Friday, January 24, 2014

50 ways I've experienced God

Our experiences with God are wide and varied, yet our needs are very familiar.  There is one thing that nobody can steal from you or tear away.  That one thing is your testimony and your experience.  Whether that is something you share on a witness stand because of an experience or what you tell others you have learned.  The truth and life you have received from God cannot be taken from you.

I prepared for today’s post most of this week as I thought about the incredible things I’ve been through since I started walking with God almost thirty years ago.  Described here are times that I spent alone with God as well as times I sat in stadiums with thousands of people as God moved or whispered.

Never have I sought or am I seeking to accumulate experiences.  Rather I want to get closer and closer to the One who loved me first and most.  His time is precious, and His love is endless.  Here are the things I’ve come us with in the experiences that led to me being closer to my God:

Giving and forgiving.
Kindness and compassion.
Peace and strength.
Compassion and passion.
Mercy and grace.
Healing and possibility.
Love and acceptance.
Change and changed lives.
Joy and opportunities.
Truth and wisdom.
Foundation and stability.
Goodness and purity.
Faith and justice.
Create and deliver.
Resurrect and save.
Build up and hold on.
Encourage and open doors.
Follow through and amaze me over and over.
Comfort and exceed expectations.
Chooses and enables.
Empowers and fills.
Disciplines and gives hope.
Prunes and inspires.
Set me up and keep me going.
Honor and blesses.

God is real.  But I don’t have to experiences or even share with you so you can meet God.  Simply take Him as your God.  Let His love, His grace, His life changing presence to go all around you and all the time.  You, like me, will never, ever be the same.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

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