What does it mean to encounter God and to truly experience wholeness through knowing him? I think that often in the culture of the church in the west, the idea of finding and encountering God begins and ends with an incredible moment and experience. We move from one wave of music or moving teaching to another, encountering the living God in experiencing his Spirit in power or through a deeper understanding of the bible. Personally, I've come to the conclusion that these moments in and of themselves are not the fullness of continual encounter and communion with the living God.
Jesus says in John 15, "If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love."
We will remain in the place of communing with and encountering God when we treasure his words and remain in them, meaning, we cherish the things he says and we obey the them as he speaks to us.
There is a story of Jesus, pointing to his disciples, saying, “Here are my mother and my brother. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
He is communicating that intimacy and proximity to God is dependent on our ability to remove distraction, to listen to what he is saying to us, and to actually respond to what he has asks us to do. Repentance, the aligning of our minds to God's way of thinking, is what frees us from the sinful nature, the nature keeping us from God, and allows us passage into the fullness and wholeness of life and continual communion with God.
So here's to the adventure, the journey of being guided through this life by his words as our compass to greater depths of experience in God.
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