February 04, 2012

Do you want to experience God?

There is a deep hunger in the hearts of Christians to know God’s will, purpose and direction for our own individual lives.  But is there a hunger simply to “know Him”?  To know Him as a Person with whom we can enjoy an intimate, loving relationship that grows ever deeper over time.

Are we in church, for an hour or two a week, but not in Christ?  There is so much more that God has for us to experience of Him. 

God is more than a doctrine and Christianity more than theology. It is not something to read about but to experience.

In every life there will be turning points that cause us to change.  It is at these turning points that we have to decide what we believe about God.  And, in these decisions, we experience Him anew and afresh.

Yet there is MORE.  As I read the book of Mark, I find my soul crying out for the demonstrations of God, the signs following, the confirming of His word with wonders. 
  • The Word of God is living
  • The Word of God is powerful
  • The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword  (Hebrews 4:12)

The work of the cross has not lost its power but has it lost the centrality as the cornerstone of our faith, preaching and teaching?  The shed blood of Christ on that cross:
  • Bought our redemption – our lives have been “bought back” and we belong to Him.
  • Is our provision for healing, physically, mentally and spiritually
  • Brings deliverance

The blinders are beginning to fall from my eyes as I have spent time fasting and praying (due to desperate circumstances that God has used to bring me face down before Him.)

There is an awakening to the unseen war that rages around us that has largely been ignored by the modern day church.  I admit to being blinded to its full extent.  We are engaged in a spiritual battle that we can no longer ignore.

Military terminology is used significantly throughout the New Testament:
  • The Word of God is a sword
  • Satan’s attacks are fiery darts
  • Faith is the “good fight”
  • We are told to put on the armour of God

In Revelation 12 we see a war in heaven where Satan is cast down to earth.  He becomes an accuser of “the brethren” (Christians).  We also read in verse 11 “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.”

When we face those turning points in the times of crisis we begin to lay hold of this promise declaring what Christ has done for us on the cross 2,000 years ago.

It is here where we experience God in all His power, might, majesty and love.

Then we in turn can declare, “Let me tell you what the Lord has done.”  There is power in our testimonies because of the shed blood of Christ.

Use this time of crisis as an opportunity to begin to press in to the things of God by setting aside times of fasting and prayer.  

He will begin to reveal things that go far beyond what you initially were praying about.  He will open your eyes to see beyond this natural world.

He will create a hunger within in you where you want to know Him and to experience Him like never before.

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