God desires for us to know Him more completely. Hearing other people’s experiences and testimonies of encounter helps us see a broader picture of God in action. We come to understand Him, His character, and His ways more completely. Our overall picture of God expands and becomes robust, richly colorful, and exceedingly more vivid…in spiritual living color, if you will.
Something opens up in our hearts and in the air around us. Heaven comes close. Holy Spirit waits, ready to bring the resources of heaven once again. Jesus is enthusiastically prepared to reveal the Father to us in the way the testimony just spoke of. Faith rises within us, and the atmosphere becomes pregnant with miracles primed for action.
What is possible?
What we know of God through the testimony of others helps us become more open to experiencing Him first hand ourselves. In my life, accounts from men and women who walked before me and have now entered the great cloud of witnesses, expanded my grasp for what is possible in Christ.
It wasn’t enough to only hear from the inspired pages of the bible. Yes, I burn with desire to know the God who closes the mouth of lions to keep His friend alive and well, who knocks down massive fortified walls with the sound of a few trumpets, who feeds huge crowds of 5,000+ people with five loaves of bread and two measly fish, who walks on water and says I can too, and to whom no sickness can overwhelm or no darkness can overtake.
Yes, these accounts stir something inside me for more, but hearing from men and women in more modern times, stirs me further. Hearing of God’s nearness, love, and power working in and through the lives of people like Smith Wigglesworth, Charles Finney, Aimee Semple McPherson, William Branham, Kathryn Kuhlman, and John G. Lake creates a hunger to know God the way they did.
Stirred for more
Reading and listening to accounts of God moving in amazing and supernatural ways in the lives of men and women here and now in my generation makes me burn yet more. Not because I want a fantastic experience, but because there is more to know of God right now, on earth, here. What ever there is to know of Him, I want to know. How about you?
When I hear of the incredible healings God demonstrates and the reckless love displayed through Todd White’s life, I burn for more. When I read of encounters with heaven that men like John Paul Jackson and Shawn Bolz encounter, I crave more still. Heidi Baker, Kris Vallotton, Bill Johnson, Randy Clark, and so many more have touched God and seen Him in ways I yearn for. Their testimonies catapult my heart into God’s throne room where all I can sputter from my lips is, “Holy, Holy, God.”
The undoing of my own limited ideas of who God is unravels further as I sit across the table from dear friends and listen as each shares snippets, quick snapshots of their journey with God. Tears well up in my eyes, and yet again I am left both astonished and with an increased appetite for more of God. I want to understand and live aware of my God’s great love He generously lavishes on open, willing hearts.
Share your story
Who inspires you? Who are the “greats” you glean from? What are some good biographies you’ve read lately that stirred you to know or encounter God is new ways? What podcasts do you listen to to gain insight and encouragement from? I’d love to hear more about it, so share below.