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The Spirit of This World

Posted: August 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

As a Christian today, you don’t have to be very perceptive to see that our culture and everything about it is becoming increasingly antagonistic toward the things of God and the church.

Let’s take television for example. It’s very difficult nowadays to actually find something decent to watch, even commercials, without having to place your fingers on the mute and the channel buttons simultaneously to keep from dumping raw sewage into your living room and your heart.

Christian values are being targeted in the media every time we turn around. It’s everywhere! Radio, TV, the internet, billboards, etc. But Jesus said this would happen. He said if they hated Him in his day, they would hate us too. In 2 Timothy 3:12, Paul the apostle said that all those who live godly in Christ would suffer persecution.

What’s behind all of this anyway? Is it just the battle between good and evil, darkness and light? NO! I believe it’s much more than that in these last days.

The Man Jesus—the Christ

While I do not have extensive knowledge about world religions, I have researched some of their beliefs to a certain degree and many of them believe that Jesus was a good man, a teacher, and some even agree that He was prophet.

On the other hand, many do not believe that He actually was, and is God.

Why is there a growing contempt for “real” Christianity when Jesus only went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil (see Acts 10:38)?

Stop and think about this for a minute. Do you remember what happened when Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan? Matthew 3:16 in the NKJV says “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He (John the Baptist) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him” (Jesus).

At this precise moment in time, Jesus was no more just Jesus. He was now Jesus Christ, the anointed son of God.

He was anointed with the same Spirit that lives inside God the Father. The word anointed or to anoint actually comes from three or four Greek words. They mean to smear with or to rub on. Anoint also meant to consecrate Jesus to the Messianic office and to furnish Him with necessary power for its administration. It also meant to endue Christians with the gifs of the Holy Spirit.

If you study the life and ministry of Jesus, you will find that He did not engage in any miracles (not one) in His ministry until He was baptized in water, and with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit that baptized and empowered Jesus was and is the same Spirit who was present and intimately involved in the creation of all living things, as well as the planets, our solar system and a myriad of other things as well.

He is the same Spirit that caused each one of us to receive the life of God at the new birth, or salvation, or whatever term you’re most familiar with.

 The Spirit of Anti-Jesus or Anti-Christ?

As I said earlier, there are other religions that believe that Jesus was a good man or teacher and prophet. However, my purpose in this is not to discuss world religions but the spirit that is currently operating in the world and in those today who are antagonistic toward the Gospel.

The apostle John said in 1 John 4:1-3 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world (NKJV).

This passage clearly states that we can discern and target any spirit that is against Jesus Christ by asking one simple question. Do you believe Jesus Christ came in the flesh and that He was and is God? If not, you know what spirit is motivating them.

I tried this once with two women who came to my door on a cold Saturday morning. Once I asked them this question they started stumbling and back peddling for answers. When we’d talked for a few minutes, they ended up telling me that Jesus wasn’t God and that it wasn’t possible for Him to be God.

Satan is After the Anointing in Our Lives

Think about this for a moment? Why do you suppose John wrote about testing the spirits and specifically mentioned confessing Jesus Christ and not just Jesus?

I completely agree that Jesus was God and that He was virgin born. However, it was His own Father’s plan that His ministry not begin until the Holy Spirit came upon Him and indwelt Him. That’s how He turned the water into wine, healed the sick, the lepers, the blind, raised the dead, stilled storms, walked through walls (yes, that’s right!), walked on water, translated a boat to shore from the middle of the sea of Galilee, received instructions from His Father in the Spirit realm (see John 5:19-21) and more.

While I cannot find specific scripture for this, it’s my personal conviction that John wrote about Jesus Christ because he was trying to warn us to protect, guard, and treasure the presence of the person of Holy Spirit, or the anointing in our lives as Christians.

When we do not treasure or value the presence of Holy Spirit and His anointing in us, or upon us, He can and will withdraw inside us. Don’t be deceived, He is very powerful but He is also a gentleman in every sense of the word and He can be grieved or hurt. He takes center stage in our lives only by invitation.

