GOING INTO THE DEPTHS OF GOD
By Dan Luehrs
For to us God revealed them [the hidden mysteries] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
1 Corinthians 2:10 (nas)
Endeavoring to write about God is a towering task, let alone writing about the depths of God. But the Scriptures beckon us to know His heart as intimately as lovers do. This is the depth of God that I am writing about, to know His heart as King David did and more. He was a man after God’s own heart, and I desire to be one of those also. The Father is inviting us to know His heart and to search Him out, all the hidden treasures that He has for us are in our grasp if we will just take the time to be with Him on a daily basis and seek Him out. The desire of my heart is to know the intimate secrets of God; they are concealed in His heart, and He wants to reveal them to all who will take the time to search for Him. There are no barriers to the Spirit of God for He searches out the depths of God; He also searches our heart and knows what is there. On top of all that, He wants to give us unlimited vision to see as far as He enables us to see into His heart.
I once had a mountaintop prophetic experience where there were no clouds, and I could look in any direction and see endlessly without any hindrance of the flesh whatsoever. I was totally free to see and experience the wonders of God. This has helped me to understand that God has given us an open heaven so that we might see what He has for us at this remarkable time in history. Present-day truth and the revelation of Jesus Christ is coming forth with such clarity now because the time is at hand for Jesus to manifest Himself through us. Unless we are prepared for it through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we will miss what He has for us.
Most people love a good mystery, whether it is a book or movie so that they can figure out the hidden plot before they get to the end. Some like flea markets or seeking a lost treasure chest; when I was a child, I would love to explore the attic, barn, or a large closet of our home to see if I could find some lost treasure. I guess I have not changed too much because I still love searching for the unfathomable treasures in the depths of God’s heart (His Word) to see the hidden mysteries in the ancient of days. All His treasures are waiting for us to find like the hidden gold in the mountains of California.
This was the desire of Moses when he asked God to show him His glory. Moses was intrigued with God when he saw Him in the burning bush, and then on the mountain he saw God’s backside. He passed by, and Moses saw where God had been and where He was going. I believe all that Moses saw he wrote down in the book of Genesis because that is where God was—His history. God revealed the secrets of His heart to Moses, His friend, because he sought to know Him each day in the tent of meetings: “The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear [revere and worship] Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning” (Psalms 25:14, AMP).
God will reveal the depths of His heart if we just ask Him, for He is no respecter of persons. God has revealed some of His past and future in the Word, but He wants us to receive the fullness of His Spirit, and His Spirit searches all the depths of God; this He has promised to give us in the book of Ephesians. When we seek and ask for His fullness, we must believe that it is His will for us and expect to receive it. Now that is faith. When we received our salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit (the down payment), it was because we asked God for it; and so will come the fullness of God to us, if we ask Him. In the year 1900, Charles Parham and a few young people sought God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. They received Him because they asked outside the box of the mundane religious experience of the day. We also will receive all that God has for us in this day if we will just seek Him for the fullness of the spirit that He has promised in His Word.
That [Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance [the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it—to the praise of His glory.
Ephesians 1:14 (AMP)
This is our purpose while we are living on earth: to receive His fullness. This is what Christianity is all about—the full life of Jesus flowing through us to give us vision, hope, and a purpose for living. We are to know and seek the depths of God and what are His width, length, depth, and height. (See Ephesians 3:18.) When we seek and walk in all of Him, we will be His bride, not having spot nor wrinkle or any such thing in us, having power and authority in Christ to do the greater works with Him. God wants to reveal His heart to us if we will just ask Him. Nobody will be able to probe the depths of who we are if we are hidden in God’s heart, for only the Spirit of God is able to reveal such truth and glory to the children of men. “ … But the spiritual man investigates indeed all things, but he himself is not being probed by anyone. For who has come to know experientially the Lord’s mind, He who will instruct him? But as for us, Christ’s mind we have” (1 Corinthians 2:12–14, Wuest translation).
Hear the Deep Calling You
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls; all your waves and billows have gone over me
Psalms 42:7 (nkjv)
If you have an unquenchable desire for God and pant after Him like the deer pants for the water, you are able to understand the depths of what God is calling you to in this relationship with Him. The way we thirst for God is to start seeking Him with all our heart and to taste and see that He is good. And once you have a taste for Him, you will thirst for more and more until you are seeking and searching for Him with your whole heart throughout the day. We must learn how to practice the presence of the Lord out of every minute of every day; our deep thirst for Him will require it, as an addict needs a fix. Jesus said that when we drink of His living waters, we would thirst no more. Meaning that nothing else in this world can satisfy the thirst of our spirit man once we have partaken of His life within.
The more we drink of Him each day, the more we want to drink until we are drinking from a waterfall of God’s Spirit, which is giving us life from the throne. Think about it for a moment: what comes in us must go out. Jesus said in John 7:38, “He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” If rivers of living water are flowing from us to give life to others, then rivers of life have to be flowing into us, and this only comes about if we are drinking of Him. We must know how to get to the water of life each day for ourselves so that others can drink of His life, which comes from our inner most being. His life and presence will then flow through our words as we give forth God’s glory and point them to the source of life—Jesus.
