Experiencing the Unexperienced with Christ

We are undeniably people of habit. We are comfortable with repetition. We find security in the predictable. What if God directs us to places unknown? What if we are to experience the unexperienced? Will we discover our security is in frequently attended mind-sets, attitudes, and beliefs? Will we realize happily that our security is in God?

It is the hardest to trust in seasons of unknowing, so we often try and make them into a familiar situation previously experienced to attempt to deny we are on a new path in our journey. We will soon realize that this is impossible and we must throw our whole life into the trusting arms of God. His love for us will take us places where we will journey toward our wholeness in Christ which is our ultimate destination, isn’t it? New seasons are required. They cannot be optional, they must not be avoided.

Contemplative questions

  • Is God dealing with you about a “new” area of life He is leading you?
  • What is Christ teaching you in this unexperienced season?
  • Do you know, all things are to make us whole in Christ and like Christ?
  • Is surrender to God’s plan part of your thinking?
  • Must you have control always?
  • Spend some time in Lectio Divina for the following verses. (Click here on how to do Lection Divina)

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:1–5, NASB95)

Is Jesus enough? The Spirit slapped me down during devotions.

We are blessed to live in America, but I wonder if sometimes capitalism and prosperity is a curse to us spiritually.  Because our economy is dependent on us buying things, we are plagued with ads, products, and pressure to be materialistic.  We desire things, and so we began to believe we deserve them.  Is it not standard for us to all have cable, smartphones, WIFI, laps, Ipods, Ipads, 2 nice cars, etc.  I recently told someone I did not watch the Lions game, because we don’t have cable, they looked at me like I was a martian.

So the questions the Spirit of God is speaking to me is….”AM I enough?” These three words bring great conviction and my thoughts flood with the reminders of my own carnality, selfishness, that is man centered and not Christ centered. I felt a slap upside the head by the Spirit as if being roused from a stupor of sleep or something!  Have you ever experienced that?   If we could not have one more cool gadget, new outfit, or the latest desire…..would Jesus bring us contentment?  If not, a slap from Heaven could be on its way to you also.

Paul was given a “thorn in the flesh” after an amazing experience of being in the presence of Jesus in a “third Heaven”  right in Paradise.  God wanted him to stay humble, and know that “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor. 12.9).  Christ told him that his favor on Paul was enough. The favor (grace) to know Jesus, be saved, be selected as a preacher, to be favored to get to be in Paradise and not be dead!  So, in other words, Jesus had to be enough for Paul as he suffered. Humility was the road to know Christ more.

How about you?  Is Jesus enough?  Do we require more from God? More than Jesus?  His grace has to be sufficient or we just honestly miss it all.  Too much is at stake. We can’t miss it.  Fall in love with Jesus, not churchy stuff, not your ministry, not your pursuit of the American dream, not money, not your issues, not your gifts, but the purity of Jesus and His Favor that is upon us.  Contentment must be in Him and Him alone.  His love and favor will not fail you. Seek him with a single mind and heart. Crucify and put to death everything in us that desires anything apart from Jesus and His glory.  “Wake up you sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5.14

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