Let’s Go Deeper

Amazing! Simply Amazing! This is simply the only way that I can describe the church services that we were given the opportunity to be a part of over the weekend. If you have never had a Pentecostal experience in your life you have missed the greatest thing this side of heaven. Some have said it is only an emotional experience but I have come to tell you that it is more than that. It is a spiritual experience that can do nothing but bring you deeper in God. I learned many years ago not to discount something simply because I didn’t understand it. I don’t understand how my car engine operates but that doesn’t keep me from getting in it every day and driving to town. I don’t understand the dynamics of how my refrigerator works but I am sure glad that it keeps my milk cold and my ice cream frozen. Not understanding how something works or operates is not an excuse to not experience it.
 
Even Simon Peter couldn’t explain to Jesus how something he knew about wouldn’t work because he knew his business:fishing.
There is in Luke chapter 5 a story many are familiar with. As Jesus came to Lake Gennesaret the people pressed against him as He taught. Jesus saw two boats that were empty and no one was in them because the owners were washing their nets. Jesus enters into Simon Peters boat and calls to him to take the boat and thrust out from the land just a little. Just far enough that He could teach and the people would have to give Him room. Jesus sat down and begin to teach the people. 
 
When He finished He told Simon to launch out to the deep and let your nets down. Simon told Him that they had fished all night and had caught nothing. In other words I have done this a long time and I know a little about how this works and we caught nothing. Jesus, you are a carpenter, what would you know about fishing. But Simon relented and said,
“nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
 
 Luke 5:6-7 (KJV)”And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.”  
 
There are several things that we can take from this story that goes deeper than just the surface.
 
1: In our limited physical experiences we can’t ever think that we know everything there is about spiritual experiences.
2: If we are not willing to move out into the deep or unknown we will never experience anything more than what we have already experienced.
3:But if and when we do we may find ourselves amazed and overwhelmed by what God knows and does in our lives.
 
Simon you can stay in the shallow end if you want, even with your limited knowledge of the deep but if deep calleth to deep then I’m willing to cast my net wherever God will allow it.
 
2 Corinthians 2:9-10 (KJV)”But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, not ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
 
I don’t know about your experience with God and I don’t know about your knowledge of Him but you may have come to late to tell me that what I have experienced is not real. I have gone deeper than I ever imagined and I have not fathomed the riches or the depth of His glory.  A theologian I’m not but neither am I a shallow ended swimmer. I took my snorkeling gear off and replaced it with deep water gear.
 
Daniel 2:22 (KJV) “He revealeth the deep and secret things; he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth in him.”
 
In Ezekiel 47 the prophet saw waters that issued out from the right side of the house that had originated from underneath the altars. Ezekiel was led out a thousand cubits at a time into the waters. He started at his ankles and progressed to his knees, then his waist, until finally the water was so deep he had to swim and it was a river that could not be passed over. 
 
The prophet was brought back to the rivers edge and there he saw trees that lined the river and was told that these rivers would heal everything that they touched, These waters would flow through desert places and touch that which was dry and dusty and give life. 
 
Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 
 
 
I challenge you: If you have never gone deeper in God do so now. You never know what’s on the end of that experience. It may be a Pentecostal one.