ENCOUNTERS: HOW TO KNOW WHAT GOD IS LIKE
Have you ever wondered what God is like? Maybe you desired a real encounter with God, but didn’t know what to expect, or how to activate such an experience. This series is for you. How do you move through the mystery to the subjective and finally to the objective? God wants you to encounter Him more than you want too. Jesus came to give us experiences with Him. You will not only love the teachings, but we desire you to have new encounters that will capture your heart!
EPHESIANS 3:17-19 AMP [Paul prayed] … that Christ may dwell in your hearts THROUGH your FAITH. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully EXPERIENCING that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal EXPERIENCE] the LOVE OF CHRIST which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without EXPERIENCE]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the FULLNESS OF GOD [may have the RICHEST MEASURE of the DIVINE PRESENCE, and become A BODY WHOLLY filled and flooded with GOD HIMSELF]!
- EXPERIENCE is the INVOLVEMENT IN what is happening rather than abstract reflection on an event.
- EXPERIENCE is the CONSCIOUS AWARENESS of time, space, thought, imagination, emotion, sensation, environment, relationships, memories and purpose.
STAGES TO AN ENCOUNTER
Unaware – Aware – Learning – Enlightenment – Encounter
JOHN 1:1 NKJV In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD.
ISAIAH 55:8-9, 11 NKJV “For MY THOUGHTS [are] not your thoughts, Nor [are] your ways MY WAYS," says the LORD. 9 "For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, So are MY WAYS higher than your ways, And MY THOUGHTS than your thoughts. ... 11 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.
ZEPHANIAH 3:17 NIV The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take GREAT DELIGHT IN YOU; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will REJOICE OVER YOU with SINGING."
CALL TO ACTION:
- Genuinely desire encounters
- Let God’s Word inspire your vision
- Engage intense rituals
- Completely immerse and surrender