An Encounter With Jesus

  • Mark 5:18-20 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
  • Acts 9:3-5, 17, 20 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are You, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied…Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord–Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here–has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”… At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
  • Luke 19:5, 8 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” … But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

When we have an encounter with the Living God, our lives should be changed forever. Peter, Andrew, James and John left their fisherman career and their own fathers to follow Jesus. Matthew left his tax collector position to follow Jesus. When they encountered Jesus, their lives were changed forever. When we make Jesus our Lord and Savior, it should compel us to make significant changes in our lives such as: leaving our old ways behind, to live according to the Word, experience more of Him, to fulfill the plans God has for our life, renew our minds, etc. The demon-possessed man wanted to leave everything behind to follow Jesus but Jesus asked him to tell others what the Lord had done for him. He did so and people marveled. Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, gave half of his goods to the poor as a result of his encounter with Jesus. A true encounter with Jesus shouldn’t leave us the same. It’s a choice though. Some who encountered Jesus went back to their lives and were satisfied with a single encounter. But there is so much more to a Christian life: being filled with His Holy Spirit, living in divine health, living in freedom of any stronghold, having joy and peace, access to His promises, living the plans God has for our lives and the list goes on. Are you satisfied with your past encounters with Jesus or are you seeking more?

How to live to encounter Jesus:
  1. Make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior if you haven’t already. If you haven’t confessed Jesus as your Lord and desire to do so, this will be an encounter with Jesus. As you speak out the following prayer, the Word says that God’s own Holy Spirit comes inside you. You become a child of God. This gives you many rights, privileges and promises and the Bible tells you how to obtain them (See also the category Rights and Privileges). Prayer: Father, I ask you to forgive me for my sins. I believe from my heart that Jesus died on the cross and three days later rose from the grave. I accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of my life. In Jesus’ Name I pray.
  2. Spend time reading your Bible, praying to the Father, praising and worshipping Him, and praying in the Spirit. This will allow you to fellowship with God. He will give you revelation through His Spirit, will talk to you in a gentle whisper inside of you if you listen, lead you in your everyday life, give you direction if you need them and ask for them, etc. Each day can be another opportunity to have an encounter with God.
  3. Join with other believers to pray or praise Him when the opportunity presents itself – or create the opportunity. The disciples of the early church would meet together to pray and praise and they would encounter Him. Acts 4:31: “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
  4. As the disciples lived their lives at God’s service, they were led by the Holy Spirit to do things, including healing people and casting out demons through the power of the Holy Spirit, etc. Live out the plans that God has for your life and He’ll equip you to do the work.
  5. If you have any sickness and disease, take authority over it and encounter the divine health that has been purchased for you by his wounds (1 Peter 2:24). A healing becomes a revelation and an encounter not easily forgotten.

Call to action:
Meet with God every day. Let your heart be surrendered and submitted to Him and make your time with Him a time of encounter.