I listened to a teaching this last Sunday morning, in which direct and personal extra-Biblical encounters with God were again spoken much of, while the God in the Bible was referred to as “the idea God” opposed to the ‘manifest presence’ and ‘relational presence’ of God that are more personal and direct encounters with God and therefore somehow more intimate than just the written Word. We heard about things like ‘divine gravity’ (Jesus being lifted up and drawing men) and ‘trans-generational anointing’ (Ezekial to John the Baptist) and how we can also experience/see both in our own lives as we ‘turn’ to see the ‘manifest presence’ and enter the ‘relational presence’ of God. Se have been told in previous sermons in the ‘Encountering God’ series that if we sit quietly with our pens journals in the morning and write what the voices we hear are saying we will eventually be able to identify ‘God’s voice’ and have wonderful encounters that will “increase our relationship with God”, something we all need to do.
After the teaching (to be continued next week) we were asked “What did God say to you today?” Here is my answer.
- That while I dead in sin He made me Alive in Christ and I am seated with Christ in the Heavenly realm. Eph 2:1-6
- That He has baptized me in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit lives in me. Eph 4:5
- That I am declared righteous in Christ . Rom 8:1-4
- That all my sins have been forgiven because I have trusted in Christ as my substitute. Eph 1:7
- That He gave me as a love gift to his Son and I shall never perish. John 10:28
- That since I believe in Christ I will not be condemned for unbelief. John 3:18
- That scripture is sufficient for every good work.2 Tim 3:16-17
- That he works in me to desire and do what pleases him. Phil 2:1
That’s how God spoke to me from His Word this last Sunday morning. These passages tell me who I am in Christ, and how I interact with God on a regular basis. The question that arose in my heart was “With all God has given me already, why would I need to have these extra-Biblical encounters?”
A few more passages came to mind after the morning teaching:
- God has already spoken. Heb 1:1-3
- Don’t go beyond what is written. 1 Cor 4:6
- Don’t add to the words of scripture. Rev 22:18
Well, those are my thoughts. Sadly (to me, anyway) many are going after extra-Biblical encounters these days, treating them as if they are some form of ‘higher’ spirituality. Subjective experiences rather than objective truth rules the day.
But like I said, these are my thoughts, not yours. They have been on my mind for quite some time now, but have become more significant and closer to home of late. If you are reading this I only ask that you consider them for a moment or two.
And have a blessed day!