Revelation Study/Getaway Weekend!

Bible, beach, babes.

This past weekend, I attended a mini women’s retreat with a few ladies from my church. We went to a friend’s condo in Oceanside, CA, and spent the weekend walking on the beach, talking, praying, and studying the Bible together. It was a truly special and memorable weekend!

I was asked to prepare a few teachings on the book of Revelation, and so was another woman, named Lynn. Revelation probably isn’t the topic I would have chosen for a women’s retreat (I mean, isn’t Song of Solomon and Proverbs 31 more typical fare for these kinds of things? I’ve actually never been to a women’s retreat before.) but these ladies were really hungry to know what the Word says about this crucial area of understanding– the end times and the return of Jesus.

I admit to being nervous about the teaching. Lynn planned to also teach on Revelation, but from the opposite eschatological perspective. Whereas I believe that the events of Revelation are still to come (the futurist/historical premillennialist view), she believes that most of the events were fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD (the partial preterist/amillennialist view). I really wasn’t sure what form those discussions would take, and even though I’ve studied several different eschatological views, I was really nervous about being able to represent my beliefs well in this kind of situation.

As it turned out, everything went very smoothly. I was amazed at the unity and fellowship that God brought. Several of the ladies got deeply touched by the Father, and we all felt very encouraged. I came to love and respect Lynn very much; she is extremely kind, wise, and hungry for God and His truth. Her wisdom as we candidly discussed different life situations and world issues was invaluable. She has spent years studying Revelation, sometimes for 10-15 hours each week, while being a wife and homeschooling mom. I was deeply provoked by her determination to search out truth for herself, as well as the way she prioritised relationship over debating. That’s a woman who loves Jesus and loves people very well indeed!

I also noticed several themes that we both shared as we were teaching:

  1. Revelation is meant to be understood by all believers, not only the theologically elite.
  2. Revelation becomes clear as we let Scripture interpret Scripture.
  3. Revelation is the revelation OF JESUS CHRIST (Rev. 1:1) – it’s the story of His heart.
  4. Revelation isn’t meant to be fearful- it’s a story of hope and courage for the Church.
  5. Revelation is at its core the story of a jealous God of love, not an angry, trigger-happy God of smitage*.
  6. Revelation sees the Church come into full maturity as the Bride finally looks like Jesus.
  7. Revelation ends with God’s Kingdom being fully established and His Bride being with Him forever.

I also had volunteered to lead worship (I brought my little keyboard and set it up on the kitchen table), and it was such a privilege to glorify the Lord through song with these ladies and invite the Holy Spirit into our midst. God brought a supernatural unity as we fellowshipped, studied, worshipped, and prayed.

Here are the notes from my Revelation teachings this weekend. I’m also adding the timelines from IHOPKC that I used and gave the ladies with the session 1 notes. Many more study resources can be found at MikeBickle.org and IHOPKC.org.

Session 1 – Themes and Structure
Session 2 – Bridegroom, King, and Judge
Session 3 – Jesus’ Second Coming
IHOPKC Revelation timeline

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*Don’t go looking for that word in any theological dictionary. You won’t find it.

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Download: Partnering with God in Intercession teaching

Intercession for instaDuring my last week at home in California, I was invited to speak at a four-hour prayer event held at Grace Awakening Ministries church in Hesperia in partnership with Desert House of Prayer in Barstow, where I spoke last summer. I spoke on partnering with God in intercession, emphasising Jesus as our eternal intercessor and high priest, and His desire for us to be a people who would agree with Him in prayer for His purposes on the earth.

This church was hosting this sacred assembly together with DHOP to simply cry out for the Holy Spirit to move in their region. They also spent some time focusing on praying for Israel, recognising the importance of the Church joining with Jesus’ desire that His own people would come to know Him. They were short a worship leader and were going to just play the IHOPKC webstream for an hour, but luckily with my externship experience I was able to jump up on the keyboard with no preparation and lead an hour of devotional worship. (Live worship is almost always preferable, no matter the skill level!)