The depths of God are heard and seen by others in our spirit man as we allow Him to flow through us by His Spirit and calling us to go deeper in Him. As we start a lifestyle of seeking God every day, it may only be a trickle of His Spirit that we are receiving, but if we are faithful to seek Him diligently, it will become a waterfall that will feed the longing of our soul. Oh, the wonder of it when the waves of God’s Spirit come upon us to satisfy our thirst for Him.
From the very depth of our heart, we are calling out to depths of God’s to have a closer relationship with Him and others of like faith. This is the fellowship of the heart that God wants to give all His people, but many do not know how to seek the heart of God because they think that they are asking for too much, or that they might be disappointed because they did not receive it the way they thought they should. This is not God’s problem; it’s ours. He desires to give us all of Himself. We have as much of God as we want, but if we will ask Him to give us a greater capacity to receive more, we will get it. Even though we may have to suffer for a short season, the time will come when God will give us all of Himself if only we will cry out for more of Him.
A Lover’s Heart
As two people fall in love, they open their hearts to one other like a flower in full bloom; they desire to know each other’s heart intimately, to know their past and dreams for the future. Sharing their past makes them vulnerable to hurting each other in an argument, or maybe it is shared with another person whom they should not have in confidence. Knowing the truth in its entirety can hurt a relationship, but not sharing it could destroy it if it came out later. God knows all about us, and He still chooses to love us. If lovers are truly honest with each other and their hearts are open to be explored, they can look over the past and move on into their hopes and aspirations of life together tomorrow. This is how love should be because everyone has a past, even God. When lovers seek to know each other’s heart, they become transparent, hiding nothing, and this is how God is with us. How do I know this? Because He made us like Himself, and He wants us to explore His heart as a lover. He invites us to come in, even though we may break His heart at times.
When people get married, they search each other out physically and how they may please one another, and really, that is what we are saying to God in spirit, “Search me out,” which is even more intimate than sex could ever be because the heart is who we are. This is true transparency.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.
Psalms 139:23 (kjv)
This is a great pleasure for those who are lovesick for the Lord because they want to be pure and holy for Him. Our heart is either a brick wall or it’s a door that Jesus is knocking on to come in. God has opened His heart to us even as we have asked Him to enter ours. The heart can also be a home for someone we love or a prison for our own feelings that have been hurt in the past, and those feelings could be killing us if we do not go to God and get healed of our past hurts.
The heart of God is bigger than the universe itself; does He not fill the heavens and the earth? Even though we cannot begin to comprehend the vastness of God’s creation in the natural, yet God bids us to come and seek out His heart: “Then I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart” (Jeremiah 24:7, nkjv). God desires us to know Him so much so that He gives us a heart (capacity) in our spirit to seek and understand Him. God is inviting us to go deep inside His heart to search Him out like a well that echoes back its depth; the mind cannot even begin to fathom His depths, but our heart can because we have His Spirit who searches all things out.
This is so wonderful because we can never be bored with God if we are really seeking Him. It’s not possible to be bored with Him because He is more lovely than all of His creation, and creation is not boring. It is a love affair with God that can never be fully quenched. It is when we look deep inside the heart of God that we can feel a part of Him more and more. When we see His glory and power at work in our lives, we are in awe, and we must come to understand that the more trials that we come through successfully, the greater our spirit is expanded to receive more of God. Science tells us that the universe is expanding and so is our heart if we are responding to our trials with thanksgiving and praise because these are the things that create the greatness of Jesus Christ in us.
And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Luke 2:40 (nkjv)
If Jesus needed to grow strong in spirit, so must we. Do not fear your trials but embrace them to grow in spirit. True love never quits, and if we truly love God, we will not quit when we are under trial, but we will seek to draw even closer to Him in our heart. Many servicemen have gone to war with a special love for a girl in their heart, and some have told how that love kept them alive with hope of seeing them again someday. So must our love for Jesus keep us going to please Him in all respects because love never fails nor does it quit—ever.
Receiving the Spirit of Revelation
God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation.
Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)
The revelation of God’s truth is revealed to us when we seek the depths of His heart because that is where it is hidden, and He shares His secrets with those who continually draw close.
It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven …
Matthew 13:11 (nkjv)
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in the person of Jesus Christ; He is the key of knowledge. Carnally minded people seek natural understanding, but a spiritually minded person seeks spiritual wisdom from above that is beyond the mind of man. In fact, it is foolishness to him. True spiritual wisdom first seeks to know the person of Jesus Christ and follows Him in righteousness and truth. As we learn to obey His prompting, He will lead us into greater trials that will take more faith so that self-life in us has to die, and then Christ is raised above self so that He might live in and through us so that my mind, eyes, and hands are totally yielded to His Lordship and not my own.
