Throughout the Old and New Testaments certain men have been allowed spiritual/heavenly experiences according to the plan of God.
All the spiritual experiences given by God, that are contained and recorded in scripture are true, real, and genuinely God-given – revelations of the most profound kind.
We can mention some of the men who received these revelations – Elijah, Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, Stephen, John and so on.
We can quickly access all that was given to them (given in a place of spiritual revelation in and through The Holy Spirit sovereignly imparting these divine experiences) for the record of God’s Word to be made.
The reason they were chosen for these revelations, is known only to God Himself.
We can look at their lives and realise that they were godly, faithful, and zealous for the righteousness of God, but what were the qualities that qualified them to be chosen – we cannot exactly say.
II Timothy 2/
9 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
We know that their lives were in order, that they had a relationship with the Only Living and True God – but God in His infinite wisdom sovereignly chose them to receive the Divine Revelations that they did.
This is to do with an experience of the working of the Holy Spirit beyond (shall we say) the norm.
All Christians should desire and long to experience the working of The Holy Spirit in their lives.
There are two extreme mistakes that the New Testament believer can make.
- to be so wary with regard to spiritual experiences, we remain closed to anything further happening to us.
- To be so overly zealous for ‘experiences’ we open ourselves to wrong spirits.
There are many experiences to be had in this world.
The so called bohemian will indulge in every sensual pleasure he/she can find. This takes its toll in premature deaths caused by the fruit of such doings.
(We could split hairs over the exact definition of a bohemian but I refer to excesses of those so-called)
These so called Bohemians however, may make the defence: ‘You only live once – so go for it!’ or the variation usually is ‘enjoy yourself when you are young’. His/her defence is an empty one in the light of eternity.
There is an interesting verse in Proverbs 29/
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint*; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
This highlights a major truth:
When people do not know God. When people have not experienced God – and search for Him in the wrong place or in the wrong way – they give up their search too quickly and have only one alternative (so they think) and that is to cast off restraint*.
Having failed to experience the true spiritual life that God has for us – they over-indulge (often to their own destruction), in everything to do with the natural, sinful nature we are all born with.
The human heart is longing for the revelation that only Christ can give.
Until that is experienced through His offered salvation or conversion – there is only an endless fruitless quest through indulgence in the things of this world to find what only Christ can supply and satisfy.
It is a strange paradox that often the persons most zealous for the answer to life, are often the most extreme in their blind indulgence of the lower nature.
I am thankful for the spiritual experiences I have had. Extremely thankful. If there are to be more such God-given experiences of the Presence of God – God must decide to give them to me.
Either way – there is always an abiding peace and sense of His lovely presence in my life. But there is always more.
There is coming a day when I shall know Him as I am known. Meantime He has promised me “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”(Matt. 28/20) (I Cor. 13/12).
I live in the hope that I have not disappointed Him, but want to humble myself and ask for
‘More Lord! More!’
As the song says: ‘More love, more power, more of You in my life…’