"...We have come to believe, yes more
we know by experience that you are the Holy One of God."
In the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, Simon Peter responded to Jesus. The disciples had come to know and understand from observation and personal experience with Jesus, exactly who He was. EXPERIENCE is defined as: Direct participation in events and activities; Practical contact with and observation of facts or events; To have firsthand knowledge. In this hour,Beloved, we have to know God from our own personal experience with Him! It is due to a lack of on-going, deepening personal experience that some in the Body of Christ do not know Him...truly KNOW Him as he desires to be known. What are we to know about The Lord? According to John 10: 1-21, there is to be such an intimacy between us and the Lord! He knows us and we are
to know Him.
John 10:14 (ESV)
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
What is your experience? What has your experience been with the Lord? Salvation is a very personal relationship! Yes, we are to lead others to the Lord, but that is an intoduction. One cannot introduce someone
he or she does not know for themself. Verse 3 in this same chapter speaks of Jesus as the Good Shepherd knowing his sheep by name, and his sheep, (you and me), knowing, being led by his voice. The people of God are
to have a first hand knowledge of the voice of the Lord! How?? Through meditating on his Word and through prayer relationship. Jesus is the Word made flesh and every writer has a "voice". The Holy Scriptures have a voice. Ahh! To know his sweet voice! That sounds personal to me. New Testament disciples are to "know by experience" just as the original twelve did. The prayer/Bible dynamic sensitizes one to the Lord's voice. As we experience Him in that way, as He walks us through situations and circumstances, we build a foundation of
trust and belief. You begin to "know that you know" God is with you. Because that knowledge is rooted and grounded in the Word of God, faith, which comes from hearing the Word, is increased. We, too "come to know surely", who the Lord is to us. You come to know Him as holy, healer, provider, peace, faithful, protector, good,
merciful, multi-faceted love, just,...and on and on. He is our joy and our song! And there is to be fullness of joy!
And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full
and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment
may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts].
Now that is an experience I want! Joy, not to be confused with situational, subjective " happiness" in which
one is happy only if everything is, (to us) perfect: finances, employment, interpersonal relationships, ministry, etc. The joy of the Lord perfects and strengthens. And just as young future King David had boldness to face a giant in his path because of his experience with the Lord's faithfulness and deliverance, we can too. Beloved, my prayer is that from the fulness of joy, you patiently build experience, and finally a solid hope. "Hope does not disappoint", the Bible tells us. Experience God! Seek that first hand knowledge of Him. May each and every
one of us be in relationship with Abba Father as our vital necessity for ourselves. Amen.