Jan 27, 2010
It Just Came To Me
In the many years that I’ve been preaching this message, I have gathered and filed hundreds of individual “precious moments” in my heart. Moments where someone’s eyes were opened and freedom came flooding in like a spiritual blood transfusion. Each and every time I witness this, I find myself desiring to see it again and again. In fact, I’ll admit that it’s become an addiction of sorts in my life. It’s the very thing I look for every place I go. Witnessing this miracle flicker to life in the eyes of a person bound by religiosity does something to my heart that I have never been able to adequately describe. When I see this, every part of my soul swirls with a satisfaction that is unlike anything I’ve experienced before.
As much as an addiction as this has become in my life, I have also learned that I cannot control it. I cannot decide when it happens in one single person. This is the part that frustrates me to no end. I’ve analyzed why it worked this time but not that time. Why did “this woman” get it while “that guy” just sat there with a blank look on his face? I’ve never been able to harness this revelation and distribute it as I see fit. I’ve found that this light clicks on by the Spirit of God and ONLY by Him.
I’ve seen the difference between a person who receives this revelation from God at just the right time and a person who was convinced of it from man. It’s an ugly difference. I’m not even sure that the two can even be compared. I’ve never seen this flickering passion in the eyes of someone who was convinced of this truth by man. Revelation is not a convincing; it’s a knowing. A knowing can only be put there by the Spirit of God.
Because of the fact that I love the true flicker of revelation, I have learned the art of waiting for people to come to a thing on their own. There is simply no other way to go about this. I’ve found that you literally have to keep your list of doctrinal principles to yourself and your theological mouth shut. The authentic “precious moment” that I’ve become addicted to is a very unique and special thing. Being able to witness it happening takes a great deal of patience and an endless amount of hands-off-ness. The sad fact is that we rarely get to experience it because someone almost always loses patience and tries to step in and take control. The moment that happens, it’s all over. What would have been a natural birth gets terminated.
Over the years I have become more and more convinced that the Christian walk is completely about what you "come to" personally rather then what you are taught to memorize and “hold to.”
The Christian religion has spent almost all of its time and energy pushing our beliefs on the world. We’ve done it through peer pressure, fear, manipulation, hype, emotionalism, motivational speaking, and plain brute force. Because of this, we’ve given birth to a generation of religious Frankensteins who’ve been sewn and stapled together on a religious assembly line and injected with a cocktail of “stock Christian beliefs” that the poor people were never given the opportunity to “come to” on their own.
Not allowing people to “come to” things on their own is in my opinion the primary reason why Christians are spiritually crippled today. It’s like opening up a cocoon and “helping” a caterpillar get out rather than allowing it time to develop and break free in its own time. in a desperate effort to help it to escape we end up drastically stunting it’s natural development.
When it comes to spiritual knowledge, the only things that Christians can truly say they own are the things they have personally "come to." Everything else is just memorized words. Unfortunately the evolution of our faith has suffered a great price because of the way we have attempted to keep it alive over the years. Rather than trusting the Holy spirit to impart the truth of God’s Heart to the next generation, we have jumped the gun and attempted to do it ourselves. Perhaps we do this because we honestly don’t believe He will. Whatever the reason, we have caused spiritual birth defects in untold thousands of baby Christians.
I honestly don’t think that the average Christian person today can separate their “cocktail of religious beliefs” from what they’ve personally discovered about God in their journey. In fact, I’ve found that with many people, their list of personal discoveries is so influenced by their “injected beliefs” that they can’t even be sure if their interpretation of what they’ve discovered is accurate or not. Sadly, many more Christians do not have personal discoveries about God because they’ve stopped searching altogether. Why search for something you can find in a book or a sermon? Their injected beliefs have put them under the illusion that they’ve already arrived. Their religion has convinced them that because they possess those beliefs in their head, they have discovered all there is to discover about Him. In other words, they think that those beliefs are the very thing they were supposed to discover. It’s like knowing the end of a movie before you get a chance to watch it. When you finally do watch it for yourself it’s lost it’s excitement.
The injected beliefs we are given are also reinforced with a fear of rejection by others. Because of this, people do not allow themselves to acknowledge personal discoveries that do not in some way pay homage to, or bring validation to the injected beliefs of their religion. In an effort to find acceptance, I find that people tend to censor and recast whatever “square” discoveries they do find about God to make them fit into the approved “round hole” of injected beliefs they received from their church family. People can’t just discover something about the heart of God and allow it to stand on it’s own. They’ve been trained to translate and filter everything through their injected beliefs or toss it out altogether.
The truly unfortunate thing is that because people are afraid to question or go outside their injected beliefs, they will sometimes reject a revelation God gives them on the grounds that it contradicts what they were “told.” Not even God can reveal to you, what you refuse to hear. When your fear of rejection trumps your desire to know truth, you are basically at the mercy of whatever teaching someone else decides for you.
The problem with injected beliefs is that they compromise our ability to view anything from a fresh, unprejudiced perspective. For instance, most Christians have been taught that the bible is “the Word of God.” The bible does not even make this claim about itself; yet amazingly, because this teaching has essentially been injected into the arms of Christians of this generation we automatically see any bible passage that contains the term, “word” in it, as referring to the bible. It doesn’t matter that when that particular passage was written there wasn’t even a “bible” put together yet, so it couldn’t possibly be referring to the bible we know today. We’ve been trained to think like dogs who respond the same to sounds and phrases without having any real idea what they mean.
