Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King

B. Childress
May 19 2013

Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and
with great joy.
 (Jude 24)


Nearly two thousand years ago, two discouraged men were walking together to the town of Emmaus, roughly seven miles
from Jerusalem (see Luke 24:13-35).  They had chosen to follow Jesus and had been excited about all He had done and
taught.  But Jesus had been cruelly taken from them.  Now, they were bewildered, not knowing what to do next.  
Suddenly, a stranger joined them and asked what they were talking about.  They explained what had happened and how
they could no longer follow Jesus as they had planned.  During the next few hours, the stranger explained that the
events surrounding Jesus’ death were not the end but rather the beginning of an exciting new opportunity to walk daily
with the Son of God.  The stranger was the risen Christ Himself!

One thing we often hear from people who have studied this material is that there is a letdown after they finish –
especially if they have been meeting regularly with a small group of people.  Many tell us they hated to come to the end
of the book because they feared their Christian lives might revert to patterns like before the study.  I want to encourage
you that this does not need to be the case.  Your encounter with Christ through this material has not been an end but a

I pray God has shown how you can experience a love relationship with Him that is real and fresh every day.  I trust you
have been challenged to see where God is at work and then to join Him.  I hope you have made the adjustments in your
life God has asked of you, and you are now obeying everything He told you to do.  But all of this is only the beginning!  
There is far more God wants you to know and experience of Him.  There are new truths He wants you to understand so
they can set you free (see John 8:32).  There is far more of God’s nature, His purposes, and ways He still wants to
reveal.  This course should be the starting point for a whole new adventure in following Christ daily.

As you come to the end of this book, there are several important questions to think about: What are some things God
has taught you about Himself as you’ve gone through this material?  What has God revealed to you about your walk with
Him?  What are some commitments you have to God through studying this material?

As you prepare to move on to the next stage in your walk with God, here are a few practices that will help you continue
your spiritual growth:

1.  Stay regularly immersed in God’s Word.  Remember God’s instruction to Joshua: “This book of instruction must
not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it.  
For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do” (Joshua 1:8).  Make it a habit to be in God’s Word daily.  God
has many truths to reveal if you will give Him the opportunity.  Ephesians 5:26 gives the wonderful picture of Christ
preparing the church to be His bride.  Scripture says, “To make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the
word.”  As the church is immersed in God’s Word, the Spirit of God uses Scripture to convict and cleanse God’s people
of sin and to become spotless before Him.  Regularly spending time in Bible study allows the Holy Spirit to cleanse you of
any sin and to increasingly make you like Christ.

2.  Remain intimately involved with a church family that will love and nurture you.  Hebrews urges us: “Not
staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the
day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25).  God made believers interdependent.  You cannot experience all God has for you
apart from the rest of the body of Christ.  Surround yourself with people who have a passion for Christ and His Word and
who are willing to encourage you and to hold you accountable to the word God speaks to you.

3.  Pray regularly.  Daniel made it a habit to pray three times daily (see Daniel 6:10).  As a result, he had a powerful
prayer life in which God answered him the moment he began to speak (see Daniel 9:23).  One of the best ways to
prevent your heart from growing cold is to talk regularly with God.  As you commune with Him, keep your focus on Him
and remember to follow Him daily.  Prayer is a two-way communication through which God also speaks to you.  It is
difficult to talk with God each day and continue to sin.

4.  Keep your promises to God.  Ecclesiastes warns: “When you make a vow to God, don’t delay fulfilling it, because
He does not delight in fools.  Fulfill what you vow.  Better that you do not vow than that you vow and not fulfill it”
(Ecclesiastes 5:4-5).  Throughout this book, God may have spoken to you, and you’ve made commitments to Him in
response.  Remember that God takes our promises to Him extremely seriously.  Take time to review this book and list the
commitments you made.  Keep that list in your Bible where you will see it regularly.  Then be diligent to follow through
with everything you promised God you would do.  Keep in mind that a good intention is not the same as obedience.  
There are no substitutes for obedience.

5.  Process what God has done in your life as you’ve read this book.  God may have spoken to you many times,
but if you don’t let the truths soak into your heart and take root in your life, it will be like the seed that fell on stony
ground and was soon taken away (see Matthew 13:20-21).  Processing God’s Word means allowing God to explain and
apply all He has said to you.  It is not enough to agree with what God said.  You must also apply God’s Word in your
heart and life.  This involves action.

If, for instance, God spoke to you about forgiveness, it is not enough to believe in forgiveness.  You must ask God to
examine your heart and relationships to see if there is anyone you have not truly forgiven.  If God reveals someone, ask
Him to show what action you must take to be reconciled.  Then do what He says.  Don’t consider God’s truth as doctrine
to be believed but as a reality that must be lived and experienced.  If God revealed some special truths to you during this
study, don’t let them be lost as you put this book on the shelf and go on with your activities.  Identify all the truths God
brought to your attention, and then meditate on them until you’re sure you understand and experience everything God
intended when He revealed the truth to you.


EXPERIENCING GOD, by Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King, Copyright 2008, B&H Publishing Group.