Thursday, July 21, 2011

Any Believer in Christ Can Experience God

If you have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and have turned your life over to Him, acknowledging Him as Lord over your life, then you can experience God's presence and hear His voice. It takes spending time in His Word, meditating on it, praying over it, and praying about everything that concerns you and to seek His will about those things. I'm also learning to get on my knees before God and just spend time being quiet before Him. It wasn't easy at first, but the more I'm able to do this, the more I'm able to clear my mind of all other voices so I'm listening for only God's. I'm beginning to experience more and more of God's peace and the sense of His Presence with me.

1 John 1:3 says, We saw it, we heard it, and now we're telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy! (The Message)

What I'm learning in the Experiencing God Bible study is renewing my joy and spirit and I wanted to share it with you, too. There is nothing like sensing God's presence in you and having the words of God seem to leap off the page at you while you read the Bible.

“God loves you. He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. He wants you to learn to hear His voice and know His will. Your relationship to Him is the key to hearing when God speaks to you.” (pg. 38, Experiencing God workbook, Henry T. Blackaby and Claude v. King; Lifeway Press: Nashville, TN, 1997)

John 14:26; John 16:13-14: But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. (NASB)

“The Holy Spirit will teach you all things, will call to your memory the things Jesus said, will guide you into all truth, will speak what He hears from the Father, will tell you what is yet to come, and will glorify Christ as He reveals Christ to you. Sin has so affected us (Rom. 3:10-11), you and I cannot understand the truth of God unless the Holy Spirit of God reveals it. He is the Teacher. When He teaches you the Word of God, sit before Him and respond to Him. As you pray, watch to see how He uses the Word of God to confirm in your heart a word from God. Watch what He is doing around you in circumstances. The God who is speaking to you as you pray and the God who is speaking to you in the Scriptures is the God who is working around you.”(pg. 36, Experiencing God workbook, Henry T. Blackaby and Claude v. King; Lifeway Press: Nashville, TN, 1997)

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