When we let in the wrong type of entertainment, or dwell on unkind and negative thoughts as well as other ungodly things, the power of Holy Spirit diminishes in our lives by our own choices and our hearts gradually harden to His gentle promptings.

Holy Spirit will never crowd His way to the front of our lives. He lets us choose. We are created as love creatures of His. And as such, love NEVER, controls, manipulates or forces it’s own agenda and purpose or it ceases to be love.

Manipulation and control actually have its roots in witchcraft because satan loves to control, force, and coerce us into fulfilling his plans. But if we keep our hearts tender so that Holy Spirit knows He is welcomed, we’ll never have to be concerned about our enemy taking advantage of us.

 Invite Holy Spirit to Live in You Today

 If you’re interested in having God’s Holy Spirit take up residence in your life, it’s so simple. John 3:17-18 says that God DID NOT send His son into the world to condemn them, but to save them. Verse 18 says that if you believe in Jesus you are not condemned.

Sinning does not condemn you or keep you from being saved, contrary to many traditional teachings today. But God’s word says, simply BELIEVE on the only begotten son of God, and that is Jesus Christ.

Ask God to forgive you for not believing in Him and accept what His Son did for you and Holy Spirit will come into your heart and make you alive. Your whole world will change or you’ll begin to see things from heaven’s perspective instead of this world’s view.

Don’t stress over how you’re going to live this new life. The Holy Spirit is also your teacher, guide, comforter and friend and He will never let you down.

I hope you choose Him, you will not be sorry.

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

 

 

 

This question came to me in the past because of hearing two different perspectives on the subject of God and His sovereignty.

I agree that God is absolutely sovereign if you mean that He is our creator, the only One true God, the only Savior and absolute authority over all principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness and evil.

The All-Sovereign Doctrine

However, some people believe that no matter what happens to you or others on the planet, it’s all allowed by God, whether you’re a Christian or not. Because after all, since God is all-powerful—all sovereign, then that naturally means He’s responsible for everything and in control of everything.

Right?

Stop and think seriously about this for just a minute.

If this were true, then the same God who sent His only begotten Son to deliver us from evil would also have to be “the source” of all evil. After all, if He controls everything then He should be able to stop anything at will if He wanted to.

What I’ve learned is that this type of thinking and believing is taught and received most often when accidents, sickness, death, loss of jobs, children getting in trouble, and a host of other unexplainable or unjustified situations occur for which they have no answer.

This is my opinion but I believe scripture supports it. I believe that you can only arrive at this kind of thinking by one of three ways or perhaps all three; and there may be more.

  1. Ignorance of scripture because of a lack of deep study in the original text for the old and new testaments.
  2. Wrong teaching based on religious traditions not challenged (see Mt. 15:1-9).
  3. Thinking you “know” the nature of God as our Father but still being deceived.

It’s my personal conviction that it is impossible to arrive at this kind of thinking if you really understand the “true” nature of God. You cannot come to these conclusions apart from knowing that Jesus is “perfect theology” and that He always did and still perfectly represents His Father and ours (if you call Him Savior).

Not “really knowing Him” creates many opportunities for people to blame Him for catastrophes, sickness, death, adverse acts of nature and a host of other ridiculous and ludicrous charges.

These kinds of things always ultimately become the brain-child of the religious all-sovereign doctrine of God.

God Gave Us His Authority

Many times Jesus spoke of suffering in the bible because He was familiar with it (see Isa. 53:3, Heb. 4:15) and He cared enough to deliver people from it. When he did talk about it, it was never from a defeated perspective of being unable to overcome it or not having the answers or the power to defeat it.

While the suffering He spoke of involved physical circumstances many times, it was also true that Jesus made it clear what the source of that suffering was. Sometimes it was sin, sometimes natural things. But many times, it was clearly the result of demonic harassment and oppression that was allowed to continue for either a lack of knowledge, wrong teaching, or possibly a victim that was simply exhausted and too tired to fight any longer.

