When people ask me what my favourite Jesus-encounter was, I always refer back to when I was at Pastor William McDowell’s ‘Sounds of Revival’ tour in Birmingham about four years ago. That evening was like nothing I had ever experienced before – the presence of God was so tangible and overwhelming that all I could do was lay on the floor and weep in complete awe. His glory was so thick in the room I couldn’t even lift my head up! Since coming into the faith I’ve always known heaven was supposed to be this amazing paradise, but in that moment at that concert, I got a taste of what heaven would be like; and that was the first time I actually began to be excited about eternal life in heaven with Christ. Till this day, nothing has topped that moment.
And so with all that said, you can imagine my complete dismay when two months ago the opportunity to attend what would have been the worship concert of a lifetime – consisting of William McDowell (my favourite gospel music minister), Nathaniel Bassey (whose new album I have had on repeat since its release), and some of my other favourite worshippers such as Victoria Orenze – completely slipped through my grasp as I failed to get tickets. These ministers are great musicians, but that wasn’t what I cared about, it was the anointing they carried, the presence of God; “this could be my next BIG Jesus-encounter!” I thought to myself.
Now, I have no doubts that that concert would've been filled with the Holy Ghost from start to finish. But for those who are like me and were not fortunate enough to get your hands on those concert tickets, I have some good news: If you’re looking for your next big God-encounter or ‘Day of Pentecost’ moment, you don’t have to look any further than where you are stood right now.
Yes, that's right! You don’t have to wait until you’re at a conference or worship/healing/deliverance service to have life-changing encounters with God and receive powerful prophetic words. At those powerful conferences and services, who exactly are we encountering? And from whom do those prophetic words come from? It’s God – your Heavenly Father. So why not go directly to the Source Himself instead of waiting for an event or a minister to lead you to Him?
Sometimes we focus so much on the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter two, that we get the wrong idea that God only moves mightily in corporate worship settings. But what we tend to forget is that – from all the epic events that took place on Mount Sinai, to God revealing the entirety of the book of Revelations to Apostle John – some of the most potent God-encounters have come from the secret place. God does not manifest or withhold based on numbers, in fact He is always ready to give you all of Him at any moment in any place.
Jeremiah 29:13 says,
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart”.
James 4:8 tells us that if we draw near to God He will draw near to us. Psalm 139:7 reminds us that is it impossible to run or hide from the presence of God; how much more expectant we should be that we will find Him when we actually seek Him! Moreover, we are no longer in the Old Covenant where God would only speak through an appointed priest or where His presence would dwell in the holiest part of the temple which only the appointed priest could access. We are in the New Covenant where we have all been made priests, we are the temple of God, and His Spirit dwells in us (1 Peter 2:9, 1 Corinthians 3:16).
So in the midst of Christian gatherings being cancelled and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, keep seeking His face and keep anticipating revival, even from the confines of your home. The next time you go to have personal fellowship time with God, be full of faith and expectation that He is ready to heal you just as He would in a healing service, or that He’s ready to impart His Spirit on you just as He would in a worship service, or that He’s ready to reveal powerful things to you as He would through a prophet. God doesn’t need a specific environment or a middle-man to show Himself to us – our only Mediator is Christ, and He gives us full access, so look up! He is there and can give you a personal encounter.
Words by Annette Tony-Fadipe