John 14:26 KJV
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
If we want to know God’s will and desire to live it out, then the Holy Spirit will ensure that we understand it. The Holy Spirit searches and reveals the deep things of God…bringing us in to a like mind with Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:10-16 says, 10 “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”
Conversely, if we seek our own will in any way then we will not understand God’s will. The Holy Spirit gives truth of understanding – He is the Spirit of truth (John 15:26, 16:13)!
Have you ever noticed, two people can read the same scripture and come up with two different interpretations? A person’s perspective may be biased based upon various reason such as religious doctrine, tradition, pre-conceived notions, or perhaps a cherished lifestyle. In other words, scripture tends to be examined in light of the individual’s desired outcome or prior knowledge. These things interfere with God’s will and are idols in your heart. Offensive scriptures are downplayed and desired ones are emphasized. The Word becomes tailored to meet an end. These look at God’s Word through the eyes of the flesh. We must examine God’s Word through the Spirit. Amen.
If the truth is not approached with a pure heart and right motives then it is of no use to know it. If the truth says to deny yourself and take up the cross, yet you are not willing, then the truth is of no value to you. Many handle God’s Word as a buffet of suggestions to be picked and chosen from, given a changing appetite. They do what is right in their own eyes (Deuteronomy 12:8).
What is the correct way to examine God’s Word to accurately understand Christ’s teachings? How can we know the correct context and application of the scriptures? In John 7:16-17, Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God orwhether I speak on My own authority.
If you love not the truth and will not die to self to conform to God’s will then, 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 says, “and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Believe it or not, God will confirm our idols back to us if we love not the truth. The proof is in Ezekiel 14:3-5; “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them? 4 “Therefore speak to them, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols,5 that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.”’
God doesn’t tear down the idols that are in your heart, they are there because you want them to be. You have set them up for your own free will and you defend them. The result is in John 12:40, “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.” God will not force you against your will. God’s truth is eternal and will remain whether you choose to believe it or not.
To correctly obey God we must serve in Spirit and truth. God defines His very Word as truth. Psalms 119:160, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
Failure to embrace truth becomes a mighty stumbling block. Anything apart from the truth is confusion. Confusion is instability and not a firm foundation. If we attempt to understand God’s Word apart from the Spirit we will fail to understand the truth. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)
God will not be confined by doctrines of men. God is not answerable to men nor does He serve man. He is the great “I AM” and you cannot even comprehend such. Submit, have fellowship and be led by the Spirit of Truth, The Holy Spirit.
Pray Psalm 86:11, “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.” Amen and Amen.
Scripture of the day: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” ~ Ephesians 4:15
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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