We may gather many things to ourselves in this earthly life, but if we do not gain Christ, we are the biggest losers in the end. Paul said, “I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ … ” (Philippians 3:8, nkjv). When we begin to see all our earthly possessions as garbage compared to the unfathomable riches of Christ and we choose to praise God in the midst of our trials, knowing that He is blessing us with them to know Him more. This takes a revelation from God to even think of praising Him in the face of trial because the natural man wants to murmur and complain. We are called to live a supernatural life that is beyond the world’s way and much of the church’s understanding. We are to live life out of the realm of the Spirit of God and not the natural mind or the realm of darkness, for we are sons of light.
When we begin to perceive that the full revelation of Jesus Christ is worth losing everything in this world, we can then begin to walk through our tribulations knowing that God desires to reveal more of His Son in us: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45, nkjv). The full revelation of Jesus does not come from studying books and receiving head knowledge—no, it comes by the Holy Spirit giving us one truth of revelation on top of another through our lifetime and seeing if we will be faithful to what He has given us. In fact, unless we get a fresh revelation of the Son of God, we will not make it through the greater trials of life because demonic powers will try to steal the seed that has been planted in our heart. But as we win the battle, ground will be taken in the realm of our soul, and we will be free to go on to receive the greater revelation of Jesus Christ until one day He manifests Himself in and through us. Every nugget of truth given to us is a revelation of Jesus because Jesus is the truth.
The book of Revelation is called the Revelation of Jesus Christ; it is not the revelation of the end times. The book reveals Jesus in and through the body of Christ. It starts out with much of the church being caught up in worldliness, and she ends up in the last chapters as the bride of Christ having the glory of God on the throne. (See Revelation 21:11.) How was she changed into His glory? By going through great tribulation. “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14, kjv). Please hear me in this: The book of Revelation is about the church coming through great tribulation to become the bride of Christ. All that is happening in the pages between the front and the back of the book is the outworking of what Jesus is doing in us (the church).
If you have given your life to Jesus, you are now living the pages of the book of Revelation through your lifetime and are being changed into the bride of Christ. I once told a friend that I felt we were already in the book of Revelation, and he looked at me like I had lost my mind; but I knew in my spirit I was right, and God showed me this truth some years later in the Bible. Jesus said in Revelation 1:1 that these things would “come to pass quickly” (YLT). I believe that the “quickly” came to pass when Jesus gave the message to John on the Isle of Patmos. The church of today wants to see the book of Revelation played out on the world’s stage when God is having it played out in us. We just don’t know it.
Do you know of any Christians that are truly seeking God and are not going through some kind of tribulation in their life? If our hearts’ desire is to have Jesus manifested in and through us, then the only way for this to happen is to have the book of Revelation (tribulation) worked out in us. This is the only way for Him to come forth from us; the Lion of the tribe of Judah devours our flesh, for that is what lions do, eat flesh. No one enters into all that God has for them unless they come through the door of tribulation, and that is what the book of Revelation is a symbol of (Acts 14:22).
“Happy is he who is reading, and those hearing, the words of the prophecy, and keeping the things written in it—for the time is nigh” (Revelation 1:3, YLT). Most people are not happy to read or hear about the book of Revelation because they do not understand that it pertains to them receiving the full likeness of Jesus. If Christians would understand that Jesus is preparing them through their tribulations, they would be happy to go through it with Him: “Blessed [happy] is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life [the likeness of Jesus] that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12, niv). How many more promises do we need from God to finish our course with the joy and to receive the crown of life?
The First Seal Broken
Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Revelation 6:1–2 (nkjv)
Now look what happens when the first seal is broken on the book that only Jesus can open: the rider (Jesus) goes out to conquer us for He has already conquered sin and death. Each time one of the seals is opened on the book, new judgments are being released upon us to kill the man of sin in us. Jesus is riding this white horse to conquer you and me. Who do you think He is going out to conquer? It is our flesh. The life of Jesus Christ is hidden within us, and as we go through our tribulations, He is opening the seals so that our self-life may be killed; then the life of Jesus will come forth to bring His life to the world.
For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2 Corinthians 4:11–12 (nkjv)
Notice what Paul is saying here: we all must go through the dying process so that the life of Jesus will be manifested through us. There is no other way for us to be overcomers than the way of death. Does not nature teach us this with the seeds that have to die so that they may live again?
When the seventh seal is broken and the seventh angel sounds forth, then the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ. Our self-kingdom must be dead in us so that His kingdom might reign through us.
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15 (nkjv)
It is through great tribulation of this kind that we are conquered, and so must every Christian come through as an overcomer. This is why the King of kings comes in the book of Revelation to do warfare in us so that He may work through us to conquer the rest of mankind. When we are fully conquered, we get to help others in this dying process so that He might live His life through them also. “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses” (Revelation 19:11, 14). As we overcome through our tribulations, which are the judgments of God in our life, then we are considered faithful to serve with Jesus to help the rest of mankind become overcomers also. Hallelujah.