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Faith Revelation

Faith Revelation

Have you ever been grateful in a trial? Have you ever experienced peace in a time of trouble? Have you ever felt powerful and free after choosing obedience? If so, then you have exercised faith: “Blessed are you…because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven“ (Matthew 16:17). You have “seen God” in the midst of your circumstance.

This “flesh and blood” is the soul and body— the human mind, emotions and will operating independently of the Spirit. The flesh cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit. (See 1 Cor. 2:10-16.) God must reveal Himself, His Word and His ways by His Spirit in the spirit of a man. This is “spiritual revelation.” “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever” (Deut. 29:29; Also read 28:12-28!). [In a way, the Holy Spirit is God’s “Toto,” pulling back the curtain to reveal the One who is working behind the scenes.]

Our earthly experience is all about our spiritual journey of faith and revelation—seeing God in everything we are going through, learning to trust and to surrender, rather than stress and work, for He is continually working “behind the scenes.” Faith is the “ear” of the spirit, which doesn’t produce the word or work of God, but receives it. Faith doesn’t perform for God, but rests in God’s performance (“For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” Heb. 4:10) Faith recognizes, acknowledges, and is aware of the presence of God in all situations. Faith must continually expand and expand in us until it includes all things. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28).

There seems to be a dual-fulfillment quality to God’s promises—a future and a here-and-now. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time [NOW] are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us [FUTURE]” (Rom. 8:18). Only “eyes of faith” can “see” this and choose rest. Surely, we may never know, until we get to heaven [FUTURE], all the reasons why God allows certain things in our lives [NOW], but we have hope that, in the end, everything will be (and is) as God intended. Hope applies to the final fulfillment in the future (heaven), but faith is for the present assurance in the NOW!

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). “…but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?”
(Romans 8:24). “For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). “Seeing God” in your current situation results in peace, rest, freedom and gratitude for Who He is and what He’s done.

"All I Need I Have RECEIVED (Thanksgiving & Christmas)"

Every Thanksgiving & Christmas the emphasis is on GIVING. ThanksGIVING is the giving of thanks. Christmas has become about giving gifts and giving time and, of course, InYou is involved in several ministry opportunities that involve people GIVING in order to bless someone else. But today my thoughts have wandered to RECEIVING. Is there something about Christmas we need to RECEIVE this year? Think about it. Could Christianity, at the heart, be about RECEIVING?

The first verse that comes to mind is John 1:12–“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” Receiving is the beginning of new life in Christ; and the continuation of it: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Gal. 2:6). I just glanced through the New Testament and found a few “receiving” verses:

“Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full” (Jn. 16:24). “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Mt.21:22). “For everyone who asks receives” (7:8). We are to receive mercy (5:7; Heb. 4:16), Jesus & the Father (10:40), sight (11:5), the word (13:40; Acts 8:14), a child (18:5), “talents” (25:16ff), the kingdom of God (Mk. 10:15), JESUS! “His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace” (1:16), “His testimony” (3:32), the Holy Spirit (7:29; 20:22), Jesus’ sayings (12:48; 14:17), power (Acts 1:8), “forgiveness of sins” (10:43), ministry (20:24; Col. 4:17), grace and special gifts (Rm. 1:5; 1 Pet. 4:10), “reconciliation” (5:11), “the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness” (5:17), “a spirit of adoption as sons” (8:15), edifying (1 Cor. 14:5), a blessing (2 Cor. 1:15; Heb.6:7), “adoption” (Gal. 4:5), “promise of the eternal inheritance” (Col. 3:24; Heb. 9:15), “the love of the truth so as to be saved” (2 Ths. 2:10), “the crown of life” (James 1:12), anointing (1 Jn. 2:27).

All that we have and need is received: “John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven'” (Jn. 3:27); especially spiritually: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God” (1 Cor. 2:12). We cannot deny this: “For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (4:7).

Paul’s (and our) spiritual revelation was received: “For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal. 1:12). You know, faith is receiving! Faith does not produce the work of God, but receives it. Faith is a receiver; He speaks and the power of His defining word woos our response. Faith is HEARING! Hearing is RECEIVING! (See Rom. 10:17.)

Of course, InYou’s verse this year has been Acts 20:35: “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Sounds like the opposite of my point here, but giving is the overflow of receiving…”Freely you received, freely give” (Mt.10:8). SEE! Receiving comes first! “We love because He first loved us” (1 Jn. 4:19)

To the disciple who leaves everything to follow Christ, God says, “he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mk. 10:30; Mt. 19:29). SO…in the end, we lose NOTHING when we RECEIVE Christ. We only keep RECEIVING MORE!

A final note: Receiving will always be connected to our neediness. What do you desperately need? God may not have created or caused the need, but He has allowed it into your life. Now Hebrews speaks of those of whom “the world is not worthy”: “And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised” (Heb. 11:39). The greatest faith belongs to those who “do not see and yet believe” (Jn. 20:29). Their focus has shifted from the gift to the Giver. Will you, NOW, receive Him, allowing Him fill the all the empty places in your soul that you feel? Is He enough to comfort and fill the empty places? Come in faith and receive the life you need and want—HIS LIFE! RECEIVING is the beginning and continuation of life…until you are received into His eternal dwelling.