Ahhh, revelation! Don’t we love it when the Holy Spirit illuminates the Word, unfolds mystery, and shares secrets with us? Being awakened to Truth is so incredibly exhilarating! However, there are dangers that we all need to be aware of and avoid.
The reality is that it is very easy to become a revelation junkie. Let me explain what I mean by this. To me, this danger is the most important for us to understand. The first and primary reason the Lord grants us revelation into Truths is for application in our own lives, not just to accumulate revelation upon revelation upon revelation with a constant shout of “now that’s a good word!” In my journey, the pattern that He has always used is what I call “from the classroom to the lab” – although sometimes He may also pull a pop quiz on me! Every single time I have enjoyed a “classroom” time with the Lord when He is just pouring out insights and understanding, He follows it by divinely orchestrating circumstances in my life that provide me an opportunity to take that insight and apply it. I have explained it on several occasions like this: it’s like He guides me from the classroom and takes me to the lab, where He places me ON the Bunsen burner and turns up the heat until that revelation is baked ONTO me and I BECOME that revelation. A couple of years ago I was sharing that analogy with a friend of mine on the phone and as I was speaking that explanation out of my mouth, I heard the Lord speaking in my ear, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh. Tricia, I sent my Word in the flesh so that now I can turn your flesh into the Word.” You see, the world doesn’t need revelation – it needs Truth!! Truth is the manifestation of revelation in our lives. We have the privilege of proving the perfect will of God – His will IS His Word – we get to prove His Word! It’s the Truth we know that sets us free, but you don’t KNOW it until you DO it!! And once you’ve done it, it is then impossible to un-know what you know. What happens so often is that revelation is received and then taught without having been applied FIRST to that individual’s own life. There is NO authority and NO anointing that goes forth if the lab has been skipped! This may sound harsh, but quite frankly if you don’t have a story to share that demonstrates how the Lord worked some revelation INTO & ONTO you, I’m not really interested in hearing it. Think about it – if a scientist puts forth new insights or a new theory without actually testing the accuracy in a lab setting, we wouldn’t listen to anything he/she had to say. If a medical researcher formulates a new wonder drug without actually testing its effectiveness in a lab setting, it wouldn’t be allowed on the market. Stories are powerful!!! They allow us to “see” God’s hand at work in a person’s life and His creativity in demonstrating His Truth in the midst of that individual’s circumstances. I can’t wait to spend eternity sharing stories!!
Ok, so I think that’s the most critical danger because it can position us as hypocrites before the world if we don’t apply the revelation we receive, but just teach it as Truth. What are other pitfalls? The follow-up danger to the one above is that if we have applied the revelation to our lives and proven it as Truth, we can assume that the lab session for that revelation will look the same for everyone. NOT TRUE!! The Lord is so creative and intentional with each individual – He specifically and uniquely orchestrates our lab sessions. I love hearing how the Lord has worked the exact same revelation into others that He’s worked into me – He’s a genius at what He does and His ways are infinitely diverse! Marvel at His creativity!! Don’t attempt to have others “learn” revelation in the same way you did – let God be God and do what He does best!! Share your stories as an encouragement to others on their journey – not as a formula.
A third danger is pitching your tent on one revelation. There’s MORE!! Don’t stop!! There are some who receive revelation and then make that their entire platform and don’t move further or deeper into the mysteries and deep things of the Lord – there is layer upon layer upon layer of Truth to be excavated in His Word!!! Keep digging for treasure – mine Him for all He’s worth!!!
Fourth, we have such a strong tendency for comparison – and revelation can be wrongly used as a measure of where we are on the journey in comparison to others. DON’T do this!! I explain it this way: The Lord has been with each one of us from the beginning of our lives; He knows all of our experiences and how each one of us has been “packed”; He knows the questions that are buried deep inside of us that remain unanswered and require resolution; He knows what needs to be “unpacked” and the perfect order of that “unpacking” so that He can “repack” us with His fullness. What can happen though is that if two people are journeying this walk together and the Lord is doing something in person A’s life right now that He did in person B’s life six months ago, person B can think they are further along in the journey than person A – they can feel superior or more spiritual. Well, at that very same time the Lord may be doing something in person B’s life that He did in person A’s life six months ago, so person A can think they are further along. Seriously, we’ve got to get over ourselves!!! Praise the Lord that in His perfect wisdom He is working strategically in both people’s lives to accomplish their precise and perfect unpacking and repacking!!
Here’s the bottom line: Revelation is an amazing gift! Freely receive all the revelation He freely gives to you, open it completely, absorb and learn it, and go make the world believers of Truth by BECOMING that revelation! And don’t forget to share your stories!!!
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