4 Biblical Practices To Experiencing God
Now, we’re going to address how to experience God. The experience of God is the knowledge of God and Proverbs 2:1-6 lays out the exact steps needed to make the mediation and study of the word to reap the highest return by experiencing God.
Read part 1 here. Read part 2 here.
Listen to what it says. Let’s go to Proverbs 2:1-6.
“My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;”
Those are some of the most amazing verses in the Bible. Now let’s take a look at each verse.
In verse one, we are told to receive His word and treasure it within our self.
Verse two explains that we are to incline our ear to wisdom and apply our heart to understanding.
A direct translation of this verse in Hebrew sounds like this: Pay attention, or listen, with your inner being to divine revelation and employ your whole heart to understanding it.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is virtually the same instruction given to us by Jesus in Matthew 6:22 and John 14:23, which instructs us to employ our inner being in the cultivation of His word until it becomes a revelation of God or the living light of God within.
Verse three instructs us to cry out for discernment and to lift our voice for understanding. The instruction is the equivalent of raising your voice in prayer and requesting God to help you learn His word during the study.
At the end of this section, I’m going to share with you the prayer we lift up every day before a day of intensive study.
Verse four says that we are to seek wisdom. The word “wisdom” in this context means the mind of God or the thought of God. So we are to seek the mind of God with high intensity and desire.
Now I want to highlight verses five and six.
Verse five says that if we follow the instructions of verses one through four, we will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
Notice that there are two benefits listed here. The first is the fear of the Lord, and the second is the knowledge of God.
In simple terms, the fear of the Lord is the love and the respect of God. When the word of God becomes God’s living voice in you, you will become more sensitive toward God’s likes and dislikes. That’s the fear of the Lord!
The fear of the Lord keeps us on the straight and narrow path. It develops sensitivity toward God, and sensitivity toward God produces deep understanding, and understanding of God always reveals the love of God.
The second benefit listed is the knowledge of God. The word “knowledge” is translated from the Hebrew word dah’-ath (phonetic), which means to know through awareness or perception, in other words, the experience of God through our senses.
Now look at verse six, “For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;”
If you take a closer look at this verse, a fantastic picture emerges. Look at the first part of this verse, “For the Lord gives wisdom.” Because this verse talks about God giving wisdom, we need to ask ourselves, what God considers as wisdom.
The only thing God can consider to be “wisdom,” is His thought. If God considered anything else beyond Himself as wise, we need to seek the source of that wisdom as God.
So the term, “wisdom” can only apply to the mind of God.
Now, look at the next part of the verse, “From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” You already know that “knowledge” means the experience of God, but “understanding” means the discernment of His thought, or having His reasoning in ourselves.
If you put the meaning of these words in context with the rest of the verse, it says that the mouth of God dispenses His thought to us which can be perceived as the reasoning of His mind.
In other words, every word, every whisper from the mouth of God, can be revealed perfectly in us as His thought.
Now we’re going to put together everything you learned so far. In the first article you learned three instructions:
You learned that it’s necessary for us to die to the world and unless we do that God can’t fill us. No one can serve two masters.
You learned that if you concentrate your mind every day on Scripture, your body will be full of God’s light which is Jesus.
You learned that if you internalize the word of God as your thought, the Godhead will dwell in you.
In this section, you learned four biblical practices that will help you in your daily devotional time.
And here they are.
1. Every principle revealed to you in the word of God has to be treasured in the heart.
2. You need to practice perceiving the word of God with your inner being.
3. You need to call God in prayer for help to distinguish His thought.
4. You need to apply all your mental and spiritual energy in seeking divine revelation.
If you follow the four steps outlined in Proverbs 2:1 – 6, your study time will change into revelation time.
Now I’m going pass along to you my prayer in fulfillment of step three. I’ve passed this prayer to countless people. You can take it “as is,” or you can make it your own.
Here it is.
“Heavenly Father I humbly bow down before you and consecrate myself to you. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost let us be of one mind, one heart, and one soul.
Open my eyes and ears so that I may see you and hear you.
Heavenly angels of God come and assist me.
Thank you God, I love you with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind.
In your Holy name, I pray, Amen.”
In case you’re wondering if angels can dispense the word of God, they do. The most vivid example is recorded in Revelation 14:6.
This verse in Revelation explains how an angel with the everlasting gospel can preach to the entire world!