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Revelation Knowledge

“For You will light my lamp, the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, and by My God I can leap over a wall.” (Ps. 18:28-29)

The Hebrew word for light, “owr” means to be or become light, to shine, to be illuminated. It carries the meaning of spiritual revelation. When God shines His glorious light into our spiritual journey, we experience the sensation of a real awakening. Something is being turned on and destroys the dominion of darkness that surrounds our understanding.

Revelation is an Unfolding of Reality:

This “aha” moment causes us to see things for what they really are. Being enlightened simply opens our eyes to what is already there, but hidden from our understanding. God often hides things for our discovery! He wants us to come into Truth with a commitment to obey and abide in it. When you and I become aware of spiritual things and possess a fresh understanding about life in relationship with God, we are walking in the spirit of revelation. You receive revelation knowledge by drawing near to Him, not simply by getting information about Him (Jms. 4:8-10).

Another place in Scripture we see this little word (owr) used is in Psalms 119:130. The Amplified Bible says, “The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light (owr); their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple”.

Revelation Transforms:

We must realize the impact of revelation knowledge. At its entrance and unfolding; discernment and comprehension come to even the most simple minded man. We can and need to walk in revelation knowledge everyday, because our enemy, Satan is like a prowling lion looking for the moments of blindness in our lives, so that he can pounce and drag us into deception (1 Pe. 5:8). With spiritual revelation comes wisdom from God and intuition about spiritual things. Our greatest thoughts, visions or strategies for life are yet to be revealed in us, yet they give us the advantage God offers His Children.

We must train our spirit to receive revelation knowledge or we will find ourselves walking after the patterns of this world. Its not wrong to have natural knowledge (the world’s wisdom), but it is a more limited form of discernment. When we walk in spiritual revelation our understanding is not limited by our five senses; sight, hearing, feelings, smelling or tasting. Living under the influence of what God is revealing is the definition of the renewed mind (Rom. 12:1-2).

Tapping into Deeper Revelation:

It is by the Holy Spirit that the deeper things of God become available to our perception. Therefore, we need to be taught how to open ourselves to the ministry of the Holy Spirit and how to recognize what He is imparting to us on the inside. Our spiritual growth and effectiveness in ministry depend upon the ability to hear a current word from God (Rom. 10:17). The more the Word of God renews our mind and the Holy Spirit positions our heart toward obedience, the more clarity we receive in the spirit realm. Its no different than if we turn the dial on a radio and hear the variety of music styles in the air… tuning in offers clarity.

What Revelation Knowledge will do for you.

  • 1)  Change your perception…
    a. of God – (1 Cor. 2:10) says “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.”
    b. of yourself – (2 Cor. 3:18) says “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
    c. of your purpose – Moses before the revelation of God saw himself as a shepherd to Jethro; and nothing more, but when the Lord spoke to him, he understood that his purpose was to set the children of Israel free. (Exod. 2-3)
    d. of your destiny – After meeting with Christ on the way to Damascus Paul’s perception about his destiny was totally changed (Acts 26:15-18).
  • 2)  Activate Faith – In 2 Kings 4:9 that woman had to take action to make sure that they prepared a room for the man of God. The knowledge that she had was coming from inside so she could not rest until she had fulfilled what the Spirit had told her.
  • 3)  Deeper Discernment – The Apostle Paul would not know of his future until he got a revelation of what was about to happen. After that he knew they were going to survive and was able to deliver such a message (Acts 27:22-25).
  • 4)  Clarity of Focus – There was great focus in Paul’s ministry because he had a revelation of God.
  • 5)  Increased Passion – The Apostles Peter and John ministered with passion and had little distractions from the vision for ministry. Paul further says to live is Christ and to die is gain (Phil. 1:21). That kind of life can only be lived by people with a revelation of Christ.
  • 6)  Release A Pioneering Heart – With a word in your spirit from God nothing can stop you from doing what the Lord would have you accomplish (Lk. 1:37).

Seeing Like God

Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” (1 Sam. 16:1-2)

God’s greatest challenge is always to get us to see what He is seeing!

