Getting NEW Revelation

Proverbs 29:18 (AMP) Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.

REVELATIONnoun (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary).

1. The act of disclosing or discovering to others what was before unknown to them; appropriately, the disclosure or communication of truth to men by God himself, or by his authorized agents, the prophets and apostles.

2. That which is revealed; appropriately, the sacred truths which God has communicated to man for his instruction and direction. The revelations of God are contained in the Old and New Testament.

I have been hearing new revelation from a couple of different sources. Things I had never “heard” before and that have been hard for me to “wrap my mind around.” Today I was listening to someone teach about Jesus and the things he did and I realized I was having trouble because there was a conflict between my mind, body and spirit.

We need revelation from God or we perish.  We lose hope and stop following the Lord’s guidance.  Have you ever noticed that when you get “new” revelation from the Word it’s like your mind and even body want to reject it? Your spirit gets excited but the rest of you want to continue with what it has always believed.  Your mind and body will reject this “new life” but your spirit is made alive in Jesus and reaches for that new life.

If you notice in Proverbs it actually says that if there is no “redemptive revelation of God the people perish and then it goes on to say, “…he who keeps the law of God—blessed, happy, fortunate, and enviable is he”.  So we have a choice, we can accept the revelation God gives us and be blessed, happy, fortunate, and enviable or we can reject the revelation and perish.  I don’t believe this means we die right that second but that in that area of our believing we perish (die; to lose life in any manner).  To accept this revelation when your body and/or mind are resisting your spirit you need to “feed” your mind with the Word.  Continually keep that revelation before your eyes and coming out of your mouth.  Build your spirit man up so that your spirit is stronger than your mind or flesh.  What you feed is what gets the strongest so look at what you are feeding and what your are feeding on.

Where do we find revelation? Everywhere.  Psalms tells us that God is revealed in the heavens.  We can look around at nature and see God revealed.

Psalm 19:1(NLT) 1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.

In Luke 2 when Simeon saw Jesus, he had a revelation of God’s salvation.

Luke 2:28-32 (NKJV) 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Part of the reason we will reject revelation is that we don’t realize that it comes from God.

Galatians 1:12 (NLT) I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.

We don’t have to be afraid of new revelation because God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us in knowing what is from the Lord. Check it out with the Word.  What is your spirit telling you?

1 John 4:1 (NLT) Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

We should be continually seeking the Lord and looking for new revelation (Him revealed to us) in the Word of God.  You can pray for this for yourself and for others.  Paul wrote:

Ephesians 1:17 (AMP) [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him.

Trust God and the revelation He brings to you to enrich and bless your life in Him.

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Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Genesis 18:13-14 (NIV) 13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year,and Sarah will have a son.”

What thing have you resisted praying for because it seemed too hard?  We limit ourselves and our prayers because we think of the Lord as being like us.  The Bible says we are made in his image but an image is only a reflection, just like when you look in the mirror you see yourself but it isn’t all of you, only an image. We are made in God’s image but we can’t even imagine how much more there is to the Lord that what we are.

If God could cause a man who was 100 years and a woman who was 90 years old to have a baby He can surely do that thing that you desire even if it seems impossible.

I’m not talking about frivolous desires, although I do believe that the Lord’s desire for us is to bless us in all things.  I’m talking about that deep desire that maybe has been there for many years.  As with Abraham and Sarah, their desire was for a son, they loved the Lord and served Him faithfully and His desire for them was to give them the desire of their hearts in a supernatural way that would be impossible without faith in the Lord.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV) 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

When you place your treasure in the things of the Lord it puts you in a position to allow the Lord to bless you.  His desire is always the BEST for us.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (NLT) 28 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:

3 Your towns and your fields will be blessed.

4 Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed.

5 Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed.

6 Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.

7 “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!

“The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. 10 Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.

11 “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops.

12 The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.

13 If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. 14 You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them.

God’s will is to bless His children in all they do if they love, serve and follow Him.  (Notice it doesn’t say perfectly.)  The one requirement is that they choose to do this. To choose life. If you have asked Jesus into your heart you have chosen life.

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

Matthew 6:33 (NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

In Matthew Jesus re-affirmed this.  If you notice He (Jesus) said, all these things would be given to you as well (or in addition to).  God’s desire is still to bless us, His children. Jesus sacrifice provided so much more for us than we use our faith for.

I challenge you (and me) to pray and believe God’s promises to us for this year.  Believe Him for that one thing that your heart desires.  He hears and cares for you.  His desire is to bless you.

An invitation to “More” Blog and Bible Study

I would like to invite you to seek “More” with me.  “More” is both a Blog and a Bible Study.  If you are like me and want to experience more of what God has for us, to know Him more, to learn more of what the Bible has for us, to share more Jesus every day and to be more of what God intended you to be I invite you today to join me.

“More” Bible study is Friday mornings at 7:30 am at Clabber Girl Restaurant in Terre Haute, Ind.  I’d love for you to join us.  

“More” Blog is posted several times a week.  I include the Bible study lesson plus other messages.

How the “More” Bible study got started.

For the past couple of years I have felt a strong urgency to increase my commitment to the Word and knowing my Lord and Savior.  I started studying the Bible more and re-committed to a daily reading plan.  I want to be excited about the Word of God and get past any fear of sharing what God gives me.  I want to share Jesus with others daily and point them to Him.  I want everyone I know to experience this wonderful life of knowing and loving our Lord.

