Last evening I was thinking about the Spiritual Experiences I first had many years ago that led to my new birth experience with The LORD, and how many of us have had and continue to have occurrences like this.
A person could actually just have experiences such as this and simply rely upon them, without understanding the context from which they came from.
You see, many throughout history, have had Spiritual Experiences of one form or another. Many of the religions of this world came into being from an initial experience that one person had, and then from that act, an entire religious order was formed.
Perhaps some of these individuals heard a voice speak to them, and yet others formed conclusions based upon austere practices.
What I am saying here is that one could simply just focus upon the inner Spiritual Experience that we might have throughout our entire life, without even drawing reference to a written Word, such as The Scriptures themselves.
To explain further, as I reflect back upon my life well over 45 years ago and the initial time that I heard the voice of God speak to me.
I was caught-up in this experience in such a way, that it was deeply transformational and all-consuming.
I could have continued in this experience alone, without a reference to what I was actually experiencing.
Perhaps I could have even begun to think that this experience was so unique, that I could then form my own religion or belief system.
But I chose instead to seek out others and then in time, found a Bible, Prayer and Study Group, and from there, realized that my experience pointed to The New Life that I had just begun in Christ.
You see, our experiences, no matter how profound or deep they may be, must be secured to The Word of God, or else we are like the wind, unanchored to the continual rise and fall of the elements.
This is not to discount whatever deep spiritual experiences we may have, for without them, we may well just follow The Letter of The Law, rather than its heart.
A tent needs stakes to keep it anchored to the ground, and in such a way, those stakes are The Word of the God.
And yet without the breeze blowing through it, it could become lifeless and void of its need, which is like the Holy Spirit. Both are needed and both are essential.
We can’t just rely upon our experiences, no matter how profound or deep they may be. For one could then be carried away in such force that like the wind, we would not be anchored.
“Learn to balance The Word of the Spirit with The Written Word. For when you can do this, you are on your way to maturity, for both are needed.
The revealed Word that is spoken, is said out of an understanding of My Written Word. As a tent has stakes in it — which represent My Written Word — it anchors the tent and holds it in place.
But what would the tent be holding up? It takes on the shape and contour that I would embody unto it.
So, in the same way, The Voice of The Spirit is represented in this way. Let the tent rise to its full potential in Me.
Let its pitch and its sides fall where I want it to, and know that you are all tents of mine,” would say the Lord. “You are all being perfectly joined together in Me.
For the ministry of teaching My Word, and the spoken word, are both needed. And so, this tent is the tent that must be strong. Its stakes must go down into the very ground on the foundation of My Written Word.
But let the breeze blow, and let it blow through the fabric of this tent. Let it seep in through every crevice and stitching of the fabric of My Holy Spirit.
For it is woven by My Hands. I AM The Master Craftsman. I hold the tent by My Son Jesus Christ.
He holds the very fabric together, and by His Stripes, nothing will cause this tent to fall.”
Thus would say The Spirit of The LORD, the One who has made every tent for its purpose.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?