I may be unskilled as a speaker, but I’m not lacking in revelation knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way. 2 Corinthians 11:6
I don’t have a public speaking platform and I am not a skilled orator, but I do have words that God has put into my heart to share with others. God always provides the audience that needs the message He gives at the right time. I don’t have to look for an assembly of people to share with, most of the time I just pour into the people I am around that day. I am not seeking to be famous or popular, I just want to share His message of love in a way that the people around me can receive it at the time.
This is the kind of revelation knowledge that the apostle Paul was speaking about in today’s text. He told the Corinthian church that he knew he wasn’t a trained speaker, but what he did have was a message from the heart of God to share with others. Paul cautions the church to not be taken in because by preachers that were eloquent and persuasive but didn’t have the understanding and revelation of God’s message. Basically, he warns them not to turn their hearts toward a message that was not backed up by the heart and word of God.
As the New Testament was being written at that time and by Paul, himself, the people at Corinth did not have a completed Bible to verify what other speakers were teaching them. Paul encourages them to discern a sermon by how it lines up with what he taught them and not be pulled away from the truth of God’s love.
In the day we live in now, having access to God’s Holy Spirit on a personal level, you too can have a message to share with others each day. Simply by spending quiet time with Him each morning and surrendering you heart and ear to His word and His voice on the inside of you, His revelation knowledge will be revealed to encourage you and others around you. However, do not seek a platform or a big production, instead, share with the people God brings into your life on an individual basis. Maybe your heavenly Father will open the door later with an invitation to a greater audience and that would be great. However, do not limit what God wants to do through your life right now by waiting until you have the perfect crowd to give His message too.
Lastly, make sure your “revelation” knowledge is backed up by scripture. God will never go against His word. So, if you think you received words from the Father, but you have no text to back it up, wait until the Holy Spirit leads you to the passage to confirm that you are hearing from His Spirit and not the voice of the enemy.
Today I want to encourage you to recognize that the size of the audience doesn’t matter when it comes to sharing God’s message. Each morning as He gives you the perfect word to propel you through the day, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to anyone who also may need to hear these words. Then be ready to bring your conversations around to the subject as the opportunities present themselves. Don’t be lured away by the current rants on social media or other platforms of eloquent speech. Instead, purpose to share His revelation knowledge with the people in your life each day.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
1 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.5 I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” 6 I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. 7 Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge? 8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you. 9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. 13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.