One of my favourite things about ministry is the opportunity to travel and see what God’s doing in churches and prayer rooms all over the place. I’d never been to this church in Hesperia before, but as soon as I walked in the room it felt like family. I love the way prayer unifies us as a Body!

As with most of my previous teachings, I have both the audio and the outline of my teaching available below!

MP3 teaching – Partnering with God in Intercession teaching 1-11-16

PDF notes – Partnering with God in Intercession teaching notes

Download: The Beauty of Jesus Teaching

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He is not glistening white marble. He is the playfulness of creation, scandal and utter goodness, the generosity of the ocean and the ferocity of a thunderstorm; he is cunning as a snake and gentle as a whisper; the gladness of sunshine and the humility of a thirty-mile walk by foot on a dirt road. Reclining at a meal, laughing with friends, and then going to the cross.

This is what we mean when we say Jesus is beautiful.

Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge

 

A few weeks ago before I finished my externship at The Prayer Room DFW, I presented another short teaching to a few of the staff. I taught on the beauty of Jesus, and although I could never hope to encapsulate all that means in one 20 minute teaching, I simply wanted to invite us to gaze again on the brilliance of Jesus’ personality. I focussed on three specific aspects of His character: His justice, joy, and humility.

This is perhaps my favourite thing ever to talk about. Every aspect of who Jesus is is so perfect and incredible to me. Beautiful. I never want to stop being fascinated by this Man.

As with my previous teachings on Mary of Bethany and the Priesthood, I have both the audio and the notes available for download!

MP3 teaching – The Beauty of Jesus teaching at TPR 12-1-15

PDF notes – The Beauty of Jesus teaching notes 12-1-15

While you’re at it, listen to “Beauty Beauty” by David Brymer and “The Beauty of This Man” by Tim Reimherr!

Download: Priesthood Teaching

priesthood instagram 2Yesterday I had the opportunity to present a short teaching to a few of the staff at The Prayer Room. This was one of my externship requirements, and I had a lot of fun studying and praying through my chosen topic, putting together notes, and then preaching for twenty minutes! I introduced my teaching with a short spoken word piece called Priest Forever that I wrote almost two years ago and have had the opportunity to perform in a couple different IHOPU venues in the past.

I spoke on the priesthood, specifically four aspects of what it means that we as modern believers are priests before God. As priests, we 1) stand before God on behalf of man and 2) stand before man on behalf of God. We do this in four specific ways:

  1. Adoration
  2. Intercession
  3. Proclamation
  4. Preparation

As I did with my previous Mary of Bethany teaching, I have both the audio and the notes available for download! The notes include the full text of the spoken word piece complete with Scripture references.

MP3 audio – Four Functions of the Priesthood teaching 11-3-15

PDF notes – Four Functions of the Priesthood with bonus Priest Forever poem

Download: Mary of Bethany Teaching

As you know if you’ve been keeping up with my blog, about a month ago I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at Desert House of Prayer in Barstow, CA. On the morning of Sunday, June 28, I spoke at Abundant Living Fellowship, which DHOP has a relationship with, about the life of Mary of Bethany.

Mary’s story has always been precious to me ever since God started speaking to me through her life in 2006. I believe she had such a uniquely intimate relationship with Jesus because in every season of her life, she chose Him as her “one thing needed” (Luke 10:42) above all else. Luke 10 shows her choosing to sit at His feet and listen to His word, John 11 shows her choosing to trust Jesus in the midst of her brother’s death, and John 12 shows her choosing to lavish all she had to give as an offering of love at His feet.

Just today I got the recording of my teaching in the mail. Since several people have already asked me for it, I’m making it available here for download.

MP3 DOWNLOAD (or listen online) – Mary of Bethany teaching in Barstow 6-28-15

EDIT ADDED 9-24-15 – I now also have my notes available in PDF! – Mary of Bethany teaching notes PDF

Enjoy. May you be as blessed as I have been – and more! – by Mary’s story of love for the one Man who was worth it all.

