What does experience get you?
In faith, people focus on experiences with God. People look at what the Spirit makes them feel, what they think the Spirit propels them to do, and what outcome they believe was through these actions caused them to look like. Feelings… experience.
Then they want more. Feelings matter and create an experience of elation in faith and life. They go searching, digging, and creating more space for these encounters to manifest. Connecting to people with these same goals are a must. It doesn’t matter if Scripture backs them up. If it feels good, and causes an elevated experience, then it must be from the Spirit.
But is it? Are we convoluting something over Scripture because of our own man made ideas and twisting of truth so that we can try hard to pad our testimonies?
Experience means nothing in a Christian walk if wisdom and prudence is tossed to the wind of self-righteousness behaviors. Do we have the mind and actions of Christ when we seek out these things or we after a story that gets likes, fan-girls and an intoxicated adventure?
Ephesians 5:1 ESV
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
Do we want to be excited in our faith? Absolutely. Do we want to experience the benefits of being a child of God? No doubt. Do we want to go out and witness and work for the kingdom to draw others in? That’s the goal. But in these things, are we misappropriating the wealth that the Lord has given us and acting a fool outside of the fruit of the Spirit?
Remember who you are in Christ, and the way we should be imitating Him in our daily walk. That experience will shine a light on true and abundant faith.
2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.When we seek the things of God and not the things of man, our testimonies will reflect the kingdom and love of God. Click To Tweet
It’s all about self-control in love. When we shine a light on Christ with actions and truth, we draw people in with our prudence which will lead to wisdom. When we seek the things of God and not the things of man, our testimonies will reflect the kingdom and love of God.
Let’s focus on some true treasures that the Lord has given us. Hide these things that the Spirit has laid on our hearts and use them as a guide in actions and truth. This is the true wealth of the indwelling of Him.
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.