Into The Light
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
Where the presence of God is there is illumination. Therefore, the hallmark of true revival is revelation. This is because when we experience revival the presence of God illuminates our minds and thus greater understanding of His word results. Here is a truth,
“new understanding may proceed experience but experience nearly always results in new understanding.”
Revelation is not an intellectual but a visceral process. Revelation is like being in a dark room when, all of a sudden, someone flips on the light switch and you instantly see what is there. It is not something you do but rather something you experience. When we are in the presence of God darkness vanishes and we truly see. This is why true visitations of God always result in fresh understanding. It is written,
“And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
2 King 6:17
People, now days, are so busy defending what they believe they are hardly open to any form of further revelation. Fear of the unknown is an indicator that they do not know or trust their Father fully yet. When we really know Him it is obvious that He is loves us enough and is powerful enough to protect us from any deception.
I have experienced salvation, Holy Spirit baptism, and, along with others, am entering into the experience of Tabernacles. At each stage of my Christian walk I have, through experience, come to know God to a greater depth and that has been what has brought about illumination in His word. Here is a truth,
“Christianity is an experiential faith and not just an intellectual exercise.”
It is written,
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
2 Timothy 1:12
I personally believe that many Christians are being “taught to death” by those who have little current revelation in God. These teachers know their doctrine but they do not really understand the Person whom they speak about. Many leaders have little new to share because they have not been with God in any significant way lately. Moreover, they are so busy defending where they have been than they often refuse to go where God is. When they teach about God they speak about things others have received decades or even centuries ago. Just like manna in the wilderness, while their revelation was once sweet and nourishing, now that has been kept too long it is no longer fit for human consumption.
Manna symbolized daily dependence on God. Once you gathered it you were supposed to consume it that day for it could not be stored for tomorrow (except on the Sabbath.) Jesus prayed “give us this day our daily bread” because we need fresh manna everyday. Centuries old revelation, while it was the best things going at that time, is not necessary what God is doing today.
I do not despise doctrinal truth but I do not want to be continually taught that two plus two equals four when I am in high school. Likewise, salvation and Holy Spirit baptism are wonderful and enduring truths but that is not what God is wanting to emphasis to His the general body at this stage in our history.
When God was bringing back the understanding of salvation by faith that was the new thing for their day and God was emphasizing that part of His truth. Martin Luther was a necessary step for the greater body of Christ to take on its path to the perfect man of Ephesians. God, however, did not want His people to stop at that restored truth but desired them to journey onward to Holy Spirit baptism. God has now left of emphasizing Holy Spirit baptism and is moving towards the Tabernacles experiences of “oneness” with Him. We need to be tabernacling with God and with one another in preparation for the last great day of that feast, i.e. the New Heavens and New Earth.
In conclusion, here is a truth,
“Fresh revelation indicates a fresh experience of God.”
It is written,
“For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:””
Acts 2: 15-17
If people are not speaking new truths that are fresh insights into the word of God they may not be experiencing God to the degree necessary to nourish God’s flock. If they want to preach and teach the milk of the word they should save those types of messages for new believers who need instruction in the fundamentals. If those who teach us continually deny us strong meat how can we grow into the fulness and stature of Christ?
Finally, If you want to know where God is, look for revelation that is new, true, and excites your spirit. Seek fresh insight into His word and seek out those who excitedly tell you about places in God that you have never been to or perhaps never even thought possible. If you hunger after righteousness know that where your Father truly is there is always something fresh and nourishing for your spirit to feast upon.