Lesson 2

To Know Him by Experience

The amount that we grow to know our God will determine our bottom line and the degree that we will be able to walk our life of faith.

Let us start by David’s word to Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9:

‘And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever.’

Let us now look at a couple of key verses: the first a ‘bottom line’ for Job, the second a ‘bottom line’ for David.

‘For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last he will stand upon the earth.’

(Job 19:25)

This was Job’s ‘bottom line’ that enabled him to endure his suffering victoriously, and brought God’s blessing upon his life to restore to him double what he had before.

Now we will look at David’s life and discover his ‘bottom line’. First his prayer found in Psalm 25:4–5:

‘Make me to know thy ways, O Lord;

teach me thy paths.

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,

for thou art the God of my salvation;

for thee I wait all the day long.’

David began his walk with God as a humble shepherd boy. It was his longing to know God that made him brave, that turned him into a great leader. He knew who God was, he spent much time with God, and God met him there and answered his prayer. He taught David His ways. That is why David saw God as greater than Goliath. He knew that with God on his side, he could conquer Goliath.

‘Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hand.” When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into the forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.’

(1 Samuel 17:45–49)

David’s bottom line was Psalm 56:9:

‘Then my enemies will be turned back

in the day when I call.

This I know, that God is for me.’

Where is our bottom line? My own thoughts go back to a time I had gone out to Kenya to support a man of God with a powerful healing ministry. Only one problem: near to the last moment he emailed us to say he could no longer come as a speaker!

It was now too late to cancel the ‘Fire Over Kenya’ Conference. There was only one thing to do, I had to step into his shoes as speaker and pray for the sick.

Once in Kenya I did not feel quiet so brave. Bala was two hours off any road. We had to drive over rough terrain, hills, and grasslands, past mud rondavals and two funerals taking place on the way. I was told six people were dying of AIDS or disease every day.

We arrived at dusk at the Bishop’s mud house and he gave us a lantern and showed us where Ruth and I were to sleep.

Early next morning Ruth and I went to find a place outside to pray. We sat down on a couple of rocks feeling totally inadequate, hopeless and way out of our depth. In fact we wondered what we were doing, even coming to such a place. Only God could do something. One thing was certain, we could do nothing. We cried out to God like never before. We literally cried out for the desperate needs of the people.

After a good half hour of desperate crying, a quiet came over us and I believe I heard God speak: ‘If I can cry through your eyes like this, I can also heal through your hands like this.’ This was the beginning of a healing ministry.

We walked back to the kraal. There was a woman there with her son falling all over the room. He could not stand even for a second before he fell in another direction. ‘Deliver my son from these demons,’ she shouted.

I stared, wanting to run from this but fought to stand my ground.

‘Please deliver my son from these demons,’ she shouted again.

‘Lord, help me I whispered,’ and pointing at the falling boy, shouted, ‘Demons, come out in the name of Jesus.’

The boy stood up, still crying but normal, still a bit confused, but totally set free.

‘Thank you,’ said his mom. ‘I knew you could help.’

‘Jesus did it,’ I replied.

‘I know He did,’ she said. ‘Goodbye.’ And she and her son calmly walked home.

The crusade started that evening. I gave a simple gospel message and then asked the sick to come forward. Thirty people rushed forward.

To my horror the first three were blind. ‘Lord,’ I prayed, ‘Help!’ I then remembered that this was similar to Reinhard Bonnke’s first attempt to pray for the sick. ‘Lord, can I use the same words as Reinhard Bonnke?’ I asked.

It seemed alright, so I went up to the first one and in a German accent said, ‘Blind eyes, open in the name of Jesus.’

‘I can see,’ the lady shouted.

‘What?’

‘I can see,’ she repeated.

‘Can you really see properly?’ I ask again.

‘Yes, I can really see.’

‘Go and testify on the mike,’ I told her.

I then went to the second person and the same thing happened. She could suddenly see. Then the third person also could instantly see.

The fourth person had malaria, so I cast the malaria out in Jesus’ name and within one minute her temperature was down to normal. She was healed. The next person had fallen down a cliff onto his head causing his left arm to go limp. I prayed over his head and suddenly his arm came alive. He could move it, he was healed.

All thirty people were healed by Jesus that night and by the end of the conference two hundred and fifty people had received their healings from Jesus.

After the crusade Ruth had to go home. Bishop Dominic, the driver, the interpreter and I visited different churches for the remaining week. One problem was that the witch-doctors were very angry about the healings as they were losing income as a result. They were now after me and knew the route we were travelling. For two nights now they had been drumming and doing frenzy dancing and chanting curses outside my very hotel window!

