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Revelation means “to bring to light and unveil hidden things, to take the cover off or to disclose.” Disclosure of what? The answer may surprise you: a disclosure of the Lord’s secrets. His hidden treasures are revealed to us. We receive insight into how God works and how the anointing works. The Spirit of revelation removes the veil and Bible verses seem to jump off their pages.
When somebody uses the words “the Spirit of revelation” you may think in terms of understanding the Bible. But let’s consider two other kinds of revelation.

There is revelation that comes from prophetic experiences— dreams, visions, or encounters—and there is divine revelation.

Prophetic experiences happen in a variety of ways (Gen. 20:3; Job 33:14–16). You may be caught up in a heavenly experience, have a conversation with the Lord, or an angel may explain something to you. Perhaps you were transported somewhere or learn from God through a dream or vision. The Bible is full of these experiences!

Divine revelation is a second way to gain revelation. Divine reve- lation is new knowledge imparted to our spirits. We don’t receive it by listening to a speaker. We don’t receive it through dreams, visions, or angelic visitations. When somebody asks how we received it, it can’t be explained, we can only say “by revelation.”

Have you ever awakened with a three- hour sermon prepared on a subject you had never preached on—and you were familiar with all the Greek words? That is the Spirit of revelation. It is coming on the church today. A dyslexic child who had never been able to read came to one of my meetings. I rebuked the deaf and dumb spirit and the child was healed. He went home that night, picked up a book, and read the whole thing to his dad. When divine revelation hits, we gain unexplainable knowledge and wisdom.

Paul was not discipled by Jesus or by the apostles. He didn’t go to Bible school after he was saved. He received his revelation in the desert (Gal. 1:11, 12). Paul wrote more books in the New Testament than anyone else and he said: “What I have I received by the Spirit of reve- lation—it just came to me by a divine impartation of the Holy Spirit” (Eph. 3:3, author’s paraphrase). We can’t really know Jesus without the Spirits of wisdom and revelation.

Wisdom helps us apply what revelation shows us, so that we can also teach it to others. If we don’t have wisdom, we won’t know what to do with the divine revelation. Revelation is composed of four parts: interpretation, delivery, timing, and application. When we receive revelation, we need insight in each of these four areas. That is what the Spirit of wisdom provides.

God’s provision comes through the Spirits of wisdom and revela- tion (Eph. 1:17–19). His provision is according to His riches in glory. The Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation bring knowledge of how to receive supernatural provision, because He will supply all our needs “according to His riches in glory” (Phil. 4:19).

We can’t know that without the Spirits of wisdom and revelation. Without these Spirits, we will never know who we are and the glorious inheritance that we possess.

The first few chapters of Proverbs give us an understanding of the value of wisdom. But what does wisdom demand in exchange? “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors” (Prov. 8:32–34).

Wisdom says this in every situation and circumstance that we seek her— when we cry out, “Spirit of wisdom, come help!” Chase after wisdom—when you catch her you will experience incredible rewards. Don’t do anything without her; wait for her instructions.

Study the following Scriptures about wisdom’s benefits: Proverbs 2:10–13; 3:13–18; 3:21–24; 4:5–9; 7:4–5; and 24:3–6.

We are quick to pray “God, I want visions and revelations,” but the Spirit of revelation demands that we go through His school first. He is a tough teacher. He goes to the Father and says, “They want revelation, so I need to bring humility and brokenness before I can give more. I want yielded hearts and I want them to trust Me.”

Let’s look at Paul’s life to see what he endured to partner with the Spirit of revelation. “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure” (2 Cor. 12:7).

Because of the abundance of revelation, Paul could have easily become proud, so God gave him a thorn in the flesh (a messenger from Satan, not a disease). The messenger’s assignment was to bring blow after blow, pressure, and death to self to bring about humility and brokenness. Some of Paul’s external pressures were trials, shipwrecks, beatings, imprisonment, stoning, criticism, judgments, and hardships.

Paul must have successfully completed the Spirit of revelation’s school because we see his humility in 2 Corinthians 12:2: “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago . . . was caught up to the third heaven.” A few verses after writing about this man who had this great revelatory experience in the third heaven, Paul wrote about the thorn given to him because of his abundance of revelations. Many Bible scholars, including myself, believe that Paul is talking about his own third-heaven experience. But he didn’t say, “I was caught up.” He didn’t want people to think of him more highly than they ought. The humbler we can be, the more God can trust us with revelation (2 Cor. 12:10). Revelation demands character, intimacy, humility, brokenness, and death to self. Paul learned these lessons well, completed his schooling, and went on to become a history maker.

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