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Where Is God When I Need Him?

Matt Turrigiano

April 14-15th
  1. Introduction

    1. Psalm 139:7-12 (NLT) 7I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. 9If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 11I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— 12but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you.

    2. Jeremiah 23:24 (NLT) “Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” asks the LORD.

      1. God’s “omnipresence”

  2. How God’s Presence Benefits My Life

    1. When I’m lonely, God is my companion.

      1. Psalm 25:16 (NAS) Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

      2. You will be lonely in your life from time to time!

      3. Hebrews 13:5b (NAS) “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU.”

      4. Psalm 16:11b (NAS) In Your presence is fullness of joy.

    2. When I’m tempted, God provides a way out.

      1. I Corinthians 10:13 (NAS) No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

      2. Proverbs 15:3 (NAS) The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good.

    3. When I’m worried, God is my confidence.

      1. Isaiah 43:2 (NAS) “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.”

      2. Psalm 16:8-9 (NLT) 8I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. 9No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts his praises! My body rests in safety.

      3. Psalm 23:4a (NAS) Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.

    4. When I’m discouraged, God is my comforter.

      1. Psalm 34:18 (NAS) The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

      2. John 14:16 (NAS) “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.”

      3. Psalm 116:8-9 (NLT) 8He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. 9And so I walk in the LORD’S presence as I live here on earth!

  3. How to Walk in the Presence of the Lord

    1. Completely surrender your life to Jesus Christ.

    2. Quiet yourself down.

      1. Psalm 46:10a (KJV) Be still, and know that I am God.

    3. Talk to God about everything.

      1. I Thessalonians 5:17 (NAS) Pray without ceasing.

    4. Develop the habit of praise.

      1. Psalm 100:4 (NAS) Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

  4. Conclusion