Direct Experience With God
Feasting: written by Michael king, performed by Sandra Hall
We all want a direct experience with God…
Let’s face it; we all want a direct experience with God. That is, we all want to sit down with Jesus and talk about our problems and have Him speak to us. There is no greater desire in most people than to feel close to God.
So what gives? Why, if that is what we all want, do we not find it? Some resort to legalism and convince themselves they don’t need such emotional episodes because they have the scriptures and that’s good enough for them. Others turn for fanaticism and simply pretend that what they desire is happening when it isn’t. Sometimes, in desperate times, we briefly touch God and feel, for a fleeting moment, that “oneness” with Him that makes us whole: but it never lasts.
Looking for a direct experience in all the wrong places.
The truth is that most of us are looking for a direct experience with God in all the wrong places. Fact is, our Father is no longer appearing in burning bushes or revealing Himself through pillars of fire and smoke in this day and age. However, God is dwelling in your brother or sister that is standing next to you. Therefore, if you want to see God, if you want to touch God, if you want to speak with God, the person sitting next to you in church is your best bet.
It is written,
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
You see, the spiritual reality is, that we are all members the body of Christ. It is written,
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
We are to be joined, as Christ sees fit, to one another in love. Frankly, this is where you will find our God in this day and age. He is not above you but right beside you.
It is written,
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
2 Corinthians 4:6,7
Direct experience: God in us
The light of God, the very light of creation, shines in each one of us in part, just as it did fully in Jesus Christ. The glory of God that shone through the bush that would not burn or gave light to the children in the wilderness by night, is reflected through the eyes of those who have accepted Jesus and their Lord and Savior. If you want to touch God hug your brother. If you want to hear God speak listen to Him in your sister. If you want to sit down with God and fellowship with Him fellowship with one another. It is written,
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
This is the truth and it is a revelation borne today, by the Spirit of God, directly to you. It is a reveling of the true nature of the Body of Christ and it is the reason why so many people look for God and do not find Him: they are simply looking everywhere else than where He really is.
We all (meaning me too) need to start growing up in God. What I am teaching you is the meat of the word and not the milk only. The reason that some are temped to call what I reveal here “Christian Mysticism” is that we have, in general, not yet experienced what the Apostles and the early church knew as common place. The things I write make perfect sense only from the vantage point of having experienced the outpouring of the spiritual fulfillment of Feast of Tabernacles. John chapter 17 meant something quite different to those early Christians who experienced Divine Love and oneness with God than it does to most people who have not. Everywhere in the New Testament, where the scriptures speak of love, it is in reference to the “sign” of Tabernacles, which is Divine Love. This is why it is important to seek the Tabernacle blessing just as much as we have sought salvation by faith and Holy Spirit baptism as evidenced by speaking in other tongues.
Why don’t we find a direct experience through our brethren?
Many who read this will think to themselves, “I have met my brethren and they act like anything else than God manifest in the flesh.” That sentiment is absolutely true. Most of the time what we find in those that confess Christ is more of the Devil than His Holy Spirit. Actually, when you think about it, there is little wonder that Satan works over time to keep us divided and hurt. The unity of the Body of Christ would spell certain doom for his evil intentions here on Earth. Nevertheless, as the scriptures state,
“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”
The truth is that we have all been beaten up by the Devil throughout our lives. Through bad experiences, many of which were authored by demons working through those that should have loved us, we have learned to protect ourselves by closing off our hearts to those who might hurt us. However, the walls that we have erected as protection have become our jail cells and what we hope keeps us safe actually prevents us from accessing what we really need; Christ in each other.
Direct experience through Divine Love
The solution to all of this isolation and the way to have a direct experience with God is through opening up to God’s Divine Love in each other. Divine Love is,
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
And God is love,
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
1 John 4:8
And when God is in us and we let Him shine through us we also become love. Therefore,
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8
The love of God “heals” us and makes us whole. When we are whole we can allow, without fear, others to see us as we truly are warts and all. It is written,
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
The truth is that when we become transparent then God is able to shine through us to each other and ultimately to the world. Additionally, when the love of God flows through you, you feel what He feels towards others. God loves everyone and therefore you can and will love anyone. It must have been amazing to be Jesus Christ and feel God’s love for the entire world.
In conclusion, the Divine Love of God is simply God Himself. It is an experience that we ask for just as we have asked for salvation or Holy Spirit baptism. The experience of Divine Love is the “sign” of tabernacles and God wants you to seek this blessing just as much as you have sought anything else in Him. It is written,
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
When we are filled with God’s love we naturally love one another. We see Jesus in each others eyes, we feel Jesus in each other’s touch, and we hear Jesus speak to us in each others words. We become the manifested sons of God and as such, we become one in Him and in each other. This is what it means to be part of the body of Christ.
Betty Baxter had a direct experience with God