“17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,” Ephesians 1:17-18 NKJV.
“I always pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope (the expectation of good things) to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones).” Ephesians 1:17-18 AMP.
The one thing that is lacking in 99% of teaching presented today, is the one thing Paul always taught and always prayed for over God’s children – what is this “One thing”?
A personal experience of revelation, intimacy and growth where Christ would become more visible in the inner-man of God’s people and where they would learn to walk with Him and to continue to grow in the revelation of Him, without needing the crutches of a preacher or a church, or anything else for that matter, to sustain them from falling down.
The Church of Jesus Christ and every ministry function in it, was instituted and ordained to a single function – and that function was to mature God’s people to grow into personal maturity and to become the expression of the full measure of Christ.
Christians have been taught a lot about doing things corporately – few have been taught about the importance of a personal journey with God and how to walk alone with him in personal revelation, and grow into the full measure of his character, nature and personality.
Failing to learn how to walk alone with God, ultimately causes dependability upon others to constantly sustain us, and to provide us with the ‘treats’ that will keep us satisfied and that will prevent us from throwing our toys out of the cot.
God never intended for His church to be a nursery. He intended for his church to grow into a “Mature man” – into the full stature of His person!
2019 provides us with a fresh opportunity for a fresh perspective and a fresh new beginning – let us use it to it’s maximum potential to extend and to build the Kingdom of God, both in ourselves and in others also!
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of the Lord since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings in South Africa and abroad and is a published author. He is the visionary of Fellowship of the Believers, host to “Eagle Food” Apostolic & Prophetic Seminars, and currently pioneers “Deeper Life” Revival School International, from South Africa where he resides. For more info visit www.revival.co.za