Mary anoints Jesus in Bethany shortly before His death - John 12 (parallels in Matthew 26 and Mark 14)

Mary anoints Jesus in Bethany shortly before His death (John 12)

God The Artist

Hello, all! It’s been far too long since my last post, I know, I apologise… I’m officially 13 days away from the end of the internship, which is very bittersweet, but I’m determined to make the most of these last few weeks.

I had an opportunity last week to share a teaching with my core group. I prepared notes and talked on who God is as the original and ultimate Artist, how all art flows out of his Beauty, and how we are created to create. It’s somewhat an expansion of a blog I wrote several years ago, but goes much deeper into the theology with much more biblical support. I got sooo into it, and I believe it was one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. Teaching is definitely something I want to do much more of in the future. 🙂 I have the notes available for download for anyone who’s interested.

Quickie version:

1) God is beautiful.

2) God creates beautiful things.

3) We are created to create.

BAM.

As always at IHOP, our copyright is the “right to copy” when it comes to teaching material, so feel free to take this and run with it in any way you like. 🙂

God the Artist teaching notes

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Reading the Bible, Praying the Bible, and Preparing the Way of the Lord

…or, “A Very Impressive Title For a Very Disjointed Post.”

God’s been doing a lot of really good things with me since I last blogged. I feel like testimonies are being built that I will share later, but they’re still “cooking” right now. Suffice it to say that I’m very excited to see how God’s going to glorify himself in me.

In the meantime, I’m still reading ten chapters a day (six days a week), and am halfway through Colossians right now. I feel like the whole Word is coming alive in a way it never has before. I’m underlining and highlighting just about every other verse and feeling a little silly for doing so, but it’s all so good! I know that’s a “duh,” but for most of my life, it’s just been a “duh” because I know it should be a “duh.” When I get to the point where I want to read the Gospels over and over just because I love to listen to him laugh, catch the flash in his eyes, hear the alternating passion, joy, amusement, sarcasm, and sorrow in his voice, I know I’ve finally come into something precious. I’m not even talking about encountering the present-tense Spirit of Jesus speaking directly to me in the secret place. I’m talking about being as moved by the Gospels as I am by the Circle and being completely swept up into that world to feel right there with the characters. This is unprecedented for me.

And then, as sorry I was to finish with the Gospels and get into Acts, I quickly discovered that watching Holy Spirit partner with the early apostles is every bit as fun as watching Jesus screw with the disciples minds. And then I got into the epistles and quickly became a big fan of Paul. Friends of mine for years have called Paul their favourite writer or teacher, but I never really got it until the past week or so. Dang, the guy’s good. He dives headfirst into really complicated questions and lays them all out, all while exuding this overriding passion for the cross of Christ and the living hope of the resurrection that it’s given us.

The resurrection. There’s another thing. IHOP’s been giving me a lot of theology, mostly about the end times, that I’ve never really studied before, but as I listen to the teaching and immediately go into the prayer room to study it out for myself, it’s right there all over the place. Perhaps I’ll write some blogs later about the Bridegroom paradigm and how that’s revealed all over Scripture and why it’s absolutely crucial for the last generation, and about how the final revival and tribulation is going to go down, and why we need to start talking about and understanding the Millennial kingdom and our eternal rewards—guys, this isn’t a fairy tale, and it’s not just abstract theology that’s fun to debate. It is really happening, and it’s going down much, much sooner than most people realise, and there is a vital importance to being ready for it. I’m not just talking about the final three and a half years of the Tribulation. I’m talking about what God is revealing to the church now, in this hour. This isn’t just IHOP being IHOP, I promise, because even a month ago I was rather sceptical myself. But now I’m being awakened to it, and I have concluded that I don’t want to be part of “the rest” that in the very last days will have to figure all this out as it’s happening. I want to ride the crest of the wave at the forefront, and I want help the rest of the church get captured by this thing so that we can be ready to partner with Jesus when the tables start turning instead of being offended by a Warrior King that we don’t understand is really a Bridegroom.

