He talked about how in his mind the week after week teaching we were doing wasn’t making a difference as we all knew people whose lives have suddenly imploded. This sudden breakdown is not really sudden. It is more like the eruption of a volcano. It appears to happen suddenly but the explosion has been building over time.
So, why does this happen? Jesus said we would know the truth and the truth would set us free. Luke 4:18 He said that He had come to set the captive free. We are set free and continue to extend that freedom within our life by revelation from the word of God. When you understand something is yours, no one can take it from you. The devil stole man’s authority from him in the garden because Eve had misinformation about God’s word to them. Jesus came, took back the keys to life and death, and gave us authority. We don’t necessarily know or understand the extent of that authority when we first come to the Lord. But we are not to stay in ignorance.
When Jesus asked his disciples in Matthew 16 who did people say he was, there were a number of answers put forth. But Peter, when asked who did they, the disciples, think he was, said he was the Christ, the son of the Living God. Jesus commended him but told him it wasn’t revealed to him by man but by his father in heaven. Revelation is the key to our growth.
Paul said he prayed for our understanding of the love of God to grow. We need revelation to face the uncertainty and trials that come our way. If we don’t know who we are in Christ, we will waver and fall victim to our circumstances. We won’t resist temptation but yield to it. We need revelation to grow and stand firm in faith.
After His resurrection Jesus appeared to His disciples who were hiding and completely confused about what had happened. Luke 24 says, “He said to them, “"This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms." Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” (Verses 44 and 45) Until that point everything He said was a mystery. He breathed revelation into them by the Spirit of God.
We need revelation. We need to pray for revelation. We need to ask God to take this word that He has given to us and break it open for us. As He gave to the Israelites manna from heaven He has given us food to sustain us through His word.
If we want to see believers become big people for the Kingdom of God, should we not be asking God to open their minds to the scriptures from which we preach?