By Joseph Giunta

1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."

Revelation is a gift from God. It is a treasure of the highest value. When God divinely opens our understanding to a certain highlight of scripture, causing us to see beyond words on a page, but into a place of understanding beyond the level of our own skill or reason, it is as though He personally wrapped and delivered a gift to you.

Have you ever been reading the Bible, and suddenly it was as though you knew more about what you just read than what you actually studied? Have you ever been in a service where a preacher was delivering the Word, and you suddenly gained some spiritual insight beyond just the words that he was saying? It was almost like you could add a couple of bullet points to his notes. It can be a little uncomfortable. We don't want to add anything to the Word. We surely don't want to feel prideful, as if we know more than the preacher. However, after due diligence, research, and study, we find that the knowledge that we experienced in that moment was truly from God. It is time to take the next step in revelation. We "heard the word", now we must "receive the word".

The word receive, in this context, is the same word as "to accept". We must accept the word. It is not so much that we don't believe it, but we must "accept" it anyway. The word "accept" is defined as: consent to receive (a thing offered), as in, "He accepted a pen as a present". Basically, when you accept something from someone, you are giving that person permission to give you what they are trying to give to you. You are saying, "Yes, I will take what you are giving."

Did you ever see or hear of someone saying, "I can't accept this"? Usually, it is because the gift is of great value, and the recipient doesn't feel worthy of such a valued gift. Never allow your own feelings of inadequacy to cause you to hear, but not receive God's revelation. When He speaks to you, we must know and trust that He knows what He is doing.

Another reason that someone may not accept a gift is because of the commitment that the gift demands. Some gifts come with a responsibility of care. Imagine someone gives you a puppy for a gift. We automatically know that this gift will require us to take care of it. It will require us to feed it, nurture it, and care for it. Someone may say, "I can't accept this", not because they don't like it or don't want it, but because they look at the cost of keeping it and realize it will be too much. There are certain times when God gives us that supernatural understanding that there comes a responsibility to make sure we fulfill it's purpose. Revelation will call us to a higher level of spiritual life. There are many who have been given a revelation of high value that have stopped caring for it. In due time, those people have allowed that revelation to lose value. Some have even allowed it to die. Let us treasure the gift that God gives us. Let us care for it, whatever the cost. Whatever the truth demands of us, let us do it with all diligence, even if others seem not to have the revelation.

There are two reasons that someone can fail like this, in the area of "receiving", or accepting, the word:

  • First, we can be like a child, immature when it comes to gifts. Many times when my children were babies, I would give them a present. With great anticipation, I would watch as they opened it, knowing that they would be excited about it. To my dismay, they were so enamored with the colorful wrapping paper and the box, that they didn't really examine the gift itself. They were content to play with the box and to roll around in the wrapping paper. Sadly, many of us can be very superficial when it comes to the word. We are more content to be recognized as a scholar, to repeat the company line, than to really examine what is in the box to begin with. Because of this, the revelation was heard, but never received. And in due time, it was never cared for and lost it's value. Many have simply left and found another box to play with.

As my kids have grown, their gifts cost me more. The box they come in is of less value to them, and the content is what really matters. Now, as they have matured, they don't have too much concern for the box or the wrappings. They just want to get to what is on the inside. If we are to truly receive the word, we must mature. We must get beyond the colorful wrappings and the ignorance of playing with the box. We must learn the value of the content of the gift itself. It is not the superficial things, but the supernatural things that matter in the long run.

  • Secondly, we must know how to accept. Not only does the word accept mean to consent to receive a thing offered, but it has another meaning altogether. In the Latin, the word is accipere, which means: to take something unto oneself. Think of it this way: a square peg doesn't fit into a round hole. A round hole cannot accept a square peg.

Have you ever tried to plug something in, only to find out that your three-prong plug wouldn't fit into your two-prong receptacle? The receptacle has the juice to power the plug. It just cannot accept the plug because it doesn't fit. Our first reaction to this is to try and bend the plug to fit the receptacle. However, this puts us in danger of ungrounded power. It will run for a while, but eventually the machine that is plugged in will mess up because the power connection isn't right.

Many people have not effectively had revelation due to ungrounded power. We have bent the Word to fit our lives. We have shaped the truth in such a way where it will fit us, but in the long run, we end up messing up our connection to God. Many have allowed pride in the way and have lost their grounding. They won't sit under anyone, they won't submit, because they have revelation, but it isn't grounded. Again, they heard the Word, it looks like they received it, but in actuality, they have only bent it to make it fit. It is not a true receipt.

The more appropriate, albeit, more difficult way of handling this, is to change and update your receptacles. Make sure that your receptacles have three prongs so that it can accept the right plugs without having to be bent out of shape. It is more of a molding or shaping of our own selves, so that we can accept, into ourselves, the revelation. We want to mold ourselves so that we will fit around the Word instead of molding the Word to fit into us. To truly "receive" or accept the Word, we must be willing to mold ourselves into what the Word calls for us to be. We must be willing to adapt our lives to the ways of God, not the other way around. No matter how much Word you hear, or how much scripture you know, in order to move into the next step of revelation, "receiving the word", we must learn what it means to accept.

Revelation is a gift. It is a treasure of the highest value. As the Lord approaches you with this beautiful gift, will you receive it?

Scriptures to study:

  •        Colossians 3:16
  • John 8:31
  • John 15:7
  • James 1:21
  • Exodus 24
  • 2 Timothy 2:15
  • Hebrews 5:13
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