How To Receive Revelation Knowledge

For almost 30 years of being a follower of Christ, all I had was mere intellectual knowledge of the love of Christ. I didn’t even realize it was merely intellectual knowledge, until His love was finally revealed to my heart! This was when other revelations of the Cross began to flood the eyes of my heart, as well. It was when the light of God’s Glory began to flood my heart that everything began to change!!!

Like I did, many people have mere intellectual knowledge of God’s love and of Christ’s finished work of the cross. Some realize it, while others don’t, but are nonetheless frustrated as to why they lack the deep transformation and “abundant life” that is promised to Christians. I know I was!!!

So, how does one receive “heart knowledge”? Or, in other words, what part do we play in the light of God’s Glory and His Word actually penetrating our heart???

1. We pray for revelation. “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, MAKING MENTION OF YOU IN MY PRAYERS, THAT THE GOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF GLORY, MAY GIVE UNTO YOU THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM: THE EYES OF YOU UNDERSTANDING BEING ENLIGHTENED…” (Ephesians 1:15-18).

2. Our heart must be receptive to His light penetrating it! “DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEART.” (Hebrews 3:7). The Seed of God’s Word is packed with Life and Power to save, heal, deliver, transform and bear fruit. However, the soil of our heart must be soft, receptive, and nurturing to the Seed, for the Seed to do its Work!

There are many ways and reasons why we harden our heart, such as outright rejection of God and His Word, refusal to obey God and His Word, unbelief of God’s Word, and pride (refusal to admit our need of God and His Word). However, there are less obvious ways that we harden our heart, and this is what I want to focus on in this study.

People who live or have lived in an abusive or traumatic environment, develop the ability to shut down their emotions in order to survive what is happening to them. In other words, they numb themselves. In scripture, the “heart” is the seat of our emotions.Consequentially, when we numb our emotions, we are essentially hardening our heart. Because an intimate relationship with God is a “Heart to heart” relationship, numb emotions also desensitize us to the Holy Spirit Who moves us from within:

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit I will put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause [move] you to walk in my statutes…” (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

So, how do we “un-numb” our heart or, develop sensitivity to our emotions and God’s Spirit?

By doing the reverse! When we stop numbing, denying, and repressing our true feelings and thoughts, more and more we become sensitive to them and to the Holy Spirit, no longer robotically going through the motions of “life”. One way is by daily journaling out one’s true feelings and thoughts, which is very effective in developing an inner dialogue with one’s self and with God. Another way is by talking with someone we trust, and that includes God. Also, collage- work is very effective at discovering what we are feeling and thinking, as well as bringing repressed memories to the surface.

You may also need to identify and correct the underlying reasons why you numb/deny/repress your emotions. Here are some common examples:

1. Guilt. Many people feel guilty for feeling angry, afraid, etc., because they think it is being selfish or sinful. For example, “Be ye angry and sin not.” (Ephesians 4:25). Many take that to mean feeling angry is sin. If that is the case, than God is a sinner, since He gets angry over injustice! No, if one reads the verse correctly, it means to not let our anger be expressed in a sinful, harmful way. The passage goes on to explain how to deal with offenses correctly, to avoid the devil taking advantage of them.

2. Fear. Many are simply afraid to face their feelings due to feeling out of control, fear of instability, fear of what you will do if you tap into your feelings such as anger, or fear of consequences. Especially if as children you were beaten or squelched for speaking out or crying during your abuse. Also, fear that there is no resolution for what is uncovered in the heart.

3. Shame. When children grow up in a home that teaches that emotions are mushy, weak, and unnecessary, they commonly numb/deny/repress them.

4. Misunderstanding of the Bible. We know that we are supposed to walk by faith, not by our feelings. Many take this to mean it is a sin to feel our feelings. However, God created us with emotions, and He Himself has emotions! Emotions are part of living as a vibrant human being! The danger is in being misled or controlled by our emotions.

5. Unresolved offense. Many times we don’t know that we have unresolved offense, bitterness, unforgiveness buried in our heart, but it still hardens our heart and blocks our relationship with God. This is why we must pray daily for God to search our heart and reveal to us what is in it! He is faithful to expose what is in our heart, and to transform it!!!!

