Revelation of Spiritual Realities By: Dan Stone

Everything we truly know of God comes by revelation of the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is to reveal to us the reality of the mysteries of God. These are in the unseen and eternal realm and as God’s children they are our right to know, but only the Holy Spirit can tell us those realities.

Until the Holy Spirit tells us, God’s unseen and eternal realities seem to be outside of us. So we set out to gain information about them, thinking that if we gain enough information, we can then produce the spiritual life. Some of us have garnered entire libraries to help us gain the spiritual life, as if it were an outside thing-a thing-to be gained by knowledge. Of course, what we ended up with was not much spiritual life, but lots of information about it.

Unfortunately, there’s no relationship between the amount of information we accumulate and the ability to live a spiritual life. But there is a direct correlation between the amount of information we gain and our level of frustration. It’s frustrating to know about something and not be able to know it or live it. It’s frustrating to know something is there and not be able to lay hold of it. It always seems elusive, like the carrot dangling in front of you that you keep chasing but can never grab.

In the things of the Spirit, no amount of know-about gives you the ability to do. Our heart is for God, though, so the more we know about, the greater our desire is to do it, and the more we try to do it. But trying to live the Christian life through our own effort is like trying to put a cube into a spherical hole. It doesn’t fit. The only One who can live the Christian life is Christ. Only His life fits the hole. But we still try to force it to work ourselves, and that becomes very, very frustrating.

We are meant to be frustrated when we are trying to produce something that we are incapable of producing. It’s the goodness of God to let us be frustrated. If God were to interrupt our frustration before we were completely frustrated, we would think, “I’ve learned how to do it. I’m not frustrated anymore.” But we wouldn’t have learned anything. So He says, “Go right on with your program until you have exhausted the library of Christian 1iterature on how to be spiritual. When you have exhausted all of that, when you have come to your end, you are ready to be taught by My Spirit.” At that point, where else do you have to go?

Without revelation knowledge from the Holy Spirit, we’re not going to have an experiential understanding of the unseen and eternal realities that are ours. Why does God make this so difficult? Don’t ask me! It really isn’t difficult, except that we are raised in the seen and temporal realm, and that makes the unseen and eternal realm seem difficult, because we have to unlearn and be broken away from the first realm for the second to become reality to us.

This is God’s plan. Our battles in the visible realm force us to finally ask the right question. Until we recognize that the right question doesn’t focus on the externals of life, we’re never going to experience the unseen and eternal. When we finally realize that the right question has to do with the life within us, then the Holy Spirit will come alone with an answer.

The Spirit teaches us by bringing us to the place where we begin asking spirit questions instead of flesh questions. Spirit questions are questions from desperation. They arise when you reach the end of all flesh questions. When we finally ask a spirit question, the Holy Spirit will give us an answer. It’s interesting how quickly the answer comes once you ask the right question. Because the answer always is ­ present tense. All we have to do is catch up with the answer. We catch up with Who already is. The answer is a Person who lives in us.

From: Stone, Dan, The Rest of the Gospel: When the partial Gospel has worn you out. Dallas: One Press. 2000. pgs 122,123.

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REVIVAL

There is talk going around the church about revival. It seems as though someone is always making the point that the church is dry, dead or asleep. “We need revival” everyone says. Well my question is what exactly is revival and how will we know when we’ve had it?

Revival defined is bringing life back into something. It would be like someone giving mouth to mouth to another and their life coming back into them. In essence it is someone coming back from the dead.

Now Jesus told us He was the way, the truth and the life. He also said “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” So it seems to me that if revival is life coming back into someone, and Jesus is life, then revival means Jesus coming back into someone. Hmmm? I’m not so sure if I am following this. Didn’t Jesus say he would never leave us nor forsake us? Doesn’t the Bible say we are sealed, with the Holy Spirit, until the day of redemption? If Jesus is the life and he promises to never leave us, and we are sealed until the day of redemption, then we already have the life.

I think I may know what our problem might be. I think the church is mistaking their soul feelings for their spirit reality. You see in our soul we have fluctuations depending on all sorts of variables. We may have a cold,be tired or hungry and therefore not be very exuberant or excited. We may be stressed or feeling neglected. This doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not we have life. Jesus is our life. In our spirit we, by faith, trust the Word of God and the witness of the Holy Spirit. According to both of them we are saved and have, right now, eternal life. This may or may not manifest itself by shouting, crying or some other outward expression.

Most of what seems to pass for revival appears to be no more than some very loud and exciting preaching meetings. I submit to you that real revival might come by revelation of our true inner life. Maybe if we truly see who we have dwelling within we would become excited, and it would be an excitement that would outlast a mere week’s worth of meetings.

The Bible tells us in Romans 6 that those of us who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into his death. It then goes on to say that if we have been joined to him in his death then we have also been joined to him in his resurrection. This means that since Christ has been raised we also have been raised to walk in newness of life. Now that is revival.

Louie

FIX YOUR EYES ON HIM

It is as if God the Father is saying to us: “Since I have told you everything in My Word, Who is My Son, I have no other words that can at present say anything or reveal anything to you beyond this. Fix your eyes on Him alone, for in Him I have told you all, revealed all, and in Him you will find more than you desire or ask. If you fix your eyes on Him, you will find everything, for He is my whole word and my reply, He is my whole vision and my whole revelation. –Anthony M. Coniaris