Many churches today don’t boldly declare that Jesus gave us “all” authority over satan (I refuse to capitalize this name). What’s worse is the fact that by them not assigning sickness, disease, and other tragic things to the enemy of our souls, they allow him to remain largely undetected. Therefore he continues his destruction while we continue agreeing with his lies which is what empowers him in the first place.

In addition, these things can also occur from a lack of knowledge in how to take care of our bodies, or simply not making wise choices in general.

Jesus Himself said in Luke 10:10 (AMP) “Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.” He gave us this authority to use it against our enemy. Just as we would if an intruder broke into our homes to threaten the welfare of our loved ones or ourselves or property.

Sadly, there are precious people who have swallowed wrong teaching that says the same loving God who sent His only Son to die for them is the same One that caused something destructive and tragic to enter their lives. This creates a conflict in their believing—in their core value system because it’s only natural to assume they won’t resist God’s will if they really believe He’s bringing this on them to teach them something, to make their faith stronger, or make them become more like Christ.

Reality check here: If any of us as parents were able to put sickness or disease on our children or cause some sort of devastation to come upon them to mature them we would be arrested for child abuse and rightly so. But yet God gets blamed for this sort of behavior all the time and then those same people ask Him to remove it from them.

That almost sounds psychologically unbalanced doesn’t it? You can only get here by accepting lies from a religious spirit.

The True Nature of God Always Preserves Life

A serious study of the nature of God will reveal that He is “always” the same…He is GOOD in every situation. And He can be counted on to be stable in our world which is so unstable.

Two scriptures that I love which clearly describes God’s character and which Jesus perfectly modeled are Luke 9:56 and John 10:10.  The one in Luke says that Jesus “did not” come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. The Greek word save in that passage is sozo, and it means: to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health. to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue. That does not sound to me like a God who wants to destroy you with sickness, disease and tragedy.

John 10:10 (AMP) is a more popular verse that reads, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). Once again, it’s pretty self-explanatory! It takes religious tradition to disarm the power of this verse in order to be misunderstood (see Matt. 15:6).

Jesus also said in John 14:9 (NKJV) “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”. And for the skeptics that may be reading this post, Acts 10:38 should settle this issue once and for all. It says “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power who went about DOING GOOD and healing ALL who were oppressed BY the devil. 

So who’s oppressing people and making them sick? THE DEVIL…THAT’S WHO! That word oppressed in the Greek is kataponeo, and it means to: tire down with toil, exhaust with labor or to afflict or oppress with evils.

Jesus is NOT GUILTY!

Jesus was and is perfect theology throughout the entire New Testament. He said in John 5:19 that He only did what He saw His Father do. (By the way, the word “saw” in the original Greek means He “literally” saw His Father doing…) If we cannot find Jesus afflicting anyone in the Gospels with sickness and tragedy, (and you can’t) then what basis does anyone have for blaming God for making people sick, or bringing death and destruction on the earth through judgment.

Jesus, on the cross, took ALL God’s wrath so that “we” didn’t have to experience it. So maybe, some of the destructive things that are happening on earth, including all the devastating weather patterns, etc. are the result of sin finally reaching a level that is affecting nature itself. This is also mentioned in Romans 8:19-22.

God could stop all the sin, destruction, disease, and mayhem at any time He wanted to. But He loves man so much that He actually trusts him with this planet, the people on it, and the personal authority of His Son Jesus Christ.

Our Enemy Knows Who We Are

As a matter of fact, the bible says in Eph. 3:9-10 that God actually intended His church, not the individual denominations, but His church, His body as a whole, to be a witness of His manifold (various expressions) wisdom to the principalities and powers in the heavenly realm.

In other words, the demons, devils, or the satanic realm, is supposed to be aware that we as Christians are here and on the scene, walking in the same authority that Jesus Christ did when He was here.

I don’t claim to have arrived…not at all! But I am pursuing it with the help of the Holy Spirit. I have a long way to go but I know it’s God’s will and I believe I will see Him doing His signs and wonders through me one day as well.

If it seems that I’m trying to protect God’s reputation, you’re mistaken! His reputation is spotless and He sure doesn’t need my help in being His PR guy. But I’m going to take every opportunity He gives me to shoot down or attempt to disprove religious tradition that is clearly unscriptural because it seriously angers me.

If you’re a theologian reading this post and would like to debate me, you’d win because I don’t have the knowledge that you do. But I do have something that you may not have; experience in my relationship with an incredibly loving and merciful God whom I KNOW as my Father. I am convinced beyond doubt that He loves me unconditionally, accepts me in Christ, and He is always good to me.

I don’t want to imply that I am an authority on any of these subjects. However, I have spent the last 25+ years seeking God for serious answers to some of these issues through prayer and in-depth study. I also listen to people I respect who are much wiser than I am and have a great deal more experience with God, as well fruit being born in their lives.

 

Serving You Truth,

Dennis Botz


 

 

 

JESUS…Before the Cross!

Posted: August 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

If you are a Christian today and have been for any length of time, you should know that Jesus was, and is the eternal Son of God. There may also be people reading this who are not Christians but still believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

When people discuss the miracles that Jesus did, many of them believe that He was able to do that only because He was the Son of God and that is simply not the case. I’ve actually heard people say, “We can’t be expected to do miracles like that because we’re only human.” However, that’s not what Jesus said.

Sometimes this type of answer is either a response in unbelief of the scripture, or a lack of understanding of what God said we could do and who Jesus really is inside the New Testament believer today (see Mark 16:17-18, 20).

Wrong Religious Traditions

Some religious traditions are valuable and worthwhile to maintain, as long as they totally support the accuracy of scripture. On the other hand, there are religious traditions that are nothing more than man-made doctrines and wrong concepts about God and His word that are totally unscriptural.

For example, I previously mentioned conversations that people had about the miracles Jesus performed. Many Christians—even some mature ones—believe that Jesus was able to perform miracles only because He was the Son of God. Without their awareness they’re actually forgetting the fact that He was also a flesh and blood man when He was performing all those miraculous deeds.

The apostle Paul, inspired by the revelation of the Holy Spirit wrote this about Jesus in Philippians 2:7 (NKJV). [He] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. In other words, He was a flesh and blood man just like we are today.

In Hebrews 2:14 (NKJV), we have more proof that Jesus was flesh and blood like us. Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He [Jesus] Himself likewise shared in the same. Hebrews 4:15 says Jesus was tempted in every way, just like we are, but He did not sin. That is why He understands and is compassionate about our needs.

Jesus Was Just Like Us…

…in every way!

When Jesus was just a child, Luke 1:80 (NKJV) says that “…He grew and became strong in spirit. He was a child in every sense of the word. As He matured and became a young man, He experienced the same things we do; hunger, varieties of temptations (Luke 4:2), confrontations from those who disagreed with Him, even rejection from his own family members (Matthew 13:53-58).

The Power Source of Jesus

Scripture records many miracles that Jesus performed during His short three-year ministry. What is interesting to me is this. No miracles were mentioned, to my knowledge, prior to Jesus being baptized by John in the river Jordan. The scripture also makes specific mention of the Holy Spirit descending upon and empowering Him at that point in time. God spoke immediately following this baptism, voicing His divine approval, then sending Him into the wilderness to be tested and proved for the most powerful ministry that anyone on earth would ever have.

There is still much debate today in the church concerning the Holy Spirit indwelling every believer at salvation versus the additional experience of what is referred to as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is an additional spiritual submersion and empowerment.

