Throughout the Old Testament, followers of God were not only a minority, but the only people that knew the one, true God. From the Garden of Eden to Abraham, any follower of God could know Him. From Abraham to Jesus, only the children of Israel knew God. The rest of the world was cut off from the creator and Israel was God’s light to the world. Since Jesus, anyone can know God and have a personal relationship with the Creator. But…
As Christians became more religious and departed from their original spiritual roots, they forgot the things of the spirit. Paul wrote that he didn’t want the believer to be ignorant of the things of the spirit, but alas, we really are. We know all the right creeds and confessions, but cannot discern the spirit. We know how to obey every suggestion from our church leadership, but cannot recognize the voice of God in our lives. We sing of being part of the Lord’s army, but fight against our allies because they are simply not part of the fellowship we attend. God is changing our perspective.
He is reviving the way He worked with the First Century Church. You know the church that the apostles started in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. This is not to say that every Christian is going to become Pentecostal or even should become Pentecostal. What we’ve missed is the personal nature of God’s relationship with each of His children. All of His children can hear their Father’s voice, but not all of them can recognize it. That means His operative power is known differently by every child, and no one can describe how He shows His love, but the child alone.
The way a father deals with his children differ from child to child, and the children in any given family knows it’s true. Why do we try to assume that God treats all of His children the same way? We know we are all different, yet we mandate the way God works within us by our many and varied denominational expectations. When God does something outside of our expectations, we are led to believe that it cannot be God and write the experience off as devilish. This is how denominational expectations can limit our personal experience with the heavenly Father.
When God’s children are consumed with comparing their personal relationship with God to someone else’s relationship with God, they get caught up in walk of the flesh. But the walk of the flesh only demonstrates mere clues of a spiritual relationship, the true depth of the relationship is still a private matter.
God’s signs and miracles in a believer’s life prove nothing new to the believer. The believer already believes. God’s signs and miracles strengthen and deepen a relationship that already exists. Those same signs and miracles are there to prove the reality of God to searching unbelievers. A lack of signs and miracles in a believer’s life should be cause for concern, yet the current opinion among many church leaders is: “we have no need for miracles.”
We shouldn’t place God in a box of preconceived habits or the past experience of others. Yet we do so without thinking. This is our religion, whether good or bad, our religion is always our starting point in our growth with God. However, we cannot make it the only concrete path, or our ending point for building a relationship with Him. The path to building a relationship with God is unique from person to person, yet common to every man or woman of God in the Bible.
God is able to work with the least qualified people to bring about the most extraordinary things. He can defeat an enemy army without a single shot fired from His own forces. He can control the weather and diseases so that the ungodly are affected, but the Godly are left unscathed. God is not limited to the standards of men that require the eldest and strongest become the natural heirs and heads of the household. He can take the worst of situations and turn them into the most unexpected of all blessings.
In all these ways, God displays His ability to deliver in the most unusual manner possible. To the degree that Christian religion attempts to keep God’s ability to work with His children within set standards of acceptable performance, God is placed in a box that cannot hold Him. Those very same standards of acceptable performance also serve to blind and limit the expectations of God’s children. The single common factor and requirement is faith and obedience.
Our daily choice comes down to whom we place our faith and obedience. We can keep our faith in our church, our church doctrines, and our church leadership and obey them in all we do. Or we can place our faith in God and His Word and obey Him in all we do. One path is acceptable and right in the eyes of men, the other path is less acceptable to men, but right in God’s eyes. Without exception, we all want to believe that the path we’ve chosen is right in God’s eyes. The only proof we have, are the results we experience.
Can you trace a string of miracles that have brought you to the place where you are today? A string of unexplainable and supernatural happenings that have warned or protected you, your family, or anything you care about. This is God’s way to show you that He loves you. This is His way to prove He is alive and real to you. In return, all He asks of you is to learn how to recognize His voice in your life so you can learn how to walk in faith with Him. Do you want to know how to make your spiritual Father happy? Look at this verse.
Hebrews 11: 6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
The whole point of the walk in Christ, is the walk of faith with God. As we learn to please our heavenly Father, He allows the faithful to do more and more. He builds the level of our faith in Him to experience great exploits of spiritual wonder. He will show us things that are impossible to know by the five senses. He will perform wonders that exceed the bounds of our imagination. He will do it all because of our willingness to obey His Word as we pray. How do we obey you ask? By praying for the things He inspires in our heart to pray for.
He does that as we are praying and this is called “a word of knowledge.” This is listening to His revelation Word and acting upon that Word. That action is obedience, and that obedience energizes His power. Then He is able to act and answer the prayer you gave. He is pleased by your obedience and your faith in His ability to do the thing He reveals that He will do. This is how you are able to release the power of God’s Spirit. If you want to know more, click on the link below.