To Experience

To Experience

I Corinthians 2:9-12 (NKJV)

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

Albert Einstein said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” I tend to agree with this brilliant man. He obviously had intelligence deeper than the natural scientific and mathematical ability the world knew him for. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and Jesuit priest said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Experience is the knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered or undergone. We must live to have experiences. The philosophical realm defines experience as the totality of the cognitions given by perception; all that is perceived, understood and remembered. What we perceive must be understood, and what we understand must be remembered to become knowledge that will be the wisdom exercised in life. Deep waters today. Deep, deep wells of understanding as the Lord invites us to see our life through His Eyes and hear His Word as spoken not from His Mouth but rather His Heart. God reveals His Word to us and His Spirit helps us discern what the Lord is saying and how to experience His Love. I Corinthians 2:16 tell us that we as believers have been given the Mind of Christ. Without experience, it will never make any sense.

When I first met my husband, he immediately grabbed my attention. The more the thought of him captivated my thoughts and encircled my mind, I knew that I had to know him. I told a friend that I was going to marry this guy who was a stranger to me. She laughed it off completely saying, “No you’re not!” Logically, I did not even know anything about him. But deep down inside, I just knew that there was more to him that I needed to discover. After a few dates and a conversation that could have been about anything, but instead turned to our love and desire for meaningful relationships with God, that my heart was forever bound to this man. Though only human, he answered the call in my heart to return to the Lord, love the Lord and live for Him. It has been almost two decades since that moment of revelation. I have experienced the potential come to life as I have partnered, parented and passionately loved this man. It began with a thought. A whim. A butterfly in the pit of my stomach. It became a commitment that would be tested by fire, and tried many times. What do I have now? Experience that makes my perception true knowledge. I know that my husband loves me. I trust him completely. This process of experience is not limited to natural life but begins in our spiritual life. I like what de Chardin said, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” If we could only tap in to the fact that we are spiritual by birth and live that way. What a difference it would make! When our life becomes more than two dates on a headstone, it is then that we discover how to live and love.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” What a wonderful promise with great potential! We cannot even begin to fathom the capacity of God’s Love for us. (Ephesians 3:18-19) His Love causes Him to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20) All of this is according to His Power at work in us. I think this is where we lose it sometimes. We want to know this love that is unfathomable. We want to experience those things that are exceedingly abundant, but we cannot because our knowledge never becomes experience.

Isaiah 55:8-11 (NKJV)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My Ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My Ways higher than your ways, and My Thoughts than your thoughts.  “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes forth from My Mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

 

God does not lie or change His Mind. Do you believe that today? No. Do you really believe that today? Like with all your heart and mind. Our actions betray us. If we really did believe that the Word of God was 100% true, then we would do what it said completely and implicitly. There would be no room for compromise. If I told you that I was giving you a brand new car, it would take four weeks to arrive from the maker. If you believed me, you would wait for it. If not, you would go to Clyde’s Auto to buy a clunker at a super high interest rate which would breakdown on your way out of the lot. When it did, you could not blame me for your misfortune just because you didn’t want to wait on the new car to arrive. Perhaps, you desire a husband or wife. Do you really think that God’s Best is going to approach you as long as you are holding hands and exchanging glances with Mr. Wrong and Miss So-So. The constancy and commitment of God’s Word is not based on who we are or what we do. It is based on Who He is and what He will never do. God will never lie or change His Mind. He has a perfect plan for your life. Freedom allows for His Permissible Will offered by His Grace and Mercy. The one chosen is completely up to you and me.

My Thoughts are not your thoughts…God is whispering this to us today. My Ways are higher than your ways. We must listen to His Voice and commit this thought to our mind for careful consideration until it becomes knowledge that will become our experience. I have known the Lord for many, many years. It has been 38 years since I asked Jesus to be my Savior. It would take several attempts and many, many years for Him to become my Lord. The Word of God invites us to taste and see that the Lord is good. This is where what we think can become a reality in our spiritual live resulting in supernatural outcomes that have encircled us all along.

James 1:22-25 (NKJV)

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Jesus told the woman at the well, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth.” What did the Lord mean “Spirit and Truth”? Jesus died and went away so that His Spirit could move from outside and around us to inside of us instilling all of His Power and Ability into us. Truth is the Word of God that helps us change our mind about the Lord using His Word to bring down every stronghold rising up against the Lord’s Power and Authority in our life. (Hebrews 4:11-13) It is diligence is following His Spirit and knowing God’s Word that fortifies our mind allowing us to test the Lord. Yes, test Him. Try Him. Believe by faith. Wait for the answer. Rejoice when it comes because with it comes experience. Now what you believe is credible, so you will do it again. Not only will you do it again, but like an awesome product, great movie, good restaurant or amazing deal – you will have something to share with others.

