Living By Faith


And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:16)


“Revelation that comes from God changes your identity.” – Mark Hankins


In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked the disciples, “But whom say ye that I am?”  Peter answered Jesus and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus told Peter, “You did not learn this through your five senses; you learned it through revelation knowledge.” The Father God revealed to Peter Who Jesus Christ is. When Simon Peter received this revelation knowledge of who Jesus is — the Christ, the Son of the Living God — Jesus turned to him and said, “I’m telling you who you are, Simon.  No longer will you be tossed to and fro. I am changing your name to ‘Rock.’”

Revelation that comes from God will change your identity. When Peter got a revelation of who Jesus was, Jesus then told Peter who he was. When you find out who Jesus is, you can’t walk away without Jesus telling you who you are. This revelation of Who Jesus Christ is, is essential to every believer. The foundation of the church is the revelation of Jesus.


Confession: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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Where there is no vision [redemptive revelation of God], the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18 | AMP)


“Revelation is a very personal thing.” – Mark Hankins


You could say, where there is no redemptive revelation of God, the people are poor, sick, depressed, and defeated. Where there is no redemptive revelation of God, the people do not know the call of God, or the inheritance and authority that belongs to them.

Thank God we don’t have to live that way! We can have a redemptive revelation of God by the spirit of wisdom and revelation. By having the eyes of our hearts flooded with light, we can know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glory, and the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe.

The authority of the believer in the Earth is based on what Jesus has already done for us in His death, burial, and resurrection. This is the center of Paul’s revelation. That is why Paul prayed in Ephesians 1 that God would give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.


Confession: And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23)

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I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you wisdom to see clearly and really understand who Christ is and all that he has done for you. (Ephesians 1:17 | TLB)


“Christ has already dethroned and defeated the devil!” – Mark Hankins


I don’t understand a whole lot about the game of poker, but I happened to see the world championship one day and decided to watch for a few minutes. The cameras showed the television audience the exact hand each player had while they were playing. The funny thing I noticed during the game was that the player who won beat the player with the better hand. The player with the better hand folded because the other player out bluffed him.

Everything God has done for us in Christ belongs to us. Yet, many times we fold and throw in the cards even though we’re holding the winning hand. The spirit of wisdom and revelation can explain the mystery of your redemption so you can see and understand what God has already done for you in Christ.


Confession: I have the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ. The eyes of my understanding are being enlightened, that I may know what is the hope of His calling. (Ephesians 1:17-18)

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I pray that your inward eyes may be illumined… (Ephesians 1:18 NEB)


“The entire Bible is written from the spirit of wisdom and revelation.” – Mark Hankins


The Apostle Paul saw something by the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that was even greater than what Moses must have seen when he wrote the book of Genesis. Paul’s letters are even different from the four Gospels. The Gospels are photographs of redemption; Paul’s letters are X-rays.

Paul was not physically there for the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, but he wrote about what happened by revelation knowledge. He saw what happened In Christ. God saw us there In Christ. We died with Him, were buried with Him, were made alive with Him, and were raised up together with Him.

The Word of God describes spiritual or unseen realities and explains the mystery of your redemption. You can read the Bible with just your intellect and read it like a regular book, or you can allow the Holy Spirit to open up revelation to you.


Confession:  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:19-20)

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And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:9-11)


“One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity.” – Albert Einstein


The word mystery means, “A profound secret kept cautiously concealed, hidden for generations, something that excites curiosity and wonder.”

The mystery of our redemption is now revealed in Christ! Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17-23 is for the church to advance and influence every generation through the power of revelation. God wants the church to enjoy and display the light and revelation of Jesus Christ to all men as well as to the unseen powers in heavenly places. The church is experiencing a breakthrough in revelation of mysteries that is bringing a revolution to this generation. We contend for exponential increase in revelation!


Confession: I contend for the revelation knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I will display the light and revelation of Jesus Christ to all men as well as to the unseen powers in heavenly places!

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