Angelic Encounters And Supernatural Experiences

I was standing at the end of a row during worship, when something white flashed to my right, and a person brushed past me in the aisle. Turning to see who it was, I realised that nobody was there.

Suddenly, my spiritual eyes were opened. In a vision, I saw a group of angels moving to the front and taking position in a line across the front of the church.

Shortly after this, I stood up to preach. My message that night was on ‘Kingdom Investment.’ As I concluded with an impassioned call to ‘live a life that counts for eternity’ an unusual thing happened. While I was still speaking, and with no altar call, a large number of youth and young adults spontaneously rushed to the front to commit their lives to God for His service.

They were standing—in a line—in the very area I had seen the angels take their place.


8 Things I Have Learned About Supernatural Experiences

We live in a time when there is an increasing interest in the supernatural and angelic encounters, both inside and outside of the church.

Today I am considering two questions:

  • ‘How can we know for sure that our supernatural experiences are of God?’
  • ‘Should we share our experiences with others? And if so, what is the best way to communicate what God is doing?’

During more than 35 years as a Christian with prophetic gifts, I have experienced a number of unusual spiritual occurrences. Some of them were of God—and some weren’t.

Here are some of the lessons that I have learned along the way:

1. The Bible is our Guide for the Supernatural

If we are going to live empowered Christian lives, then we can expect supernatural events and signs, including angelic visitation.

For example, in the New Testament we read of visions (Acts 10:9-16); supernatural travel (Acts 8:39-40, 2 Cor 12:2-4); angels appearing for the purpose of guidance (Acts 11:13), strengthening (Luke 22:43, Acts 27:23-24), protection (Matt 2:13) and deliverance (Acts 5:19).

I am learning to stay open to the many means that God uses to communicate with His children—and to use us. I am also realising that my discomfort with my own or another person’s supernatural experience does not mean that it is not of God.

The Bible is our primary guide in understanding and navigating supernatural encounters. (2 Tim 3:16)

2. Keep the Focus on God, not Angels or Experiences

Our focus should always be on God, worshipping Him and fulfilling His purposes. I have learned to be wary of anything that distracts me from this. (Luke 4:8, Rev 19:10)

If Satan can’t hold us back, he will try and push us too far, into extremes. (Col 2:18)

For example, whilst communication from angels is scriptural, seeking contact with them and initiating conversation with them is not. [1]

3. It is Vital to be in a Church Community

In the New Testament, spiritual gifts are to be expressed and nurtured in community. (1 Cor 12-14)

Isolation is not only lonely and unbiblical – it is also a dangerous place to be.

I have also learned that it is possible to be isolated even in the midst of church life. It takes choice, humility and perseverance to be open about angelic encounters and supernatural experiences, and to submit our spiritual gifts to leadership.

4. Be Accountable in Your Gifts and Supernatural Encounters

I learned the hard way that leadership is a vital means of staying on track in my spiritual gifts and supernatural experiences. (Heb 13:17) It is also necessary to staying in a place of humility. (1 Peter 5:5)

As well as encouraging us in what God is doing, a mentor or leader can also help us weigh up and test both the encounter and any revelation we receive through it. (1 Cor 14:29)

I have also learned that guidelines or protocols in church life are not there to control people, but are there for the protection of everyone—and to honour them and my leaders.

5. All Prophetic Insights are Subject to being Weighed up.

Just because revelation is given in a powerful experience or angelic encounter, does not mean that it is above being weighed up. (1 Thess 5:21, Gal 1:8)

We must beware of blindly putting our trust in an experience. Remember ‘Satan masquerades as an angel of light’ (2 Cor 11:14) and can counterfeit the things of God. [2]

In this regard, I have also learned not to solely rely on my gift of discernment—again, this is a spiritual gift designed by God to be lived out in community and under leadership.[3]

6. Use Wisdom When Sharing with Others:

a. Focus on the Fruit

I have learned when sharing about a prophetic experience, to focus on the fruit, not just share about the experience itself. (John 15:8, Luke 6:43-44) What was the outcome that gave glory to God? Was it a change in my life? An answer to prayer? Myself or another brought closer to Jesus? Someone healed?

If we have not seen fruit (an outcome that gives glory to God), perhaps it is not the right time to share.

Remember, a genuine supernatural experience is a signpost, pointing the way to God—the experience itself is not the destination.

b. Take care how you share about your experiences with others.

