God knows my true heart and thoughts.
The Holy Spirit changes me on the inside
before it shows on the outside.
1 Chronicles 28:9 (NASB)
“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with your whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”
John 14:15-18 (NASB)
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans”.
John 14:23-27 (NLT)
Jesus replied,“All those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and live with them. Anyone who doesn’t love Me will not do what I say. And remember, my words are not my own. This message is from the Father who sent Me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.”
“But when the Father sends the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and remind you of everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled and afraid.”
King David gives some good fatherly advice to his son Solomon. In this wisdom and instruction we have a revelation of God for us. Our God knows us better than we do and there is no hiding the motives behind our actions. There is no benefit for wearing a mask of pretense for others to see. Our God and Creator, our Perfect Father is wanting to teach us and encourage us for how to live our best life now. We have no need to hide from our God who knows our innermost thoughts and desires yet is without judgement or condemnation for us. We also learn that God will reveal Himself when we earnestly seek Him. To be earnest about something we are putting action to our desire. It is not just wishful thinking.
Jesus tells us the Holy Spirit will come and live in us teaching us and leading us into all truth. There are many descriptive names for the Holy Spirit, Paraclete in Greek, our Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor and our Encourager. These names are not only descriptive of the role the Holy Spirit has in our life to help us mature. When God speaks, His words not only create they are now a reality not an idea or a thought. Words spoken by man are descriptive of what has been or is being created from what already exists. This is a primary reason renewing our mind is such a big deal; learning to think and see from God's point of view.
It is important to understand that when we have been made a new creation, we haven’t stepped into the closet and come out transformed into the fullness of who we now are. Our God is restoring us one day at a time. It takes time to let go of the wrong thinking the world has taught us and the baggage we have accumulated from our life experiences. This is why we are so fortunate to have such an intimate Helper who will never let us down, let us go or ever give up on us. God never stops drawing us to Him with His loving kindness expressing His heart for us as an individual.
We are learning that God's Word is the reality of His heart not a description of His character. This is why we are not to judge our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all on the same journey growing at different rates letting our transformed life be a witness to the power and glory of our awesome God. We are standing on our current understanding of God’s sense of order without passing judgment on ourself and others. We can trust the Holy Spirit to lead us and the rest of the family into all truth, our reality from God's point of view.
In 2 Chronicles 16:9 we are told that the LORD searches to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. When we are in the wrong, we still have hope. God still loves us and as a Perfect Father we can trust Him to correct our course. This is why our personal relationship with our best friend, the Holy Spirit is so important. If all we could depend on is the wisdom of man we would be lost, forever. What we have today the prophets of old longed for, that God would abide in us participating in every area of our life.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?