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 132 days until the Lilburn, GA, USA Revival Conference

132 days until the Lilburn, GA, USA Revival Conference

When God speaks to you and you know you have been encountered with truth, it is important that you implement that truth into your life, that there be a life change. The Bible says that the truth sets you free (John 8:32). How do you let the truth set you free? It is needful that you take time to process an encounter with God and truth.

Let us look at an illustration of the way Jesus processed an encounter with God in contrast to the way the disciples failed to process it. Jesus and the disciples had just experienced one of God’s greatest miracles. Immediately afterward, Jesus went into the mountains to pray. The disciples got into a boat and hit a storm. Mark 6:44-45 says, "Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men. Immediately…."

When the Father did something through the life of the Lord Jesus, Jesus always went alone to process it. Notice it says, "Immediately…." How soon should you process an encounter with God? There ought not to be anything more important to come between you and the processing, when you ask God the significance of what He did. God anticipates there will be changes in your life because of what He did. Or perhaps God introduces you to some caution by what He did or said.

According to Jesus, the miracles were all done by the Father; it was the Father living out His life in Him (John 14:10). So when the Father chose to do this incredible miracle, I think the Father then summoned His Son. Using my sanctified imagination, I think the Father said, "Son, I did this miracle so they would know who You are, but remember one of the temptations that Satan gave You. It was that if You could feed the multitudes You would get a crowd. ‘Command that these stones become bread’ (Matt. 4:3), and they will want to follow You." And I think the Father said, "Son, because of this miracle, they will want to make You king, not because You are king, but because You fed them." I think the Father was helping Him process as to how He ought to prepare Himself for the consequences of that miracle.

As you read on in the Gospels, that’s what happened. In John’s Gospel we read that when He went across the sea, the multitude found Him and followed Him and wanted to make Him king. And it says it was not because He was king, but because He fed them (John 6:26). Then Jesus gave His strong message to those people that He was the bread that had come down from the Father. When He finished telling them, many forsook Him and walked with Him no more (John 6:66).

The disciples should also have processed the great miracle which they had witnessed with Jesus. They knew the Lord, and it didn’t matter what happened next, they ought to have been processing it and integrating what they had just experienced of the magnitude of the One they were now following. But they didn’t. They ran into a storm. Some of you may run into a storm. You intended to process what you heard and to integrate into your life major changes as you let God tell you why He said what He did, why you heard what you did, why you responded the way you did. He wants to tell you what He has in mind. This was on the way to the next thing. If you don’t process this one, you may miss the next encounter with God.

Jesus saw them struggling with the storm, and He walked on the water to them, the first time He had ever done that. He would have gone by them, but instead He got into their boat. Then comes what happens when you don’t process an encounter with God: you may miss the next major encounter with God. The disciples were absolutely astonished to see Jesus walking on the water and stilling the storm, and Scripture uses terminology meaning "astonished way beyond measure, way beyond what had ever happened." They were missing the significance of this next miracle. Why were they so surprised? They had just experienced with Him a great miracle.

"And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled." Then comes this incredible verse: "For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened" (Mark 6:49-52). -Henry Blackaby


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