I have learned to be sensitive to how others will perceive and respond to my supernatural experiences, and to use wisdom accordingly.[4]

There are critics—people who are seeking ways to discredit the things of God. We do not want to give them fuel. On the other hand, there are going to be sensationalists. These people are drawn to the emotional excitement of supernatural things and will make them a focus. (Col 2:18)

It is human to be drawn to the ‘wow’ factor. But in the New Testament, Divine supernatural interventions did not produce ‘WOW’ but ‘AWE.’ (Matt 9:8, Acts 2:43)

This is all the more reason to exercise wisdom in communicating our experiences.

c. There will be times to hold back from public sharing of an experience

Mary kept the supernatural events surrounding Jesus’ birth in her heart and treasured them. (Luke 2:19)

I have discovered that there are times when, after communicating with my leadership about something I have experienced—to simply keep it to myself. (2 Cor 12:1-4)

7. Revelation Received in a Supernatural Experience is not Superior to Other Types of Revelation

The revelation (insight from God) that one believer receives through the gentle nudge of the Spirit is just as powerful as that received through a vision or angelic encounter. (John 16:3)

Both are of God.

Both are subject to being weighed up.

I have learned that supernatural encounters can make me vulnerable to pride.  (2 Cor 12:7) But humility comes through submitting to godly leadership, remaining transparent and staying in community.

8. Be Naturally Supernatural

Something is wrong if people feel uncomfortable around us or perceive us as ‘spooky.’ I have learned that the anointing of God is not dependent upon a physical manifestation or formularised prayer—but on intimacy with God.

God has called us to live out our Christian faith—including our spiritual gifts and ministries—in a natural way.

This is the lifestyle that Jesus expressed, able to speak with and relate to common people—and ordinary people felt comfortable around Him. (Mark 2:15b)


Notes:

[1] From a theological perspective, Wayne Grudem says, ‘Though angels did appear to people at various times in scripture, the people apparently never sought those appearances. Our role is rather to talk to the Lord, who is himself the commander of all angelic forces.’ Grudem W. Systematic Theology 1994 IVP:Nottingham p407

[2] We do not need to fear. We can trust our Father to give us good gifts (spiritual experiences) when we are seeking Him (Matt 7:9-11), however we must also use His wisdom in testing the purpose of a spiritual encounter and whether it is in fact from Him.

[3] People who are in deception do not know that they are in deception. This is why accountability within community is so important.

[4] An example of this is when Joseph enthusiastically but unwisely shared his prophetic dreams with his brothers, who then persecuted him for it. (Gen 37:5)

I would like to thank Steve McCracken and Malcolm Calder for contributions to this article.


Related Posts:

6 Questions to ask About Supernatural Signs

An Open Heaven Is Your Inheritance

5 Purposes for Signs and Miracles


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

24 thoughts on “Angelic Encounters And Supernatural Experiences

  1. malcolm Calder

    Helen, this is very well thought through and written. I see very great wisdom in this. I would rather be naturally supernatural in my daily walk with God than not and, that makes for a very exciting Christian life!!

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Well we certainly have had some interesting conversations around this topic. It’s great to be on the journey with you!

  3. wildlittlefan

    Dear Helen,
    I particularly agree with you that when you said naturally supernatural. Just like what the host of it’s supernatural Sid Roth always said so. And I also agree with you that we aren’t anything better than others if we can see angels but just a grace of God . Intimate relationship and humbleness are both very important at all times.Great article. God bless you.

  4. Mellissa Mcilroy

    Hi Helen, thank you for your blog on this topic. I have found it very useful. It gives very clear guidelines on how to stay on course, it also has great suggestions on whether to share or not to share. The timing is also perfect! Bless ya heaps Mellissa

  5. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Mellissa, I’m delighted to hear from you! You and your family are a great inspiration and blessing to us and others. I’m glad you’ve found the article helpful. 🙂

  6. Lynley

    Helen, wise words and well balanced article. I especially love this comment;

    “It is human to be drawn to the ‘wow’ factor. But in the New Testament, Divine supernatural interventions did not produce ‘WOW’ but ‘AWE.’”

    Such a GREAT reminder when we share an experience to share in such a way as to not draw attention to us, but the Giver of the experience. We are to draw people to Jesus.

    Keep it up babe!

  7. James Goodman

    Hi Helen

    Thanks again so much for this – I am learning loads from your blog, so glad I came across it!

    Yes, and I agree with others about being ‘naturally supernatural’. And the ‘Wow’ vs. the ‘Awe’ factor…

    Abundant blessings from Wales

    James

  8. Helen Calder Post author

    Thanks, Lynley, I appreciate your experience and wisdom, feel free to input any time!
    Hey everyone, for some great encouragement check out Lynley’s Blog here: http://lynleyallan.tumblr.com/

    And James, great to have the connection with you there in Wales. Thanks for leaving the note 🙂

  9. Clayton Coombs

    Thanks Helen. This is a very well thought out piece—a gold mine of wisdom and insight. Your practical advice has helped me to clarify my own thinking on these issues.