‘Lord,’ I cried, ‘please protect me from these witch-doctors.’

‘Rest in Me,’ I felt the Lord say, ‘for I am in complete control. I know the bondage My people here are under, but the bondage of disease and death shall be lifted, for I shall lift it. Walk forth in Me, My child, for no evil shall touch you. Rest in Me, My child, for it is I that shall do it through you. Yes, walk in oneness with Me, your hand placed in mine and this work we shall do together.’

This word from the Lord strengthened me so much that I was able to come against their curses to break up or confuse the three meetings that day. The Lord strengthened me so much that I did not even care if there was an army of witch-doctors, for I suddenly saw God as so much greater. I went to the meetings to see a wonderful move of God as a further forty seven people received their healings and almost everyone received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Suddenly I saw the truth of Psalm 56:9:

‘Then my enemies will be turned back

in the day when I call.

This I know, that God is for me.’

I had no further problems from the witch-doctors, and the following year most of the witch-doctors’ families had become Christians. Margaret, a wife of a well known witch-doctor, had been a Christian for four months. She had been blind for four years as a result of a snake bite. I prayed for her and the Lord completely restored her eyesight within about two minutes. What a wonderful God we serve. My bottom line was realised: ‘My God is great, my God can do anything He wants to do.’

To find our bottom line is to know God, to know Him by our own experience of Him. To get to know God is to simply spend time in His presence. There is no other way. We either get to know Him by spending time with Him or we never get to know Him. The more time we spend in His presence, the more we will get to know Him. There are many different dimensions of knowing Him, but in each Jesus is with you at your side leading you on. Jeremiah 24:7 says:

‘I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.’

First we need to seek Him with our whole hearts.

Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17–19:

‘that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe, according to the working of his great might.’

As we begin to seek Him, He will also reveal to us His revelations in greater detail.

Let’s look at John 17:2–3:

‘since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.’

Then read from John 17:6–8:

‘I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine thy were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me.’

This passage shows us how much God loves us. He shows us that we can have certainty and know in truth that Jesus came from the Father and He gives us security in Him and identity with Him as we come to know Him more and more. This is confirmed even more in John 10:14:

‘I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.’

When we know we belong to God then John 17:3 also becomes our destiny. This certainty, security and identity that we know God knows us and we know Him then becomes even deeper as John 17:23 reveals:

‘I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.’

Do you know that God loves you so much? Is your heart searching for Him? Then receive His love, for He loves you and wants you to respond to Him, to come to know Him more.

Do not allow any unworthiness or fear of rejection stop you from knowing Him as I once did. Do not make the same mistake as I did and many do, who listen to the lies of Satan and feel unworthy, rather than the truth of God.

I felt like that until one day I was at a conference in Toronto. I had a vision of the Lord putting His hand within me, taking out my heart, cupping it in His hand tenderly as He looked at it. Then suddenly He closed His other hand over it and walked off with it, ending the vision.

I sat up startled. ‘He’s walked off with my heart. He did not put it back!’ Then it dawned on me, ‘He has my heart! That means I truly belong to Him.’

‘You can have my heart, Lord Jesus,’ I called out loud, ‘I never want it back.’

Hopefully He does not have to go that far for all of us. The moment we give Jesus our heart, we should know that He has received it, for He knows our hearts, He knows the hearts that reach out to Him.

Jeremiah 12:3 says:

‘But thou, O Lord, knowest me,

thou seest me, and triest my mind towards thee.

Acts 15:8 says:

‘And God who knows the heart bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us.’

Once we receive the Holy Spirit within our hearts we know beyond all measure that He knows us and He has come to live within us. Suddenly John 17:23 comes alive, ‘I in them and thou in me.’

If you have not already received the Holy Spirit and would like to, for the Holy Spirit will help lead you into the Holy presence of God, then just pray this simple prayer:

Dear Lord, I come to You as I am. Please forgive me where I have sinned against You in thought, in word, in deed and in things I have left undone. Please forgive me and come into my heart and baptise me in the Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Now just simply receive Him, and open your heart to Him. You may even feel a warm glow within, but even if you feel nothing know that your prayer is answered. You are now baptised in the Holy Spirit. The Bible will be easier to read, for you will begin to understand it more and as you worship God. You will know a deeper and fuller relationship with Him. You will know with all certainty that you belong to Him and that He loves you so very much.

You will also discover that you should not just read the Bible, but live it, for the Bible is the living Word of God and behind every sentence is the power of heaven. It’s as we walk the Scriptures in faith that the Lord can answer. There has to be a need for a miracle or healing to occur. Only as we live the Word will the Word become active and effective in our lives.

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