29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.”
John 16:29-30, ESV
There will often come a distinct point when you discover all is quite real. This is not to say that it wasn’t real before, but suddenly a deeper awareness crashes into your understanding. These are special moments indeed, but they are often transitory. It seems we are wired with a switch; it is not on-off, but more like a dimmer. Turning it makes the light move more precisely to the level you want.
We need to realize that these precious times are not ordinary. The disciples came to the place where ‘lightning struck,’ and they just knew (deep down) that Jesus really is who he says he is. Personally, I have to believe they arrived at the point where the ‘real’ was truly real. This is a pivotable point for these men.
Obviously, the Holy Spirit is the initiator of these times. We certainly will come up empty unless he gives it to us. This sudden burst of truth is what we understand as ‘assurance.’ And I personally feel it’s quite critical for the Church at this precise moment.
Have you grasped the real real? Having ‘assurance’ of God’s kingdom can reframe reality and enable consistency. Being assured of Jesus’ promises will enable a person to obey. It is really another form of faith.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1, ESV
I happen to believe that the ‘Bible world’ is the real world. It lives invisibly all around us, and occasionally breaks through and blesses us in some tangible way.