There is a key phrase in the above situation that unlocks some wisdom for us… God says “Samuel, you have to get over your feelings for Saul… if you want to see what I am doing.” When Samuel was able to obey God, “fill his horn with oil and go to Bethlehem”; an amazing plan would become visible. It was actually going to unfold before his very eyes… and go beyond his human perception. In fact, natural sight would limit Samuel’s vision! God had a king of His own choosing, to rule over Israel!

God’s guidance is usually not as discernible in the moment as it is in hindsight. We may not sense what God is doing in our midst of our situations or how God is leading us. Even the great “Prophetic Gift” did not unlock what God was doing. Yet, God did have a plan… a purpose that would gradually become more clear, more discernible and more acceptable to Samuel’s human understanding. That is the story of every Christian Believer… it is a walk of faith, not sight! Thus we must be willing to train ourselves let go of our “perceptions” in order to see what God sees.

Seeing the Big Picture:

“I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”

This story, as with so much of the Old Testament; demonstrates that God’s “providence” operates beyond the realities in which our seeing operates. But even so… we remain within reach of God… so we can have a participation in the process. Note that God’s “Big Picture” is on the flock and not just the individual sparrow. We have to remember that we are co-laborers… to His plans and purposes. In our “do it myself” age, we tend to individualize so many of the messages of the Bible. Here, it is important to note that it is the community, the people of faith that is under God’s care. Neither Samuel nor Jesse’s household would have understood the way in which God was providing for Israel, but God’s eyes were on the people as a whole and not merely the individuals.

Samuel might have questioned the direction God was sending him… Jesse might have questioned the choices Samuel was making as he turned away all of the older boys… But God was providing for His people, a king of His own criteria! He had seen something, known something and was doing something that was way beyond the limitations of human choice.

We must remember this when we decide to attack our own problems with our wisdom and limited experience. God sees the Big Picture and has a plan and purpose in His directives that go far beyond our imagination and skill level. The only way to see like God is to begin with surrendering your sight to the Holy Spirit. You might ask “How?”… and I would tell you that you will never do it by ignoring what you see!

The way to do it is by focusing on the right goal… by looking into the riches of God’s Glory (2 Cor. 4:6)(Heb. 12:1-2).

Look Into the Glory:

As you look into the Glory of God you begin to see what God sees. Inside the human heart is the capacity to see things that are images and visions placed there from the Holy Spirit. What the heart sees is better than what the mind sees, because it has the ability to evaluate and discern where it is leading. God is never seeing life in terms of “snap-shots” or “snippets”, as we see and perceive. His vision is all about spiritual purpose and His awareness is complete with all understanding. He sees the end from the beginning, with a fore-knowledge of the next moment, year or decade.

He sees from a view of Eternity… and that is what He offers those who ask in faith!

Lamp of Revelation Knowledge

“For You will light my lamp, the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, and by My God I can leap over a wall.” (Ps. 18:28-29)

God has made a promise to “light my lamp”… my spirit is alive with His revelation knowledge! The Hebrew word for light, “owr” means to be or become light, to shine, to be illuminated. It carries the meaning of spiritual revelation. When God shines His glorious light into our spiritual journey, we experience the sensation of a real awakening. Something is being turned on and its this “lamp of revelation knowledge” that destroys the dominion of darkness that surrounds our understanding.

Revelation is an Unfolding of Reality:

This “aha” moment causes us to see things for what they really are. Being enlightened simply opens our eyes to what is already there, but hidden from our understanding. God often hides things for our discovery! He wants us to come into Truth with a commitment to obey and abide in it. When you and I become aware of spiritual things and possess a fresh understanding about life in relationship with God, we are walking in the spirit of revelation. You receive revelation knowledge by drawing near to Him, not simply by getting information about Him (Jms. 4:8-10).

Another place in Scripture we see this little word (owr) used is in Psalms 119:130. The Amplified Bible says, “The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light (owr); their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple”.

