Experiencing Revelation and Stewarding Mysteries
Articles - Prophetic
by Lyn Packer
Part 1 – A life of revelation and encounters
Revelation of God and His Kingdom – as Christians we all long for it but it's something we often feel we don't have or we feel that we have to work hard in order to get it. We long for a life of such intimacy. Yet the truth is that we cannot be more intimate with God than we already are. Why? Because intimacy is not a feeling, it's a legal positioning and our state of being because of what Jesus did on the cross. You have been made intimate with God. You are one with Him - in Christ and in the Father, through Christ.
Can we expect to experience more of the reality of that oneness than we currently do? Definitely! Can we get to know Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit more than we do?
Can we discover more of the wonders of who they are? Yes! We can and we should expect to know them more and more but we should not confuse that with our state of intimacy or oneness with them.
Since all relationship is based on our experiencing the other person in the relationship, we can and should expect to know or experience the Lord.
To receive revelation and have encounters with Him is a natural outcome of relationship with Him.
1 Cor 4:1 "Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God."
Do you want to be a steward of the mysteries of God? God wants you to be one, so how do we step into that?
It begins with understanding revelation and God's purposes for it…
Revelation – it's not some airy fairy, esoteric knowledge that's for a select few - it's for all people everywhere. We cannot even get to know God without receiving revelation. And all revelation is an invitation. It's an invitation to two things, primarily – intimacy and co-operation with God. God is all about relationship, and everything He does is about bringing you and I into a deeper understanding of who He is and who we are in the context of relationship, and then to understand who He is to us and through us.
As a Christian, one of the ways we can open ourselves to revelation is to spend time waiting on the Lord by stilling our hearts and minds. The mystics of old used to call that waiting 'contemplative prayer'. Nowadays we call it 'soaking'.
Psalm 46:10 says "Be still, and know that I am God." The term "be still" in this verse means "stop striving". It means to let go and come into a place of rest where you can hear, see and experience God. It is a contemplative state. The Christians of old knew about contemplative states of rest that led to experience – we call those people "mystics" because they experienced the mysteries of God. We look at their lives with wonder and wish that somehow we could experience what they did. Yet what they experienced was not just for a select few – it is open to all. Also, the word "know" in the above verse is a "knowing by experience". It's not head knowledge, it's an experiential knowledge.
So how can we discover more about Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit? How can we experience them more? One of the great ways to do that is by soaking. It's a time of waiting in quietness and rest of heart. It may include prayer and talking to the Lord, and will definitely include having a listening posture and waiting for Him to speak to us. Some people prefer to soak to music; some prefer quietness. Whether we have music or not is not the main thing – it is a quietness of heart and a listening posture that is key.
We can train ourselves and develop this state so that we get to a point where we are in a contemplative state of heart even as we go about our daily tasks. But normally that comes from first learning how to quiet our heart and minds and hear Him in set times apart with the Lord.
So how do we do that, what are some tips for soaking or contemplative prayer?
The following list is not a "formula" or "steps to intimacy", just some tips…
Revelation's purpose is first of all to deepen our relationship with the Lord and secondly to bring us to a place of co-operating with Him in releasing the Kingdom of Heaven into earth. Don't fall into the trap of putting the second part first. God's Kingdom is all about relationship with Him and our works should be about that, too. Intimacy and co-operation, the results of which lead to thankfulness and deeper intimacy – that's what it's all about. Enjoy your "soaking" times, they are precious and to be guarded. Don't let the enemy steal them from you by works without intimacy or daily life's needs.
To experience the reality of stewarding the mysteries of God is a part of our inheritance, but it doesn't come without us being willing to count the cost and pursue intimate knowledge of Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit. What I've talked about in this article are the beginning steps to stewarding the mysteries of God, but even those baby steps will be filled with wondrous encounters and heavenly experiences. Enjoy them but don't stay there - venture ever deeper into revelation knowledge of God and the Kingdom of Heaven and how it functions. We are called to rule and reign both here in the earthly realm and also in the heavenlies. To do so we must know how the Kingdom of Heaven functions, it's government, protocols and God's ways. There is far more for us to move into than we have known or dreamed, and we have the best teacher of all – Holy Spirit, who will lead us into all truth (John 16:13).