For the purpose of this article, I believe the record of Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3:13-17 clearly portrays a baptism or complete submersion in and of the Holy Spirit that allowed Him to have total dominion and power over every kind of unclean spirit, as well as all the forces of nature itself.

There are multiple records to prove this domination of spirits and nature in each of the four gospels in the New Testament.

In Acts 10:38 (NKJV), it says “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power who went about doing good and healing all (not most, but all) who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

The word “power” in this verse means: power for performing miracles. It also means power that is the nature of the One who controls another. In this case, the Holy Spirit of God anointing Jesus for ministry.

God was with Him, not only because He was the Son of God, but because He was a flesh and blood man indwelt by the Holy Spirit who promised that He would never leave Him. Once He takes up residence in us, He will never leave us either.

A Man Empowered by the Holy Spirit

After Jesus was baptized by John in the river Jordan, Luke 4:1 mentions that Jesus was “filled” with the Holy Spirit, not just indwelt. Therefore, there is a difference.

To further prove that Jesus had laid aside divinity and was still a man on this side of the cross (see Heb.1:5-6). Let’s go back to the great commission at Matthew 28:18. In the NKJV Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” In order for Jesus to say “all authority” had been given to Him, that had to mean “at that time” that He did not have all authority. He had to “receive” it from the Father just as we do today.

You must give this passage some serious thought to fully understand it. I did not come up with this on my own the first time. I had to get it from someone much wiser that I will probably ever be.

Read it again, slowly! Jesus said, “He had been given all authority”… If He was already God at this point, then He could not or would not have given Himself His own authority. Would He? Look at the language again. Someone [God] gave Him all authority. In other words, prior to this statement, it makes sense that He “did not” have all authority before He spoke these words.

In order for someone to give you, me, or us, “all authority”, they would certainly have to rank much higher in power and authority than us in order to hand it down. In order to grasp this, you must remember that Jesus willingly relinquished all His authority, position, power, divinity, influence, etc. before He was born. He laid it all down to come to a sin-cursed earth and become like us. What kind of love is this?!

Read Philippians 2:7 again, He [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation.

Why Did He Do This As a Man and Not God?

Please understand that I am NOT SAYING that Jesus was not God’s son. That is heresy. He most certainly was the virgin-born, eternal, Son of God; and there will never be another like Him. However, Jesus also referred to Himself many times as the Son of Man. In other words, He willingly chose to become a member of the human race—the son of man.

Why did Jesus choose to become a man and do all of these miracles as a man filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit?

Think about it this way. If Jesus had descended from heaven as God, remained as God without taking on human flesh, and then proceeded to do all those miraculous things He is well known for, we would still be amazed and impressed.

But if He really did lay down His divinity, rights, power, and authority, and then took on human flesh and was empowered by the Holy Spirit as a man, prior to His miraculous ministry, I am compelled to seriously consider His works and His words.

Either He’s the greatest liar that ever lived and I must protect myself and warn others about Him. Or, I must choose to follow Him the rest of my days because He is Who He says He is.

If I choose to follow Him, I MUST open my mind to what He says is truth. Because ultimately, truth always overrides facts! The truth is, Jesus gave it all so that we could have an eternally intimate relationship with Him. Secondly, He really did expect us to do the same miracles that He did, and even greater than He did (John 14:12). In Matthew 10:1, 7-8, He commissioned His disciples to do great miracles of healing, deliverance, salvation, and raising the dead.

Jesus was and is “perfect theology” and He led by example, as a man, filled with and totally yielded to the Holy Spirit at all times. He went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed by the devil, and basically wreaking havoc on ungodly religious attitudes and anything else under the devil’s control or influence.

We Have the Same Power Source

We have the exact same power source as Jesus, which is the awesome, precious Holy Spirit of Father God Himself.

He is the most powerful force (person) in the universe. He was present at creation when God spoke the earth, stars, planets, and every living thing into existence. He was present in gentle power at the baptism of Jesus. He was most certainly present at the Crucifixion when all the demons of darkness and hell were thinking they had finally finished Him off; but they were wrong!

