Just because you feel doesn’t make it real. Your experience doesn’t define truth. The only person’s experience that can define truth is Jesus’.
Don’t wait for a “revelation” or “encounter” before you believe: Jesus Christ is the all-inclusive revelation of the Father and you are already one with Him. We don’t need another encounter to make truth real, we need to hang out with Mr. Truth and he will give us understanding of what He already accomplished.
You don’t even have to wait for someone else to explain the Bible to you: you don’t need anyone to teach you (1 John 2:27) because you have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. If you’re waiting for someone else to teach you then you are not following Jesus, you are following teachers.
Revelation does not impart anything besides understanding of what you already had. It was there the whole time. Revelation reveals something that you already possessed because of your union with Jesus.
Sometimes it feels like when we receive a revelation or an encounter in a certain area that we somehow received a bigger dose of that particular aspect of God’s heart, but that is not the case. Revelation brings understanding, which ignites faith, and your faith comes before experience. So yes, you discovered and experienced a new part of God’s heart, but you weren’t lacking any part of His heart before the discovery.
There is nothing that God has hidden from us or has failed to give us by uniting us with Jesus. He laid out everything He wanted to say in the scriptures and in the Son of God. There is nothing that God communicates to us that is not included in the person of Jesus. He is the central focal point of everything He communicates to us.
Consider Hebrews 1:1-3:
“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.”
Christians are only lacking two things in the new covenant—understanding and wisdom. Understanding being the comprehension of the fullness of God we already have, and wisdom being the practical application of what it looks like when loving God, others, and ourselves in each situation.
The good news is that both of these are also hidden in the person of Christ! Colossians 2:3 says “In (Jesus) lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” If I told you someone had a critical piece of knowledge or wisdom that you desperately needed, what would your reaction be? You would go strike up a conversation with them and get to know them.
The pathway forward to growing in understanding the bottomless pit of goodies we have in Jesus is by striking up a conversation with a man. It helps that this man is always with us and always has a huge smile on His face.
We don’t lean on our own understanding, but we lean upon a man.
Just remember to thank Him along the way and enjoy the fullness you already have, even if you haven’t opened every treasure box yet. If someone gave you $1 Billion dollars, would you thank them for the full amount they gave you or just the money you had spent so far?
Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s following and listening to a man.