We Owe the World an Encounter with God
We owe the world an encounter with God therefore we are relentless in the pursuit of His presence and power both inside and outside the church walls.
Scripture Reading: Acts 16:25-34 (Also Daniel 6:25-28; Acts 4:30-31; 5:12-16; Hebrews 2:3-4)
The Bible (2 Kings 7) tells of 4 men who had been shoved to the outskirts by a whole city because they had a disease. Worse yet, an overwhelming, invading army had surrounded the city for so long that hunger had caused its inhabitants to resort to cannibalism. They concluded that since they were going to die anyway, they might as well surrender to the enemy and hope for compassion and food. When they arrived at camp they were astounded to find that, because of a miraculous event predicted and performed by God, food, clothes and bounty of all kind was what remained. They enjoyed themselves for a while, but then realized the people of the city were not aware of what God had done for them. Realizing this wasn’t right, they determined that they owed it to the city to share the good news so that they too could enjoy God’s deliverance and blessings.
Paul said that he felt an obligation to those of all cultures to share the good news of what God has done for them (Romans 1:14); yet Paul’s sharing was not merely with words, but with demonstrations of power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). What had marked God’s people throughout scripture was not what they would do for Him (for every religion has committed devotees), but what God would do for them– and especially, what God would do through them. Men in prominent positions (like Daniel and Joseph), who had pressed into an intimacy with God, had opportunity to demonstrate God’s supernatural glory through crises (Daniel 6:25-28). The early church advanced greatly in the midst of a dead religion because it was evident that God was with them through signs and wonders demonstrated (Acts 4:30-31; 5:12-16).
Someone said “Share God’s love in every way possible– use words if necessary!” What will transform a person’s life is not a set of beliefs, but an encounter with a real, living, supernatural God. This present generation is not impressed with just “nice people” who have a “structured set of beliefs,” but with impacting (maybe some would consider “dangerous”) people who demonstrate an awesome God who can affect the circumstances around them. Hebrews 2:3-4 tells us that this great salvation we have received was confirmed by those who heard Jesus, and then endorsed by God through signs and wonders, miracles and gifts of the Spirit. That will get the world’s attention! Are you ready for God to use you in such a way that the world will take notice?
- Are we, individually or as a church, presenting our city and world experiential encounters with a supernatural God?
- Have we really owned this value as an obligation– one that would earnestly pursue the presence and power of God?
- What do our children and youth see: nice people with platitudes about life, or compelling people who have consistently demonstrated a loving, yet powerful God?
Declaration: As you pray today, make the following declaration…
I am blessed by God in order to be a blessing to my world. I will give away what I have received. I will not be satisfied with anything less than biblical faith– faith that encounters regularly a supernatural, transforming God. I will relentlessly pursue the presence and power of God in my life today. I expect to see God use me to bring about an encounter with Him today– I will look for it. I receive fresh anointing from the Holy Spirit to accomplish this! In Jesus’ name, amen!