Mark Virkler (@MarkVirkler) on Experiencing Scripture, Not Just Analyzing It

Apr 25

Mark Virkler (@MarkVirkler) on Experiencing Scripture, Not Just Analyzing It

When you approach the Bible, do you find it dry, boring, and lifeless? Maybe your approach is what needs to change.

If you’ve followed my writing for very long, you know I’ve taught about left-brained and right-brained approaches to the Bible. I was recently introduced to the teachings and writings of Mark Virkler who addresses the same issues. I’ve selected a brief sample from his book, 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice, for you to consider today.

Book Excerpt

Experiencing Scripture, Not Just Analyzing It

I can study the Bible rationally, simply with the mind, and learn many facts about God. For instance, I can learn that God loves me. But since love is an inner heart experience, I cannot fully experience God’s love until He touches my heart, heals my hurts, and breaks my hardness. When He fills me to overflowing and brings tears of joy to my eyes, then through an intuitive, spiritual experience, I have fully experienced the love I read about.

However, spirit-to-Spirit encounters with God have become much too rare among Western Christians. Since rationalism has taken over the Western world in the past few hundred years, the Church has also come under its influence and has not given the attention it should to the work of the Spirit in our lives. Therefore, we are often bound by rationalism and miss the fullness of relationship with our Father that the early Church enjoyed.

Forty-nine percent of the New Testament contains references to spiritual (nonrational) experiences. To be bound by rationalism will effectively cut off half of New Testament Christianity. If you are not relating intuitively to God, but only intellectually, you will lose your opportunity to flow in the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit; to receive guidance through dreams and visions; to have a fully meaningful and effective prayer life; to commune with the Lord in a dialogue, to build an extremely intimate relationship with Him; and to wholly experience the inward benefits of true worship, to name a few.

Through rationalism (an overemphasis on reason), Christianity and the Western world have ceased to know how to deal with their inner lives (commonly called heart, spirit, subconscious, or unconscious). Because this entire area of our lives has been cut off and ignored, not only by Western culture but also by the Church, people have not been able to deal successfully with the forces within them (repressed hurts, fears, anxieties, forces of darkness—demons) and have been left more and more to seek escapes such as drinking, drugs, sensual fulfillment, and suicide. Others become neurotic and psychotic; still others go to the occult and Eastern religions to satisfy the inner desires of the spirit that are not being met in “rational Christianity.”

We must rediscover direct contact with God and once again become open to intuitive, spiritual experiences. We must rediscover our spiritual senses and reinstate them in our lives, allowing the power of the Father, of Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit to heal, strengthen and guide us from within. Therein lies the work of the Church. Direct inner experiences with the Lord bring healing to the spirit, soul, and body.

Prayerfully read and meditate on First Corinthians 1:18 – 2:16, asking God to grant you understanding and revelation concerning these verses. In your journal, please record the thoughts and insights you receive. Please stop reading and meditate on these verses NOW!

–Mark Virkler, 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice, page 60.

 

I don’t know what you’ve been taught, but the vast majority of the Western Church has leaned toward study and analysis of the Bible. Theologians have even arranged the Bible into systematic theology. It’s as if there’s a prize for gaining mastery over the Bible. In reality, we are to let the Living Word gain mastery over us.

The pendulum has swung all the way toward left-brain analytical approaches to the Bible. Is it time for us to move back toward intuitive spiritual interaction with God?

But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. 1 Corinthians 6:17

What does your heart say? Are you open to meditation and direct experiences with God? Is it possible to hear God’s voice? Let’s talk about it in the comments.


 

You can connect with Mark Virkler on Twitter (@MarkVirkler) or his website: http://www.cwgministries.org/.

And check out his book, 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice, available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. It is also available from Christianbook.com in paperback or ePub.

 


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