Well, there’s the tip of the iceberg of my forerunner spiel. I’ll save the rest of that for a time when I can be much more organised about it. I was talking about reading the Bible, but it goes further than that, because I’m learning to practice praying the Bible, in a practical way. Seriously, if you don’t know what to pray, praying the Word is an awesome place to start, because you know for a fact that it’s inspired and Holy Spirit already agrees with it, so these are prayers that he loves to answer.

There’s this model they taught us based on the acronym ARK that is actually really helpful. It looks like this:

A – Agree

R – Request Revelation

K – Keep the Prophecy

Let me show you with Matthew 9:15 (ESV):

“And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.’”

Start by agreeing with what you read. This is worship and thanksgiving time. You might pray, “Yes, Jesus, you are the bridegroom. Thank you that you love me as a bridegroom loves his bride. You are the Great Lover. We love when you are with us, and we are desolate without you.”

Then move into requesting revelation. Unless you can absolutely say that you know everything there is to know about this verse, which would make you Jesus, you gotta get some more revelation on it. So pray, “Holy Spirit, reveal Jesus to me. [By the way, this is Holy Spirit’s chief occupation. John 14:26] Show me what it means that you are a bridegroom. Reveal your love for me, and reveal how I am to respond in fasting and mourning.”

Finally, commit to keep the prophecy. Set your heart to live in light of this truth. I always feel strange praying “Yes! I will do that!” when I know that I have absolutely no power in myself to obey anything, so I might pray, “I want to live with my eyes on you as my bridegroom. Become my joy, so that I mourn and fast for your return. I am lovesick for you, and I want to be even more lovesick. Give me grace (power) to fast. Strengthen me and stir my heart. I commit myself to do this, by your grace.”

I found myself doing this last night with every phrase of 1 Samuel 16:7 while I was memorising it, (which is admittedly kind of overkill, but the actor/writer in me always likes to break down a text phrase by phrase) and it’s crazy how much doing something as simple as this little three step model can so much expand my capacity to engage with God through his Word.

Grace and peace, y’all. By the way, I’m trying to practice praying with a prayer list, so if anyone has anything they’d like me to pray for, leave a comment or shoot me a text or email. abeautyglorious@gmail.com

The Glory of God

Matt Candler was a guest teacher yesterday in our Forerunner Curriculum class. His message was freaking AWESOME and I had to share it with y’all. 🙂 As is my custom, I’ll share the notes I took and do my best to streamline them.

The Glory of God

“The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” -Westminster Shorter Catechism

A better idea would be “The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever.” -John Piper and others, I think.

Everything is about glorifying God.

-Romans 11:36 “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
-Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
-Psalm 145:10 “All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!”
-Exodus 9:16 “But for this purpose I have raised you [Egypt] up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”
-Psalm 25:11 “For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.”
-Isaiah 43:25 “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”
-Isaiah 48:9, 11 “For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off…For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.”
-Psalm 107:7-8 “He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!”
-Psalm 30:11-12 “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”
-John 14:13 “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
-Philippians 1:9-11 “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
-Colossians 1:18 “And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
-John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”

We SEE, SAVOR, and SAY his glory.

God wants me to be smitten with the person and beauty of Jesus Christ.

Adam was created in God’s likeness to “image forth” God’s glory– to present and declare it to the world.

God’s holiness is his ultimate uniqueness from everything else.

His holiness isn’t defined by righteousness, purity, justice, love, etc– His righteousness is holy, his purity is holy, etc, because his quality of each attribute is completely unique.

To highlight his uniqueness is to highlight his value.

God is not the highest in an ascending order of glory. He is a category completely all his own–the uncreated God.

You can quantitatively define the difference between a grasshopper and an elephant, or even to some extent the difference between a grasshopper and a human–but God’s uniqueness is on a completely separate plane, or above all planes. It cannot be measured or defined; this is what the Bible means by unsearchable!

