God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4:24 ESV)
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13 ESV)
Spiritual experiences are part of God’s plan for we who follow Jesus. I’m thankful that I have sensed God’s power and presence in my life. Spiritual experiences are good, but they are not necessarily a sign of spiritual maturity. When God uses us in a powerful way, it is intended to bring glory to Himself, not to “gifted people.” In a world with so much counterfeit spirituality, we need to be careful not to promote ourselves or our experiences over the Author of our faith.
God sometimes does extraordinary things – but most of the time we see his hand in plain ordinary everyday life. We can expect to be filled with joy even in the mist of trials. His Spirit is ever present. He is all knowing and all sufficient. Prayer is our connection to the Father of lights. And the Bible is our guide to living in the true knowledge of God. Without this revealed knowledge (sound doctrine) we become susceptible to spiritual deception.
Jesus tells us that we are to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. He also comforts us with the knowledge that if we ask His Father for the Holy Spirit, we can be confident he will only give us something good. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work in perfect harmony and balance – three persons – one God. Aligning ourselves with the only true God through repentance (turning from our way to follow His) and acknowledging the truth claims of Jesus absolute lordship, is the true path of life. Living life outside of revealed biblical truth – leaves us open to demonic deception.