The difference between information and revelation is like the difference between looking at a photo of a moment and actually being there to experience that moment.
The Holy Spirit is a Masterful Teacher of the Word of God, because He doesn’t just give you information; He brings forth revelation. He doesn’t just help you to process the information; He helps you to appreciate the revelation. Information is the depositing of facts into your mind, but revelation is the impartation of truth into your spirit. Information informs. Revelation transforms.
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. – John 14:17 (NLT)
The Holy Spirit leads us into the truth of the Word of God. We cannot fully appreciate what God is communicating with us without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Sure, anyone – even the carnal man – can retain the factual information of scripture. However, knowing what God’s Word says and experiencing the truth of God’s Word are two separate things.
One can know of God’s love and still never yield to it. One can know of the Holy Spirit’s power and still never walk in it. One can read about Jesus and still never meet Him. The information of the Word comes by reading the Word, but the revelation – the full experience and understanding – of the Word comes only with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Word of God becomes an experience when the Holy Spirit breathes upon it.
You sent your good Spirit to instruct them, and you did not stop giving them manna from heaven or water for their thirst. - Nehemiah 9:20 (NLT)
The Holy Spirit is our Instructor.
Perhaps you have become frustrated with what you feel is a lack of understanding. Perhaps you have attempted several times, to no avail, to receive from the Word of God on your own. Maybe you have seen others expound upon the Word of God with powerful insight and have thought, “Why didn’t I see that in the Word?” or “I wish I could receive revelation like that.”
If you’re like me, then there are times when you’re reading the Word and the information seems scattered. You have a difficult time putting the pieces together. My secret is simple: I just ask for the Holy Spirit to teach me as I read the Word.
Yes, it really is that simple. The scripture says…
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. – James 1:5 (NLT)
Without His help, I am absolutely unable to truly understand the deeper things of God. I don’t want to just learn theology, I want to access spirituality. The Holy Spirit helps me to do that. I simply and slowly move through the text. As I am diligent to give myself to the discipline of research and reading, He is faithful to remind and reveal. You do the difficult, and the Holy Spirit will do the supernatural. You take the time for the Word, and He will meet you there to teach you.
So, as you read the Word of God, relax, be still and, with child-like faith, ask for the guidance of the Masterful Teacher, the Holy Spirit.