I am now with Him. The Book, the local church, and my family all facilitated the introduction. Even then, it literally took a lifetime for me to accept Him in every area of my life. But that is where I am. I am finally in Him, and He is in me.
To arrive here is truly an awesome happening, given all that is arrayed against coming to the knowledge of Him. There was never any time to settle down and know Him.
Too much external teaching! Confessions and doctrines and defenses of the faith, end time studies, how to recognize the last day, and new understandings of how to recognize the Anti-Christ (again and again and again . . .) and of course the Illuminate and all mysterious secret societies.
Following Christian leaders as they anointed failed secular leaders one after the other, some standing solidly against Scripture in both words and works. Useless activities and studies crowd my thoughts, making me believe that attendance at one more rally might do it for me. But most of all, making me muse, “Surely, if God exists, He must know better.”
And as I know deep inside, He does exist, the problem must be in the way I am seeking Him. Writings by so many powerful Christian leaders that only rarely did I turn to The Book for absolute guidance. And then, I struggled as they told me how to understand what the Bible really meant.
I wondered about the numerous translations and versions. Each is slightly different in meaning, and each succeeding translation improves on what God is trying to say to us in this day. Really! Was God being educated?
It seemed that we really didn’t believe that God knew about today and made plans to ensure His word could be understood even now.
And in this time of extreme confusion and distraction, He sent the Holy Spirit 1 to me to steady me in His way. And there is no asking, not because I am above asking but because I would not know when to ask. Knowing so little, it is not possible to know what I don’t know. So I resolved to follow.
The Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal to us the Word of God. The Book is often used in this process but is not required. Although revered, The Bible and succeeding translations only hinder the work of the Holy Spirit by putting before us what may have been communicated to a specific individual to the exclusion of what God may want us to hear. The Holy Spirit solves this. There is no time or distance between God and us, and the Holy Spirit reveals the precise message to us God intends for us.
Are there challenges from the traditionalists who insist any message from God can only replicate what is already documented in The Bible? Of course, there are. They believe that the Holy Spirit is no longer active. As The Book is complete, there is no longer any work for the Holy Spirit to do. I do not agree. My need proves them wrong.
But even before this, there was more. Long before I received that special witness for the problems I faced, I knew. Roman 1 confirms He had never left me without. He’s Alive!
James 1:5 (KJV) 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally,and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
James 1:6 (NKJV) 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (
John 14:26 (NKJV) 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
James 4:3 (KJV) Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Romans 1:21-32 (KJV) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. . . . 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.