There is a state in the Royalty Realm where your heart as a believer can no longer remain concealed.
It pulses with desire to know and be known by the Lord. It longs to know the plans He has been thinking of regarding you; plans he has designed for your welfare and safety, with a prosperous and peaceable wellness that results in hope. That is His present in the present.
But your Father doesn’t stop there. He also has intentions about your future, to which He holds you by a cord of expectant hope. (Jeremiah 29:11KJV w/Strong’s notations)
This same One who saw you as a yet unformed body knitted you together with the thread of hope. He wove in His foreknowledge of who you would be through His precious thoughts and intentions toward you and for you. As the Psalmist cried out in wonderment, thoughts as grains of sand…too many to count! (Psalm 139:13-18)
Now there’s a brain cramp for you, so stop trying to figure it out in your head. It takes an unconcealed heart to lean and live into the unfolding revelation of who God designed you to be.
To live forward, your believing heart senses it must find and know God’s truth. The world’s “truth” doesn’t cut it anymore. It rings hollow. It feels shallow. It leaves you with an empty heart, always yearning for more.
Living forward is a receptive posture where the dreams of one’s heart are restored. Not just one’s own dreams, better known as “good ideas”. Rather, the timeless dreams seeded in you before you were born. Dreams fertilized by the Holy Spirit and watered by tears of longing and intercession that when fulfilled will impact the Kingdom and your own life in enduring ways.
However, the very act of restoration demands being done with concealing the rubble. Beauty rises from the ashes, but it is not raised up to sit on a foundation of those things that caused the ashes. Sin and shame, guilt and unforgiveness, envy and jealousy, resentment and rebellion, a haughty heart, are all things that must be unconcealed before the One who knows it all anyway. It is for your benefit and your return to a Jeremiah 29:11 expectant hope for your future that you bare your heart.
When you realize that hiding your heart from the Lord robs you of truly knowing His heart and therefore, your own, you have a choice to make: How will I respond to His wooing to live in Truth, to live unconcealed?
Jesus showed you how as He modeled living truthfully before the Father. He didn’t hide his heart. He lived from it expressions of joy, grief, playfulness, passion for justice, studiousness, close relationships, thoughtful caring and outreach to the outcast and downcast in spite of how others viewed Him. He didn’t perform for others. He sought daily guidance from his Father’s heart then proceeded to live out that heart.
What Jesus modeled in His human life remains a living model even now. In fact, how much more is it so in these days that will usher in His living Kingdom in the earth? How glaring is the dividing line between Heaven’s fact and the world’s fiction. Therefore,
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:17-19a NIV)
Unconcealed hearts are rising all over like the dawn. May mine and yours be counted among them.