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167. Spirit knows the will.

'The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God ... No one knows the thoughts of God but the Spirit of God.' (1 Corinthians 2:10-11) The Holy Spirit has got the blueprint for our lives because he searches the heart of God and knows his will for us. Finding the Father always being mindful of us, the Spirit spoke through David, saying: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" (Psalm 8:4) Knowing the plans God has for his people, the Spirit spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah, saying: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11) We 'must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the Prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.' ( 2 Peter 1:20-21) 'We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.' ( 1 Corinthians 2:12) Having received the Holy Spirit, we have begun to understand the mind of the Lord. Since our minds are being renewed (Romans 12:2) by the word and controlled by the Spirit (Romans 8:6), Paul was inspired to write: 'we have the mind of Christ'. (1 Corinthians 2:16) That would be a far-fetched assertion for Paul to make, if not by the Holy Spirit because 'all Scripture is God-breathed.' (2 Timothy 3:16)

Jesus first introduced the Holy Spirit to his disciples as the 'Spirit of truth'. "And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever - the Spirit of truth." (John 14:16) Therefore, the primary mission of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the truth, before he does anything else! Where there is no heart for truth, there is no room for his power! "When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth ... The Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you." (John 16:13-15) Interestingly, Jesus didn't say that the Spirit will take from him and "give to us" but rather "known to us", so that as children of God we might gladly believe our God given rights, would boldly ask and freely receive, just as we do, in our own homes! Infilling, healing and provision are needed while we are still here and to experience these promises, we first need to know it is his 'good, pleasing and perfect will'. (Romans 12:2) Moreover, the Holy Spirit not only has made known God's will for us in Christ but also has 'made known to us the mystery of his will which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when times will have reached their fulfilment ...' (Ephesians 1:9-11) We are part of God's grand plan and he doesn't want his children to be ignorant of his masterplan. Amen.

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