(This is one of the best books I have come across on this subject)
An extract from the book: "How to walk in the supernatural power of God" by Maldonado Guillermo
When we contemplate the greatness of God’s creation, our finite imaginations cannot fathom His great power and love. Man has tried to know his Creator through intellectual means, but this has proven impossible because God can be known only through revelation.
His intention was never to remain a mystery to His people. In fact, He has always desired for us to know Him intimately and to experience His attributes, strengths, and virtues. To reveal Himself as the supernatural and all-powerful God, He sent us His Holy Spirit. There is no other means by which we can know Him. God cannot be defined because no person has the mental ability to describe the infinite or the eternal.
The only way to know God is through revelation, but what is revelation? In Greek, the word for “revelation” is apokalypsis, which means “laying bare, making naked…a disclosure of truth, instruction concerning things before unknown.”
This expression is particularly used in understanding the spiritual realm.
Revelation is the knowledge of God revealed to our spirits, and it is received by spiritually seeing, hearing, and perceiving. This process is referred to as “spiritual perception.”
Revelation allows you to suddenly understand something without the aid of the natural senses. This knowledge or understanding can be given only by the Holy Spirit, as in the case of Peter, who received the revelation that Jesus was the Messiah because the Father had revealed it to him through the Holy Spirit.
Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.(Matthew 16:17)
Revelation includes knowing things you otherwise would not know, seeing things that have yet to occur, and perceiving things without prior knowledge. It is the mind of God revealed so that mankind can exercise dominion over time, space, and matter.
In Western culture, intellectual formation has overtaken divine revelation, pushing the latter into second-place status. Thus, we are trained to reject anything and everything that makes no sense or that cannot be explained according to human understanding.
Mankind criticizes everything he cannot create or understand. In the absence of progressive divine revelation, people tend to turn to formal, natural intellectual education, much of which serves to discredit faith. Intellectual knowledge has its rightful place in society, but it is a poor substitute for spiritual knowledge.
Who Is the Source of Revealed Knowledge? The Source of all revelation is the Holy Spirit. He is the only channel that gives us access to God’s revealed wisdom or knowledge. The Holy Spirit hears what is said in heaven and repeats it to men and women on earth. We cannot know God without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Theologians may know that a superior being exists, but that does not mean that they know Him personally. Many of them merely operate with information acquired through intellectual research, reasoning, mental processes, or the experiences of others.
How Did the Apostle Paul Handle Natural Knowledge?
"However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory." (1 Corinthians 2:6–7)
Philosophy is a science based on a love of wisdom that is obtained from the natural environment. Therefore, when Paul mentioned “the wisdom of this age,” he was referring to prominent Greek philosophy—he had lived in Greece for two years. However, while in Athens, when Paul spoke on wisdom, he failed to effectively preach the gospel, and, after those two years, he had not planted a single church there. Upon his return to the church in Corinth, he emphatically expressed that he had returned in God’s power and not in human wisdom. Paul, then, understood that human wisdom and philosophy were incapable of producing the supernatural power required to preach the gospel or to manifest God’s power.
Four truths that can be known only through revelation:
1. The nature of God
2. The nature of man
3. The origin of man
4. The origin of life
These truths cannot be fully discovered through scientific, natural, psychological, psychiatric, or philosophical means. If we choose to reject the concept of divine revelation, we will never fully understand these truths, and we will continue to live in confusion and deception.
Scientists and avid students seek to use only mental processes and the systematic collection of information acquired through the natural senses. Within such limitations, they have no choice but to deny God because their workable knowledge does not allow them to accept Him.
They often don’t know where their knowledge comes from and steadfastly believe that the world exists because matter somehow created itself. Sensory knowledge has become their primary source of wisdom, but this knowledge cannot explain the origin of creation or the beginning of matter, and it lacks valid answers to the great “whys” of humanity.
Scientists have developed diverse theories on the origin of life and the nature of God. They have written countless volumes on the subject, all derived from the same restrictive sources that are supplied by human senses and reasoning, as well as the limitations of creatures that fail to acknowledge their Creator.
Formal education has not contributed to the faith of millions of young people. They are raised and trained to recognize and accept only that which they can see, feel, decipher, and explain with their physical senses and intellect.
The only way to know God and to relate to His supernatural and invisible realm is by faith.
Many theologians and philosophers speculate about the nature of God. They seek to understand Him through logic but fail in their attempts.
