Out of our minds in a blissful, divine ecstasy
Last weekend at the Northwest Awakening revival meetings I found myself lying on the floor doubled over laughing, happy as a clam. I had pure joy pulsing through me. This feeling of ecstasy felt like a wave coming upon me. I’ve heard people call this being lost in the spirit or drunk in the Holy Ghost. I was loving it and it just what I needed but these type of encounters bring up many questions.
- Is this type of joy in the Bible?
- Does any good come from it?
- What about those not experiencing this joy? How do we answer them?
I believe the apostle Paul addressed this issue to the Corinthian church. Let’s start in chapter 5 verse 11
Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. 2 Corinthian’s 5:11 NASB
Knowing the fear of the Lord is not being afraid of God. There is no fear in love according according to 1 John 4:18. God is love and His presence contains no torment. It is a holy awe with the deepest respect. You could say in order to have this holy awe you first must be struck by the awe of God’s majesty and goodness. Knowing the fear of the Lord is experiential knowledge. We must experience God in a magnificent way where we see his glory and have an encounter that leaves us in awe. This type of encounter gives God access to do a deep work in the heart creating a crop of passion in your inner garden. This fruit of passion for God is the fuel we use to pursue others to turn to him. Passion is both contagious and attractive.
but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.
Made manifest to God could be translated as transparent to God. God knows our hearts our inner thoughts and motives are transparent to him. Paul wanted his heart to be transparent to the church to know what’s going on beneath the surface. Without God revealing the heart it is impossible to see what is really happening when someone has a God encounter that brings them to a place of blissful, divine ecstasy. Only God knows the heart of a man. That’s why Paul said “I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences”.
We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. 2 Corinthian’s 5:12 NASB
You will only have to give an answer to those who take pride in appearances not the heart. They don’t understand why God would make them so happy that they appear drunk or overcome them so they fall to the floor and lay there motionless. It is foolishness to the mind but if it’s really from God and not imagination then a deep amazing work of the heart is being done. I have seen men, women, and children that are full of fear, dread, darkness, and hate have a wave of blissful, divine ecstasy bringing courage, joy and Love.
But God does not wish to leave those on the outside in confusion with no answer. Nor does he want to leave those getting blasted with his presence in embarrassment. We need the work that God is doing manifested. Ask God to pull back the curtain so that we become transparent to those who have questions. This type of revelation will draw those that are all about outward appearances to pay more attention to what’s going on in the inside. How did Paul explain his experience that needed so much explanation?
Let’s look at verse 13
“For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.” 2 Corinthians 5:13 NASB
Beside ourselves comes from the Greek word existēmi which means to be outside of one’s self in a state of blissful ecstasy and filled with pleasure. It is to come into another state of consciousness of being lost in wonder and amazement.
Now read this from the Passion translation:
If we are out of our minds in a blissful, divine ecstasy, it is for God, but if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit Corinthian’s 5:13 Passion Translation
Being out of your mind in blissful divine ecstasy is between you and God and He gets more out of it than you do. Which is hard to believe. This type of supernatural experience is just another way for God to love you. Receiving this love will cultivate a passion in you and heal your heart. When the work that God is doing in your heart is revealed it will quiet the worst skeptics out there. It’s time to take passion to the streets, the workplace and our family. Allow God to release His love on you in a blissful divine ecstasy and then passionately pursue all mankind