Is it possible to know things that you’ve never learned? You bet it is. In fact, if you are leaning and discovering things through the power of God, you’re missing out on a lot of things that God has in store for all of us as believers. Let’s take a look at the subject of spiritual revelation and the power of God.
“I always remember you in my prayers. I pray that the glorious Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Christ better. Then you will have deeper insight. You will know the confidence that he calls you to have and the glorious wealth that God’s people will inherit. You will also know the unlimited greatness of his power as it works with might and strength for us, the believers.” Ephesians 1:16-19 (GWT)
What is revelation?
Revelation is the discovery of previously hidden truth.
Recently, my wife Kathy pointed out a friend on Facebook and told me, “She looks pregnant.” She was not visibly showing, and a few days later we got the word. Yep, you guessed it. Pregnant!
“How do you KNOW that, Kathy?” I asked. “A woman just knows.” And there it is.
A woman’s intuition is revelation in a way, though believers primarily get revelation from Scripture and the Holy Spirit in us.
George Washington Carver is an example of this type of revelation. He was a creative genius. He invented crop rotation, and discovered 300+ new uses for peanuts. He was a friend of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and three American Presidents. He saved the economy of the South after the Civil War. How was the son of slaves able to accomplish all of these things? This is his answer to that question:
“There is literally nothing that I ever wanted to do, that I asked the blessed Creator to help me to do, that I have not been able to accomplish. It’s all very simple, if one knows how to talk with the Creator. It is simply seeking the Lord and finding Him… all my life I have risen regularly at four o’clock and have gone into the woods and talked with God.There he gives me my orders for the day…when people are still asleep I hear God best and learn my plan…after my morning’s talk with God I go into my laboratory and begin to carry out His wishes for the day.”
Carver’s revelations came from the Holy Spirit, just like Jesus said they would:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26 (NKJV)
The same Holy Spirit who showed him how to do those things will help you in your work, marriage and financial life. There is nothing that God can’t reveal to you. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the things that you need to know, and then get ready to learn.
Revelation is for you. It’s so important that Paul prayed you’d have it.
Did Jesus ever mention the key of revelation?
Jesus asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:13- 19 (NKJV)
What was the rock Jesus promised to build His church on? What did He say would produce tremendous power, even to bind and loose? Was it Peter as the Catholic church teaches? Was it Peter’s confession of faith, as many protestants have countered? Actually, prophetic people understand a simple truth:
Revelation is the foundation that Jesus builds on.
Unfortunately many people live exclusively in the natural realm and so are missing a big element. They are trained to reject anything that cannot be explained according to human understanding and the natural world.
LIVE A LIFE OF GREATER REVELATION
1. Keep natural things in right perspective
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV) - “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Here Paul reveals two major realms of existence: natural and supernatural. The natural realm is made of “things which are seen” - all subject to laws of time space and matter. Pharisees live only in the natural world and sometimes try to discredit things like faith and the supernatural world. That’s an issue because…
A natural focus leads us to limitation and spiritual despair.
2. Give primary attention to spiritual things
The spiritual or supernatural world is what Paul calls “things that are not seen.” This dimension can operate above natural laws. It is invisible and eternal, located outside of time. The things you're seeing are temporary but the things which are not seen are eternal! Revelation connects you to unseen realities.
Unseen things are more consequential than seen things.
People are very aware of the natural world but sadly they are remarkably uninformed about the supernatural world. Paul guides our focus the hidden things of God’s supernatural power: Don’t focus on the natural or that which is seen…it will cause you to lose heart. Those things come and go, They are small potatoes in the overall scheme. Instead, focus on the unseen, the eternal and the supernatural where God’s power is.
A spiritual focus leads us to revelation and spiritual blessings.
3. Exercise faith in God despite natural setbacks
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
Jesus came teaching us to believe. God gives us the gift of faith to enable us to move beyond natural sight like Pasteur and see something greater.
The essence of faith is relying on unseen things more than seen things.
Faith shows up best when we are faced with problems. Paul talks about our “light affliction.” If you give too much attention to problems and afflictions, they are not light. But if we look through the focus of faith, we can see that they’re working “an eternal weight of glory.”
Paul prayed that God “would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Christ better. Then you will have deeper insight. You will know the confidence that he calls you to have and the glorious wealth that God’s people will inherit. You will also know the greatness of his power as it works.”
Let’s use our faith to lay hold of greater revelation and greater power from Christ.