Personal encounter – Part 4
You need a personal encounter with Christ. One of the things that will give you boldness as a child of God, is that you know that you have given yourself completely to the Lord. Did you read what Saul said: “Who art thou Lord?” Because of the training he had, he knew that the voice was coming from Heaven. He knew this was not Satan, but God that was talking and he immediately submitted himself.
Saul was as a Pharisee of the highest order and a man who was well trained. Today, in some churches, there are quite a number of capable pastors behind the pulpit that are doing their best to train their members. They organise bible classes, Sunday School and departmental meetings where they share the word of God. Every time they meet, they share the word of God. Members are expected to receive the word of God into their lives because it is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profitteth nothing. In John 6:63, Jesus said the words that I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life.
It was Jesus who said in John 5:39, that you search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life. We do a lot of teaching in some of the churches. Unfortunately, as the Apostle Paul was talking to his son in faith, he said there are people who are always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7) and, so, they need an encounter with God.
Today, in some churches, you have people that regularly attend church services, yet they are lost in their immoral lifestyles. They need the Lord to meet them. You cannot have a blessed hope in an immoral lifestyle. The blessed hope and immorality do not go together, so, they need a proper encounter with the Lord; they are immoral men, they are immoral women, they are immoral people, they will never be raptured because immoral people will never be raptured. This group of people should go to God and have personal encounters with Him if they are interested in making heaven.
People need to have an encounter with the Lord, so that, they can be pulled out from witchcraft deceitfulness. We have discovered that some people with the spirit of witchcraft sometimes come to church. This is no news anyway; it is expected, especially as the church is open for all manner of people. Some come with the spirit of witchcraft, drunkenness, envy and jealousy, ungodliness and godlessness, and every spirit of abomination among others. One day, someone with a foul spirit, who said he does not recognise the fact that God exists, revealed that something dragged him to the church.
When someone comes into the house of God, the person is expected to have an encounter with the Lord. He is expected to come into contact with God and in this encounter, you are supposed to surrender; you are expected to submit, kneel before the Lord and tell Him to take over you completely.
You are supposed to agree with Him, accept what He says, accept Him for whom He is so that He will do what He wants to do in your life. You have to agree with Him to turn you into a proper child of God.
• Today’s Nugget: Encounter is completely submitting yourself to God
Prayer: Lord, I need an encounter with You. Prayer lines: 08054477940.
E-mail: email@example.com. Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria