BY TOM ALBRECHT
This is the cry of my heart best described by the Apostle Paul's prayer in Philippians 3:10: "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to his death."
It seems to me that the longer I serve the Lord and the more I study his word, the less I think I truly know. With all my efforts to gain the knowledge of the word of God, I find a deep hunger within me to know the Lord through the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, gave us a great model for prayer that goes beyond mere cerebral or intellectual attainment. He states in chapter one, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to us the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation in the knowledge of Him. All too often, just the reading of the scriptures in order to accomplish a goal of reading through the Bible in a year, results in reaching the goal but without being touched by the Spirit of the Word.
We must experience the work of the Holy Spirit revealing the living word of God. It is in this knowledge of our Lord that we have the eyes of our understanding enlightened ... to know what is the hope of his calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
It's one thing to discover our inheritance in Christ - this is an amazing truth - but to realize what He has invested in us, requires a lifetime of revelation experience. The Word and the Spirit agree, it is the Spirit that makes the Word come alive in our understanding and experience.
According to 2 Peter 1:3-4, we have been given exceeding great and precious promises, that we might be partakers of the divine nature. To live in the exceeding greatness of His power - that works in those who believe - should be our greatest passion as believers.
Oh, that we might know the majesty, supremacy and sovereignty of our Lord. This is the desire of God for each of us: to know by experience the manifold wisdom of God. To realize the divine potential that is ours in Christ. All spiritual power and courage comes through intimacy with the Holy Spirit, where the Spirit reveals the purpose of God for every believer.
I want to function in the fullness of the kingdom of God - to serve the King in heaven’s enterprise - but intimacy and revelation of Him comes first. This intimate knowing of God is not just for a few chosen saints but is for all who will seek His face before they seek His hand. Moses knew God's ways so that Israel would see His acts. We owe it to ourselves to know Him more and more so that our world will see the mighty works of a good, good Father.