Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
God doesn’t need a special introduction of Himself to be known, for when He is made manifest, people can tell who He is. The glory of God is unique to Him, and His manifestation always comes with His glory. When Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus at noonday, and Saul saw the intensity and the brightness of the light, he said: “…who art thou, Lord?” Paul called Him Lord.
One may talk about God, but if one has not yet experienced God, one cannot reveal God to others. If you have not yet experienced God, people can’t perceive God on you. God is not an idea, He is not a figment of people’s imagination, no! God is a Person, a real Person that can be known, experienced and encountered.
If there’s something the believer must desire above all, it is the experiential knowledge of God. What good are you going to do anyone if you talk so much about God, and they know so much about God but are wondering in their hearts, “Can we meet God? Can we experience Him now?” And you say, “that would be some time later.”
Beloved, God wants you to reveal Him. However, to be able to reveal or manifest God, you must have experienced Him yourself. You cannot give what you don’t have; you can only give what you have.
In Acts 10:44, when Peter spoke the Word at the house of Cornelius, the centurion, the Holy Ghost fell on those who heard the Word. Peter knew very intimately who he was talking about; he was talking about Jesus Christ, whom he knew very intimately. Peter knew Jesus Christ, first, after the flesh; and second, after the resurrection of Jesus, in the Spirit. The apostle Peter knew God personally, and while he was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit fell on those who heard the Word. The truth is, you can’t give what you don’t have. If you don’t have the experiential knowledge of God, you can’t manifest Him.
This is the difference between professional preachers of God’s Word and preachers who truly know God. The utmost desire in the heart of the Father is for all His children to be able to manifest Him everywhere and at any time to the world. The Father wants all of us in Christ to be able to manifest Him, from intimacy with Him, to the world.
This is not just memorizing the Word in your head but knowing the Word in your heart. Beloved, enter the experience of God firsthand by a strong and an unflinching desire to know God in prayers. Refuse to settle for less than what God has prepared for you. Go for an intimate knowledge of God. Long to experience God consistent with what the Word says about Him.
SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I desire an intimate knowledge of God, an experience of God, consistent with what the Word says He is. I walk in experiential knowledge of God in Jesus’ name!
Further Meditation: Colossians 1:25-27; John 17:1-3.