Revelation Transforms:

We must realize the impact of revelation knowledge. At its entrance and unfolding; discernment and comprehension come to even the most simple minded man. We can and need to walk in revelation knowledge everyday, because our enemy, Satan is like a prowling lion looking for the moments of blindness in our lives, so that he can pounce and drag us into deception (1 Pe. 5:8). With spiritual revelation comes wisdom from God and intuition about spiritual things. Our greatest thoughts, visions or strategies for life are yet to be revealed in us, yet they give us the advantage God offers His Children.

We must train our spirit to receive revelation knowledge or we will find ourselves walking after the patterns of this world. Its not wrong to have natural knowledge (the world’s wisdom), but it is a more limited form of discernment. When we walk in spiritual revelation our understanding is not limited by our five senses; sight, hearing, feelings, smelling or tasting. Living under the influence of what God is revealing is the definition of the renewed mind (Rom. 12:1-2).

Tapping into Deeper Revelation:

It is by the Holy Spirit that the deeper things of God become available to our perception. Therefore, we need to be taught how to open ourselves to the ministry of the Holy Spirit and how to recognize what He is imparting to us on the inside. Our spiritual growth and effectiveness in ministry depend upon the ability to hear a current word from God (Rom. 10:17). The more the Word of God renews our mind and the Holy Spirit positions our heart toward obedience, the more clarity we receive in the spirit realm. Its no different than if we turn the dial on a radio and hear the variety of music styles in the air… tuning in offers clarity.

What Revelation Knowledge will do for you:

1) Change Your Perceptions:
a. of God – (1 Cor. 2:10) “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.”
b. of yourself – (2 Cor. 3:18) “…beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, (we) are being transformed… from glory to glory…”
c. of your purpose – When the Lord spoke to Moses, he understood that his purpose was to set the children of Israel free. (Exod. 2-3)
d. of your destiny – A meeting with Christ on the way to Damascus Paul’s destiny was totally changed (Acts 26:15-18).
2) Activate Faith: In 2 Kings 4:9 that woman had to take action to make sure that they prepared a room for the man of God. The knowledge that she had was coming from inside so she could not rest until she had fulfilled what the Spirit had told her.
3) Deepen Your Discernment: The Apostle Paul would not know of his future until he got a revelation of what was about to happen. After that he knew they were going to survive and was able to deliver such a message (Acts 27:22-25).
4) Clarify Your Focus: There was great focus in Paul’s ministry because he had a revelation of God.
5) Increase Your Passion: The Apostles Peter and John ministered with passion and with fresh vision for ministry. Paul said, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). That kind of life can only be lived by people with a revelation of Christ.
6) Release A Spiritual Boldness – Its the Pioneering Heart! With a word in your spirit from God nothing can stop you from fulfilling your destiny (Lk. 1:37).

Whose Mess?

As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (Jn. 9:1-5)

So that the work of God might be displayed in his life!

Jesus, in one sentence sums up how we should all see the mess that humanity finds itself wrestling with. We really have no time to accuse or refuse. Its the hinge pin to our hope for solutions… “whose mess is it?” No! Its an opportunity to see God display His Glory in a person’s life. And the greatest part is, we have been invited to watch and partner with Him.

Light in a Blind World!

Jesus is the carrier of Kingdom authority. He’s the Messiah, the Savior who brings sight to the blind. His healing presence conquers all the assumptions we usually use to package our brokenness. Yet blame is personal and invites all kinds of critics and experts. Its the way folks without knowledge of the Glory of God; Christians with no Light, create solutions for sickness and disease.

Jesus responds as a carrier of the Glory. Jesus shows no interest in blame, because He carried the Glory of God.

Where is the Church most of the time… perhaps there is a religious response. When the Church becomes rigid and judgmental, it is because the Glory has departed. When churches look for reasons not to help, the power and Presence of God seem dim and distant. Often there are the few wanting to help, but they don’t know how. They lack knowledge; not feelings, but knowledge of the Glory. Knowledge that could build a bridge for Glory to return.

Jesus said, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20).

