My spiritual journey has been marked by various encounters that drew me into greater intimacy and revelation of who God is. I can recount for you a timeline of encounters that have marked my life and often dramatically impacted the course I was on. When someone encounters God they never leave the same. I think about the most discussed "encounters" with God from the Bible. Those "burning bush" experiences like Moses. Damascus road with Saul. Woman at the Well. Samuel while in Eli's house. Woman with the issue of blood. The disciples calling to "Follow Me". And of course many others.
The truth is the Word itself invites you into encounters with God as it clearly displays a God who desires to encounter His people. God is a demonstrative God. He's not a God of all talk and no action, but unfortunately that is the type of god that religion has been promoting.
Today I was again in awe as I was reading through the gospels studying how Christ displayed the Kingdom of God and saw a very common theme. Jesus preached, described here, "and they were astonished at his teaching for his word possessed authority" then He always demonstrated shown here, "for with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits and they come out", "he laid hands on every one of them and healed them". It says, "great crowds gathered to HEAR HIM and to be HEALED of their infirmities."
Jesus taught the Kingdom by words and demonstration of power... sound familiar? "and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power," (1 Cor. 2:4)
In Luke chapter 9 we see Jesus commissioning the disciples to do the same works He was doing. "And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal" (Luke 9:1-2)
The lost world is in desperate need of an encounter with God. Most have heard a sermon without ever seeing a demonstration of His power. Have you noticed that even Jesus didn't lean on just mere words to reveal the Father? Jesus brought a demonstration of heaven to earth and then instructed the disciples to do the same.
Bill Johnson says it this way, "We owe the world an encounter with God, the powerful Gospel of signs and wonders".
This reality should shift the way we approach the lost world. We can't simply be satisfied with a recited prayer that sends people off unchanged, we must begin to release heaven on the scene in every realm of influence we have. Not just in the churches (of course in the churches) but on the streets, in the restaurants, the grocery stores, the work place. We should be living demonstrators of the Kingdom of God that is portrayed in the Bible.
I believe that America is on the verge of great revival and I believe we need "all hands on deck" for what God has in store for us. As the beloved bride of Christ becomes aware of the authority and power we walk in we'll begin to see the answered prayer of "let your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven".
The time is now to have faith in the God that is housed inside of YOU! You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. You are the gate between a very real heaven and a very desperate earth. Inside of you is the Power of God to change lives, to cast out demons, to heal the sick, to tear down strong holds, to help free the captives, and see eternities impacted.
Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life clearly revealed the Father's heart by demonstrating the gospel, not merely by preaching it. Let's give the world an encounter with the God of love and power.
Be Blessed, J. Tate