe when you make this life changing decision to be thankful EVERY DAY, that you will encounter God in a new way.

I also believe the more you thank God, the more INCREASE you will experience in your life. If you are grateful for His presence now, what do you think will happen? Let’s find out.

My prayer is that living in the presence of God will be a constant reality for you. The question is: Do you believe its possible for you to experience God’s presence?


What other ways to encounter God have you personally experienced in your life?

(Please leave your Comments below. Thank you.)


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  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this teaching and for the soaking prayers.
    I received a word at church about soaking in God’s presence to hear him more clearly, so it was confirmation to what you have been posting.

    • Jeffrey Hardwick says:

      You’re welcome. As you continue to soak in God’s presence you will know Him at a more intimate level.
      Here are the Soaking Prayers you can listen to that will help you REST in His presence….