Rock of Revelation

Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it." Matt 16:17

In the past whenever Iíve read these verses Iíd always centered in on the part about the rock. And Iíve heard preachers preach along the same lines. But this time as I read this passage these words stood out "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven." I sat and pondered this asking the Lord, "What are you trying to tell me?"

This is what He so wonderfully began to show me. I saw where Jesus was telling Peter ďyou are blessed because you are hearing from God." Then Peter makes a few comments that have Jesus telling him that he is being mindful of the things of men.

Jesus so wonderfully illustrates here that it is ďthe revelation of who Jesus is.Ē The revelation that has the power to change our lives. This is the revelation (the rock) that He will build his church on.

Peter's name meant rock (a small piece of a larger rock) and Jesus said upon this rock (the large rock) He will build his church. Jesus is that large Rock. He is the rock of revelation. Revelation, of God's will changes our lives and when we move out to do these exploits led by the Holy Spirit the gates of Hell will not prevail against us. When the word of God is revealed to us faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. This revelation didnít come through flesh and blood, thoughts or reasoning's, or what we perceive a situation to be, but God revealed it straight from His heart.

The Jews had the laws of God; they studied very thoroughly what was written down. From a young age they were taught to be able to argue the scriptures one way and then turn it around and argue from the other side. When the Lord speaks to our hearts itís like getting a large dose of joy and strength. Suddenly what seemed impossible is now possible because Gods has shown us Heart. He is building in us a house that is built on the rock, that the gates of hell cannot prevail against.

God wants us to stop assuming that we know what He wants and start seeking Him for His direction. Know what God wants for today, donít depend on what happened yesterday to sustain you and feed you. Be lead by His Spirit. Donít try to duplicate the good things that happened yesterday. You canít eat food today and expect to regurgitate it and eat it tomorrow. Thatís like eating heartburn. The Israelites were told to gather enough manna only for that one day. When they tried to gather more than that, what was left over turned wormy.

People - think about it! Everyday we need it, we crave it, we long to hear the voice of the Lord speak to our hearts. When the Lord told the children of Israel that He wanted them to know that man does not live by bread alone, He wanted them to get the truth that it is by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. We share the bread of the word.

The Holy Spirit is compared to water flowing, always moving. When water doesnít move and is not added to it becomes stagnant; bitter and unpalatable, that is why we need to be refreshed on a daily basis.

What does God say to you for your life today? When you face what goes on in your life do you face it with the revelation of Christ ďaliveĒ in your heart?

Father I pray that You would reveal Yourself to us, for it is in that revelation that we are made alive. In You, we have life that is worth living. How I praise You for the life of Jesus Christ that lives in me, by the power of the Holy Spirit which enables me to know You.

In His Love,
Karen Trevino

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