  10. maria

    I shared with you some time ago that my son was murdered at 17.God allowed me to hear him leave the earth. I came home from church one Sunday. I was sleep with my back toward the door. I heard foot steps and, as I slept felt a presence lean over me and kiss my cheek. I wasn’t frighten I felt a calmness. I guess that is the best way to describe how I felt. Please give me feed back. I love reading your post . Thank you, Maria.

  11. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Maria, thank you for sharing your story.
    It seems to me that God gave you that experience of your son’s goodbye to bring comfort to you in what was a terrible situation.
    I pray that you continue to have that awareness of Father’s comfort and grace holding you close through every circumstance. Bless you.

  12. maria ford

    Since I experienced the supernatural as a child, I don’t have that ,WOW factor. I have more of an in awe factor when God manifest himself supernaturally.

  13. Amanda

    Thank you Helen for all of your writings on your blog, its all helped me in times of great fear, confusion, sense of being “special” and the wow factor!

    I was delivered a year ago and started experiencing so much at once that I had never heard of and needed answers as I thought I had lost my mind! I received a great mentor but kept been told to slow down although I neither wanted to or saw the point (or really had a choice) so I would read your blog.

    I was given tongues while sitting at my computer one night alone with a feeling of heat rising from my feet to it came out of my mouth and couldn’t stop for three days (even sleep tongue talked!) Coming from a Babtist background things like this weren’t real!

    Anyway you have taught me to focus on God not the “wow” in what I see and here and to rely on Him not man which is what I have been doing. I have become more small and humble with the words I receive taking “me” right out of the picture.

    Thank you and God bless
    Amanda

  14. Helen Calder Post author

    Dear Amanda,
    What a wonderful testimony of God’s grace and power in your life. It’s a joy to me that Enliven Blog can be a blessing in your journey of discovery of God and His gifts.
    Thanks for leaving the note 🙂

  15. Christine Reynolds

    Thank you for your insight on this topic.
    I have spiritual experiences that I haven’t fully understood but as I search the scriptures and find websites like yours I receive alot of revelation. Thank you Holy Spirit! Angelic and other spiritual experiences are not the norm where I go to church, so I am glad to have a place I can feel naturally supernatural.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Christine, thanks for stopping by and leaving the note. It’s great to hear from you.

  16. Oforkanji Odekpe

    Thank you so much!
    I have been following your blog for more than a year now. Ever since I got baptised in Holy Spirit, I was confused about what happened. And I believe God led me to your blog and I have gotten a lot of my questions answered.

    This is my first time commenting. And that’s because this article is striking to me.
    I am very hungry for the supernatural, to see people healed, prophetic, people walking in victory, etc.
    I feel God’s presence almost everywhere that sometimes I ask myself, “is this really God?” because I don’t understand it sometimes. But now I have come to have better understanding (not 100% yet).

    I have had quite a number of supernatural encounters. And I have a problem of finding a mentor to weigh up some words I say.
    And also using wisdom to tell people about my experience. This is because I get so excited about manifestations of God. Thank you for the wisdom God has given you, and through you God has blessed me with this post.
    I’m praying for God to lead me to my mentor, someone to submit to, in order not to get prideful.
    I love you Helen Calder.
    God bless you and your ministry!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Oforkanji, thank you so much for leaving the comment, it is good to meet you!
      I’m glad the blog has been helpful and a blessing to you.
      I pray with you that you will find the right leader to help you journey and weigh up the encounters and insights that you have.
      Having a teachable heart (like you have) is very powerful, and God will bless and multiply your gifts as you continue with a humble and yet bold heart towards God and others.

  17. Hercules

    hi, i am in ministry now for the past 20years and as a ordained prophet, 11years • at first i perceived that a beautiful african fish eagle is my angelic protector and then as the years gone past i now have five eagles that move around me wherever i go!!

  18. Sherry

    Hi Helen this is my first time ready your wonderful website and i can you truly touch me by nature i feel tho all of you readying or truly an reflect of my lfife and i and so happy I that I find you cause i have been wondering all my life of whats being going on inside me with all these wonderful gife its just an true pleasent to actually know that I blessed and fulled with the holly spirte of my awesone God and i just wanted to thank you for opening up my eyes and truly blessing me with what was missing the righteous knowledge thank you

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Sherry, that is wonderful! Thank you for leaving the note. Bless you.

  19. PETER

    a call to live a life worthy of eternity ….that was the message i got while studying your post ma….mathew 5:1-end

  20. STANLEY

    GOOD DAY
    I WAS PRAYING AND SUDDENLY MY BODY WAS TAKEN AWAY
    I GOT AFRAID AND PULL MYSELF BACK
    PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS
    WHAT MUST I DO

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