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Revelation through need

Posted by appolus on December 14, 2017

The greatest revelation of God in my life has come in the midst of my needs. It has not come in my wants or desires or accomplishments it has come in my needs. The greater the need the greater the revelation. The second time of greatest revelation of God in my life has come when I have sinned against Him. There is no deeper humiliation for a saint than to have failed his Lord badly. Yet, when I approached the throne of grace with my head hung low and with a spirit within that was crying out ” woe is me for I am undone,” then suddenly I am encountered with love and forgiveness even although I myself had desired punishment and penance to atone somehow for my sin. Now I am undone not because of my unworthiness but because of the realization of the depths of His love and faithfulness to me. It is His holiness that saves, it is his grace that is sufficient and it is His faithfulness that will never fail. He increases in my heart and I decrease as I realize the very source of all that I am in Him and in Him alone

And so, the revelation of the depths of God have come to me and changed me and shaped me because of my needs and my need to repent of my failure and my sin. Contrast all of that to the fundamental aspects of the faith and hyper grace movement if you will. One is that God would have you have all your wants and desires and would be glorified in you accomplishments. The other is that there is no need to humble yourself and be broken and contrite over your sin because He has already forgiven your sins, past , present and future. Now if the greatest revelations of God to us are found in the midst of our needs then would not the enemy of our souls strive to get us to such a place where there is no need?

If our sins lead to humility and repentance and brokenness before the throne where we receive a greater and deeper revelation of who God is then would not the enemy of our soul try to keep us from this place by convincing us that there is no need to come here because all sins, past and present and future are already taken care of? Do not be fooled saints, God is glorified and revealed to us in the depths of our needs, our infirmities and our failures. Should we then seek to be in need or to be infirm or to sin so that God may be glorified? Not at all. I can guarantee that you wont have to seek out needs or infirmities or sin. They will find you because you are finite and corruptible. But an infinite God will one day raise you up in in-corruption. And until that day comes His grace will be sufficient for you. He will meet you in the depths of your needs. He will be faithful to forgive all of your sins when you come before Him and confess and in all of that you are drawn ever deeper into the heart of the Father.

5 Responses to “Revelation through need”

  1. Fiona Burky said

    Very well said, Frank. Thank you for your willingness to share your personal insights, as well as your sharing your personal struggles. It truly encourages me to press on, even when I know I’ve really messed something up.

    The Lord is answering my prayer and I’m starting to truly see how different God is to the earthly father I had. While I wish it would have become a realization to me sooner, I know that God’s timing is perfect.

    A wonderful fruit of my making mistakes is that it’s causing me to rely so much more on the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, which is not only wonderful but it’s taking away the fears that have followed me my entire life due to the environment in which I was raised.

    I’m beginning to feel as if I’m a horse with blinders on, and the Holy Spirit has my reigns and he is leading and guiding me in not only where to go or what I can look upon, but I’m also being told when to not finish a sentence that I start to speak, as if I’m being directed more and more by the Holy Spirit and it brings such comfort and reassurance to me!!

    I have a knack for speaking before I think sometimes, and knowing the holy spirit is taking me in this new direction is a huge relief! If I press in and truly listen to that still, small voice there will be less times I mess up and it is so freeing!!

    The enemy would have us believe that following God’s ways, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, is a real loss of freedom, but I have to say I’ve never felt freer and less fearful in my entire life! Following God is an absolute wonderful joy!!

    • appolus said

      Amen sister. Fear has been an almost constant part of my life, an enemy that seems to lurk and is never far away. Most if not all of the people who know me would be shocked to hear that as I present as a very confident person. In many ways I am confident but the inner man is another story. It is undoubtedly a result of a chaotic childhood in which there was no stability at all, quite the opposite. I have always had a real need to know, if I know then I can control and if I control then there is stability. Perhaps that is why the more mature I have become in the Lord the less the Lord shows me until the point where I have almost no need to know, but to simply trust…………..bro Frank

      • Fiona Burky said

        Me, too. I’ve been somewhat of a control freak due to the ever present sense of inconsistentcy i felt growing up. I don’t deal with last minute changes well, and feel less stressed when I can plan things out. To try to get past this, whose root is fear, I keep reminding myself that perfect love casts out fear and that fear is the concern of impending punishment.

        My goal is to truly know the love of God, a God that disciplines us as a loving Father, not as an earthly father, who punishes out of anger or rage. The more we truly grasp the love of God, and get beyond the fear of punishment, the less room there is for fear.

        We have both come a long way, brother, and God still has beautiful things to reveal to us so we can walk in true freedom, where fear will find no place to linger, not even for a moment!

  2. Robert Taylor said

    Brother Frank……You got it right on the mark again. The times that this has applied to my own life is more than I can count. This old world is in trouble brother. This world has a huge need. Let us all pray that through this horrifying need that the world has, the world will get a revelation. Good word brother. My prayer is that many are reading.

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