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::Devotional:: ‘Holy Spirit – The Guide & Revealer of Truth’

March 16, 2010

One of my favorite television programs is Survivorman.  I am so intrigued by a man’s ability to survive some of the craziest places on earth for an entire week and to film himself doing it!  Recently I watched an episode that went behind the scenes on the making of the show.  Interestingly enough, Survivorman spends many hours learning from trained guides and survival experts in the location selected for the video shoot.  He is dependent on the guidance, training, and instruction from survival experts in that particular area much the same way Christians are dependent on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  He is our guide and revealer of truth.

The Foolishness of the Unknown

The Bible tells us that the things of God are seen as foolishness by man until he becomes a Christian.  But what is it that happens to a man by becoming a Christian that changes that?  The answer is that God sends the Holy Spirit, with purpose, to dwell within the man.

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

Take the message of the cross for example.  To a sinful man, everything about the cross is foolishness. To a Christian, everything without the cross is foolishness.  The Holy Spirit sorts out the foolishness and changes it to faith and He works to make the unknown known.

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Guide & Revealer of Truth

The Holy Spirit is the foremost survival expert in the things of God; he has no equal.  It is the God ordained responsibility of the Holy Spirit to serve as the guide into the truth.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  John 16:12

As we discussed previously, in Holy Spirit – The Author of Scripture, he is the rider with the reins and the wind in the sail when it comes to guiding the life of a Christian.  Now that’s not to say that we don’t buck the guidance and lower our sails from time to time, but he is there guiding nevertheless.

The Holy Spirit not only directs Christians into and towards the truth he is able to reveal it to us as well.  In other words he is able to help a Christian understand the things of God.Remember, he is the only expert in the things of God.  He has no equal.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?  In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit who is from God.  1 Corinthians 2:10-11

Jesus himself even stated that the very act of imparting the knowledge of the deep things of God to us is a way that the Holy Spirit brings glory to the Lord.

He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine.  That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. John 16:13-15

There are many levels to the ministry and responsibilities of the Holy Spirit.  There is no question that the scriptures declare his role as the guide and the revealer of truth.  The question then becomes are we willing to be guided and are we looking for the truth.  Let your life bring glory to the Lord today by sitting under the teaching of the Holy Spirit.  Open the Bible and diligently seek the truth.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

One Comment leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    March 16, 2010 10:43 am

    The song in the tape was beautiful. I like your devotion too.

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