Plato tried to analyze God and concluded that He does not exist.
Aristotle also concluded that God is not real.
Many other scientists and theologians have reasoned the same, but this is because they failed to understand that God can be known and understood only by faith and revelation.
God is always the One who chooses to reveal Himself to us, and the One who has provided the way. Thus, we must depend solely on Him. If God had not chosen to reveal Himself, we never would have known Him.
God’s Methods of Revelation
God cannot reveal Himself to those who lack the desire to know Him, or to those who choose not to have a relationship with Him. For this reason, Jesus hid the mysteries of the kingdom from the religious leaders of His time and said, “Do not…cast your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). Jesus spoke in parables precisely to keep certain mysteries hidden from those who had no intention of knowing God, and from those who sought such knowledge only as ammunition for debate rather than as an authentic experience.
God’s Revelation Depends On:
1. God’s time
2. God’s will
Many believers, leaders, and godly men have no idea what God is saying or doing in their personal lives, in the body of Christ, or in the world precisely because they lack revelation.
God said that in the last days, knowledge would increase (see Daniel 12:3–4) because it is His will to fill the earth with His glory (see Numbers 14:21). I believe that we are living in those last days, days in which the manifestation of His glory will be evident everywhere.
Your faith will be strongest in the area in which you have the greatest revealed knowledge from God. Likewise, your faith will be weakest where you lack revelation or have little of it.
The enemy establishes a stronghold where God’s knowledge and revelation do not exist.
What Are the Two Realms that Exist?
1. The natural realm
2. The supernatural realm
What is the natural realm? It is the dimension that is subject to the laws of time, space, and matter, a dimension that can be accessed only through the physical senses.
What is the supernatural realm? It is the dimension that operates above natural laws. It is the spiritual realm—permanent, invisible, and eternal—located outside of time. It exercises dominion over the natural realm. The spiritual realm can be accessed only by faith.
"We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. " (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Enemies of the Supernatural God
"Therefore my people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge."(Isaiah 5:13)
The devil hates revealed knowledge because it leads to deliverance. When people discover the truth, they are delivered, but when they lack knowledge, they are held captive in their ignorance.
2. Bad theology
Theology is the study of God through the mind and reason. When we study God with improper motivation, or without inspiration, illumination, and revelation from the Holy Spirit, theology becomes carnal—of a worldly intellect that is influenced more by the desires of the flesh than by the Spirit. However, it is good to clarify that there is a good theology, one that studies God with revelation from the Holy Spirit.
We need theology, but only that which comes by revelation imparted by the Holy Spirit.
Common sense and human reasoning can never produce a miracle.
Today’s generation does not know that it can go beyond medical diagnoses, beyond financial problems, and beyond all natural evidence. This is why believers must announce the Good News and tell people that Jesus lives and that He is powerful to do far more than what the human mind can fathom.
The Church of Human Ability
The church today tends to operate on the basis of human abilities. If something doesn’t fall within the scope of what is considered “normal,” it is not to be believed. Consequently, nothing supernatural ever happens. The result is that people attend church without expecting to see anything extraordinary or supernatural take place.
Why, then, do we even go to church? Would we go to our jobs if we didn’t expect to be paid? Would we go to a restaurant if we didn’t expect to eat? Why would we go to church if we don’t expect to witness miracles or experience some supernatural event—a healing, a new song, a new sign, or a miracle?
If none of these occurs in the church, something is not right. Why does the church not expect anything supernatural to take place? Because it doesn’t know how to bring the supernatural into the services. It lacks a revelation of the supernatural, eternal, and all-powerful God.
Humanism has robbed us of this expectancy. Many leaders and ministers have become stagnant and irrelevant, failing to generate any change or effect an impact within their nations or churches. The time has come to retake the path set by the early church and return once again to the revelation of the living Christ, raised, all-powerful, and supernatural.
God is a spiritual being with supernatural abilities.
He lives in eternity but manifests His presence in our physical dimension.
Revelation is the revealed knowledge of God that comes directly into our spirits in an instant, without prior knowledge or research.
The Holy Spirit is the only Source of revelation we need to know God.
All the mysteries of wisdom are hidden in Jesus and are available to the humble who hunger to know God intimately.
The four things that can be known only through revelation are: 1. God’s nature, 2. human nature, 3. the origin of man, and 4. the origin of life.
The two sources of supernatural power are God and Satan.