Scripture: Galatians 1:11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me (Paul) is not of human origin; 12 for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Observation: The apostle Paul, who planted the churches in the region of Galatia, was worried they were being deceived by another leader preaching a false gospel. In explaining what was different about his gospel message, Paul reminded his followers that he didn’t receive his message from another human being, but rather “through a revelation of Jesus Christ”.
Application: I’m attending a prayer conference this weekend with some leaders from my church. The primary speaker is a pastor named Paul Maconochie, an old friend who is originally from England. The Lord has given him such grace for teaching and sharing the truths of the faith. As I was listening to Paul last night the Lord was showing me a number of things I’ve been longing to see and hear.
Truth is, I’ve been through something of a dry season in the spirit. This isn’t unusual as all believers go through seasons when the Lord seems to be far away. Intellectually I know the Lord has never left me because the bible promises, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. But it’s been a while since I’ve felt a fire on the inside. One of my prayers for this conference is that the Lord would speak to me again, touch me on the inside so that I might be renewed.
As I awake this morning, preparing for a full day at the conference, I believe my prayers are being answered. There is a stirring in my spirit that is unmistakably from the Lord. And as I write this blog post I can see that the Lord is with me and that he never left. Why? Because the Lord is revealing the truth. It’s moving from my intellect to the deepest part my soul. It’s no longer something I simply think, but something I KNOW with confidence. That’s the difference between an understanding (I know in my head) and a revelation (I KNOW in my spirit).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, today I pray for all people (myself included) who hunger for you. Many of us know about you, but too few really KNOW you. By your grace reveal yourself to all who call on your name. Amen.