03 Jul Welcome to July; Our Month of Divine Encounter
Dear Agape Family!
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I welcome you to the month of July, our Month of Divine Encounter. There is a big difference between knowing someone through information and knowing them by personal encounter. This is also true about knowing God. God wants us to know Him beyond us just having information about Him, He wants us to know Him personally through divine encounters. Psalm 44:1 describes the experience of most believers today:
“We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago.” — Psalm 44:1
Many believers simply worship the God they heard of from others; parents, friends, pastors etc, but God wants us to know Him personally which is only possible through divine encounters.
The book of 1 Samuel chapter three opens with the phrase; “The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli” but verse seven reveals to us something interesting; “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.”. Even though Samuel was already ministering to the Lord, he was ministering to the Lord that Eli or his parent told him about, he has not had a personal encounter with the Lord himself. In this chapter, the Lord was seeking to introduce Himself to the young Samuel through a personal encounter.
Divine encounters are God’s means of introducing Himself to us in a personal way so that we can know Him better. They are personal and deeper spiritual experiences facilitated by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes they happen in our closet of prayer and worship, other times they happen in corporate worship. They can happen quietly, and they can also happen with a lot of manifestation.
Purpose of Divine Encounter
- Divine encounter gives us a ground to stand on: without divine encounter, our faith will be standing on a weak foundation of legalism, pride, human wisdom, human strength and our natural intelligence. But when we encounter God our faith rests on His character and integrity.
- Divine encounter removes every doubt: though we are believers, many times we still harbor a lot of doubt about God, especially in the area where we have not encountered God. Our faith in this area is merely theoretical. God erases these doubts in our lives through divine encounter.
- Divine encounter prepares us for challenges of life; many times people cave in times of trials because they lack divine encounter. God in His infinite mercy knows the challenges that await us in life. He knows the temptation and trials that will come our way.
- Divine encounter allows us to see ourselves as God sees us. Most of have the tendency to see ourselves differently from how God sees us. Isaiah had a high view of himself than he should until he had an encounter with God and realize he was unclean (Isaiah 6:1-5). Gideon had a low view of himself until he encountered God and heard that he was a “might man of valor”. It takes divine encounter to see ourselves the way God sees us.
- Divine encounter gives us a mystery to explore. Divine encounter reveals to us something about God. Each encounter is like God giving us an opportunity to taste and invitation to explore. Psalm 34:8
Positioning Yourself for Divine Encounter
Divine encounters are the products of the absolute work of God and depend on His sovereignty. However, we can also position ourselves for divine encounters through the following:
- By desiring and asking for it in prayer. God grants the desire of our hearts, when are desire to know Him better is expressed in prayers, God will honor our prayer.
- Individual and corporate worship. God inhabits the praises of His, where we are constantly in the place of worship both individually and corporately, divine encounters are more likely.
- Meditation on the Word of God. The Word of God is Jesus made flesh (John 1:14), hence when we spend time with the Word, we position ourselves for divine encounter.
- Praying in the Spirit. When we pray in the Spirit, we enter into mysterious communication with God (1 Corinthians 14:2) and in this place of mystery divine encounter are likely.
- Thank God for His love for you and for His desire to reveal Himself to you through divine encounters. 1 Corinthians 2:12
- Pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17
- Ask God to give you a divine encounter this month in a way that you will never forget.
- Pray that God will give you a taste of His goodness this month that will prompt you into a bigger exploration of His goodness. Psalm 34:8