Jesus is speaking to believers, real Christian people who were “lukewarm”. Seeing His Glory begins with hearing His invitation. Our Merciful Healer, can be limited by our hunger level. His Presence can be confined to just outside the door. His power and compassion can be relegated to religious talk and yesterday’s experience. And when its over, we will have wondered who made the mess?

But, if we will hear His voice today and open the door? Well, the King of Glory shall come in! The Light of His countenance will fill the room and position us in the knowledge of the Glory of God once more. We will find ourselves in the midst of His Presence, seeing the way He sees and reaching for the things that satisfy His appetite.

We have this amazing hope… to dine with Him and He with us.

Controlling Patterns

In regards to spiritual warfare, we are admonished by the Apostle Paul to be wise in who we find ourselves wrestling against. He flat out tells us that we must not wrestle with flesh and blood (Eph 6:12), that our battle is not with people or even ourselves, but with principalities and powers in heavenly places. We wrestle against demonic forces that use our thoughts and control our actions by way of deception and fear. We must come to grips with this if we want to win our battles in the spirit.

Evil Forces:

The forces of evil defy the Truths of God by subliminal and subversive tactics that have their influence in our brokenness. Admittedly we have sinful residue still hanging around in our lives. Although our sin is forgiven and this residue does not make us evil, it does still leave us susceptible to deception. Evil is a perversion of reality that is orchestrated and controlled by Satan, himself. His aim is to construct networks of shame and guilt within our lives based on f-e-a-r… “false evidence appearing real”. When evil forces, like hatred or lust are visible in the human heart it is not by way of personal choices; well thought out and reasonable, but entanglements in our emotions and feelings. Feelings of fear are often more real than feelings of peace, because we are “tuned-in” to them through natural perception, by way of our five senses. These senses rule us and rob us of our ability to see spiritually, when they are controlled by wicked authorities in heavenly places. I am reminded often by the Holy Spirit, that there are forces I cannot see, standing behind what I cannot seem to break through. Our real enemies are not in the natural realm.

Example:

  • Something calls up fears of distrust in us and we protect ourselves from being hurt or embarrassed… this is pride at work, inside.
  • Someone gets a promotion that we believe we were more qualified for and we feel anger or resentment… this is jealousy at work.

We are not evil when we have such emotional triggers inside, but Satan targets our sinful desires by watching our behavior, setting traps and establishing strongholds of emotional bondage. His goal is to lead us astray, into darkness and captivity. Jesus called him a “thief”, whose only goal is to steal, kill and destroy (Jn 10:10).

Evil Works:

These types of works are of the devil and are what Jesus came into the world to destroy through His cross and resurrection (1 Jn 3:8). The Apostle John makes it clear that to practice sin is to be a slave to sin, but that Christ offered us real hope to break controlling patterns of evil.

A Clean Slate:

Our freedom from the sinful residue of brokenness comes through knowing God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness wipes the slate clean. Living continually with a clean heart allows us to stop wrestling to achieve acceptance with God, but freely practice righteousness (1 Jn 3:4-9). God has accepted us through the blood of Christ and our life is now hidden in Him who has made us acceptable.

Grace is Supernatural: 

Its amazing to come into the knowledge of God’s freedom, because we get the power to succeed by faith in His supernatural grace. This grace is the work of God that transforms our carnal perceptions of reality and allows the Holy Spirit to govern our understanding. The Holy Spirit guides us into all Truth (Jn 16:13), beyond the wrestling and into the peace of God (Phil 4:7).

Living Sacrifices:

Knowing these demonic controlling patterns that war against our thoughts can help us become more aware of how our lives can be governed by the Holy Spirit. When we see evil desires coming up inside us, we can shift our focus by allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father’s heart to us. We are to become living sacrifices, surrendered to the tranforming power that comes as we offer our whole being to God (Rom 12:2). The Holy Spirit wants to lead us. He wants to help us live according to God’s original design, rather than our fears. Renewing our thoughts is the primary way God breaks us free from the strongholds that once governed our behavior. That is why the Apostle Paul said, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor 3:17).

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