I started praying about what and how the Lord would have me share with others and who I should share with.  Jesus gave these instructions when he sent His disciples out.

Matthew 10:5-8 (MSG)

Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:

“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.

After spending some time in prayer and study I felt that I should start by offering a Bible study for women in my church and also those I come in contact with at work.  I decided to call it “More” because what I kept feeling about my life was that I wanted “More” than I had been experiencing.

After I decided to do this it was amazing (to me) God just started giving me studies almost every time I sat down to read the Bible or when I listened to speakers, sometimes in odd ways I didn’t expect. Within a couple weeks I had 6 or 7 studies ready to go and several ideas for more started.  (I have studied the Bible for many years but had never had this experience). I talked to my Pastor and got His approval to announce a Bible Study.  This is when it got hard.  There were several mix-ups about the study time and location, and even what we were doing.  I finally had a few people who were interested but it was several weeks before I actually had anyone come join and me.

How “More” blog got started

One week, after no on had shown up for the Bible Study,  I was praying about whether I had even heard from God when the thought came to me to write a Blog and use the blog as a way to share the things the Lord was giving me.  I felt such relief.  To me it was a great way to share what I was studying without the pressure of worrying about people showing up for Bible Study. So, that was how the “More” blog got started.  The main thing I wanted was to share the Word and Jesus and in this way I still could.

The Lord is funny sometimes and when He wants something done He doesn’t always just give it to just one person.  He knows who and how to get His message out.  At the same time that I had felt led to start a Bible study a friend of mine also had this idea.  Without either of us realizing it we went to our Pastor and received approval to start our separate studies.  We each had different days/times and plans for our studies but they were both for women and we started the same week.  This turned into one of those situations that our enemy uses to try to bring division.  I have had to trust God and His plan for me in this knowing that His plan for me and my study may not be the same plan for my friend and hers, I have had to remind myself that the Lord may have different reasons, people, etc.. for each of us.  I am only responsible for what the Lord has given to me and to love others.  Paul wrote about a similar division to the church in Colossians:

Colossians 2:2-3 (NLT) 2 I want them (you) to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

God has a purpose and plan for all of us but just as we are all different, His plans for each of us is different and sometimes mysterious to us.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT) “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.

We need to follow the Lord’s leading and then trust Him to guide us along the way.  Keep our faith in God.

Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

I guess my point in all of this is that although I have sometimes questioned whether I am doing what the Lord wants me to do, I will continue until I feel He shows me something different.

If you are in a similar situation and wondering about God’s plan for you, keep seeking Him, read the Word, pray and trust Him to guide you in the way He has for you.  *

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What are you thinking about?

Philippians 4:8 (AMP)

For the rest, brethren,

  • whatever is true,
  • whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly,
  • whatever is just,
  • whatever is pure,
  • whatever is lovely and lovable,
  • whatever is kind and winsome and gracious,
  • if there is any virtue and excellence,
  • if there is anything worthy of praise,
  • think on and weigh and take account of these things

[fix your minds on them].

I find that when I wake in the morning  at times I will be thinking about things even without realizing it.  It may be the dream I just had or some nonsense or worry.  I will realize after a few moments that I am thinking about something foolish and consciously change my thoughts.

Many times though over the years I have found that when I first wake up is when the Lord’s voice is the clearest to me.  I have always thought that He speaks to me at this time because this is the time when my mind is the least cluttered with other things.  I also think that because I am refreshed by sleep, I am less likely to allow fear to overcome the positive voice of the Lord.

In the Bible the Lord spoke often to people in their dreams.  I think is was for this same reason.  When sleeping their minds were not cluttered with everyday thoughts and fears, so the Lord’s message could get through to them.

I also believe that God is speaking to us much more than we realize.  We are just so busy with other things that we are less likely to listen to His voice. We have to make a conscious effort to listen and hear His voice.

We can practice listening to God.  Focus on His Word.  Keep His positive message in your thoughts as you go through your day.  When those little “nudges” come to you, instead of ignoring them do what they are saying.  Things like driving down a different street, saying a kind word to someone or asking how they are doing and stopping to listen to them, or helping someone in some way, stopping to pray as you prepare for your day, all things that may seem inconsequential but could actually be very important in some way.  We don’t always know why God has us change what we are doing but it is so much better to be obedient not knowing why than to be disobedient and miss what could be a blessing for you or someone else.

Proverbs 21:3 (NLT)

The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.

So, what are you thinking about?  Do you spend your time thinking about someone who gives you trouble?  What can you replace these thoughts with?  Praying for them? Even blessing them in some way. Maybe replacing these negative thoughts with thinking about someone who gives you pleasure and is pleasant to be around? Thanking God for them and praying blessings on them. Maybe it’s just turning that situation over to God, casting the care of it on Him, He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Are you thinking about finances (or the lack of money)?  Psalm 50:10 says that our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and in Luke 2:32 it says that “it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”.  Think about that and pray trusting the Lord’s provision instead of wondering how you will get what you will need.  Or think about all the ways the Lord has blessed you in the past and thanking Him for those blessings.

Look at what you are thinking about and what the Word says about the situation.  Choose today to think about what the Word says and even if things don’t change right away, the way you feel and think about them will change if you stay focused and the Lord and His promises to you.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.