Re: Vitalise | Encountering God
I had a revelation; I was home, and the Holy Spirit prompted me to go out; as I left the house, I walked down the pathway, not knowing where I was going. I noticed that all of the blues in the sky began to form a shape: a gigantic speaker; I Heard a loud voice: “Read Psalm 9:10!”
“And those who know Your name (who have experienced your previous mercy) will put their trust in you, For You, O Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.”Psalms 9:10 (AMP)
EXPERIENCING GOD BEGINS WITH ENCOUNTERING GOD
The word ‘Encounter’ means to have a sudden unexpected, an unplanned meeting with someone
(noun) an unexpected or casual meeting with someone or something (quote source of definition)
(verb) faced with or experience (something hostile or difficult) (quote source of definition)
To meet opposition, or in a hostile manner; to engage within battle; as, two armies encountered each other. (quote source of definition)
To have an encounter means to experience something that counteracts (opposes or challenges) you; it has to do with something colliding with your belief, your opinion and direction.
Our ways are not His ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. (include reference here) We have all gone astray, and each has pursued his/her way in rebellion. As soon as one is born, he inherits the spirit of rebellion that is always opposed and contending with God and God’s way.
Unless there is an encounter, we will not, of our own volition, seek to know God.
Genuine conversion is always a result of a divine encounter with God.
Most people (evidence or example) who became great instruments in God’s hand, had serious (life-altering) encounters with him. It must be an encounter (use a synonym for encounter here) because since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, every person born has chosen a way that is not God’s way.
“Since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (AMP)
“All of us like sheep have gone astray, We have turned, every one, to his own way;” Isaiah 53:6 (AMP)
Unless you encounter God, it will be impossible for you to experience him.
Before anyone can experience God, God must counteract (oppose or challenge) - for example, Jacob counteracted God when he wrestled with the angel.
If you are going to be useful (effective) in the hand of God, get ready for counteraction (opposition, challenges) . Be ready for a divine encounter.
For anyone to serve God in truth and in spirit from beginning to end, you need repeated, progressive encounters that will cause your life to be in constant harmony with God’s purpose.
Let us explore an example of Paul (who was once called Saul). His encounter is referred to as the (road to Damascus) encounter to Damascus. Whilst Paul was on his way to capture and imprison Christians, Jesus stopped him and crippled him with blindness.
“Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord [and relentless in his search for believers], went to the high priest, and he asked for letters [of authority] from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any men or women there belonging to the Way [believers, followers of Jesus the Messiah], men and women alike, he could arrest them and bring them bound [with chains] to Jerusalem. As he traveled he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him [displaying the glory and majesty of Christ]; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice [from heaven] saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting and oppressing Me?” And Saul said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men who were traveling with him [were terrified and] stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, but though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was unable to see for three days, and he neither ate nor drank.” Acts 9:1-9 AMP
Whilst Paul, now, knew the true identity and power of the one he had been persecuting, he had yet to learn about Jesus' grace and power to heal.
This encounter on the road to Damascus completely redefined who Paul was, and it changed the purpose of his journey: silencing Christians to speaking out in support of them ( Acts 9:10-19).
“Now in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he answered, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul; for he is praying [there], and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him, so that he may regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many people about this man, especially how much suffering and evil he has brought on Your saints (God’s people) at Jerusalem; and here [in Damascus] he has authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call on Your name [confessing You as Savior].” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a [deliberately] chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will make clear to him how much he must suffer and endure for My name’s sake.” So Ananias left and entered the house, and he laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came [to Damascus], has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit [in order to proclaim Christ to both Jews and Gentiles].” Immediately something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized; and he took some food and was strengthened. F or several days [afterward] Saul remained with the disciples who were at Damascus.” Acts 9:10-19 AMP
After this encounter, Paul stoked the flame of the faith wherever he went, at whatever the cost, more than any other person except Jesus.
Paul was the reason Christianity spread so far and so fast.
From the moment he became a believer in Christ, Paul’s life was transformed. While Jesus didn’t give Saul a new name, he did give him a new purpose; one that redefined his life.
Have you had a life changing encounter with God?
Are you hungry for one?
Written by Ama Ghana @seekyefirstjesus
Ama Ghana is a Servant of God and the Founder of Seek Ye First Christian blog.
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#Christianity is the life of #God (the Creator) in human beings (that's us). What this means, practically, is that each day, you take steps to get to know this God, through His Word, the Bible (https://classic.biblegateway.com) ,by building a relationship with Him, through faith in Jesus Christ.
In the same way, as soon as your baby is born, in fact from the moment you "know" that you are pregnant, you spend time getting to know the baby, letting them know that each day
I ask you, then, would you like to be in a relationship with #God, the God of the Bible, the God that made this beautiful earth, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
The God that gave Jesus Christ to us:
This the WHAT
John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."**
And we (using #faith, a bit like #electricity, we know it's there because the lights come on) accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and get to know Him each day, as we would our own dear friends, loved ones, a spouse.
This is the WHY
"It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit."**
In exchange for following Jesus you will receive peace, freedom, joy (that's laughter whilst your awake, peace whilst you sleep), it will be hard, your friends may disown you because you've become "one of us" but guess what even if you have a tough day, you will never be alone again.
Read this prayer along with me:
This is your YES
"Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your life for me and forgiving me of my sins so I can have a personal relationship with You. I am sincerely sorry for the mistakes I've made, and I know I need You to help me live right.
Your Word says in Romans 10:9, "If you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His Power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
I believe You are the Son of God, and I confess You as my Saviour and Lord. Take me just as I am, and work in my heart, making me the person You want me to be. I want to live for You, Jesus, and I am so grateful to You for giving me a fresh start in my new life with You today. I love you, Jesus!"**
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**Meyer, J., 2018. The Everyday Life Bible. 1st ed. New York: Faith Words.*