Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Breakthrough moments are precious. They are moments when revelation dawns and clarity comes flooding into our hearts. That was what happened to Simon Peter when Jesus questioned Him and the other disciples about who He was.
The irony of this situation was that Jesus had just told them all who He was! But the fact is that no one else can reveal God to us, only God Himself.
Jesus made that clear in His very next sentence, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
No one else in your life can know God for you; you have to know Him for yourself and it will have to be by revelation direct to your spirit. Knowing God for yourself isn’t going to happen because you are brilliant, or educated, or better than the rest; in fact those things will be a hindrance if you think they will give you an advantage in getting to know Him. The only way it is going to happen for you is to come to God with a teachable heart, in humility, by way of the blood of Jesus and allow God to reveal Himself to you!
When you come to God like that, and ask Him to reveal Himself, you had better get ready to go up a gear in life, because a revelation of God will change you and lift you to higher ground.
When Simon Peter bumped into this revelation of Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus immediately dispensed with the name “Simon” (implying his old, unstable self) and called him simply “Peter” (meaning solid and strong like a rock.)
Like all of us, Peter had two personas: he could be impulsive and unpredictable one moment, and reliable and solid the next. One moment he was full of faith, the next he denied Jesus. But when he received revelation knowledge of Jesus, it made Him strong. It empowered him to leave his past behind and move forward to be that person of strength and faith that God had called Him to be.
When you get a fresh revelation of God, the things that cause you to waver and feel uncertain and feel disqualified drop away. Before you knew God, you only knew yourself and your own mistakes, but when you know God, it opens up a whole new realm to you.
Before your possibilities were limited to what you could do, but when you get a revelation of God in your situation, strength and confidence in what God will do floods your spirit.
When you are sick you might see yourself as a person with an incurable disease, but when God reveals Himself to you as the One who bore your sicknesses, now you no one can dissuade you from the confidence that you are the healed of the Lord.
When you are alone and feeling unloved, you might conclude that there is something wrong with you, but when God shows you how passionately He is fighting for you, you become confident that there will be relationships that bring joy in your future.
It’s time to get a fresh revelation and to know God for yourself!
I am not limited to the person I know myself to be, because God will show Himself to me and that will make me strong and give me power to break through.
Father, I come to you in humility and ask you to reveal yourself to me today. You are everything to me and I need you. I want to know you for myself and I believe that you will open the eyes of my heart to see you afresh. Thank you Lord!