The first time I felt God’s Spirit I was living in sin; but I needed to know he was there and he responded.
The first time I healed someone by God’s power, was when I was a true blue Mormon (TBM). As a TBM I believed Mormonism was the only true religion and that the president of it was God’s only true prophet on the earth. I lived all of their rules perfectly, even those contrary to scripture. Yet despite those false beliefs, I still had faith enough in God to access his power, even though I was mistaken in many ideas.
The first time I saw an angel, had a revelatory dream, heard the voice of God, and cast out a demon, I was still a TBM.
When I saw God and Christ for the first time, I was no longer a TBM, but was a Mormon Fundamentalist, believing that Adam was God and polygamy was required for salvation, among other heresies. Yet despite this they still came to me.
I then became a Torah observant believer in Yeshua as Messiah (Jesus Christ), and experienced miracles such as my wife healing me by the power of God, and continued revelations from beyond the veil.
I can now say that I am fully grounded on the Word of God, though more learning and growing is needed.
What is the point of me sharing these things with you? Well for one, it is to show that God is likely not contained in the small box of religion you have placed him in (or which I use to place him in). God is capable of working with that faith we have in him to accomplish the miraculous, no matter your denominational affiliation, and despite the fact you may be holding onto many false and damning doctrines. God looks upon the heart.
Though I have been in error many times, even to the preventing myself of receiving further light, yet God has been willing to work with me actively in my life. You don’t need to be perfect for God to come to you, but you do need to be seeking perfection.
Sometimes, people wrongly associate their spiritual experiences with God as confirmations of their religion. However, faith and religion are 2 very different things. A Catholic, Baptist, Mormon, Jew, even Muslim, can have powerful experiences with God. This doesn’t mean all those religions are correct. It simply means they had faith enough in the creator of the universe to pierce the veil. But if you wish the veil to be continually pierced, then you must continually grow. Stagnation is damnation.
Sidney Rigdon beheld God in his glory, and many other wonderful things, but ended his life in diverse lusts, unrepentant. I know other people personally who have had wonderful spiritual experiences, even beholding the Son of God, but they reach a point where they are willing to forsake their traditions no longer, or they return to former sins, and thus damn themselves.
God will come to you where you are, but then he’ll show you how to go further, so that you will get closer to him. The road to heaven and the road to hell are the same road, it just depends on which way you are facing, no matter how far you have come, or have yet to go.
Turn to God now with complete willingness to be wrong about everything you think you know, and he will ground you on his word and lead you back to him. I know this for myself.
May God bless you and keep you. Shabbat Shalom