Jesus’ incarnation puts God’s glory on display.

What declares his glory magnifies, treasures, and finds joy in his uniqueness.

Definition of glory: holiness on display.

In Romans 1 – God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel. Creation clearly displays his glory, but men suppress the truth in their own hearts and do not glorify him. Mankind exchanged God’s glory for images of created things. We chose instead to glorify ourselves.

Romans 1:18-23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

In Romans 3 – Everyone does their own thing without glorifying God.

Romans 3:10-18, 23 “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes… For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Jesus is the only one of whom it can be said that to demand to be loved and glorified is a loving thing. He is the ultimate delight. He is greater than everything. To lead us to anything else would be unloving.

Praise extends and brings to fulfillment our love for that which we praise, and it also desires to share what we’ve found with others. We naturally praise that which we have tasted and loved.

If you’re resistant to praising/glorifying God, maybe you haven’t really tasted.

Psalm 34:3, 8a “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! …Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”

In the natural world, there are two ways of magnifying something. A microscope makes tiny things look big. Many people think that this is what we do with God–we’re making a big deal out of nothing. A telescope makes things that seem small look big, closer to the HUGE size that they actually are. We are meant to be the telescope to show the world the glory of God. But you have to see something before you can point a telescope at it.

Every aspect of life exists to show the world how valuable (rare, unique, worthy) God is.

By nature, we don’t want to glorify God. We need the regenerating work of the Spirit.

Knowing the information of what we should do does not automatically give us the power to do it.

Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

Walk–>Stand–>Sit implies an escalation of a captured gaze. Ungodliness is interesting and attractive. First you just walk by and observe with mild interest, then you stand and stare, then you sit down and plant yourself there. We were made to instead let our gaze be captured (delighted in) God. Sin holds out a tempting promise of satisfaction. We are fascinated by it. No one sins out of duty, yet somehow many Christians think they need to shut down their God-given desire for delight and fascination and just obey God out of duty. We need to become fascinated by him. We need the Spirit to make this shift in us. Our internal “want-er” is broken; we need the Spirit to give us a new “want-er.”

God gave the Law, and Israel promised to obey (as if they could). But the Law was meant to give knowledge of sin to bring us to the place of looking to God to give us something (the power to obey) that instruction alone could not.

In Psalm 119, David moves from the glory of creation, to the delight of the Word, to brokenness over sin–how did he get there? The Word had its right effect on David.

In regeneration, God didn’t take the old desires out. The old self has been crucified with Christ but is still struggling–yes, you have a zombie inside of you.

The law of sin and death (old desires) is like the law of gravity. The law of the Spirit of life is like the law of aerodynamics – it is able to overcome the law of gravity!

As we become transformed by the Spirit and continually choose him freely in the midst of other options, he is glorified.

Corey Russell: Hunger for the Word

I finally got to hear Corey Russell teach on Saturday night at FCF, and as expected, it was amazing. He spoke on hunger for the Word, and I was keeping notes as best I could, so here’s what I got:

Introduction:

God calls, commissions, and crucifies forerunners, like John the Baptist.

Jesus said John was more than a prophet (John 11).

People who live as more than prophets, whose lives exude glory even if they never preach, are signposts for a transition in the Body of Christ.

When God is ushering in big transitions, he takes (often young) people, molds them with immersion in his Word, and uses them to prepare the way of the Lord.

Revelation of the Millennium delivers us from the American Dream and gives us the Eternal Dream.

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”

This is the hour to pray for Israel.

God uses eschatology to fuel present day labour.

Zechariah had eight visions in one night—we want that!

God is going to increase the spirit of prophecy.

We need vision because vision gives you fuel to embrace the hardship in order to get where you want to be.

Hunger for the Word comes in four stages:

1. Duty.

Get to work! Read it over and over.

2. Delight.

You will grow to delight in the Word, like Psalm 119.

