Luke 17:3 Ministries Inc
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
For Adult Daughters of Controlling or Abusive Birth-Families
The Spirit Of Truth
THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
By Rev. Renee
YET A TIME IS COMING AND HAS NOW COME WHEN THE TRUE WORSHIPERS WILL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH, FOR THEY ARE THE KIND OF WORSHIPERS THE FATHER SEEKS. GOD IS SPIRIT, AND HIS WORSHIPERS MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH….John 4:23-24 NIV.
Yes, Sisters and Brothers, God tells us we must worship him in spirit and in truth. We cannot live a lie, we cannot allow dishonesty and falsehood in our lives, and still be the kind of worshippers that our Father seeks. There are three steps that lead to healing and freedom, and the Holy Ghost guides us through each one. After years of being blind to it, first we need to SEE the truth. Next, we need to mourn it and come to terms with it. And lastly, we need to know what to do about it.
But the truth can often be an elusive thing. Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44), obscures the truth so we cannot see clearly, and so that evil will be better able to thrive in the world and in our lives. How can we know the truth, so that we can live in the truth, walk in the truth, and worship in the truth?:
AND I WILL ASK THE FATHER, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER COUNSELOR TO BE WITH YOU FOREVER- THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH. THE WORLD CANNOT ACCEPT HIM, BECAUSE IT NEITHER SEES HIM NOR KNOWS HIM. BUT YOU WILL KNOW HIM, FOR HE LIVES WITH YOU AND WILL BE IN YOU. I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU AS ORPHANS; I WILL COME TO YOU.......John 14:16-18 NIV.
BUT THE COMFORTER, WHICH IS THE HOLY GHOST, WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME, HE SHALL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, AND BRING ALL THINGS TO YOUR REMEMBRANCE, WHATSOEVER I HAVE SAID UNTO YOU….John 14:26 KJV.
God tells us that he will pour his Spirit onto us, so that we may be filled with his Spirit, and so that the gifts may operate in us:
TRUTH, THEN COMFORT AND COUNSEL
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He reveals truth to us. We’ve heard it said that the truth hurts, and it often does. Finding out the truth and acknowledging it can be very painful. There is no way to absorb and come to terms with revelations such as our parents never really loving us, but only using and exploiting us for their own ends, or our siblings being jealous of us instead of happy for our blessings, without experiencing a gut-wrenching grief. These are not the kinds of truths that those from normal families will ever have to experience or adjust to, nor can they even begin to fathom them. But the grief we feel is universal among victims whose trust has been destroyed, who have felt the sting of family betrayal, or whose eyes have been opened to the complete lack of caring or pure malevolence of someone we have loved for our entire lives. Only God can heal such sorrow.
To help us, our heavenly Father has sent us a comforter- The Holy Spirit. He is our Comforter, who will comfort us in our sorrow after having revealed the truth to us. Once we have seen the truth, mourned it, and come to accept it, we will then need to know what to do about it. Sisters and brothers, the Lord has that covered, too. The Holy Spirit is also our Counselor. He counsels us on how to proceed and what to do with the truth he has revealed:
I HAVE YET MANY THINGS TO SAY UNTO YOU, BUT YE CANNOT BEAR THEM NOW. HOWBEIT WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, IS COME, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: FOR HE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF HIMSELF; BUT WHATSOEVER HE SHALL HEAR, THAT SHALL HE SPEAK: AND HE WILL SHEW YOU THINGS TO COME. HE SHALL GLORIFY ME: FOR HE SHALL RECEIVE OF MINE, AND SHALL SHEW IT UNTO YOU. ALL THINGS THAT THE FATHER HATH ARE MINE: THEREFORE SAID I, THAT HE SHALL TAKE OF MINE, AND SHALL SHEW IT UNTO YOU….John 16:12-15 KJV.
The Holy Spirit makes the Word of God accessible and understandable to the children of God. When we search for answers in God’s Word, the Spirit will lead us to them. He knows everything, things we could not possibly know on our own. He reveals to us many mysteries we would have no way of understanding, were it not for the Spirit leading us. He teaches us these things and reveals these truths so that we can judge what is good and what is evil, what is of God and what is not. We, however, are not subject to the judgment of any man, because if we have the Spirit of God in us, then we have the mind of Christ:
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 OF GOD. 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. THIS IS WHAT WE SPEAK, NOT IN WORDS TAUGHT US BY HUMAN WISDOM BUT IN WORDS TAUGHT BY THE SPIRIT, EXPRESSING SPIRITUAL TRUTHS IN SPIRITUAL WORDS. 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 SPIRITUAL MAN MAKES JUDGMENTS ABOUT ALL THINGS, BUT HE HIMSELF IS NOT SUBJECT TO ANY MAN’S JUDGMENT: “FOR WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?” BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST…..1 Corinthians 2:10-16 NIV.
