For most people a spiritual encounter means
having a vision, maybe coming face to face with a ghost or experiencing
the supernatural. The truth is we all have spiritual encounters every
day and every moment of our lives. Some are more severe than others for
the strength and depth they may signify. Below are some examples of
spiritual encounters and why a spiritual encounter is relevant to us.
1. Spiritual encounters in the physical realm
we communicate with each other we use words and mannerisms that pass on
our message across to each other. However beneath the surface is our
intention behind these words and the spirit of what we wish the outcome
to be. We may wish it to be in favor of our needs or for those of others
but the fact remains that our spirits desire something from the
outcome. By this same token the person we communicate with also wishes
something of us or for themselves. The expressions that we exhibit,
whether it is a frown or a smile may define our demeanor, however God
looks within our hearts to search for what spirit we carry within us at
the time. This type of spiritual encounter can be very subtle and escape
the eye if we were having a passive discussion.
Example: A simple
example is asking for directions. We start out being as polite as we can
be because we seek help. This is the spirit of humility. If who we ask
is unhelpful and rude, then we face a spirit or arrogance. We may react
negatively and respond in kind. This has changed our spirit of humility
to one of arrogance. In the end we have been tempted and failed. On the
other hand we may ignore them. This is the spirit of forgiveness.
the bible a good example to use as reference here is the parable of the
Good Samaritan. In this he demonstrated a spirit of kindness.
type of spiritual encounter is when we deliberate about things. It
could be preparing for an interview, recovering from a relationship,
amending a relationship or celebrating success. In these different
scenarios our thoughts are transpired to our actions and we can
recognize the type of spirit that is within us.
Example: Let us
assume that we have received a positive response from a job interview.
This would give us the spirit of joy. We start dreaming up scenarios of
what we shall do with the money we earn. Our joy needs to be celebrated
and so we call up friends. Maybe even decide to thank God. This is a
spirit of joy, and gratitude for the mercy that God has shown us.
the bible a good example to use as reference are the evil thoughts that
King Saul had of David. In this example although Saul had once been an
anointed when he hated David for his courage he was possessed by the
spirit of evil and jealousy.
2. Spiritual encounters in the spiritual realm
spiritual encounters are obvious ones because we exist in spirit and
what we experience is spiritual. This is a gift from God to those whom
he wishes to reach in this manner. Some examples of this in the bible is
the experience of the Prophets, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and John in the book
This is also spiritual, almost similar to
that of a vision and once more the experience is shared in the
spiritual realm. Examples of this in the bible are the dreams
experienced by Daniel and Joseph and many more.
3. Importance of spiritual encounters
it is important to understand what a spiritual encounter means is to
teach us at all times where our spirit is and how we can abide in faith
to the word of God. In the physical realm we need to have control of
what we do and what we say and the intention behind these actions.
Knowing what a spiritual encounter is guides us through this. In the
spiritual realm we learn that things are now beyond our control and
instead of living in fright we allow God to take control of the
Author of Spirituality/ Christianity
Eli & Divinity Dawns
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