3. Deliverance.

You will be delivered from faulty paradigms– ways of thinking about the things of God.

4. Demonstration.

You begin to manifest what’s gotten into you.

How to read the Word:

When you receive impartation/revelation from something that happened in a corporate setting, it will become just a memory if you don’t immediately get into the Word and pursue it.

1. Slow down and listen!

Don’t try to master the material, rather be mastered by the material.

Stop picking your favourite parts of Jesus, rather come underneath the authority of the Word and let the Spirit dictate the conversation.

2. Pray in the Spirit.

Praying in tongues is like a flashlight—it will reveal mysteries.

3. Repetition.

Read it over and over.

4. Visualise.

Use your imagination to enter the scene.

5. Ask questions.

Who, what, when, where, why, how? How does this connect to that?

The more questions you can ask, the more revelation you get because you are interacting with the material.

6. Sing it!

Singing the Bible is like praying twice. It’s getting into your spirit.

7. Share what God gives you.

Give and more will be given to you.

There is a difference between knowing truth and feeling truth. It gets into your spirit and suddenly it’s all new.

You’ve known it all your life, but suddenly it’s making you cry and moving your emotions, because now it knows you.

8. Fast.

Fasting breaks down your defences to truth. It’s about vulnerability.

Three seasons of Mary of Bethany in response to the Word:

1. Luke 10 – Mary sits at Jesus’ feet and listens to his Word.

Do you stand (in pride) before the Bible and use it, or will you sit and let it move you?

Fall in love with the Word (Jesus) who speaks the Word!

2. John 11 – Mary’s brother Lazarus dies and is raised. Mary’s words move Jesus’ heart!

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!”

Mary said the exact same words as Martha, but because she had a different quality of connection with Jesus, she got his tears instead of a theological treatise.

The Word got into her and she got on the same frequency with Jesus.

Mary actually got to partner with God in raising Lazarus.

Deep cries out to deep. Mary’s deep was crying out to Jesus’ deep.

3. Mark 14 – Mary breaks her alabaster flask over Jesus’ feet.

Jesus defends her for the second time. (The first in Luke 10.)

The disciples wanted to be seated at Jesus’ right and left side, but Mary wanted to be at his feet.

Mary understood that Jesus would die. She had a revelation that the disciples still didn’t get yet.

Instead of getting offended at the idea of a suffering Messiah, she decided to partner with him in bringing it about by anointing him for burial.

This is the forerunner spirit with sacrificial love.

Revelation Through Meditation

I blogged a while ago about “Obsession and Meditation” on the Bible, and although the truth is I don’t do this as often as I would like, I do have a few great tools to help me when I do. I mentioned to my sister the other day that when I go to IHOP I’ll be doing lots of hour long meditations on assigned verses– but it’s okay because I already know how. She was intrigued, so I decided to blog about what I’ve learned about meditation through something that Jake Hamilton teaches called “revelation through meditation.” He got it from a guy named Kirk Bennett, and I first heard it from Jake at a Jesus Culture (probably 2006 or 2007) at Vineyard Community Church in Laguna Niguel. He taught it again at a DTS in Kona in September 2010, and I was able to grab the podcast of that teaching off of itunes.

I’ve uploaded the last 18 minutes of that teaching as an mp3 HERE so you can download Jake’s teaching on this meditation process.

Basically, the idea is to sit down with one verse from the Bible written down on a piece of paper, put your Bible away, and interact with just that verse for a good length of time.

Here are the notes I took on Jake’s teaching, complete with a few wonderful quotes that help explain the process really well. (But really, download the mp3. It’s a gold mine, I promise.)

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Revelation through Meditation- from Kirk Bennett (www.7thunders.org) as taught by Jake Hamilton at Kona DTS

Divide your paper into four sections. It might look something like THIS.

Section 1 – Write word for word one verse from the Bible. If you don’t know which one to use, a random verse in Psalms works fine.

