December 17, 2015
The Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesian church to receive a spirit of wisdom and revelation.
“ . . . In my prayers I keep asking 17 the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will have full knowledge of him.” Ephesians 1:16-17 (CJB)
What does this mean exactly? Why doesn’t he just ask for wisdom and revelation? Are there actually spirits called wisdom and revelation? Does “spirit” refer to Holy Spirit who is known to give revelatory wise counsel? And if you’ve asked for these, how do you know when you’ve received them? And once you’ve received, do you have to continually ask for more?
Am I asking the right questions? Am I overanalyzing? Things that make you go ‘Hmmm?’ (Throwback, thank you very much!)
So, I asked the Spirit for understanding. Immediately a picture came to mind. It’s so ‘ah-ha’ awesome I had to share!
I saw a small randomly shaped thing, like a piece of light-colored tree bark. It had small unpopped kernels of corn embedded in it. Then, suddenly, they popped explosively and became fluffy white popcorn.
I understood the vision immediately. The bark is our mind. The embedded unpopped corn pieces are “kernels of truth” our minds hold. The sudden expansion from little, hard yellow kernel to big, fluffy, white popcorn signifies sudden expansion from a kernel of truth to the release into a greatly enlarged territory of understanding, wisdom and revelation.
How cool is that? Does it make you hungry for wisdom and revelation? I’ll never look at popcorn the same! Interestingly enough, I bought 48 individual bags of gourmet popcorn for the staff here at LVilla for Christmas! There’s Cheddar, Zebra, Carmel and Cinnamon Toast! Yum!
Why do wisdom and revelation matter?
Some truths to snack on . . .
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Proverbs 29:18 (NIV)
Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God]. Proverbs 29:18 (Amp)
16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you. In my prayers I keep asking 17 the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will have full knowledge of him. 18 I pray that he will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand the hope to which he has called you, what rich glories there are in the inheritance he has promised his people, 19 and how surpassingly great is his power working in us who trust him. It works with the same mighty strength he used 20 when he worked in the Messiah to raise him from the dead and seat him at his right hand in heaven, 21 far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion or any other name that can be named either in the ‘olam hazeh or in the ‘olam haba. 22 Also, he has put all things under his feet[a] and made him head over everything for the Messianic Community, 23 which is his body, the full expression of him who fills all creation. Ephesians 1:16-23 (CJB)
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