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Knowing God: Why Some People Get It and Some Don’t

Joyce Meyer (2)

I love what Paul prays in Ephesians 1:17 (AMP): “[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him.”

Having a revelation of God and His work in your life is the only way to understand Him. That’s why it’s so important to pray for God to reveal Himself to people—it’s something only He can do. We cannot reveal God to others. We can witness and talk of His love and good works, but people can’t understand spiritual things unless their spirit is alive.

I go through interviews all the time. Some of them are Christian, some are not. And people always want to know what the “phenomenon” is—why do people listen to my messages and come to our conferences? I used to try so hard to make them understand it. I wanted them to see that it’s really not me, or my books, or my preaching. Interview after interview I tried to make them get it that it’s God working through me.

After years of these discussions and trying to convince people, I finally get it. I get that they don’t get it. Some people can’t understand what I mean, no matter how many ways I say it, and I understand why: They don’t understand because they haven’t had a revelation of God.

Now this applies to so much more than interviews, and it’s helped me understand a better way to witness to other people.

Everything spiritual has a practical side, and I think that’s one of the biggest things we’ve missed. We try to tell people cloud-floating spiritual things, but then we don’t bring it down to a practical level where they can do something with it in their everyday lives.

God has shown me through the years that we need to know who God is and experience His love for us. He wants us to know that no matter what we do or say, He will always love us. But to understand this part of God, we have to have a revelation, not just information or head knowledge. Actually, head knowledge alone is usually what gets in the way of our faith and trust in God. And if information never turns into revelation, it won’t do you any good.

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