You know how you can read a scripture a thousand time … you know it… memorized it. It’s roots run deep in the soil of your memory. But then there comes a moment that you’re reading it for the 100th time it ignites something new in your spirit? A new truth. A new understanding. A new application.
I love when that happens!
This, I believe is a great example of the difference between acquiring knowledge and receiving revelation.
Revelation is defined in the Greek as:
apokalupsis – From G601; disclosure: – appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed, revelation.
It’s one thing to have knowledge of God. Knowledge of His promises. Knowledge of sin. Knowledge of truth. Of His Word. Of His love and goodness. Of His mercy and grace. Of His will and His ways.
But even demons have knowledge. (James 2:19)
I’m not saying that knowledge isn’t significant – in fact, it’s crucial. Knowledge precedes revelation. Knowledge opens the door to revelation’s arrival, and once they are together they have beautiful fellowship. Their joined forces create some powerful, life-changing effects.
But knowledge in itself is not enough.
We need the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, to uncover any blindness in our spirit that we may understand and apprehend. To manifest His truth in our hearts and lives. To breathe His life into that spark of knowledge.
For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person,
which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God,
that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit,
interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:10-13
It is the Spirit’s revelation that pierces our hearts and changes us.
Revelation is what brings conviction of sin. What shifts the current of that destructive lifestyle or habit.
Revelation of His promises is what gives us strength. It’s what gives us the endurance we desperately need to finish the race He has set before us.
Revelation is what moves our faith beyond the boundaries of our own understanding and takes us into those unknown territories that demand our trust in Him.
Revelation is what moves our knowledge of God from the theoretical into the experiential.
We need His revelation!
Revelation of His character, His will and His heart. Revelation of the cost of disobedience and unbelief.
Without it, there is just a bunch of chaos and perishing. (Prov 29:18)
I’m convinced and convicted that I need to be praying more for it! I need to be fervently asking for it! That it may cause the fruit of righteousness and obedience to spring forth from my heart. And not just for me, but also for His body – for His church.
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,
would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
~ Ephesians 1:17