I believe that God puts into the heart of every Christian a desire to know Him better. We don’t always know how to have a closer walk with God or how to experience Him more intimately. I personally didn’t understand for many years how to have a deep, abiding fellowship with Christ that the Bible talks about. It was through prayer and reading personal testimonies of some wonderful servants of God that I became aware that God wanted me to experience the abundant life that He had for me.
In faith I just reached out to God and told Him I wanted to know Him better and really experience Him. I chose to spend more time praying and seeking after God. Spending more time with God led me to some deep and serious evaluation of my life and resulted in some serious confession and dealing with sin in my life. I began to experience a deeper connection with Christ. My prayers were being answered and my life began to change. Worship became exciting for me and I had a new passion for spiritual things.
Knowing and sensing God’s movement in directing my life and speaking into my heart gave me a new sense and awe of the presence of God in my life. The personal testimonies that I had read about of how God had worked in other’s lives became my personal experience, and the Holy Spirit just lit my life.
The most exciting thing about this deeper experience of the presence of God was to know that God wanted this to be the experience for every Christian. I wanted so much to tell others about what God was doing in my life! I set out on a new course in life to teach and preach about how the Holy Spirit can fill a believer’s life.
My prayer for the church is that God would help each of us to experience Him to the fullest. When the Spirit of God is allowed to take over a church body awesome things begin to happen for the glory of God. May the presence of the Holy Spirit move so powerfully among us that we would be in awe and say what Jacob did in Genesis-- “surely the presence of God is in this place.”