6.Remaining in an abusive environment. If you are still living in an abusive environment, you are still living in survival mode! Until you are in a place of safety, you will not be able to let down your guard to feel your emotions and heal. If you are in danger, get out of that environment! If you are not in immediate danger and the relationship is redeemable, hold the person accountable to get help. Many times this will require some kind of ultimatum.

7. Substances. Substances, such as alcohol, drugs and many pharmaceuticals, as well as addictions like pornography, shopping, TV, media, junk food, etc., are ways that we knowingly or unknowingly anesthetize our emotions (our heart).

8. Feeling unworthy. When it comes to receiving revelation of God’s love, the most common reason is simply feeling unworthy and/or trying to earn it through works. If we feel that we are unworthy of God’s love, many times we block it out of our heart without realizing it.

Here is a quick solution for this: Realize God loves you because HE IS LOVE! Its simply WHO HE IS! It really has nothing to do with us being worthy or unworthy, or by our earning it: “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ” (Romans 5:7-8)

Everyone is different, but for me, it took almost 30 years to receive a revelation of God’s love, partly because I was numbed to the hilt, but also because I was looking at ME! (I felt UNWORTHY and UNLOVABLE). It was when I realized that God loves me because HE IS LOVE, that I was finally able to believe it and absorb His love into my heart!

In my book, Against All Hope Until…, I address the subject developing transparency at length, intertwining my own testimony as an example.

This is in no way an exhaustive study on “unheardening the heart”. However, it does include some common areas that are overlooked in the church, and can make the difference between God’s Light penetrating the heart or remaining at the surface.

God bless you in your pursuit of Him and His Glory filling your heart and life!

9 comments on How To Receive Revelation Knowledge

  1. This is a good teaching and so true. Do you think you can make a way for people to sign up to receive your teachings by email or get a notification there is a teaching on the blog available?

  2. Shelly, thank you for your encouraging comments! It’s funny that you would recommend this, for while I was preparing this teaching I thought of that very thing! I will certainly look into it and how this is done. Kerry

  3. Oh I can see how we contrasted in our KNOWLEDGE.
    Like you always had “Intellectual Knowledge” of God, I’ve always had the “Heart Knowledge” of God, since I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at a bible study on Oct 16, 2000.

    That night I was going to commit suicide, because I had lost hope of ever receiving love, because my parents and everyone else were unfit and incapable of providing me with the love and nuturement I desperately needed. After I accepted Christ, God’s Unconditional Love flooded my heart.

    I was so swept up by the Love of Christ, that I just kicked back and made myself at home in Christ. I beared a wealth of Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) from Abiding in Christ (John 15:1-7). However, I didn’t fully [comprehend] the Fruit of “Self-Control”.

    I was only able to FEEL the love of God, not KNOW the love of God. So if I wasn’t “feeling” God’s love then I would give into my sin (impulses). My identity was not yet ROOTED in the Love of God (Eph 3:14-21)

    I was the rocky soil that the gospel seed fell on. I received the Word with joy, but when the trial and temptations came I withered away(Matt 13:1-23). Living on just spiritual milk (1 Pet 2:2), lacking a strong mind, lacked a strong faith, and lacked a whole lot of relational and communication skills, I went out into the world with my inheritance and splurged it on sinful lifestyle. Like a Good Good Father, I was always ONE STEP away from surrender and coming back home into His OPEN ARMS (Luke 15:11-32).

    I remained on spiritual milk for 14 years, because I never learned true repentence, and Godly Sorrow (2 Cor 7:10). I didn’t learn those teachings when I first became a Christian, but even if I was taught, I probably wouldn’t have comprehended them anyway.

    In retrospect, I know God gave me what I needed to survive until I learned true repentance and Godly sorrow. After 15 years I finally understood remorse for my sin (impulsive behavior), and true repentence through the Spiritual Discipline I received from the Pharisee Police (hehe).

    Although I was growing in spiritual discipline, I still remained unstable in my relationship with God for another year, because still didn’t KNOW how to love Him with ALL MY MIND (Matt 22:36-40).

    My consciousness was still corrupted, so I still couldn’t grasp this Intellectual Knowledge, and I couldn’t figure out why until August 2016. This was when the Intentions of My Heart, the Words I Used to express true repentance, and the Circumstances of the Situation were in alignment with the Will of God (like the description of the watch), that the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY parted the seas to my recovery from Sexual Trauma???and I finally started receiving the effective spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical treatment and healing I needed for the 1 through 8 reasons you have listed.

