What does it mean when Christians encourage one another to to "go into the deep" with God? We tell one another, "launch out into the deep," and remind each other that scripture proclaims that, "deep calls out too deep." The question is, do we really understand what all these terms mean?
I'll tell you what they mean to me. It means going deeper than just surface-level faith. It means that church on Sunday as a mere ritual is not high enough. It means looking for ways to interact with God in a way that is less cerebral and more sensory. In other words, I want to experience God with my five senses, not just treat my faith as though it is a subject to be studied, learned and memorized. I want to hear Him, see Him, taste Him, touch Him and smell Him. God is a real being with real things to say and I want to know Him more and more every day.
The thing is, this kind of faith is not something that happens by accident. It takes determination, discipline, persistence...
Do you ever struggle with hearing God's voice or seeing God in the faint imaginings of your mind? So many believers do. It seems that some believers hear and see spiritual things easily while others don't.
What if a lot of that difficulty has to do with our expectation? What if we don't have to be stuck in a perpetual season of shallow spirit-living where we get a goosebump here and there at conferences and in prayer lines?
What if the only thing that has to change for us to be able to operate in a greater spiritual capacity is our perspective.
As a young believer, I used to only "hear" or "see" things when I was lost in deep worship. However, when I would share my visions or words from God with others, the responses I got varied between blank stares and half smiles to unbelief filled, "wow's" or the worst ones of all, the patronizing, "you're so cute" kind of responses.
I was never encouraged to press in to those moments or to...
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