The apostle Paul gave us language in the book of Romans for this wonderful thing that Jesus did for us on the cross so that we could be in continuous fellowship with Him. Then in the book of Ephesians, Paul uncovers further understanding in chapters 1-3 about what it means to live a victorious life by the power of the Holy Spirit; the power source of Jesus.

When it says in Ephesians 2:6 that “We are seated in heavenly places”…many bible teachers suggest this statement is a point of “positional theology” only. However, that “positional” thinking is totally void of experiencing the heavenly realm as Jesus did in John 3:13, 5:19-21.

The feet of Jesus may or may not have left this earth prior to His going to the cross for us (I believe they did). However, as you do a thorough study of His miracles and His personal encounters with His Father, it is clear that He was visiting His Father in the spiritual realm. Because of these encounters, Jesus always brought heaven’s atmosphere into every situation and heaven’s dominion always won over darkness.

Jesus modeled this for us a man, so that we, as men and women, could co-partner with Him and complete what originally started with Adam and Eve in the Garden…bringing heaven to earth.

 

Serving You Truth,

Dennis

God, Can We See You?

Posted: August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

I’m sure that some of you readers are already on alert with a question like this. And some of you may already have an answer floating around in your head that goes something like this, “No one can see God and live, the bible says so!”

If that is your response, keep this in mind. Matthew 5:8 (NKJV) says, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” This is a literal meaning. And, those words are written in red, which means that Jesus spoke them.

In the days we’re currently living in, there are numerous reports of people all over the earth being caught up in the Spirit realm, and some even to third heaven. Some are having angelic visitations on earth and in heaven, seeing Jesus face to face, and even standing before God’s throne. These visitations are happening to men, women and boys and girls of all ages regardless of their religious, economic, vocational or cultural position.

Actually, this has been happening for decades but it is increasing in these last days.

Contradictions in Scripture?

I’m aware that the content in this article will be rejected by many people inside and outside the church as a whole and I’m ok with that. But I’m also confident that there may be a small handful of people here in the U.S. or abroad that might just want to see for themselves what God has to say about this truth in His word.

It seems that scripture, at times, contradicts itself regarding the subject of humans being able to see God or His Son with our physical eyes or by any other means until we get to heaven.

For a couple of examples, see Exodus 33:18-20. Moses asked God if He would show him His glory. God told Moses in verse 20 that no man can see God and live. Yet, prior to that request, verse 11 says that the Lord spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to his friend.

Another example is in 1Timothy 6:16. It says God dwells in unapproachable light whom no man has seen or can see.

These scriptures appear to make it very clear that “no one” can approach God and live. However, there are many scriptures throughout the entire bible that make an open and shut case about us being allowed to come into His presence.

There are also many other scriptures that offer concrete proof of those that lived before us who have encountered Him in dreams, visions, trances…and even transportation from one geographical place to another.

Divine Encounters

There are many people in the Old Testament that had divine angelic encounters, as well as meeting God Himself. I’d like to use King David as an example in the Psalms because he’s one of my heroes.

Even though David committed adultery and had Bathsheba’s husband killed, God still said after David repented, that he was a man “after God’s own heart!” How do you think David was able to receive that kind of recognition and attention from God? Did God overlook something in David’s life? Of course not! Nothing escapes God’s attention…ever!

David was a courageous warrior on the battlefield and he carried that same passion and tenacity into his personal intimate time of worship with God.

I love Psalms 63:1-2 in the NKJV. It says, “Early will I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is; vs. 2) To see thy power and thy glory so as I have seen in the sanctuary.” This is loaded with amazing revelation when you study these key words in the original Hebrew language.

