The Holy Spirit teaches us the Word and gives us understanding as we grow spiritually in our ability to receive it (John 16:13). Sometimes a Scripture reveals a depth of unexpected understanding that you have never experienced. If its revealed truth falls on a heart the Holy Spirit has prepared to receive, that revelation takes root and produces much fruit. If a heart is not ready to receive, then the revelation of God’s truth has little power to make a difference. The problems of life will choke out the joy it initially brought (Matthew 13:3-8).
The enemy doesn’t like it when you receive spiritual truth because it defeats him. He will tempt you to question what God has shown you (John 10:10). God's truth never changes. He is always the same (Hebrews 13:8). When God reveals Himself to you wherever you are in your spiritual journey, it may be a different perspective from what someone else has received. Our levels of spiritual understanding aren’t the same. Just because your understanding of a Scripture is from a different perspective doesn’t negate its truth. God reveals His truth to you at your personal level of spiritual understanding so you will grow in your knowledge of Him.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Corinthians 3:16-17).
Pray about the revelation you have been shown. Allow other Scripture to affirm or deny its truth. God wants you completely equipped for His good purpose. The Holy Spirit won’t plant anything in your heart that steers you away from your spiritual understanding of the righteousness that is yours in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The Holy Spirit’s revelation of Scripture makes no difference to the natural mind. The natural mind cannot receive God’s truth. It cannot discern God’s truth (Corinthians 2:14). The natural mind receives the Word based on what it feels instead of what it spiritually understands to be true. Understanding of God’s truth must be acquired spiritually. When we spiritually hear the Word, it builds our faith to believe its truth (Romans 10:17). Don’t test Scripture with your ability to rationalize. You have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Test what you have been shown with the spiritual mind He has given you.
If hearing the Word builds your faith to trust God, then you receive God’s truth and not your own understanding (Romans 10:17). When you trust God’s truth, you acknowledge His power in your life. He directs your life (Psalm 3:5-6).
Always be spiritually open to what God wants to reveal and show you (1 Corinthians 1:25).
“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” (John 16:13).
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