I want to address something that has been on my mind for a while now. Something that I struggled with as well. Today’s discussion will be a bit on the solemn side. We have serious business to take care of.
An encounter with God must effect change.
An encounter with God must effect change. Whether it’s a change of heart, a change of the mind, something must change.
How can we say we encountered God and remain the same? Hmmm, that gives us something to think about. Are we just saying the churchy stuff like “I met with the Lord today” , just because it’s cool to say? Or because we want people to think we’re super spiritual? If we say those things and there is nothing to show for it, I think it should make us think twice before uttering a word. When we do a self check, if we’re still comfortable with doing the same things that convicted us in church last Sunday something is not right.
We all get caught up in the high of the presence of God, then return to our old ways.
Being in God’s presence causes you to say things like who am I that you are mindful of me?, or how can I dare stand in the presence of God and return to my old ways? An encounter with God brings an awareness that causes us to reconsider our position. We see God for who He is, and our eyes are opened to see who we are. We become so aware of everything, our thoughts change, we no longer fuss about trivial things. We now consider, what if God returns right this moment am I in the right place, am I saying the right things or am I doing the right things? Will God be pleased with me? An encounter with God leaves us thirsty for more and more and more of Him.
I personally do not believe God sent his Holy spirit just so we can say; wow, the presence of God was so rich in there today huh? Holy Spirit is not here to receive complements from us. These are some of the reasons I believe we have Holy Spirit with us.
1. To sanctify us, separate us onto God. 1 Cor 6:11
2. To teach us, to correct us Jn 16:13-15
3. To convict us of sin, we are not to remain in our sins Jn 16:8-10
Holy spirit is not here just to make us feel nice.
He is perfect, being in his presence ignites the desire to be more like Him.
In turn we ought to consider our ways and be challenged to a deeper more sincere walk with God.
It’s ironic that we claim we have encountered the one who walked on water, healed the lame and the blind, the one that no matter where he goes something changes, the one who made the ultimate sacrifice, He died for us and nothing changes in our lives. When this happens I suggest we search ourselves. Our pull toward the things of the world should be redirected. The pull should now be Lord cleanse me , I want to walk like You, talk like You, I want to think just like you. We would make confessions like it’s not about what I feel is right but Your word is truth oh Lord, we wouldn’t hold our own opinions in higher esteem than we do the word of God. That’s facts!
Let’s take a brief look at Isaiah’s encounter with God.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
Isaiah 6:1-5 NKJV
This should be our response when we are in the company of The perfect God. Naturally you internalize. We claim to have been saved, Holy Ghost filled , we boast about our encounters with God and yet there has been no desire for change in our lives. Maybe, just maybe we didn’t encounter God and need to be honest with ourselves. There’s no fooling God people, He knows every thing.
Lord give each of us the genuine desire to really encounter You.