In verse 2, the word “see” in the original Hebrew text is râꞌâh, and it means: to see literally, to self-appear, to present, to let see, to shew self to others, to have a vision, to look at, observe and look upon. This is just “one word” in one phrase, of one verse. And Psalms is loaded with this kind of revelation, not to mention the entire rest of the bible. David actually saw in an open vision or else he saw into the Spirit realm. But he “did” see the power and tangible glory of God manifest in some form visibly before his eyes.

Whether you believe it or not, and whether you understand this or not, David was describing his experiences with God when He chose to tangibly manifest Himself during those times of worship. This is not spooky, dangerous, new age, nor is it heretical. It’s biblical and it is for us today just as it was for them in the Old and New Testaments.

In paragraph two above where I referred to Matthew 5:8, the word see in the original Greek language is: optanomai. The literal meaning is: I appear, am seen, or allow oneself or myself to be seen.

There are probably many more, but I found 14 different references (not just single verses) in the Old Testament where people had supernatural encounters with God. And in the New Testament there are at least 13 references that describe divine, heavenly encounters with angels or Jesus. And I just came across a few more this week that I haven’t time to thoroughly research but I know they describe how Jesus wants to “show Himself” to His disciples and to those that love Him.

Seeking First the Kingdom

Let me make something very clear at this point to put to rest any potential questions, misunderstandings or issues that may arise in the future from this article. I am not an authority on the subject of “divine or heavenly encounters.” However, I am most certainly confident that it is our God-given, blood-bought covenant right for these things to happen for any of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Secondly, we cannot think for a single moment that we can “make them happen” by manipulating God or twisting His arm or exerting some futile, fleshly effort to make this happen. Thirdly, if you’re seeking this experience so that you’ll have something to brag about to your friends on Facebook or elsewhere, I seriously doubt it will ever happen for you.

Every testimony I’ve heard and book I’ve read on this subject was recorded and written by people that I consider to be very mature, genuinely humble, and seriously committed to the Lord with their entire being. So much so that the only thing they came away with after having an encounter was an intensified wonder, awe, and increased love of and for God and His people. And this is exactly what should happen.

I have come to understand first, and then believe, that in order for us to have divine encounters with Jesus, angelic hosts and other heavenly beings, we must be able to be trusted with the “secrets of His covenant” and we must fear Him and respect Him highly (see Psalms 25:14).

And, we must be satisfied with simply “seeking Him” for who He is and not for the goosebumps or other manifestations that can occur when He shows up. He alone will know when our love for Him is pure enough that He can trust us with revelations that are weighty and precious. If He were to release blessing and revelation into our lives before we’re ready it could actually destroy us in many ways. But the biggest one is through the door of pride—one of the most dangerous and deadly.

I must try to bring this to a close because I sense that there is much more to say but I’m concerned that it would be so long that you may lose interest. I’m going to include references/titles etc. at the bottom of this article for some great books that describe what I’ve been writing about above. I know these authors are like those whom I’ve described above. They are humble, Godly, passionate, kingdom seeking people who love God’s people, all of them.

I must share this one scripture that clearly describes the truth that Jesus promised, He will manifest Himself to us. I personally believe that if we’re going to experience any promise in God’s word we “must” renew our mind to that truth by memorizing and meditating on the truth until it drops into our hearts. Then it will finally become a living breathing reality at a cellular level—in other words it begins to consume your thoughts.

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

The word “manifest” in this usage in the original Greek language is: emphanizō. It means: to appear, come to view, reveal, exhibit, make visible, present oneself to the sight of another, be made conspicuous.

If you reject this truth, you actually have to exercise your will in openly denying that Jesus will not do what He said He would do.

I hope this gives you something to chew on for a few days.

Final thought, what if you learned to be so proficient at seeing in the Spirit that you could “always” see the enemy coming or you could know his plans before he gets there? Wouldn’t that be worth it?

Visions, Visitations & the Voice of God by Lyn Packer

Gazing into Glory by Bruce D. Allen

The Seer Anointing by Kevin Basconi

How to See in The Spirit by Michael R. Van Vlymen

Serving You Truth,

Dennis