Sermons to Note

                                    

                                Rev. E. Anderson

ENCOUNTERING GOD OR GOD ENCOUNTERS

Reading    Exodus 3

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Introduction

INSTANCES: One of the main distinctives features in the Bible is that of God encountering people and of people encountering God. It is quite an inspiring, encouraging study. All is recorded that we might know God and His ways and workings. The past is simply recorded to give inspiration and expectation in the present.

The Bible not only reveals and teaches the existence of God, it unveils the fact and truth that He turned up and made Himself known to many individuals. These folks were grateful and glad for His divine interruption and intervention. Such became an unforgettable moment and they and the future were radically changed. It became a glorious turning point for them. Life and existence were dramatically altered and changed for something bigger and better. They could not continue in the same old manner.

DIFFERENCE: Each person was different and the encounters were different and went on accomplishing something new and radical. God respected their person and qualities and imparted things that would make their lives and service more meaningful, profitable and pleasurable. They were not to be the same and the divine assignments were to lift them into a fresh lifestyle and career. They were now to exist and serve with a great sense of God in their lives. Now in divine partnership with God; from such an association more encounters were to be known.

1/. ENCOUNTERING GOD CAN MEAN THE IMPARTATION OF THE DYNAMIC PRINCIPLE OF FAITH

It was to a man of 75 years of age that the spirit and rule of faith was given and began to assume possession and domination. After being a worshipper of idols over a long period, he comes to know the living God and begins to place His confidence in  Him and what He had to say to him. His life was filled with divine assurance that God desired to bless him in an incredible way and so he commenced a 100 year journey by faith and became the man of faith. He discovered that God could keep His Word and fulfill his incredible expectations. Believing God was no let down but a glorious adventure into the supernatural.

Illustration: Ever Increasing Faith – Smith Wigglesworth

2/. ENCOUNTERING GOD CAN MEAN BEING RADICALLY RENEWED AND GIVEN A DIVINE STATUS

Jacob was to find in later life that it was possible to be dramatically renewed by the grace and love of God and by a supernatural visitation. It was when he was fearing the worst that the best and incredible happened – Genesis 32. God had told him to return to the place where he had first encountered him. He was in a sticky situation with his uncle Laban, and his brother discovered he was returning and set out to meet him. Things looked rather ominous and threatening. But then God turned up and decided to divinely renew Jacob and change him completely – see vv22-32. He was to be entirely and totally changed. Gave him a brand new name that was significant.

3/. ENCOUNTERING GOD CAN MEAN BEING PROMOTED BY HIM AND HAVING YOUR DREAMS FULFILLED  

God wills that life and work should be governed and guided by divine dreams, that is knowledge and revelation by Him concerning the future and such can come by dreams, night-time and day time. It is possible to have godly day-dreams. The mind suddenly, supernaturally and spiritual impacted by God with certain and sure knowledge as to what is to be ahead.  They can come through waiting on God. It is God that encounters with a sense of real and tremendous destiny. Joseph was given dreams that heralded his future and all came to pass in God’s time and working. 

May be Elisha was somewhat day-dreaming behind the plough and had a remarkable sense that God had something unique in store for him. God has earmarked you for a place of significance in the future and you need to know it and be ready for it.

4/. ENCOUNTERING GOD CAN MEAN BECOMING A GREAT LEADER, DELIVERER AND WORKER OF MIRACLES 

When Moses thought he was finished and all up, God broke in and encountered him in an unusual manner and made him conscious of the fact that he had a major role to fulfil at that critical stage. Things could not have been more negative and Israel were in the worst situation imaginable. God turned up and said to Moses it was now time to use him to bring about the impossible, the delivery of a nation from slavery. He was to be this people’s leader when they seemed to be down and out. Through this encounter God was to encounter Pharaoh and demonstrate His sovereign power through His chosen and anointed man. Things were to happen of an incredible nature through Moses and Israel were to experience an unbelievable deliverance and exodus.

5/. ENCOUNTERING GOD CAN MEAN BEING A NOTABLE CONQUEROR AND POSSESSOR

Although a great man had passed on, God was still in business and was ready to meet up with another man and through the encounter set him for a role that would make him an historic subjugator and inheritor. Joshua found himself suddenly in charge of Israel’s future and was to be responsible for their immediate situation. Whilst pondering how he could take hold of Jericho which seemed an impossible task, the Lord turned up to announce who was leader and how things should be put into operation. This warrior had tasted, in a measure, some conquests but what lay ahead was to supersede all that had gone before. He had been amongst the group that had spied out the land; now he was to lead the way into victory after victory. He would write the record of Israel’s glorious conquests and how they took possession. All that was assured was fulfilled –  “not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you” – Joshua 23: 14.

6/. ENCOUNTERING GOD CAN MEAN BECOMING A GREAT PROPHET AND DIVINE MESSENGER

Of a truth, God is on the look out for people who will become His mouthpieces and messengers. He is always ready to meet up with folks that He uniquely talk to and give them His word to pass on to their day and generation. There was a need for a successor to Elijah and this messenger was called upon to summon the man to fill his shoes, Elisha. This young man met God through this dynamic servant of God and was to experience his own encounters later on, especially when Elijah received his homecall. He knew what it was to have the mantle of the prophet fall on him and then to exploit as he entered into his calling – 2 Kings 2. 

7/. ENCOUNTERING GOD CAN MEAN BECOMING A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

It is surely a great thing to be in a state where you are in very high with regard to God. There are people who seemed to have attained a very close union and accord with God. Abraham was called ‘the friend of God’ – James 2: 23 and Daniel “O man greatly beloved” – Daniel 10: 19, but of David it is said ‘he was a man after God’s own heart’ – 1 Samuel 13: 14; Acts 13: 22. He knew what it was for God to encounter Him throughout life and vice versa. Because he encountered God he was able to encounter the lion and bear, Goliath and Saul and the hosts of the Philistines.

8/. ENCOUNTERING GOD CAN MEAN BEING AN EXTRAORDINARY MISSIONARY AND APOSTLE

Christ was to single a man who was His inveterate enemy and dramatically and dynamically changed him so that he would fill an outstanding role in the Christian Church as a special messenger and missionary. When he was filled with his own plans, he was encountered, humbled and converted and appointed to serve Christ in an outstanding manner.

CONCLUSION

God is in the meeting and making business. He is up-to-date and still encounters in the now those whom He desires to do a special work in and then through them. Are you ready for such an encounter and change? Today could be the start of some new and fresh for you in God!

                                 

 

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