Rely Upon the Holy Spirit

PT 2God has given us His Holy Spirit as a guide, teacher, and helper. If you have tried to read the Bible and find that you cannot make any sense of what you are reading don’t panic! You must realize that God has given you His Holy Spirit as a guide to open up the Scriptures to your understanding, but you must learn to rely upon Him.

Do not trust or rely upon your own understanding. The natural man cannot understand spiritual truths.

(1 Corinthians 1:20-21 NLT) So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. {21} Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe.

Paul the apostle is telling us that God made sure that man would never be able to understand His ways apart from His Spirit. Man in pride, and human arrogance will never be able to understand the ways of God.

(1 Corinthians 2:11-14 NLT) No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. {12} And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. {13} When we tell you this, we do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. {14} But people who aren’t Christians can’t understand these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means.

The Spirit of Truth: (John 16:12-15 NKJV) “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. {13} “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. {14} “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. {15} “All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

The Spirit of Truth is God’s Holy Spirit who came to live in your spirit when you were born again. He is the one who will take the words of Christ, or the Bible, and make them known to you. The Holy Spirit is God Himself, not an ambiguous, impersonal spirit force like the force in the movie Star Wars. He, the Spirit of Truth, has been given to you in order to give you understanding of the word of God.

When you are going to read your Bible, ask God to help you to understand what you are reading by His Holy Spirit. You will find that He takes great pleasure in revealing Himself to His children. While the Bible is a mystery to those outside of the family or Kingdom of God, it is an open book to the children of the Kingdom.

(Matthew 13:16 NKJV)  “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;

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