    I discovered my brain was so traumatized and underdeveloped from all the verbal, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse and neglect since I was born. This distorted my identity in Christ and distorted the True KNOWLEDGE of God that’s why I continued in this vicious perpetual cycle of the 1 through 8 reasons listed.  

    Now the floodgates of heaven continue to pour out all blessings and resources I need to recover from Trauma. Now when I don’t FEEL God’s presence, I am not “as” tempted to give into my impulses because I have clear conscience (1 Pet 3:16-22), not corrupted and distorted anymore. I am bearing the Fruit of Self-Control that I wasn’t able to comprehend before.

    I’ve received healing in so many areas through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Celebrate Recovery (where God revealed I had the passion, and the commitment in my relationship with Him now, but I lacked intimacy because of my prayer life), revelations, visions and dreams, as well as an excellent and versatile education in applying Interpersonal Skills like healthy boundaries, assertive communication, mindfulness, anger management and the list will go on.

    I do KNOW also “that deeply grasping the purifying, cleansing power of Christ’s blood (The Vision of the Blood, Ch 20)” and receiving my Heavenly Father’s  pure love made me feel squeaky clean, respected and honorable (The Father’s Torn Heart, pg 134) to walk in the purity and chastity I do now. There’s SO much more I can say about that, especially what I just learned TODAY about my unique skill set and divine purpose is, through purity and chastity! 

    This is my Heavenly Father’s promise to sanctify me until Christ returns, as He promised in (1Thess 5:23-24). He confirmed this promise to me in my dream of The Loyal and Faithful dog and The Falling Snow. This dream has the same impact on me as your “Dream of the Broken Portrait” (Ch 2) has on you.

    I had struggled at one point of the fear and guilt I had that I would betray my Lord again, especially after all of the successful progress I’ve made in my recovery. That was when the Lord blessed me with your teachings of God’s pure light and the Wonderful Counselor, Healer of Memories. That was a major breakthrough of how the light of God’s Glory began to fill my heart. That fear has diminished even though I KNOW I will still face trials and temptations but I KNOW now, the light of God’s glory will continue to fill my heart❤from Glory? to Glory? to Glory? (2 Cor 3:18).

    This is how much I am getting to KNOW God now, that every time I come across the word KNOWLEDGE and KNOW, I capitalize and save it on my KNOWLEDGE and KNOW list.

    “Be still and KNOW I’m God” (Psalm 46:10). Now I interpret it as “Be still and get to KNOW me”, Your Loving Heavenly Father.

  4. Oh and another thought. I was NEVER able to grasp when I’d listen to Christians say that Christ would have still died for me even if I were the only person in the world.

    I never understood that or just could not believe it, because I was always treated like a burden my whole life and only good for “One Thing”, exploitation and abuse. Whenever I used to get in trouble for my reckless behavior, I always used to have this attitude with God and the world like “First of all, I didn’t ask to be born, ok. So give me a break”. I really just felt like my existence was just some random accident. 

    So I just couldn’t imagine God going out of His way to go through all of that pain, torment, and suffering just for some random person, plus my betrayal against God reinforced that belief too, so no, I didn’t think so.

    Then I finally realized YES! He would have died just for me, because HE CREATED ME. He is my CREATOR. I am not just some random accident. So YES, even if I were the only one He put on earth to inhabit, YES . He would have came to earth to suffer and die just to show me how much He loves me because He created me in Their image (Gen 1:27) as the object of His Love and affection. This helped me to understand that He is responsible for His creation. God doesn’t make junk. Dying for me (even though He’s immortal) was His plan to begin with because it was a risk He took to trust me with His blessed Free Will. Yes I screwed up, but He already had the solution to right my wrongs and wrongs done to me, for He is a just and righteous Father, Hallelujah. This TOTALLY deepened my intimacy in the Trinity.

    “O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has never acknowledged You [and the revelation of Your mercy], yet I have always known You; and these [believers] know [without any doubt] that You sent Me;  and I have made Your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them [overwhelming their heart], and I [may be] in them.”
    JOHN 17:25‭-‬26 AMP

  5. Wow, Jenelle, well said!!! And what an elequent communicator you are! You could teach a whole seminar on what you shared here, and many lives would be enightened. Its so exciting to see you taking ahold of the Gospel and growing in leaps and bounds as you have! Thank you for taking the time to share!

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