Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, in his words, is intended to help you:
“Hear when God is speaking to you.
Clearly identify the activity of God in your life.
Believe Him to be and do everything He promises.
Adjust your beliefs, character, and behavior to Him and His ways.
See a direction that He is taking in your life and what He wants to do through your life.
Clearly know what you need to do in response to His activity in your life.
Experience God doing through you what only God can do!”
I had reservations about the book before reading it. I was fearing a “name it and claim it” philosophy that I don’t find in the Bible. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the teaching is based on Scripture and the subject is handled with respect for the word of God. Henry Blackaby emphasizes the need to confirm whatever you believe God is urging you to do by the Scriptures and by respected mature Christians as well as circumstances and prayer.
The book helped me to see through the Scriptures that I am experiencing God whenever the Holy Spirit makes it possible for me to understand the spiritual truths in the Bible. Faith, repentance, and obedience is encouraged as a prerequisite for a relationship with God. The relationship comes first, then the service.
I do have some reservations about one of the applications of faith which encouraged a church to base its budget on what they believe God wants them to do rather than on whatever they can reasonably expect to receive in income. But my faith is still growing so perhaps I’ll see that in a different light in the future. As always, we need to be sure to use the whole Bible, not just portions, to determine the principles we choose to put into practice in our lives.
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