In church as the Spirit of God stirs us, we begin to see our life through God’s Eyes if only a glimpse. We take that image and leave to be pounded by the world as the enemy pounces to destroy that tiny seed of faith planted in our heart. He seethes at us until fear takes us over and doubt clouds our judgment. It is in that moment, we forget the person and plan that we found in God’s Presence. The secret to living a successful life as a believer is to take that godly knowledge and allow His Spirit to turn into wisdom which is applied knowledge. This will create meaningful and mind blowing experiences with God that will far exceed anything you could have ever done with the hours, days, months and years that comprise this life. You were created with Eternity in your heart. You are a spiritual being, a Child of the Living God who can have His Kingdom come and invade your life now, today, and this very moment. You were made for such a time as this. His Word for your life circles round about you. He will not relent from giving you His Best. The rest, my friend, is up to us. To live in the Presence of God moment by moment allows us to live in His Perception according to His Perspective.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

My husband and I are very human beings. There are days when we wake up with bad attitudes and do things that are really just too petty to report. It is on those days that we rely on what we know about the other person, not the activities of the day. I know from experience that when the dust settles – apologies will be exchanged. I am absolutely convinced of his love for me and he feels the same. It is our spiritual connection as evidenced by our covenant to each other before the Living God that makes the difference in our marriage. I warn people all the time – marriage is impossible outside of God’s Love. I cannot emphasize this enough. Two people sharing life sounds like a fairytale – humans have painted this image in our head from childhood. But the reality is meshing of two lives into one is messy.

If we ever were truly convinced that God loves us more than anyone else, it would change our life forever. Why? Because we would begin to think like Him. We would have peaceful satisfaction abandoning self-seeking, selfish, and self-destructive ways. We live by faith and confident hope that yielded results rather than more questions. It would mean that when we called on the Lord, we would hear His Voice rather than talking over Him all of the time. It would mean that when we prayed – His Presence would meet us right where we are. Seeking Him would also result in finding right where He is. All of this comes to those who seek the Lord with their whole heart. Giving their entire life just to know Him more.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NKJV)

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Though we walk in the flesh, we do not have to live there. We have been given the privilege of higher learning and greater knowledge to know God’s Love and live in it. Will we? It begins by pulling down every stronghold that our mind has built up and fortified to experience God’s Love that comes from knowing Him and following Him each day. I am made of flesh, but I am a spiritual being. The presence of a soul indicates that there is more to me than what this life has to offer. When the men purposed to get their friend to Jesus, the Lord did not mistake their true intentions. First, He told the man that his sins were forgiven. Then, he told him to, “Rise up and walk.” (Luke 5:20-25) Repentance is the starting point of godly knowledge. It is in the going and doing that it becomes wisdom that yields experience. There is no better teacher. As the Spirit leads us to do what His Word instructs, we enter the Presence of God no matter where we live, work or play. It is in this place of undeserved privilege that the depth of God’s Love is revealed. It begins with the forgiveness of sin and leads to avoiding it. Too often we forget that repentance is a daily posture not a one-time position.

Religion thrives on repentance but has problems with the supernatural and divine order of God. People kept at the altar and not empowered to go feeds the church business. The church is starving today because there is no harvest. Like begets like. Giant nurseries of crying, hungry babies are never developed and nurtured into thriving believers. Why? They draw never to God with their mouth for natural satisfaction, but hearts remain far away. Sin will always distance us from the Lord. Two very prominent pastors crossed the line in the last couple of weeks which I find devastating. If I told you their names, you would know them instantly. Embracing and tolerating sin in their churches will never allow the Spirit of God to come and change the hearts and minds of the people. It will now be up to them to feed all these babies alone and without a harvest to sustain them. The Pharisees were offended…again. Jesus asked Peter, “Are you also still without understanding?” (Matthew 15) To experience the Lord, to know Him, understand Him and follow Him, we must seek such things over all other pursuits. Without an experience, there is no knowledge. Knowledge is a commitment to seeking the Truth. His Name is Jesus.

Ephesians 1:7-12 (NKJV)

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

 

 

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