Walk in revelation
Therefore, take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” Luke 8:18
Have you ever been in a place in life where you suddenly had new understanding of a principle or promise in God’s Word? Maybe it was something you had been asking God to reveal to you in a portion of scripture? Or maybe it was something you had never heard before but came on to it when reading the Word? Or maybe it was something you were taught by your pastor or through a message you were listening to? That has happened to me, and when it does, I am usually so impacted by it that I think I will never forget this because it is so important and new to me. Yet as soon as I get back into my routines, I have often let that revelation slip away because I didn’t write it down at the time. There have been many occasions that I have gotten a few hours away from that point and remembered that I had a new revelation but couldn’t remember what it was. Those are the times that I ask the Holy Spirit to remind me about it and then when He does, I take a minute to write it down so that I can think about it or meditate on it in the coming days.
Today’s verse starts out by saying: Pay attention to what you hear and what is being revealed to you. It says that when you begin to walk out those revelations in your everyday life that you will be given more understanding into the things of God and the spirit world. In contrast it also says that if you give that wisdom little value or no value at all, that new understanding will slip away, and you will begin to walk away from other wisdom that has been revealed to you. You will basically start giving less attention and time to the things of God because you do not value them. It isn’t that He won’t continue to show you things, the focus is on your heart’s desire to know them.
Giving value to the Words of God in your life is imperative to your walk with Him. I talked yesterday about how I knew to pray, but I did not have understanding of how important it was to spend time in God’s Word everyday and to ask Him to reveal the secret things that He had hidden for me in it. As a result, I wasn’t growing in my understanding of His love for me or the goodness of it that He desired to pour over my life. It wasn’t because He was punishing me for my bad decisions, it was simply because I was not giving importance to Him and His Word. This is a spiritual law that cannot be broken. No matter how much time you spend talking to or praying to God, you can never understand the depths of His love and plans for you without taking the time to grow in the revelation of His Word. Even if you have scripture memorized, you must take time to meditate and read it to grow in the revelation that the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you.
Today I want to encourage you to ask God for a new hunger in your heart for His Words. Spend time meditating on scriptures that talk about His love for you and the good plans He has for your life. It’s not about how many chapters and verses you read each day, it is more about taking one or two verses and planting them deep in your heart by writing, thinking about and speaking them into your life. When new revelation comes, take the time to write it in a journal or someplace that you can look at it often to remember how the Holy Spirit opened up your understanding of the depth of that passage for you. As you take time to do these things, you will begin to have more revelation and deeper wisdom into the things of God. I like to pray this prayer before I begin to read God’s Word each day: Heavenly Father please open up my understanding as I read your Words this morning. Reveal to me the things you want to speak to my heart for today and empower me to remember them and take the steps of faith that I need so that I can live by these revelations and grow in them more each day. Our Father in heaven loves us all so much and He wants to give us a special message each day to live our lives by, but it is up to us to recognize the value in that and spend time getting that Word.
Today’s Scripture reading: Luke 8:16-18
16 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.
17 For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.
18 Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”