Most Christian interpretations of bible passages are dictated by the injected beliefs of their particular denomination. Amazingly people can read a passage of Scripture and actually hear the exact opposite of what’s being said because they filter it through what they’ve been “told” it says. People only see and hear what they’ve been told to see or hear.
I honestly believe that the majority of Christians today have very little within themselves that they actually own. You cannot own a thing until you “come to” it yourself. It doesn’t belong to you until you find it, and you don’t find it until it has been given to you from above. Nothing can be given from above unless you open your heart to hear it. This is why Jesus warned us constantly to have ears that both hear and understand.
I preached the “Love Message” all around the world for almost 8 years before I finally received the revelation that it applied to me as well. It was true. It was right. I fought for it and stood before thousands of people proclaiming it and proving it with scripture. Yet when I went home at the end of the day, I did not take that message with me. It wasn’t mine to take. It was nothing more than a principle that I had stolen from someone else who rightfully owned it. When all was said and done it was identity theft, pure and simple. The message I was proclaiming wasn’t mine to give away, and I can tell you that with few exceptions, almost no one who listened to me in those days was moved or transformed all that much by what I had to say. My words literally fell to the ground the moment they left my lips.
Years later, when the message that God loved me was finally given to me from the Holy Spirit, everything changed in an instant. I went from being a message delivery boy to actually becoming the message. I went from having to speak it out to people to just having to be present. I went from having it come out of my mouth to having it come out of my pores.
It was very much like having a medical scientist come to your home town and give a detailed teaching on the Swine Flu. He may know everything there is to know about the flu, but not one person in the room will get the flu from hearing his teaching. He, himself, won’t even get the flu. He can study it, look at pictures of the strand under a microscope, make a list of all the symptoms caused by the flu, and even diagnose it in others; but, he doesn’t “Own it” until he actually gets the flu. Amazingly, a three-year-old girl who has the Swine flu has more intimate knowledge of that virus than an aged and studied Doctor who has spent a lifetime researching it. This fact is not only true with the revelation of God’s love, but I have found that it applies in some fashion to every single principle and “belief” that we claim to have as Christians.
We can force people to subscribe and pay homage to a list of beliefs that we hold to in the Christian world, but it means nothing until they come to those beliefs on their own. It amazes me how stressed out we get over whether or not a person accurately recites the approved list of doctrinal beliefs that our church holds to. We seem more concerned over people saying the right thing than we are over people actually “coming” to the right thing. We have ways of getting them to say they believe something even when they don’t. Peer pressure in the church world is the culprit in my opinion.
We bully people into saying “God is faithful” and care very little if that person has actually found God to be faithful in their lifetime. Just speak the words. Say you believe it and we’ll all get along. It matters more to us that a person SAYS “Christ is all” than it does if they personally observe Christ to be all. We force people to confess that Scripture is God-breathed, and care very little if they’ve come to realize the truth of that in their personal journey. God knows they damn well better say it or we’ll cut them off from every intimate circle in the church. Something is desperately wrong with a generation when we revere lip service over personal revelation and experience.
The reason why this matters is because we have created a world where no one can be honest with where they are at any given moment. The result of this mindset is that we now have an entire generation of Christians who can’t tell the difference between what they “hold to” and what they’ve “come to.” I believe that at the very moment we adopted this mindset, Christianity went from being a relationship to being a religion. It literally morphed into a lifeless set of ordinances the very second we esteemed memorization over revelation. Because we didn’t have the patience or the faith to allow people to walk with God and come to things on their own in the midst of that walk, we have murdered the essence of Christianity.
A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an injected belief. I recently encountered a person who doesn’t believe in speaking in tongues. He didn’t believe it because he studied the scriptures diligently, and he didn’t feel that there were any passages that flat out said speaking in tongues was for people today. He wanted to debate me on this. He was frustrated with me because I wasn’t open to entering into a debate with a person who can’t find a scripture to support something that I personally experience on a regular basis. An astonishing number of Christians today think exactly like this man.
This is why Christians today are so spiritually frail. We go through life thinking that Christianity is about what we SAY and “hold to” rather than what we actually SEE and have “come to.” We collect and memorize all our little points of theology like prized charms hoping to impress onlookers and gain their respect yet all the while we don’t know Him from Adam. We’ve become experts in history who know everything that happened a long time ago. We study people who used to know Him in history and we divide all their theological ideal into categories where we can easily memorize and quote them to people today, but when it comes to personal experience; we’re empty.
It has become a depressingly common past time for people to get together and have a theological debate over all they’ve learned. It’s depressing because without knowing it, the participants are essentially admitting to the world that they have not “come to” anything in their spiritual lives. The very fact that they participate in a “debate” is proof that all they know is nothing but a bunch of ideas, teachings and principals. These things can all be debated because they have no substance. They are theories about seeing from blind people.
People ask me why I rarely read Christian books or visit Christian websites where there are supposed powerful teachings. It’s not that I’m against teaching. I am a teacher. I’m just not interested in hearing how the movie ends before I get a chance to watch it myself. I have found that it’s much more exciting when I experience it for myself. This is the hope I have for my children and it’s the hope I have for every Free Believer out there. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Even if what they say is true, don’t believe a word of it until you come to it on your own. Then and only then will it become a truth that has the power to rock your world.
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