Last week we looked at “The Requirement of Following Jesus” by looking at the call of Andrew. 22-26  ...[23] Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?” ... [26] The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”, Vs. 27  Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes...”, Vss. Thank you much. My life has been traumatic, with many abandonments, crushimg experiences in a step family and an absentee father who was all love one minute and the next no problem with taking advantage or using me. Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 08, 2009: Lori, I am too! I finally knew that the creator God loved me, pursued me and had a plan for my life here on Earth. This was the man I knew as my father. :). And that has brought me through. No one ever talked to me about God and I never went to Church, except on occasions when a friend or neighbor took me. 1 Samuel 3:7. I have read some of Stormie's books. As I spent time in God's word I began to read about my Heavenly Father. Chris Cook from Key West, Florida on December 02, 2009: Hi Mekenzie ! Summary: In Genesis 18 the patriarch Abraham has a dramatic personal encounter with God. personal encounter with god meaning. Over the years of doing ministry with others this has been a re-occuring thyme, that connection with the earthly father has not always been that great, thus it is the way people see God. How wonderful it is to have read this first thing in the morning, beautiful and uplifting. They both left us kids a legacy of the greatest kind----------belief in God, and informing us that we of course had a choice to make. Your personal encounter with Jesus will change you so much that people will start to note the change. We could save someone's life. I have never really trusted anyone. bvichannel1 - September 6, 2017. Dad Haworth explained that the Lord God is a Holy God who cannot tolerate sin in His heaven ... Oh, I knew all about the ugliness of sin - though I didn't call it sin. He has blessed my life in so many ways and He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Crying out I prayed, "God, if you are real, I just can't believe you created me and then plopped me down here on this earth-place to fend for myself... My heart longs to know you but I don't know how to find you.... Will you please reveal yourself to me?". Pentecostal Sermons and Bible Studiesby Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D. My whole world and direction in life changed. 18-19  â€œAbraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. I have honestly just come to grips with this myself. He opened God's word and spoke words of life to me. I see from your response that I have convinced you that this is a recent experience. Susan loves the Lord. Then, be still and sit with God for a goodly period of time. His word holds all the answers to life's questions. Ps. Oryou can post the link on your socialmedia (Facebook, Twitter, etc. My prayer the year before was answered, my soul came to rest and I was fully at peace. I see you know your Bible .. and you say you know God too .. 30 Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. November Showing posts from December 2020 December 29, 2020Tuesday THE REFINER’S FIRE MALACHI 2:17–3:5 Start Reading December 28, 2020Monday LOVE SCORNED MALACHI 1:1–5; 2:10–16 Start Reading December 27, 2020Sunday SUFFERING FOR HIS NAME PSALM 83 Start Reading December 26, 2020Saturday READING BETWEEN THE LINES MATTHEW 2:13–23 Start Reading December 25, … I have a son that I adopted that is psychotic. Thankfully God shows His love for me daily, and my faith in His divine love is strengthened each day as I seek Him. ", "How Great is the Father's love that we should be called the children of God" I John 3:1. Can you understand why I never felt secure or loved by him? She seeks to walk close to him by studying the word of God. I too felt like I didn't belong! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you. 4-5  Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. God Bless you and guide you as you journey Chris! God spoke to me when i was praying in the Prayer Room. He's there and He always gets you out of your pinch(es). Personal Encounters With 'God' Confer Lasting Mental Health Benefits. Vs. 10  â€œI will surely return to you about this time next year...”, Vss. I too come from an alcoholic raging dad. date 2019-01-25T16:24:38Z 2019-01-25T16:24:38Z 1966 2019-01-25 (issued) description Sermon given at Baptist State Convention of … Hey, don't worry; I found your other hub and I read it; it's wonderfully written as well; You rock; God bless you sister! Susan loves the Lord. But it was at 4 that I went to church and heard the minister calling the name of God over and over, and I knew it was Him that had been talking to me. Personal Encounter with God Before going up to the House of Bethal, Penang Hill. I'm so glad that each of us Christians have a story to tell; who knows which one will reach what person somewhere down the road. Why would I do this? We often fear what we don’t understand. Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 10, 2013: rhoda, Woohoo .. His love endures forever! “And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem,” (Acts 9:28). In Get Ready for Your Personal God Encounter, James Goll shares how the God of the Bible is ready to encounter you in your every day life. Christ appeared to him and confirmed it with another visitation several days later. Though it took many years, God answered those prayers. skye2day from Rocky Mountains on December 31, 2009: Tidings Mekenzie, Beautiful Hub. In my situation, my dad was weak, and my mother the abuser or ‘rageaholic’. Tonight is the night for you to Encounter the living God and grow in your relationship with God. Bless YOU and your clear godly insight here .. "it is important that we share Him every time we can. You are my sister and I look forward to meeting you someday .. probably beyond the blue in a place Jesus has gone to prepare for us. I see your very giving heart in adopting a son .. one who is psychotic .. WOW. It was a Blessing to me. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. I also know that the God of Heaven loves me unconditionally and passionately. Morning MeKenzie...thanks for the invite to read this hub. This has also caused me to pull away from God during difficult times. Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on February 11, 2010: Moulik, hey nice to see you again .. point of departure?? Thanks for this profound story. 31 They were glorious to see. ).Thank you for sharing God's Word! Angry words and tempers flared as I tried to go to sleep each night. :0). An Encounter with God Almighty | Man Meets God. [5] Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way — now that you have come to your servant.” “Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”. Hugs. Personal Encounter with God Baptist State Convention of NC Digital Collection. You are already way ahead of many. I just thought you would appreciate a personal testimony to the goodness of our God and how He will come through for you, even when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. I was thinking of that the other evening. I need to retrain my brain by allowing God's word to be the final authority about who God is and how He relates to me. I need to make a conscious choice to trust God and let Him guide me through the hard times. 103:12 "He has removed our sins as far from us as the EAST is from the WEST." He is 'in the midst' of every situation I encounter and He will never leave me or forsake me. I wanted to know if He existed and if He could bring some kind of sense to this life. At age 15 there was a day, and I can remember this as clearly as if it were yesterday, I was downstairs folding clothes and pondering life. I have child with muscular dystrophy. I know others .. one here on the hubs .. whom God made Himself known to from a very young age. He then showed me, using God's very words, that because God so loved me, He gave His only son to die for my sins (in my place) so that I could live eternally with Him. He talked about eternal life and of a new Heaven and a new Earth. Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 01, 2009: Madison, I am so glad that the article touched your life. I long for it and know that this time on Earth, though the days are filled with trials and tribulations, is temporary. LOL Thanks for rejoicing in my parents salvation. 16-17  When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. Item Details creator Sherrill, O.L. Everyone of us needs to reach the point where our relationship with God is personal and intimate. RevLady from Lantana, Florida on January 07, 2010: MeKenzie, thank you so much for inviting to read this hub. He has over 20 years of pulpit ministry experience, serving in the capacities of Assistant Pastor, Senior Pastor, Evangelist and also Missionary. But for those of us raised by earthly fathers who had no use or time for God, (I only heard God's name used in a series of cuss words) the ability to see God and his true attributes is almost impossible. I truly enjoyed this testimony of faith and the commitment you stood on of joining God's team personally and as a writer albeit here or elsewhere. Charles Spurgeon tells of a man who once went to a chapel to listen to the singing, but he didn’t want to hear the preaching. Your Mom and Dad sound like the BEST parents ever. I am grateful, in hindsight, because I knew there was a God. You're truly a natural writer. I believe God spoke to me through this article. God is so GOOD and has worked so many miracles in my life. Thanks for sharing. His meeting with God provides us with a wealth of insights into. The first works for some people, the second for others. Suddenly I felt desperate to know him. If you were raised by a Dad who had a relationship with God, you most certainly were blessed to see God's attributes being lived out in his life. As you continue to mature and grow in His grace, you faith will only strengthen and solidify (sanctification). Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 12, 2010: Rossimobis, Yes, "Seek and you shall find." “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread.” [7] Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. "The LORD is merciful and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. My sister in Christ he wants us all, but the deal is we must seek him out and do as you had, asked him into your life for eternity. Though our backgrounds are as different as night and day the same God drew us to Himself and adopted us into His family. Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 30, 2009: I so appreciate you and your life testimony. The constant presence of God around you (and within you, in … I have actually been a Christian for many years and have a dear husband (were in ministry almost 30 years) three children and 10 grandkids. I don't think it was by coincidence that you read it today. She has not been in church before. I pray God continually strengthens you dear one to do His will in your corner of the world .. A job many would back away from .. but you went boldly toward. Douglas started his ministry in youth work. I ran away from home so many times as a child. Personal Encounter with God In my earlier blogs, I tried to draw a distinction between the different ways in which we can know things, whether knowing is intellectual or personal. My Personal Encounter With God. Author: Susan Ream. Personal Encounter with God. In the Bible we have the accounts of Jesus when he walked the earth and a description of him and what he did during his time on earth ... remember when Jesus said "suffer not the little children to come unto me .. for such is the kingdom of Heaven." I love reading the Bible stories about how God interacted with other people from times past. In God's word, the Psalmist gives us a snapshot picture of Father God, the one who loves you and me beyond our wildest dreams, hopes and expectations. ", Vss. Romans 10:9 tells us that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. By. ©1998, 2015, James H. Feeney.Copyright statement. If not, I will know.”, Vss. Yes, God is our Father in the purest sense of the word! And it gets to the Truth-------the truth that we can find only when we meet the Master! My father was an alcoholic and a rageaholic. A Personal Encounter with Christ. I know what I must do. In the middle of my mess, he reached down, with love and compassion and drew me to his heart. November 26, 2016 0. Her works are in all the Christian book stores. Thank you, Mekenzie, for sharing your childhood experiences, and how they have affected your understanding, and relationship, with God. I prayed constantly for my family to know Him and know the peace that passes ALL understanding. I must replace those ideas and images of dad with the truths of who my Father God is. 02 Dec. A Personal Encounter with God. Such sharing can open old wounds but through placing your thoughts on paper there is great healing there as well. Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 29, 2011: Thank you villar - God answered a teenager's prayer and sent one of His messenger's to show me how Great the Father's love is for mankind ... and for me individually. Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 31, 2009: skye, no mistaking it - we are sisters at heart. The first is just to sit or meditate, be very still, hearing only your own breath, and let your soul draw in, as if from the surrounding air, the divine presence. Lesson 40: Three Encounters With God (Acts 16:11-34) Related Media. Chibuzo Melvin Mobis from Nigeria on March 12, 2010: "Seek and you shall find",he said. "He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. We have seen a treasure trove of divine insights from just one person's encounter with God, that of Abraham meeting “the Lord” on the plains of Mamre. Dad H. told me that if I would confess my sins that God would forgive me and cleanse me from all my unrighteousness and welcome me into His family. A life without Christ is like experiencing hell. Profound religious experiences are linked to … Vss. In your life there is probably someone that you have admired or looked upto on a human level from afar. My Personal Encounter with the Manifest Presence of God - The Beginnings - [Last Update 6-30-04] The Page Will Take Time to Load-It is a Long Page but It's Worth the Wait Song now playing "My Place in This World-Michael W. Smith" from NewSongOnline Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on February 25, 2013: Brenda, your enthusiasm for my story has touched my heart deeply. One night my girlfriend Debbie asked me over to their home. I am honored that you should give so high a compliment. I love to read books by "Stormie Omartian." We heard different stories about seeing God personally. He said that God uniquely created me and He loved me and had a purpose for my life... (tears welled in my eyes and the deepest longings to know God squeezed at my heart). Awesome! The picture perfectly illustrates Jesus love for Children. You see, I was raised in a very Godly home; Mom was the most perfect person I know of (haha of course no one is perfect, but she strove daily to stay with the Lord and to raise us all right), and Daddy was the same (he had overcome a bad past and became a preacher, steady, strong, unmoveable from the path God had chosen for him). The blessing of reading over the pain and the suffering is knowing that you have found peace with your true Father. Never ... it's impossible ... That is how far God has romoved our sins... we must not allow ourself to wallow in regret - it is gone and we can move on. SL Perrin from South Carolina on January 17, 2010: Mekenzie my friend I appreciate the great works of this piece and the way you shared your steps towards Christ as your Savior. You can actually contact her for tips and advice if you need to. Shout aloud and be heard from east to west. In the story of Andrew we witnessed him engaging in a type of evangelism we referred to as invitational evangelism. My distrust in my earthly Father is getting transferred emotionally to a drawing away, in distrust, from God. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. She once told me she couldn't recall ever having received a hug from her own mother. What stands out about Andrew is that he is a very ordinary guy. Woohoo! PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH GOD. Just sunday evening I was asking GOD making questions pertaining things going on in my life, I believe some of those questions got answered reading your article, Thank You. Laying prostate on the ground showed your true desire. I am blessed to be a tool to BLESS you dear man! Looking back I understand that God himself came to my rescue. Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 10, 2009: Thanks Mary ... after reading some of your hubs I can see that you (as I have) have made a deliberate choice to change the direction of your future generations. It makes the time put into writing the story ... sooooooooooooooo worth it! For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Personal Encounter With God. Forgiveness Heals God commands us to forgive as He forgives us. Deep inside I had this 'knowing' that there was something more ... more than what my parents experienced. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust." On a conscious level I would never say I don't trust God. I continue to seek God's will in my life and He fills me with purpose and joy. When God raised Jesus from the dead, He paved a way for us to come to God as well. Mek,there is no mistake we are friends. My life finally made sense - I was created for a purpose. Come and take a look with me, through my little girl eyes, and try to picture this grown man I called Father. Thanks for your encouraging words and for your life testimony! He passed on in 1987.He was spiritually ill. This book of poems is the result of the authors personal conversation with God. It is a subconscious thing that goes on with me. Man, I was covered in goosebumps and my heart leapt for joy! I can envision you writing in a similar style. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. You have had a very difficult life .. but as you testify God has walked beside you .. The trinity, so in that sense .. yes, you have seen a picture of God. All the things that your parents didn't teach you. You may be in a season when you look left and right and cannot see God. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree. 9-10  â€œWhere is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. 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