(Kelly Mcdonald JR) “I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:11-12 (NIV) When Paul first received the revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it required him to change his life. He went from persecuting the church on a large scale to promoting Jesus Christ on a scale that few in history have ever done. Paul had to minister to the very people that he was persecuting!
Revelation from God often makes us act in ways that we cannot imagine ourselves doing. God does this to get us out of our comfort zone so that we will rely on him and not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). While revelation is something that we cannot force or make happen on our own, how do we receive it? While we cannot force revelation, we can put ourselves in a mindset where we can better receive revelation when it comes. I think that God is trying to talk to us a lot more than we recognize. First of all, simply be aware that we can receive revelation. We have to realize and accept that God still speaks to us today, but that he speaks to each of us in a unique way. How He speaks to us matches who He made us to be. You may receive a deep conviction from God, hear Him in your thoughts, or have God speak through a life experience. For example, God often spoke to the prophet Jeremiah through a personal experience (see Jeremiah 13:1-14 as an example). READ MORE