‘This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, this one will be called woman, for she was taken out of man’ Gen 2:23
That was Adam’s speech, not God’s. God saw that Adam had no companion and decided to make him one, He did. But God never told Adam ‘this is your wife’ or ‘here is your companion’. God brought the new person to Adam and Adam called her woman, Eve. It was Adam who named all the creatures including Eve. If he had named them all otherwise, it would have been so.
The provision was God’s, the choice was Adam’s.
Relax, this isn’t about choosing a life partner, it’s about choices. But that example is the foremost of choices made by man in history, hence the reference.
You must have heard about God’s will for you, His plans and how He won’t force you to any of those but allow you choose, all true. An age long and recurring question however is “How do I know God’s will?”
How did Adam know this woman God brought was to be His wife? Was there a prior discourse about God making Him one? I think not! But when Adam saw the woman – whom he so named, he knew. Adam and God resonated at a common frequency on that matter, talk of aligned minds. It wasn’t revealed by a dream or vision or voice or prior discussion, Adam just knew.
We know God’s mind and all hidden things by the Spirit. The Spirit of God in us ‘resonates’, ‘beeps’ and ‘affirms’ God’s will. What does your phone do when your Wi-fi is on and in range of a connection? What does your Guitar Tune App do when your plucked strings are in tune?
When you come into God’s will, the Spirit of God in you reaches out to God’s Spirit as if in a ‘fist pump or high-five’ of recognition.
The ultimate validation of every matter rests in the word of God. Test every spirit whether they be of God 1 John 4:1, hold fast to what is true. If so be that you have the Spirit of Christ, it will resonate with everything that springs forth from God and it will dissent with everything otherwise.
Every believer must by constant use and training develop in recognising the leading of the Spirit; must highly covet to discern Spirits and be grounded in the word which is the yardstick every manifestation of the Spirit is measured against.
The Spirit’s sole purpose is to glorify Jesus, the Spirit will not do anything on His own or anything contrary to the will of God. The Spirit aligns with the word. Our experiences will never invalidate the word or the Spirit’s move.
Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2), to the end that you may lay hold on things eternal and spiritual.
God is not in the business of leading people astray.
When we make an habit of delighting in the word and meditating, and being constant in prayers towards God, even our own desires and thoughts which flow from a renewed mind will be purely God’s will. As though God has performed a ‘thought – insertion’ of His will into us! You won’t be needing a special preparation or withdrawal, retreat or alienation just to find out God’s will, you’ll just know it!
A prophet or pastor or another believer might say things to you by the Spirit, if you act only based on another’s convictions, you will be in great doubt when any situation arises to test your stand on that matter. You will be quick to apportion blame to the conveyer of the message you acted upon. Know God thyself.
God doesn’t gossip. He delights in talking to you about you. Why will He primarily want to talk to you through another believer? Unless you are audibly unavailable or selectively unreachable and constantly ignoring His calls, or your receiver is on mute mode. And when He talks to you through others, it is for the sake of validation and establishment of what He must have told you. In the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses a matter is established. Many times, the other believer or witness, may not have an idea of the real meaning of the conveyed message, but you the primary target will know. It is also true that it is wise to seek and take godly counsel from other believers. When you receive counsel on a matter, it should establish what you have heard; if you get the counsel first having not heard anything prior, return and listen and validate the counsel with God’s word. God is not an author of confusion. You have His word, you have the inner witness – His very Spirit. Know God for thyself.
Hebrews 1:1-2 rightly noted that God spoke to our fathers through prophets, to the apostles by His Son. And verily now to us I add (I am not adding to scripture) that He speaks to us by His Spirit (directly, personally). So when another believer speaks a word to you from God, your Spirit should resonate in agreement, if indeed thou hast the Spirit of God. God is constantly and ever speaking, take a seat and listen. Always remember and let this give you confidence, God leads you right not only for your own good, but also for the sake of His reputation Psalm 23:4.
So friends, start with this post; does it resonate with your inner witness? Search the scriptures, are these things true? Hold fast to whatever is true and dispose the rest, and I think I also have the Spirit of God 1 Corinthians 7:40b.
Be Berean, be blessed!
Grace multiplied to you.
to be continued…