Is there a
place for them?
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legitimate feelings and experiences can and do take place in
believer. Our feelings have been created by God so that we might have a
fuller appreciation of Him and His creation. And even though that is
true, it is just as true that what God has created for good, satan uses
as a tool for evil.
ever makes a person think that evil and wickedness will give us a
yucky, creepy feeling? If that were true, then we would sin far less
than we do. Sin usually feels good -- at least in the beginning. A
person experiences a "religious or spiritual" experience and knows its
reality and then begins to defend against attacks against the
experience. There are fewer things more real than such deep
experiences. But, valid experiences can always hold up under
light of truth.
is easy for someone who is married to understand the difference between
intercourse in marriage than before marriage (if that has been their
unfortunate experience). There is little difference between
emotions evoked during the physical act. However, in marriage, there is
a far greater dimension to the act in marriage and the act becomes far
deeper, wider and more meaningful than ever can be experienced by the
unmarried. Drugs also produce real emotions, even though they are based
on things not eternal. In the same way, an experience cause have the
same emotional or physical reactions and yet have a corrupted source.
know it was God, I felt Him". "I felt so clean, good, excited, warm,
accepted, free, humbeld, loved, ..." These are all possible and valid
reactions to knowing Him. But satan has the same "tools" available to
him. Why, some may ask, would God allow satan to use those same
feelings against us. God does not worry about any of satan's
deceiving ways. Those that love and seek Him for more than experiences
, possessions, or other self-serving reasons will always be able to
spot the true from the false, though it may take time. Until a person
is married, he cannot know that premarital intercourse is just a poor
shadow of intercourse after marriage. Though he may claim that he could
not love his partner any more if married, he will never know how wrong
he is. Love is deeper and wider and richer than feelings. God wants our
relationship to be deeper, wider, and richer than just feelings.
way to know all of God, is to seek all of Him, not just His benefits.
And it is amazing, that once you seek Him for Himself, you will be
wondrously surprised at how much more He has to give you in addition to
feelings. Things that you will not trade for further reoccurrences of
feelings that you have had. But you will never get them unless you are
able to press on beyond feelings. God's truth spans all ranges of
experiences. It is a friend to experiences that come from knowing Him.
is very fortunate for us the God has had faithful servants in the past
who have documented revivals and the emotions and experiences that
occured at the time. It is remarkable how many of the things that are
happening today were like the things that happened back then. The value
is that those writing about them write about them many years after they
happened. They have followed up and seen the fruit or lack of it many
years after those experiences happened. It seems that in the midst of
revival, the true and the false happened along side of each other. True
spiritual leaders were often unable to tell the difference between the
true and the false.
Edwards writes of such things. Dozens of years later, he concludes that
much of the emotion and fanaticism and unusual experiences actually
caused the decline of the revival and those who experienced such
reactions settled down into "normalcy" and gave up their pursuit of
Penn-Lewis writes of the Welsh revival and give testimony to absolutely
supernatural happenings. She tells of a woman who was able to discern
and tell of a person's specific sin. Once revealed, those in attendance
would experience great conviction and remorse and repentance would fill
the meeting. Jessie began to "feel" that something was not right and
sought wisdom from the scripture and brought here concerns to the
leaders, who then prayed about it. They decided the person needed to be
confronted. When they confronted her with the truth of
scriptures, a demon was manifested and left her. There are other such
things she describes and it should be must reading for anyone hooked on
of how mighty and holy our experiences truly are, they should never be
defended nor extolled. Only truth should be defended. After witnessing
Jesus glorified and speaking with Moses and Elijah, Peter and John
erroneously wanted to "camp" on the experience and the wonder of it.
Jesus basically said, "forget it, let us get back to work." Paul
reluctantly mentioned his post salvation spiritual experience only
once. It was never a centerpiece and he didn't claim any special
position because of it. How different it is among the popular spiritual
blowhards of today!
have occasional supernatural happenings. While there is no indication
that God has stopped causing such happenings, there is also never any
suggestion that they continued to be everyday and commonplace
experiences involving most of the church. Even while they were
happening, no one considered them commonplace. Now we hear of spiritual
blowhards that regularly talk to Jesus, face to face, and get wisdom,
understanding and direction directly from His mouth. Yet, not one of
them is doing any of the miracles. Jesus never did things for show,
everything He did met a real need. He never said His ministry would go
under if the crowd did not give.
personally believe that it is possible to be in a meeting that is
completely run by false evangelists, prophets or whatever, and to meet
God. He will come anywhere to meet a seeking heart. These false ones
always use truth to bait followers to their poison. The truth has a
life of its own and is greater than the poison for those seeking truth.
Legitimate converts never validate the surroundings, but only validate
the grace, power, and mercy of God. It also appears to me
true converts produced as a result of such a meeting are few in number
though great testimonies, weeping, and miracles seem to take place. It
has been my observation, that those truly saved in such meetings
usually take a long time in discovering the deception and bondage that
accompanies their new faith. They have packaged the entire event
together and consider any attack on the event as an attack against the
legitimacy of their salvation.
wondrous part of having one's salvation questioned, is that it is
easily verified by reviewing and acknowledging the basis of your salvation.
The more one reviews such truths, the more the assurance, peace, and