Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mar 11:24)
My desire! What we desire is the most important thing about us. Knowing our desires is probably the most difficult thing we face. So many things crowd our lives to produce confusion in WHAT WE REALLY DESIRE. Most of us are strangers to ourselves. What do you desire? I mean what do you really want with with all your heart? Paul, the apostle spelled out his passionate desire in Phil 3:10-11,
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Php 3:10)
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Php 3:11)
I share Paul’s desire to know Christ, and have been motivated by that desire for decades, but my desire this morning is a little different. I am in the battle of my life and need many thins. But if I know my heart, I desire above all else this morning to know one hundred people who have an experimental knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. In the last two years in has broken my heart to see the cruelty of the so called “child protection system”. I have wept until I could not weep anymore. I have seen how perhaps sincere, but nevertheless deceived, social workers can destroy a beautiful family at will, while they doing the bidding of their bosses who sit in high places, with high salaries, and do “what is good for the children”. Each day I learn more of how deep the dastardly business has become. It is a huge billion dollar business. It breaks my heart, and if I did not know Jesus Christ personally, I could not take it!
But I have a greater burden and therefor a greater desire. The thing that breaks my heart most is that my country, the good old USA, the Bible Belt, has lost The Gospel of our Lord Jesus. I now live in a land of Christ-less Christianity! Please do not be angry with me or judge me, God knows my heart, but it is so rare for me to meet someone who knows Jesus Christ personally! Beloved, Christianity is Christ! Please understand me, I know that just about everyone I meet is a “christian”. I dare say that most of the people in the child abuse system go to church and belong to some kind of religion. Most of those who are abused and have lost their children and their families, and are broken and contrite, and yet, they must admit that their religion has failed. Where the rubber hits the road, their prayers are not answered, they are lonely, they are at the brink of despair, and yet they know that many years ago they made their commitment to Christ, or became religious. They are doing the best they can. And yet!
My desire, before I graduate to heaven, is to know a hundred believers who have an experimental knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord! If you know Him experimentally, I’d like to meet you, walk with you, fight the good fight of faith with you, and spend eternity with you!
Now I know some of you might think that this is just the ramblings of an old silver haired baptist preacher, and you don’t even know what I am talking about. I do know! Attached is a sermon I preached in our home worship to a living room full of people. Please listen to it carefully, as many times as necessary until you can write me or call me and say, “Bro Hal I know Him, I know Jesus Christ experimentally.” That is my Desire!
The Sermon: Knowing Jesus Experimentally