Wading Deeper Into the River of God
This book is the story of Mark’s personal journey toward revelation knowledge. With his trademark transparency and humor, you’ll identify with his challenges along the way and rejoice in his breakthroughs as he endeavors to continually wade deeper into the river of God.
Learning to live in the river of God (Jn. 7:38) is simple for some, difficult for others, and nearly impossible for a few. How does one connect to this river? What is this "flow" experience? Can it be defined? Can it be taught? Can the blocks that keep us from connecting to the river of God be uncovered and removed? Gloriously, the answer to all the above questions is a resounding YES!
Christianity is the Spirit of God being joined with the spirit of man through the salvation experience, and then man living out of the Holy Spirit within him (I Cor. 6:17). Jesus could sense the movements of His spirit. He could sense the movements of the Holy Spirit within His spirit. Jesus lived out of His spirit and the Spirit of God joined to His spirit (Jn. 5:19,20,30). The Bible commands us as Christians to walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16); live in the Spirit (Gal. 5:26); pray with the Spirit (I Cor. 14:15); and to worship in Spirit (Jn. 4:23). With this in mind, let’s learn to become believers who are conscious of the movements of the Holy Spirit within us.
Table of Contents
- My Faulty Foundations - Rational Humanism
- Getting My Toe into the River of God
- Wading Deeper into the River of God
- Discovering the Role of the Heart and Spirit
- Discovering the Role of the Mind
- Discovering Meditation, the Alternative to Western Study
- Discovering a Spirit-Anointed Paradigm for Decision Making
What Others are Saying About This Book
“Rev. Mark Virkler was a trained Baptist theologian and left-brain thinker, rather than a right-brain visionary. He tells his story of how God slowly, patiently, and lovingly drew him out of rationalism and into Spirit encounter. The road Mark describes was long and tedious, covering 32 years. However, he is convinced now that there are some lampposts along the way which others can follow. Some of the major landmines along the path have been identified, and now one can follow his 32-year journey in just a very short time, and then be prepared to sail right on past him, into new heights and depths in the river of God.”
-- John Arnott
Former Senior Pastor
Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (Catch the Fire - Toronto)
Wading Deeper Into the River of God by my friend Dr. Mark Virkler is a marvelous blend of truths coming from his personal journey written with both scholastic skill and a love for the Spirit of God. It is tailor-made for the “left brain” mainstream of Christianity who have difficulty connecting with today’s “river of God’s presence.” Practical yet inspirational, Mark will lead you out of the prison of rationalism into the freedom of communion and revelation that flows from the heart.
Jim W. Goll
Co-Founder of Ministry to the Nations, author of The Lost Art of Intercession, Kneeling on the Promises, Father Forgive Us!
Wading Deeper Into the River of God shares practical steps to help all of us progress in our spiritual life, and it is taught from an experiential point of view rather than a theoretical or even a theological premise. Everyone could profit from the book, but we left-brained persons, who tend toward rationalism and theology, can learn much about God’s methods of subjective teaching from this book. It is a “must read” book.
Judson Cornwall, TH.D.
As we wade deeper, we receive journaling like this “Experiencing the Glory of God”
I asked the Lord to teach me what John 17:22 means: “I have given the glory that you have given me that they may be one as we are one.”
Son, My glory is the evidence of My presence in a situation. My glory radiates from Me like light. It permeates darkness, it imparts life, it speaks life into dead things, tissue, souls, spirits. It regenerates dead material. It is life.
I have given you this glory, it radiates out from you because I am in you, I am one with you. You radiate My glory, My presence into every situation you are in, every building, every person. It is My glory, the evidence of My presence. As you become aware of this truth and your faith rises, the glory increases. Your spirit contains My glory. Your soul restrains its light by lack of faith. If your soul believes, the light of My Spirit radiates out of you.
Son, as you consider this, know that few Christians have understood the glory of God, and do not appropriate all that is possible. The shadow of Peter fell on the sick. The radiance of My presence filled the sick and they were healed, so it is as your soul believes and the radiance of My glory shines brighter through. My dunamis power flows out of My glory and heals the sick, raises the dead, cleanses the lepers.
Son, beware of the danger that comes in this. It is not your glory, it is My glory that is radiating out of you. Many men let their glory color my glory and as a result they pollute the glory of God. You must always walk in the full awareness it is not your personal power/glory that is healing; it is Mine.
Bill Dupley - a Certified CWG Facilitator
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Take It to the Next Level
To ensure that this message transforms your life, we offer you four options. Any of these choices will assist you in internalizing this teaching, helping you to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only (James 1:22) and allowing you to produce a bountiful harvest in your life.
Opportunity 1 – Host a home or church group
This home group in Slovakia shows the excitement of learning to hear God's voice together!
We learn more quickly if we are surrounded by others who are seeking to master the same skill. Pray and ask God who you know who might want to grow in this truth also and open your home to them for 10-12 weekly sessions (or host a small group in your church). We provide several resources to help you present this powerfully and effectively in a group setting, including DVDs and application activities. Experience the joy of cultivating skills together with a group of friends! Discover how to create and post your group…
Opportunity 2 – Hire a Personal Spiritual Trainer to coach you
Coaching or discipling is the method Jesus used to train the twelve disciples.
When you team up with someone ahead of you in an area to mentor you, and you share your questions and steps of growth with them, receiving their counsel in return, you ascend more quickly into mastery in that area. We have trained coaches who have mastered this topic who will commit to working with you for a 90-day period.
- The name of this PST Training Module is: Communion with God
- Discover how to hire a PST for $1 a day to coach you in this training experience
- Click here for the steps to sign up for a Personal Spiritual Trainer module
Opportunity 3 – Take this as a college course from home
Earn college credit while being apprenticed to mastery in this area! This topic is available as a course which you can take from your home through the distance learning program offered at Christian Leadership University. You may enroll in this course as a lifelong learner or apply it toward an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree.
- The name of this CLU college course is: REN103 Communion with God
- Learn how you can take CLU courses from your home
- Click here for the steps to enroll in the corresponding CLU course
Opportunity 4 – Host a seminar for your community
Transform your church and region by hosting a weekend seminar with an anointed trainer, where an impartation is released by the Holy Spirit into your community. Mark Virkler and others are available to be scheduled.