Rabbi Schneider - Supernatural Relationship with the True God
So many people are not excited about Jesus, because they've never experienced Him. They call themselves Christians, because they say they believe the right doctrine, which we need to believe right doctrine. Doctrine is very important. Truth is critical. Truth is the foundation of our faith, but we need to also experience God's presence. Jesus said in John 4 that the Father is looking for people that will worship Him in spirit and in truth. God wants us to experience His Spirit. He wants us to experience His presence. This is why He sent us the Holy Spirit.
Now I'm not gonna go and review everything I covered last week. Let me just simply say this, last week I talked about the fact that in 1978 I was saved through a supernatural encounter with Jesus. Since that time I've been questing after knowing God supernaturally. In other words, experiencing His presence in my life supernaturally has been my goal. I want to relate to God rightly. I want to know who He is. We can't know who He is just in the intellect. The Bible says that we know who God is through the Spirit. The scripture says, "Eye has not seen and ear has not heard and neither has it ever entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those that love Him, but these things are revealed to us," Paul said, "by His Spirit". This is supernatural. If you think about the fact that God is spirit. The scripture says, "God is spirit and those that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth".
Now think about this, those of you that may be struggling just a bit, a little bit, maybe skeptical, a little bit maybe defensive as I begin to talk about the supernatural. Just open your mind and heart for a few moments. Listen to this, we all agree those of us that believe in God, that God is spirit. No one argues that. Well hear me, this series is called God's Supernatural Presence. Again some Christians kind of step back away from the word supernatural. You know they have the position that you know miracles have ceased. Those that talk about such thing are charlatans and scammers, but I want you to hear me. Spirit by definition is, get it church, supernatural, because spirit operates above the laws of the natural. The natural encompasses those things that operate in the natural world by natural law, but spirit is not part of the natural world. And the way the spirit operates is above and beyond the laws of the natural world, that's why spirit by nature is supernatural.
And so if God is spirit and by definition spirit is supernatural, because spirit is above the laws of the natural, it's supernatural, then that means that our relationship is with a supernatural God. And if we're in relationship with this supernatural God then our relationship with Him is supernatural. And if you've been born again, Jesus said, "Unless you be born again". This is not just some rhetoric from some country preacher back in the woods when we speak about being born again. We're not talking about some type of Christianity. We're not talking about some strain of Christianity.
Jesus said in John 3, "Unless you are born again you can not see the Kingdom of God. That which is flesh is flesh. That which is spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I say to you, you must be born again". Jesus is talking about being born of the spirit. We're born into the world first time naturally, but we need a second birth in which we receive the Spirit. And so listen if you've received the Spirit, because you're born again. If you received God's Spirit, what this means is, you are supernatural, because God's supernatural. You've been born of the supernatural One. So don't shy away from entertaining and opening yourself up to this, because this is beloved, reality.
Now on last week's broadcast I shared with you that because I was saved supernaturally back in 1978, I encourage you if you don't have my book Awakening to Messiah, to get it. It's really a great autobiography that shows the ways that God is supernaturally making Himself known to Jewish people; of course in the case of Awakening to Messiah, me. But Jewish people, the Bible says, often times need a sign. So I knew that God was real and alive and could be experienced, because the way that He revealed Himself back to me in 1978. And for those first several years so many powerful, amazing things He did. So that became my goal, I want to always experience Your supernatural reality in my life. I want to know You. I just don't want to memorize words in my head. I just don't want to know about You, God. I want to know You. I want to experience You. I want to feel You. I want to be aware of Your presence. I want this to be fulfilling. So that became my goal, experiencing God's supernatural presence.
And so as I began to journey out into quote "the Christian world," and by the way the word Christian, it just means a follower of the Christ, a follower of the anointed one. You can be Jewish or Gentile, if you're following the anointed one, the Christ, you're a Christian. So as I began my Christian walk going to churches, as I shared last week, all over the city where I was living. Sermons all ended the same way. "You need to read the Bible more. You need to pray more. You need to witness more. You need to give more money". And all those things are really important to do, but I was doing all those things. In other words, if you were in back of me at the grocery store in line I would have turned around and witnessed to you. I couldn't have witnessed to anymore people I was witnessing to. I would go buy a Bible, I'd be walking home from the store and I would pass somebody on the sidewalk. This was when I was in Ohio State University. And all of a sudden I would pass somebody on the sidewalk, I'd start witnessing to them. What did I do next? I gave them my Bible that I just bought.
I can't tell you how many new Bibles I bought. Every time I bought one I gave it away. I was doing all the things that I was supposed to do as good as I could do them and yet still I wasn't entering in to this experience of feeling God's presence in my life, of feeling His power, of experiencing His supernatural presence. And I was getting burned out, because I was doing everything that the church was telling me to do. I was doing everything that the sermons told me to do at the end of the sermon. But what happened was, I heard a testimony from somebody and this testimony said that this man, I'm not gonna name the man's name. Well I guess it really doesn't matter. The testimony was that this man met Paul Yonggi Cho on the golf course.
Paul Yonggi Cho was pastoring the largest church in the world, over a million people. And this man was saying to Paul Yonggi Cho, "How did that happen? How did that happen"? And finally he pestered Paul Yonggi Cho so much, that Paul said to him, "It's in the Bible. It's the Lord's Prayer". So this person said, "That's it. The Lord's Prayer". And his name was Larry Lee, he developed this tremendous teaching on The Lord's Prayer. "Our Father that art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name". And so what he did was, he said, "Okay the first part of coming into this power with God, coming into this presence, coming into experiencing supernaturally is we have to pray the Lord's Prayer". So the Lord's Prayer begins, we all know, "Our Father that art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name".
So Larry Lee broke down all God's covenant names. Yahweh Rapha, Yahweh Nissi, Yahweh M'kaddesh, Yahweh Tsidkenu, these are all the Hebrew Covenant names of God. And he began to just praise God in all His names. "Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done". And he broke it down, a tremendous teaching. When I saw that and heard that I said, "That's it". I said, "That's what I must be missing. That's why I haven't experienced God's presence more. That's why I haven't experienced His power more. I haven't prayed the Lord's prayer enough. That's the answer". Finally I thought I had found the magic answer and so I started praying the Lord's Prayer for fifteen minutes a day. And at the time this is going back in over thirty years ago, at the time I felt like if I wasn't talking that I wasn't really praying.
So to me I couldn't count it to be praying unless I was actually talking. So I started out fifteen minutes a day. I couldn't even stop for a second, because I thought, "No, no you said you were gonna pray the Lord's prayer for fifteen minutes. You gotta talk for fifteen minutes". So I went through the Lord's Prayer, started praising God. Yahweh Rapha, the Lord our healer. Yahweh Tsidkenu, Yahweh Nissi, the Lord our victory. Yahweh M'kaddesh, the Lord our sanctifier. I would praise God in all His Hebrew names. I would worship Him. I would ask for His kingdom to come in the world, His government to come in my home and the church. I was passion. I mean I went through it. Did it for fifteen minutes straight for days. Nothing seemed to change. So I said, "Well maybe I need to increase it to a half hour". So then I started praying the Lord's Prayer for a half hour.
And once again beloved I want to remind you, at the time I felt like unless I was talking it didn't count. So I was just like constant talking for a half hour all the dimensions of the Lord's Prayer. Nothing happened. So I said, "I'm gonna increase it to an hour". So now I'm sitting in my study every day praying the Lord's Prayer, talking non stop for an hour. Guess what? Nothing happened. I kid you not. This is a true story. What did I do next? I increased it to three hours. I'm sitting in my office praying the Lord's Prayer, not even stopping for a second for three hours. Nothing happened. I'm like, "What"? Finally I said, "Well maybe you're," I said to myself, "Maybe you're talking too much. Maybe you should pray the Lord's Prayer for an hour and a half". I said to myself, "And then just wait on the Lord for an hour and a half, because you know prayer's a two way street. You speak and God speaks".
So I said, "Maybe that's what I need to do. I'm gonna pray the Lord's Prayer for an hour and a half and then I'm just gonna sit before the Lord for an hour and a half". Guess what? Nothing happened. Finally in desperation I said, "I'm just gonna sit before You Father for three hours". Guess what happened? I fell asleep. True story. I was just so discouraged. I had come to the end of it all. I didn't know what to do. I had tried everything I knew to do to enter into a greater experience in my walk with God, but nothing seemed to be helping me, nothing seemed to be working. Finally beloved, one day I was sitting at home and the Holy Spirit spoke to me. It wasn't like I heard Him audibly, even though I have heard the Holy Spirit audibly on several occasions. But it wasn't like I heard Him audibly, but it was so clear it was just as if the same as I did hear Him audibly.
