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We often talk about revelations in the Christian world, without really knowing what it means.
It happens very often as Christians too, that we hear teachings week after week without being able to remember what we heard a few days later. It even happens that people listen to teachings several hours a day without ever seeing any change in their person. And in the majority of cases, these same people do not bother to check whether these hours spent are bearing fruit in their personal lives.
One of the most common demonic traps is to make Christians believe that because they spend time listening to or reading teachings in the Bible or elsewhere, they will automatically get good results. But you can spend hours reading or listening to these teachings and get nothing out of them!
The problem is that most Christians are content with their actions and not their results. They look at what they do and not at what they get out of their actions or steps.
They assume that because they listen to or watch Bible teaching, sometimes even for several hours a day, that this is enough to produce good results. As a consequence, we often see people who may have a language of faith, talking for example by repeating what they hear in teachings or what they have read in the Bible, but who do not practice what they say. They are sure that they have integrated what they say.
Not that these people are going to do it in a malicious way, because I see that most of the time these people are not really aware that their words are not in tune with their spirit. That's where the deception is. If we are not objective enough with ourselves, then we will have the distinct impression that we have integrated what we have read or heard.
But the facts show us that this is far from being the case. Most of the Church of Christ is not engaged in a God-like transformation. More than two-thirds of the Christians I have met for over 30 years are not satisfied with the results they are getting in their Christian lives. And this includes many who read or listen to teachings regularly. Because of this, the majority of the Church is not in a process of Christ-like personal change. To see this, we need only look at our acquaintances, our friends, in the Christian world.
If you come across someone you know, and you haven't seen them for 3 or 5 years, then chances are that person has stayed the same. The same problems, the same negative attitudes, the same fears, the same expectations, etc.
How many born-again people do we meet years later, who have not changed, not grown? They are still the same, with the same problems, the same flaws. Yet the Bible shows us that every Christian must be regularly transformed, by renewing their mind.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
All Christians in general know that they need to renew their minds, but very few of them know how to actually do it, or even what it means in practical terms in their being.
So some read the Bible, others listen to teaching by various means, but very few achieve a satisfactory result of growth, which transforms them a bit like God month after month.
I often say that when you know how something works, then it is much easier to use it to its full potential. So let's take a quick look at what happens within us when our intelligence is renewed.
We know that when we are born again our spirit is separated from our soul.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Then our spirit is regenerated, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and made impervious to sin.
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
When we are born again, then, our soul and our spirit are now separate. These two entities of our person can communicate but are each now independent.
My soul is part of my flesh, and my spirit is part of my spiritual person who is in direct contact with God. My spirit is perfect, and does not sin. My soul is weak and is prone to sin at times because of its weakness.
When I listen to or read a Bible teaching, everything I learn passes into my soul through one of my five senses, usually sight or hearing. My soul is carnal and functions with emotions.
So let's take a practical example as a first stage. If I am listening to a teaching, let's suppose that I find it powerful and that I adhere to it. This teaching has entered me through my ears, and has settled in the mind of my intellect, that is my soul, or in my thought system (what the Bible calls the heart).
We remember that our soul works with emotions, and that it is weak. The characteristic of an emotion is that it does not last in time. This is why it happens (not always, but in most cases) that after a while I forget this teaching if I don't remind myself of it regularly, or if I don't put it into practice quickly.
Moreover, I will sometimes be convinced that I have integrated this teaching in the sense that I am sure that I will put it into practice at the first opportunity. But the facts show us (if we are honest with ourselves), that in most cases we do not put into practice what we have heard for various reasons.
Most Christians are not aware that they do not practice what they hear, in most cases. They are satisfied with reading, watching or listening to teachings that store up good thoughts in the moment, thinking that this is more than enough to produce spiritual and human transformation or growth.
This is why we find ourselves today with the majority of the body of Christ in the world under the impression (wrongly) that they are moving forward. This is because most Christians listen to teachings, read the Bible, and think that this is enough for a successful Christian life. But the truth is that all this information gathered by our soul from the Bible or even from various teachings will, in time, gradually wither away from our intellect, which is our soul.
This is the difference between information and revelation!
We need to transform or renew this information received in our soul. It will be transformed by our spirit. Our spirit is ready to receive all the knowledge of God. It is in a relationship with God, it has been made perfect, without sin, and nothing prevents it from transforming information into revelation. It has received the whole mentality of God in it.
To get the best out of it, let's look at what happens in the transformation of information into revelation, which is the second stage.
The information that I have received in my soul through one of my 5 senses, will now serve to trigger that same information but this time coming from my spirit, or originating in my spirit.
For example, let's take the case of a person who discovers that it is God's unconditional love that must drive us to change in order to stop sinning. This truth is now in their soul, in their mind, because they have just heard it or read it somewhere.
The goal will be to use this information to ask the Holy Spirit to help me trigger the same thought but this time having its source in my spirit, to make it a revelation in my soul.
Then my spirit receives this truth that it is God's unconditional love that must drive me to change, and nothing else.
But this time this thought, which is identical to the information I received in my soul, becomes a revelation because it is the Holy Spirit who puts it into my spirit.
Then my soul will voluntarily take this revelation that is in my spirit and "transfer" it into itself. My soul will then voluntarily claim this revelation from my spirit, the content of which it already knows, but which was until now in the state of information managed by the emotion of my intellect.
This revelation will now be engraved in my soul, my intelligence, or what the Bible calls my heart (thought system), because it comes from my spirit.
In practice, this is how it can happen.
It is quite simple. If we take this example of the fact that the more I know and understand God's unconditional love for me, the less I will sin. All you have to do is isolate yourself at home, out in nature or wherever, and you start talking to the Holy Spirit. For example, you can say something like this to Him:
"Holy Spirit, thank you for being with me and never leaving me. Today I need you to help me engrave in my thoughts this truth that the more I know and understand God's unconditional love for me, the less I will sin. I know this intellectually, but I need you to give me this truth in my spirit so that my soul can take it for itself. I want to turn this information from my intellect into a revelation that comes from my spirit. Thank you for I know you would like nothing more than to help me with this. I know that you are always happy to help me and to see me grow. Thank you for being here with me. I really want to engrave this truth in me (in my soul, in my intelligence), so that I can practice it every day of my life whenever I have the opportunity. I want to be really deeply aware of this truth, and I want to enter into this process."
You can repeat these words as many times as you feel necessary. And you will notice that this truth will become more and more deeply engraved in your soul.
I then realise this word:
Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
God has put into our spirit His laws, i.e. His mindset, so we must have this assurance that when we hear a teaching, the information that enters our heart, our soul (which is our thought system), is there to serve as a trigger for the same thought from my spirit. This is a process that we must voluntarily trigger by asking the Holy Spirit to help us engrave this truth from our spirit into our soul.
Our soul is weak and therefore needs repetition, just like when we are in any kind of learning process of our intelligence. This process of engraving this revelation will take some time. This time will be different in each case, and in each person. However, the more we put this revelation into practice, the faster this process will be.
It is easy to understand now why we sometimes listen to teachings, read the Bible, and do not always see a change in ourselves. In this case there is a very good chance that the second stage has not been realised.
The second step of the soul willingly taking a revelation in my spirit is essential if we are to have results in our person. Without this second step, we will wonder why nothing changes when we spend time reading or listening. This is why without this second step, without the intervention of our spirit, we are wasting our time.
Do not deprive yourself of renewing your soul with your spirit.
If you want to go deeper in this process, you can download our teaching called "Directing my whole being with my spirit" here.
See you soon.
Bye for now...