Friday, April 19, 2013
Friday Fellowship: Encounter a Real God
Are you a grounded believer? Why? Traditions, rituals, rules and guidelines these are not what keep God’s followers grounded. In tough times these traditions, rules and guidelines tend to lose their merit. Eventually many people begin questioning the purpose of them and if God truly cares for the traditions, rules or guidelines. Our reading shares answers to why these men are grounded: Moses, Stephen and Job.
First, Moses he was told by God that he wasn’t going to the promise land, despite this disappointing news he was a faithful servant to God still leading Israel cognizant of this disappointment.
Why was he still a GROUNDED BELIEVER, serving God with this disappointment? The reason is because Moses once stood on holy ground and heard directly from Heaven.
33 “Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.”
Secondly, Stephen was alone and speaking the truth from God to a proud hostile crowd. He corrected them boldly and the crowd began to shift to a violent mob.
Why would Stephen still be a GROUNDED BELIEVER, correcting a hostile crowd with God’s words and ignore the violent mob indications? The reason is because Stephen opened up his eyes and viewed Heaven. He encountered God, whom allowed him to see into Heaven.
55 “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,”
Finally, Job this man was suffering in every facet in life and had not one thing except his breath which ailed him to be grateful of.
Why would he still be a GROUNDED BELIEVER, acknowledging God as his savior and still God? The reason which is not stated in our reading, yet inferred is because Job had some encounters with God, some indelible experiences involving God.
25 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:”
26 “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:”
Traditions, rituals, rules, guidelines, they will not keep you grounded they can make you feel good adding structure and an appearance to be applauded yet will they keep your faith rooted in tough times? Real answers lead to real results.
Our examples today say, seek God until he reveals himself. God must be real in your life to be a GROUNDED BELIEVER. It’s ok if you have not encountered God, but if you make that decision saying God I need you to be real to me. God sent his only son to die so he could connect with you and I. Think about that and his word guarantees you will succeed in finding him.
(I share one of my encounters with God in the “Testimonies” tab of this website)
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”