Christian Vs. New Age Guidance
I have been praying a lot this week and my prayers are focused on some pretty challenging things. Not a lot is moving in my life at present – so right now I’m very aware that I am waiting and relying on God for help and guidance. Which is very different from what I used to do in New Age.
Back then, I relied my best interpretation of supernatural experiences I attributed to my guides or other not clearly identified spiritual beings. Such experiences were pretty. But I was never really sure just where they were coming from or what they were trying to tell me, exactly. As a result, I circled, and did not progress in any meaningful way.
Christian guidance is different. It is not, in my experience, particularly sparkly but – in a straight-forward, no frills way – it is very effective. Often, I get Christian guidance directly from Scripture. At other times I get it in the same extra-sensory ways I relied on when I was in New Age. Now, however, there are less psychic fireworks and a lot more actual information.
I still have supernatural spiritual experiences as a Christian but they are different in the following ways.
- God still communicates through dreams but when He does, He provides the interpretation right away.
- I still get inspired ideas but those ideas align with, or point me toward, the rich resource of Scripture.
- I still have visions but I always know exactly who or what I am seeing, and why.
- Intuition is more than a vague sense of resonance or dissonance. The awareness of the Holy Spirit is specific and often intense – emotionally or otherwise.
- Synchronicities no longer lead to a succession of circular topics and teachings. Instead they lead to the straight path of Scripture.
The following are a few examples from the past week.
How God Reached Out To Me This Week
On Sunday, our pastor talked about waiting for an answer from God and how that time is not wasted but constructive – if we choose to make the most of it.
On Monday I visited a friend who shared a very effective four point approach to prayer which I very much needed.
At Bible Study on Wednesday, we talked about the pivotal waiting period in the book of Esther and what it accomplished. The facilitator, Beth Moore (via video), noted that it makes perfect sense to wait on God because He knows how to make things happen. As we (or I) very often do not.
… the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. ~ 2 Peter 2:9 NIV
On Thursday I woke up with information for the book I’d like to write running through my head but felt quite clearly that I should make a note of it then let it alone and wait.
On Friday I got more insight into relying on God through a book I’ve been reading (and highly recommend) “Secrets of a Prayer Warrior” by Derek Prince. The second chapter, “Basic Conditions for Answered Prayers,” told me that what God wants to do for all of us is “far greater and far higher and far better than anything you or I could ever imagine or think of for ourselves.” Prince backed this idea up with Scripture that describes God as:
…Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… ~ Ephesians 3:20
I prayed (using my friend’s four point system) throughout the week and as I did I felt a steadily increasing sense of “God has this.”
This morning I woke up with a very clear sense of what I should write about today in the blog.
The Take Away
Please understand that my comparison between New Age and Christianity isn’t intended to knock my friends in the New Age. I was, after all, part of that crowd for several years. But I do feel called to share my perspective.
Part of that perspective is that I no longer believe that the spiritual beings associated with the New Age movement (and its many spin offs) are reliable. Instead I believe God is bigger and ultimately friendlier. I also believe that He can do more and do it in a more meaningful way. And I want to share that perspective with others because I was fortunate to have somebody share it with me. (Thank you Tara!)
Right now, I’m waiting to see what God is going to do – for or with me. I accept that what He does might not look like a whole heck of a lot on the outside but I’m going to follow the advice of our pastor and use this period of waiting as best I can, trusting that God is hard at work for me and my family behind the scenes.
I encourage everyone else to do the same <3
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
* To hear about my experience in New Age please check out my testimony below: