If you have the time to read it, I would like to share a story with you. (I posted a piece of this on a different thread a few days ago so apologies
if you have read a little before)
I went to a strict church from the age of 13 until well into my twenties. This church I now believe to be a cult. Growing up this place became my
everything. I had to attend 5 nights a week unless I wanted to be pulled into the office and interrogated as to where I was etc. We were taught
regularly that only the members of this church were saved and everyone else would sadly go to hell. You had to remain in this church to be saved.
I wasn’t liked much by the oversight because I liked the band Nirvana and I was therefore kicked out because my hair grew past my shoulders. (They
told me to cut it and come back in 6 months. I could have but I felt something was off and felt this church was loveless with a fake love) This
separation from the church crushed me into a deep spiritual depression. I was now the devils child and going to burn in hell forever.
What could I do?
Nothing was working. My prayers were not answered (surprise surprise) and I was getting nothing out of it, so one day a few years later I stopped
praying .....and started reading and listening.
I read in so many places within the bible of people who didn’t just live their lives through a church, they were having a one on one experience with
God and hearing Him in "real time".
I wanted that relationship and asked for this also. If it were possible with those in the past, its going to be possible with me in the present
because as I had read - God is the same today as he was yesterday.
The first thing that came to mind was – To get to the Father you must go through the Son, and to get to the Son you must go through the Holy Spirit.
Don’t go to the Father first because you are queue jumping the Spirit and running straight into a closed door. There is an order and a process that
needs to be performed, yet this (God willing) may change with each person.
I listened and tried a few other things I heard but will not mention them here to stick to the main story.
I noticed I kept thinking of phrases that seemed really poetic or wisdom like, such as - "God is the original source of energy, from that which we
came, so shall we all return. He is perfect because He does not lack anything to be completed by it."
I liked them so much I felt I needed to write them down and stare at them to contemplate their meaning. (Hours or years later I would sometimes read
for the first time, other peoples "real time" wisdom that mirrored mine, as if for confirmation that was disguised as a complete coincidence)
I asked questions in my head and wrote the answers that came from the silence into a journal. At the start the answers were a little forced from my
own mind but slowly as I learnt to turn off my own thoughts, the answers started to become real and I was actually learning things that amazed me with
its clarity and Wisdom that had never sounded so true before.
You cannot explain God, because He cannot be explained.
I saw the face of God, yet I never even saw him. God spoke to me yet I never once heard him talking. The answer that was first ends up being the last.
To find the beginning you first have to be at the end and to have an answer to your question you must first question the answer etc etc etc... And
such was it constantly like with my experience with God. Sometimes the answer was there, most of the time I had to work hard for it. It was like
looking into chaos and pulling out a piece if harmony. If I asked a question it could take days to be answered after possibly going through a mountain
of information and maybe a life experience or two.
Open Prayer is useful in some ways, but irrelevant in others. You can’t hear God talking when all you are doing is praying. The only way to hear Him
is to ask Him to answer the door within yourself and listen deeply into the silence.
You will never hear him as a voice, yet something does echo back from within the silence that can be translated.
I am not just a Christian anymore, I am a Mystic. I don't need the church to be saved because the church is already inside of me.
Thankyou for listening and please share your own experiences with the Lord.
edit on 12-1-2011 by FoxfilesMulder because: Spelling error