~ This blog post is based on a portion of a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 3), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
About 5 years ago, I was lying in bed one evening and I sensed the Lord ask me “What do you want to learn about?” It was an invitation to revelation. As I laid there, I was almost stunned by the offer. I was so honored and excited at the opportunity to learn from Him about a topic of my choice. I thought “wow, I better pick a good topic.” Six months later, I still had not given Him a formal topic as far as I can recall. I had stalled. And the reason was I had believed His invitation to revelation was more unique than it actually was . . .
First John 2:17 says: “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” Likewise James 1:5-8 says “ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
So, the Holy Spirit wants to teach YOU! And He wants to teach you ALL things. You just need to ask. And as James 4:2 says, it is possible that you do “not have (revelation or understanding, for example) because you do not ask.” Now, what sort of asking leads to having? See Luke 18:1-8. The persistent widow was … persistent! She kept on asking, even to the point of pestering the judge. We can “cry out day and night to Him!” Crying out day and night is what true asking looks like. Not “double-minded” asking. Not “maybe going to listen to the answer when it comes” asking. Not “I’ll ask once and then forget about it” asking. True asking. Persistent asking. On the “tip of my heart” asking.
Matthew 5:6 says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Hungering and thirsting lead to filling. If you want to be filled with God’s mind on a matter – hunger and thirst for His righteous thoughts about it. Devour the Word about it. Talk with Him about it. Dream with Him about it. Be sensitive to His voice about it. Ask Him to teach you about it, and you will then start to really understand the topic. You will find that the topic will be the most important thing on your heart. You will find yourself thinking about it through the day, talking with Him about it through the day, and the Lord speaking to you about it throughout your week. “Lord, more. I need to understand this more. Teach me Lord. Holy Spirit, teach me.”
Matt 10:41 says “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.” In other words, when you draw on someone, you get what they have. That is honor in a nutshell. Draw on the Holy Spirit – on The Teacher – on the Spirit of Truth, and you will get what He has . . . understanding! When we are REALLY serious about knowing a truth from the Lord, we will find His heart and His wisdom on it.
You might ask yourself, how is this supposed to help me? Well, if I would put this Kingdom concept into a formula, I would say “your revelation will come once your hunger for it is greater than the cost of its ownership.” We are responsible for the revelation we have. God Himself said don’t cast your pearls to swine (Matt. 7:6). He also said it is to His Glory to conceal a matter and to the glory of kings to search a matter out (Prov 25:2). What are you searching out? Are you really searching it out? Here’s another way to ask yourself the same question: “What do you need?” Pin your faith on a need. Place your need as the bullseye on a map. God is not aimless. His Word accomplishes exactly the purpose for which He sent it (see Isa. 55). So, why would we be bashful about identifying a specific thing to seek God about? He wants to teach us “ALL things,” but you cannot learn all things at once. Perhaps God is asking you the same thing He asked me 5 years ago . . . “what do you want to learn about?” Would you be so bold today as to answer the Lord? He will not give you that which you have not hungered for – to do so would be force feeding. He will honor your free will. BUT He will also respond to your prayer for revelation. Be persistent in asking Him for MORE! He has it “IN STORE” for you to pick up!