THAT is discernment. Many Christians get into struggles as to whether what they sense if of God, or "just them. But as we have been seeing, the Bible tells us that the solution is not to try to figure it out. The solution is to go to the Word of God, and to open our hearts to God. Jesus said that if we will do that, we will KNOW. Maybe not right away. But we will — if we are willing to obey, and DO obey anything we know to obey. Actually, the Bible has another term for "being willing to obey God," and for "the fear of the Lord. It is the attitude towards God that Christ had.
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And what was that attitude? Again, the fear of the Lord.
The desire to obey God. Unconditional surrender to God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously: 1 Pet Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Now notice something very important here. Rather than continually talking about God "speaking" to His mind to us, like a voice inside of our heads, the Bible focuses on us developing and possessing HIS mind — the mind of Christ. How much better! Instead of God speaking His mind to us, we are able to have His very mind. He can and does. In many ways. But God does not provide to anyone a continual narrative, like a conversation. God does not talk to people every 5 seconds in their head. God wants us to grow to know Him, to know His mind, and better yet, to possess His mind.
And then we will be able to discern what is of Him, and not of Him. God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Heb Christ is IN US.
But that sounds so abstract and impractical.
What does it mean? First, if we know Christ, we know God. And if we know God, we will know what is of Him. Secondly, the life of Christ within will seek to grow. His life in us, as we believe and obey God, begins to grow and expand. His character. And yes, God still leads and speaks in other ways, too. But most often God leads us through a growing knowledge of His Son. Our knowledge of Christ provides the "template" which will test all else, to see if it be of God.
Actually, that statement seems almost nonsensical. Prayer is communion with God. Now notice: Communion with God is oneness with God. Can I possibly be one with God and not see things the way He sees them? Sure, this requires time. There can be warfare involved. But prayer will result in having the mind of Christ. Not sometime. Every time — if we endure by faith. Rather, prayer IS discerning God. It is in prayer that we enter into a oneness with God through our surrender to God. It is in prayer that we grow to know God Himself — preparatory to practical faith and obedience.
Through prayer, I can ask God to show me His will. God will answer. Through prayer I can ask God to do His will. But wait. There is something missing here. Something quite important. Yet it is right here that many Christians fail. And then they wonder what went wrong. But sometimes God will want to do His will through us. Herein we see an important Truth. Or simply to do His will. He wants us to be living epistles. That cannot happen without a profound and meaningful prayer life.
Divine guidance is fully under the authority of the Holy Spirit. Everything we have seen about God, and Jesus, is true about the Holy Spirit, for the three are one.
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Some of the things which Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do speak directly to this matter of divine guidance:. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me. When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.
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All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you. Here we see some characteristics of the leadings and work of the Holy Spirit. First, the Holy Spirit will always lead us into Truth. He leads us into all Truth by means of the Truth. The Truth tells the Truth about the Truth. If the Holy Spirit is in the continual process of leading us into all Truth, then can we see what it is that we need to do to end up where He wants us?
Surrender to His leading. We have been talking about how God leads, and the characteristics of His leading. God can lead by speaking to our hearts, by using His written Word, and by using circumstances and people. All of these things, we have seen, will do us little good if we are not surrendered to God. There is, however, yet another way in which God leads. By silence. Or that a problem be solved. But God can take care of those things in a moment.
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But what does that mean? That takes time. A child may WANT adult things, or wish he could do them — like driving a car. But would you put him behind the wheel? He has to grow before he can handle the granted desire. So it is with the things of God. Often we must grow into them. So why does God want us to pray about issues before we are ready to receive the answer?
Because it is the praying which makes us ready. God will often create a situation where we must continually pray about something. It is not because He is teasing us. It is because He is using the issue or trial to get us into communion with Him through prayer. The problem WILL be solved.
But what God wants is US. Once He brings us to the place He wants us, then the answer to our problem is easy, and we are adjusted and fit for it. It is silence. It is a call to seek God more deeply. In the final analysis, God is our answer. Jesus is our solution. We can expect a resolution — and one which is livable and practical. But only as a secondary result.
The primary purpose is that we might know God, and belong to Him. Faith may not always know where it is going. But it trusts in the One leading. Faith may not always understand God. But it trusts that God understands. All of this speaks of reverence, surrender, and being willing to obey God.
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And if we will do it, God says that we will know His will and His leading. The majority of the time in this Christian life, we are called to just walk — believing that the Lord IS leading. That is what it means to walk by faith. I do know the Word of God. I do know some things about God Himself. I do know right and wrong. But I do have some Light. And God expects me to walk in the Light I do have. One of the pieces of Light that God has given us is a promise that He will always be with us.
So if we know nothing else we know that. Again — this is a call to walk by faith. God is quite capable of telling us everything we need to know, when we need to know it. But most often, He tells us to walk by faith — perhaps in total darkness as to where He is leading. We are to believe that He knows what He wants to do. To walk by faith in the routine of life may not be glamorous, or seem to be accomplishing much.
But if I am walking by faith, then I am growing in faith. I am living to the glory of God. THAT may be what God is after presently. And if it is, it is enough. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Prov Do you want to be led of God? This passage from Proverbs is telling us how. I, in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything, and confirm once more that I never want to be seperated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be.
I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. Holy Spirit, You who solve all problems, who light all roads, so that I can attain my goal. I want this short prayer to thank you for all things to confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you even in spite of all material illusions. I wish to be with you in eternal glory. Holy Spirit, You who make me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals, You who gave me the Divine gift to forgive all the wrong that was done to me, and You who are in all instances in my life.
I want to Thank You for everything and confirm with you once more I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual Glory. Father, I come to you today with faith so small I cannot see a way. I want to believe you are able to do more than I ever imagine. I want to walk by faith and not by sight. God, please bring a miracle into my life.
I know that you can do the impossible in my life and I am trusting in your promises. Thank you for being a God who sees and hears my every need. Heavenly Father, Thank You for answering my prayers and performing miracles in my life every day.
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Just the fact that I woke up this morning and can take a breath is a gift from You. Help me to never take my health and loved ones for granted. Help me to always stand in faith and keep my focus on You when unexpected circumstances arise. Dear God, thank you that you love me and want to keep me from depending on other things instead of you. Lord, the days ahead may be a little scary at times, but I understand now that the path to a miracle is through uncomfortable territory.
I should just trust you. I want to learn to trust you one day at a time.