Proverbs 24 3-24-22

Knowing God is not as difficult as it may seem. He is God and He wants to know us. Doesn’t that make it easier?

3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures [God provides all three for us!].

in 1 Corinthians 2:9-13:

However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

This quote is from Isaiah, who lived 700 years before Christ. He got a glimpse of the coming Christ, but we get to experience Him first-hand because of the Spirit of God who lives within us. The Spirit provides the wisdom, understanding and knowledge it takes for us to build godly temples for the Lord.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

How can we discern the Spirit’s voice? Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;” we discern when the Spirit is speaking to us versus our own thoughts or when the evil one is whispering to us. It is critical that we know the types of things the Spirit will say to us and what the Spirit won’t say because the devil “is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

There are two things that are very clear:

  1. God will never speak to you in negative generalities, such as, “You are a loser.” “You’ll never be good enough.” “Oh, you messed up! Shame on you!” These are lies from the evil one.
  2. God speaks to us in specifics and encouragement, such as, “Let me help you in this area.” “You are mine and I love you.” “This is what I want you to join Me in doing next…”

We will look more closely at hearing His voice tomorrow. For today, focus on what our heavenly Father WILL say to us.

Abba, thank You for being such a loving Father. Many people do not have a good role model of what a loving father is, but I do. Thank You for my dad and his shining example of a loving father. May You reveal to everyone how much You love them and desire a personal, ongoing relationship with them. Help us to hear You clearly, O Lord. Amen.

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