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What Happens When A PERSON MEETS With God?
"Everything changes when people meet with God." - Dutch Sheets, The Beginner's Guide To Intercession
Are you desiring for certain changes to come into your life? Are you tired of the way things are? Do you dream of things being different than what they are at the present time?
We have good news for you. Your life can be drastically changed for the better. You can be the person that God called you to be and have the influence and power that He intends for your life.
How can it happen?
It can and will happen when you encounter Him.
There is a Hebrew word for intercession - paga - which means "a meeting" or "to meet with." A prayer paga or meeting becomes a time when heaven and earth meet and destinies are released.
Read the explanation that Dutch Sheets gives for this concept on page 49 of his above mentioned book - "One of the New Testament words for destiny is horizo. In this Greek word, it is easy to see the English word horizon, which is the point where the earth and the sky meet. Horizo also means a boundary, because the concept of a horizon involves the farthest limits of sight. It doesn't take much imagination to see the concept of destiny in this word. Our destiny is our God-given horizon or boundary. God has predetermined the boundaries or horizons of our lives. He has 'predestined' the plans and purposes He has for each of us, before we were ever born."
We will never come to know who or what we were meant to be until we have a paga or "meeting" with God. Until we encounter Him, we will live frustrated lives - always wondering what could have been. We might even live lives that are miserable - always feeling unfulfilled or unsatisfied.
God's desire to paga or "meet with" His people is clearly demonstrated in the construction of the tabernacle. In Exodus 25:21-22, He speaks openly and says - " And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." In Exodus 30:6, we read the directions for the altar of incense - "And thou shalt put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee." In Exodus 30:36, we find the instructions concerning the spices and incense - "And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy." And in Exodus 29:42-43, we read the commands given for the continual burnt offering - "This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory."
Notice throughout these Scriptures that - no matter what God is speaking about - He always turns the conversation back to - "there I will meet with thee" and "where I will meet with thee." He desires to meet with His people because He knows that they will never be the same again when they do. Earth and the sky will meet, and destiny will be formed.
There is a popular chorus which describes this part of intercession very well. It goes like this -
"I'm here to meet with You
Won't You come and meet with me
I'm here to find You
Reveal Yourself to me.
As I wait -
As I wait, You make me strong
As I long
As I long, draw me to Your arms
As I stands
As I stand, and sing Your praise
Won't You come, and fill this place."
Throughout the Bible, we find one example after another of different people who had an encounter with the Living God - who met with Him - and came away from that experience totally changed.
Jacob became Israel, a prince that had power with God and men, after he wrestled all night with the angel of the Lord(Genesis 32:28). He called the name of the place Peniel because, as he said, "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved"(Genesis 32:30).
In Exodus 3, we read of Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush. Here was a man who fled from Pharaoh's court after killing an Egyptian. We then find him on the backside of the desert tending sheep. After the burning bush incident, however, he became a great deliverer - used mightily to deliver God's people out of Egyptian bondage to Pharaoh.
Joshua 5 recounts Joshua's meeting with the "captain of the host of the Lord"(Joshua 5:14-15). This "meeting" gave him the strength and courage that was needed to take Jericho and all the neighboring cities for the Israelties' inheritance.
Gideon was transformed into a "mighty man of valor" after he came face-to-face with the "angel of the LORD"(Judges 6:12). In God's might, he was able to smite the Midianites "as one man"(Judges 6:16).
Samuel became one of the greatest Prophets of Israel after hearing the Lord's call into the ministry(1 Samuel 3).
Job encountered God after a period of great suffering and pain and gained a greater understanding of Him and His ways. His remarked afterwards - "I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from Thee...I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes"(Job 42:2,5-6).
Solomon had an encounter with God and came to a rightful relationship. After being backslidden for a period of time, he came to this conclusion as recorded in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 - "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
The woman at the well had five failed marriages, but became an evangelist after an encounter with Christ(John 4).
While Jesus was being tried before Pilate, Peter was in the palace and then on the outer porch - denying that he ever knew his Master(Matthew 26:69-75). However, after tarrying ten days in prayer in the upper room with 120 other believers, he - along with the others - was "endued with power from on high" as God poured out His Spirit on them(Acts 2). Peter stood up and boldly and fearlessly preached the Gospel - testifying before all of "Jesus and Him crucified" - and 3,000 were saved as a result(Acts 2:41).
One more example which illustrates how meeting with God brings change is the life of Paul. Before he met Jesus, he was Saul the persecutor of the church(Acts 22:4). After a meeting with God the Son - Jesus, everything changed(Acts 9:3-31). Saul went from a reputation of killing and imprisoning Christians to becoming Paul, an apostle of the Church. Within a matter of days after his conversion, he was preaching Jesus at Damascus.
From all of these examples, we clearly see then that a "meeting" with God brings about change.
Knowing and seeing for yourself from the Scriptures that "everything changes when people meet with God," what are you waiting for? Do you want your life to be changed...for God to use you for His glory...for your life to have purpose and destiny... and to have a major impact on your generation?
Then "meet with" God.
Destiny will be made when you begin to intercede.
You will never be the same again.
Only God knows what kind of impact your life will have on this world as a result.
May God Bless His Word.