Copyright ©2007 Lisa Tyler
I could only instill one idea in a reader, it would be the incredible
joy of knowing God and feeling His presence. When you are with
Him, all your problems melt away and you can take yourself out of the
world for a while.
I want to tell people how Personal and Intimate God is with us.
Although I've usually attended traditional churches, I've come to realize that true communion with God is more than following along with a bulletin that says we're going to sing this now and pray then and after that take up a collection etc.
The church is ALIVE. It's a living entity and it speaks, breaths. How can you capture and confine a living being? How can you confine it to a certain thought or doctrine? God cannot be placed in bonds or boundaries. He's infinite and incomparable.
You speak with the church; you interact with it. You can sit quietly in love and awe, or jump up and down and dance and shout because of your reaction to being in His presence. Whatever is appropriate at the moment.
donít treat communing with God as a business or a school setting where
all there is, is a program to follow.
Let your worship be a give and take with the Holy Spirit and
listen for His leading. You may have to start out with some kind
of instruction to the people in a format. Like Pastor Stan does by
blowing a horn to signal the beginning of service and then spending 45
minutes or so in worship. (They play music and people sing along
or participate in some form of worship and praising for that time.)
Sometimes I want to stand with my arms out wide and absorb God into my being. To say, ďI want more of you, itís just you and me God.Ē To be filled with the joy of being His, to be touched, and to realize that you ARE Him. So intimate an experience that you can make a statement like "I AM God" and not be blasphemous, because at that moment, the two of you are entwined in a loving embrace way down to your DNA level or even lower.
After talking with Matt about the Lord, I felt so much better physically. My stomachache had gone away. How can sickness exist in the presence of God?
My son felt it too; a physical lifting and healing, and I told him this is how you interest your co-workers and friends.
I think the Holy Spirit will guide you about what to say and when, or IF to speak.
Can churches in magnificent buildings with preacher's titles that must be earned by expensive college degrees or rubbing elbows with the right organizations, pass on the power of God to the people who need it? Beware that they are not simply museums of the dead.
For some, though, this is the level where they believe they will meet God, and thatís ok. I only hope that each person keeps on searching and moving up through the various styles of religion until they find Him.
Or just be innocent, uneducated, and stand in your cornfield or wherever you live, and speak to Him. The bathroom or your car, or wherever you are, if you can give Him your total attention and praise, there you two are.
I have nothing AGAINST those churches and itís not wrong to attend them. But I hear so many ask me where is the power of God? Why isnít God at work today in the world, where He is so needed?
answer, at least partially, is that He IS here and you can find Him.
But just as you wouldnít go to a cemetery to find a group of people to
talk to, donít expect to find much life in a gathering of people who
have never experienced what itís like to KNOW ďLIFEĒ Himself.
So many leaders of large churches go through theological school as a career choice, and obtain a lovely, high paying job, but have no real belief that God even exists, and theyíll tell you so.
Instead, go straight to the source, (God, in prayer) and listen when He answers you. Let Him lead you where you need to go, and let Him feed you the information you need for the particular kind of person you are and where you are in your stage of spiritual development.
reading the Bible and measuring what you hear against scripture.
He promised that Whosoever would seek Him, would find Him.
Happy Hunting, dear brothers and sisters!
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Lisa Tyler pastors the
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can read more of her work and devotionals at www.blessingmeadowsministries.com.
© Lisa Tyler 2007