Section 2 – The “brain dump.” Write your to-do list so you can capture it and not be distracted by it any longer. Suddenly remember you need to send an email, do laundry, and go shopping? Write it down and do it later.

Section 3 – “Other pursuits.” Don’t be distracted by the urge to go on rabbit trails or look up cross references. Write it down and do it later.

Step 1: READ IT. Put your Bible away; you just need a pen and this paper. Read the verse word for word and soak it in.

“There is not one Bible verse in the entire Bible that any human being on earth knows everything about… The Word of God is like a thousand sided gem, and every time the light refracts from it, you see something you never saw before.”

Step 2/Section 4: WRITE IT. This is a creative experiment, not word for word. Start by writing the verse over and over. (“A junior high punishment is becoming the glory of God.”) If something sticks out, go with it–doodle, etc.

“This is not supposed to be deep and profound; you’re just spending time with God in his Word… how many times should you write it? I don’t know, let’s start with a hundred. Let’s start there and see what happens.”

Step 3: SAY IT. This part is word for word.

“Why? Because now it’s moving from your head to your heart, because now you’re beginning to memorize Scripture. It’s being written on your heart. This stuff is being able to be written on your heart in such a way that when you’ve done this for a year, you’ll have a thousand passages that you’ve not only memorized, but you have fresh personal revelation of…You find revelation that even the ‘giants of our faith’ have never found. Because you’re a giant of the faith too.”

Step 4: SING IT. This time it’s NOT word for word. Make up your own song using the verse.

“I know what you’re thinking; you’re thinking, ‘well, I don’t sing.’ Even better. You know why that’s even better? Because it doesn’t cost me anything to sing a song because I know I can sing. When you sing, and you don’t know how to sing, it becomes a sacrifice only you can give to God… And it’s not a song you sing in your heart; STAND UP and begin to sing to the Lord. Sing to him a new song!”

Remember, when Jesus sent out the disciples, he didn’t divide tasks by skill (the singers sing, the teachers teach, etc), he said everyone do everything!

“A year from now, you’ll have hundreds of songs that only you and God know. You ever heard anybody talk about a secret history with God? You’re building one. You won’t even remember the song tomorrow, but guess Who will. You’re gonna get to heaven one day, and God’s gonna say to you, ‘I loved your song about John 3:16.’ And you’re gonna go, ‘…how’d that go again?’ And he’s gonna remember it. And you’re gonna have hundreds and thousands of little songs just like a child sings.”

Step 5: PRAY IT. This is moving into intercession. You’ve gotten a look into what God’s heart is concerning this passage, now pray it with authority.

“You’re learning how to write books, you’re learning how to preach, you’re learning how to write songs, and you’re learning how to be an intercessor. And all you tried to do was meditate on the Word of God. This is so much easier than we thought, you guys! This is not difficult stuff. God says, ‘I just wanna be with you; here’s a tool.’ And guess what? When you’re sitting in prison one day for your faith, you can still do it. You don’t need a pastor or a leader in front of you, because you know how to carry the presence of God, and you can do it with any passage you’ve memorized. Even if you go to prison with ten messages, ten little phrases in your head of Scriptures, you can take those and you’ll never for your entire life ever be able to get to the bottom of it.”

How long should you do all this for? 30 min – hour. “Because the goal is to come to the end of your flesh… The goal is to get to a place where your flesh can no longer sustain your quiet time… Stay in that tension and learn to embrace it in such a way your flesh begins to die and your spirit begins to live.”

This system is not law. You can do it differently and that’s okay! Just have fun and engage with God. Use it as a foundation and a tool, not law.

And we need GRACE to really do this. God, give us grace.

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PS – For anyone who is interested in listening to the full message from Jake, it’s called “Worship, Revival, and the Church” and was preached at the Awaken DTS in Kona, Hawaii on Sepember 18, 2010. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be available on itunes anymore, BUT I have uploaded it in mp3 format for you to download. The series was taught over four days, so there are four mp3s, each about two hours long. The meditation teaching is at the end of Day 2.
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4