And here is what the Lord said to me, He said to me, "The reason you're not finding Me is because you're searching for Me on the outside. You're searching for me in what you're doing, as if what you're doing is gonna make you experience Me". He said, "I want you to stop focusing on anything on the outside right now". Not that I wasn't supposed to pray, or read the Bible, or give. No, I was continuing to do all those things. But the Lord said, "I want You to ask Me just for one thing". He said, "I want you to ask Me to give you revelation of the fact that I'm already in you". See the Bible tells us that if the Holy Spirit's not in us we don't belong to Jesus. I was looking for God on the outside by what I was doing, but the Lord said, "No you're not gonna find Me by looking to Me in your works, or in what you're doing". He said, "I'm already inside you. I want you to focus on this one thing for this season, ask Me to give you revelation that I am in you".
And you know what? I want you to hear me my friend, from the very moment that I received that revelation I kid you not, a new and a fresh power came into my life. That was over thirty years ago and I've never been the same since. Coming to the understanding that Jesus is already in me completely revolutionized my walk with God. Now don't misunderstand me, I have a long way to go. I'm constantly still praying for revelation of the mystery that Christ is in me, that Messiah Yeshua lives inside me, that the Holy Spirit is in me. I'm still looking to get more and more revelation of this reality, but I know it now and knowing it absolutely changed my walk with God forever. The problem is, is that so many of us are not experiencing this power and the sense of God's presence, because we're doing what I just talked about and because listen now, we're looking for God in material things in the world around us.
But we're not going to predominately find God in the world around us. We're gonna first of all find Him within us. The Bible tells us in the book of Luke chapter 17, verse 21 this, I'm gonna read from the King James Version. Jesus said in Luke 17:21 these words, "Neither shall they say lo here". He's speaking about those that are seeking for the kingdom. He says, "Neither shall they say lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold," he said, "the kingdom," get it church, "the kingdom of God is within you".
The kingdom of God is predominately and first of all inside us. The Lord does things outside of us. He gives us supernatural signs outside our self. Jesus turned the water into wine. We need to be paying attention to what's happening in our environment, because God often times does speak to us from our environment, from the things outside our self. But primarily and foundationally and first of all we need to be looking for the reality of God inside us. Now I'm not talking about those that are not born again. I'm speaking to those that have received Jesus and because you received Jesus, His Spirit is now inside you. Yeshua said, "Behold I stand at the door and knock and if anyone opens the door I will come in to him and commune with him and he with Me".
The witness of the Holy Spirit is on the inside and we need to learn how to be sensitive to the supernatural reality and presence of God's Spirit inside us. You know so many times Christian people, they're not aware of the fact, they might say, "Yeah I believe that," but they're not aware of it. So the only place that they're trying to discern God's will for their life is by looking at things that are happening on the outside of them. But I want you to know, if you're only being led by circumstances and you say, "Well that's happened, so that must be God's will," or you feel like God gives you some divine sign. Like I can't tell you how many people have ended up getting divorced, because they felt attracted to another person and then all of a sudden something happened in the material world and they thought oh that was the sign that God was giving them that they married the wrong person, they're supposed to leave that person and go marry this person.
You know all of a sudden they're thinking about this person they're attracted to and they turn the radio on and a song comes on with that person's name on the song. No, if you're being primarily led by the circumstances and by what you consider to be supernatural signs that are taking place in the outer world, you're gonna go astray, you're gonna be deceived, because the enemy also works in the outer world. Remember Pharaoh's magicians had the staff that they threw on the ground and it turned into a snake. The devil can also counterfeit signs. We're gonna look at this in a second. We need to first of all be being led by the inner witness of the Holy Spirit.
If we're gonna experience in a greater way the supernatural presence of God, we need beloved, to come in to the revelation that Jesus, here me now, is already inside us. So many of you are so connected to the outer world, you're so connected to your smartphone, you're so connected to Facebook, you're so connected to the materialism that's around you. You're so running all over the place for everything that you're completely cut off from experiencing the reality that Jesus is in you, because you're connected to the outer world. God wants to bring you back to Himself and if you belong to Him, the place that He is first of all my friends is in you. Yes He's in heaven, but He sent the Holy Spirit to live in you. Beloved this is a critically important message. Join me next week. God's gonna use these words to transform many of your lives.