An Encounter With God Will Change You

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Yesterday in church, my dad spoke about the Wisdom of the Wise Men found in the Christmas story.  The last point of the message was “an encounter with God will change you”.

After the wise men visited with Jesus, they returned to their country a different route. (Matthew 2:12)

This may seem insignificant on the surface – but they were originally tricked into believing that King Herod also wanted to worship Jesus.  They were originally scheduled to return to Herod and tell him where Jesus was staying.  The truth was that Herod had heard that a King had been born and he was threatened by this news.  He wanted to kill Jesus.  After the wise men encountered the Son of GOD, their minds were open to know the truth.  In fact, God spoke to them through a dream and warned them not to return to Herod.

If you truly meet God and have an encounter with Him… it will cause you to change the direction of your life.  Many people have a relationship with God and they have accepted Christ into their lives, but their lives have remained the same.  After a God encounter, you will no longer be able to simply go through the motions.  It will floor you, it will rock you, it will change everything about you.

Will you be perfect?  Not a chance.  But God will continue to restore your soul and bring you renewed passion for Him!

In Psalms 51:10, as David was confessing his sin and pouring his heart out to God – he wrote these awesome words: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  In verse 12 David says “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

That’s worship!  That’s having an encounter!

Ask God to give you a fresh encounter with Him.  This is not something that needs to be done in public.  This encounter could take place in the quietness of your heart, maybe over a lunch break by yourself in your car, maybe at home when everyone else is gone.

I encourage you to read Psalms 51, the entire chapter, and then listen to a song like this… and ask God to give you a fresh glimpse of who He is and open the floodgates of Heaven.

Let it rain! Open the floodgates of Heaven!!!

Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

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