Several gifts of the Spirit deal with truth, revealing the truth, and understanding the truth:
NOW TO EACH ONE THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT IS GIVEN FOR THE COMMON GOOD. TO ONE THERE IS GIVEN THROUGH THE SPIRIT THE MESSAGE OF WISDOM, TO ANOTHER THE MESSAGE OF KNOWLEDGE BY MEANS OF THE SAME SPIRIT, TO ANOTHER FAITH BY THE SAME SPIRIT, TO ANOTHER GIFTS OF HEALING BY THAT ONE SPIRIT, TO ANOTHER MIRACULOUS POWERS, TO ANOTHER PROPHECY, TO ANOTHER DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN SPIRITS, TO ANOTHER SPEAKING IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF TONGUES, AND TO STILL ANOTHER THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES. ALL THESE ARE THE WORK OF ONE AND THE SAME SPIRIT, AND HE GIVES THEM TO EACH ONE, JUST AS HE DETERMINES….1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NIV.
THE REVELATION GIFTS
There are three gifts of the Spirit that specifically reveal truth to us, which we would have no way of knowing in the natural. They are known as the Revelation Gifts. The Revelation Gifts are The Word of Knowledge, The Word of Wisdom, and Discernment (Distinguishing Between Spirits).
The Word of Knowledge is knowledge given to us supernaturally of things that happened in the past or are going on in the present- information, revelation, and understanding that we would have no other way of knowing. It could be an insight into worldly facts or situations, or it could be an understanding of God’s desires or requirements for our relationships and the way we live our lives. The Word of Knowledge can manifest in a vision or dream. It might just be an impression, an intuition, or something we “sense”. It could also be a Bible verse that gets our attention and speaks to our spirit. When it happens, we will often have the conviction that a puzzle piece just fell into place, and that something which was previously confusing, hidden, or had us stymied, suddenly makes sense.
The gift of the Word of Wisdom is guidance and counsel from the Spirit on what to do with the Knowledge he has revealed to us. We cannot get this wisdom from experience, research, or studying. We can only get from God. The Spirit will tell us how to act and what to do to solve problems in a way that is right by God. The Word of Wisdom may also prophetically reveal hidden truths or something that will happen in the future.
The gift of Discernment is the supernatural ability to distinguish between spirits. It gives us insight into the spirit in which a person is operating, whether it is of God (Acts 10:30-35), of the world, of man (Acts 8:18-23), or of the devil (Acts 16:16-18). Discernment of spirits allows us to see through the confusion, lies, and false fronts that others might present. Besides discerning spirits, we might also discern actions, intentions, the times we are living in, and the gifts of others. With this gift, we have insight into the spirit realm, and the intentions, plans, and activities of the devil and his demons. The Holy Spirit will bear witness with our spirit as to whether something is of God or not.
We will find that the three Revelation Gifts usually work together to reveal truth. Another gift that reveals truth is the gift of Prophecy, which uncovers for us the secret motives of a person’s heart. The gift of Prophecy allows us to recognize and expose sin, and to convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11).
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us to increase our faith and to build others up in the faith. We may have no education, experience, or particular skill, but when the situation arises and we need it, the gift is there. When the Holy Ghost speaks to us in his still, small voice, and reveals the truth to us, we will have a peace in our spirits about what he has shown us. It makes sense, it feels right, and we know with conviction that it is the truth.
TEST THE SPIRITS
The Bible warns us not to believe or trust everyone, but to test the spirit under which they are operating. We do this by observing them and using our gifts to understand what we see:
DEAR FRIENDS, DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY SPIRIT, BUT TEST THE SPIRITS TO SEE WHETHER THEY ARE FROM GOD, BECAUSE MANY FALSE PROPHETS HAVE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD. THIS IS HOW YOU CAN RECOGNIZE THE SPIRIT OF GOD: EVERY SPIRIT THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS COME IN THE FLESH IS FROM GOD, BUT EVERY SPIRIT THAT DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS IS NOT FROM GOD. THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST, WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD IS COMING AND EVEN NOW IS ALREADY IN THE WORLD. YOU, DEAR CHILDREN, ARE FROM GOD AND HAVE OVERCOME THEM, BECAUSE THE ONE WHO IS IN YOU IS GREATER THAN THE ONE WHO IS IN THE WORLD. THEY ARE FROM THE WORLD AND THEREFORE SPEAK FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF THE WORLD, AND THE WORLD LISTENS TO THEM. WE ARE FROM GOD, AND WHOEVER KNOWS GOD LISTENS TO US; BUT WHOEVER IS NOT FROM GOD DOES NOT LISTEN TO US. THIS IS HOW WE RECOGNIZE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND THE SPIRIT OF FALSEHOOD….1 John 4:1-6 NIV.
WHEREFORE I GIVE YOU TO UNDERSTAND, THAT NO MAN SPEAKING BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD CALLETH JESUS ACCURSED: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.…1 Corinthians 12:3 KJV.
Jesus instructs us to look beneath the surface and superficial appearances to discern the true measure of a person. He tells us to take the time to observe someone, and to judge her by her fruit (Matthew 7:16-23), which is her conduct, demeanor, actions, and behavior. We need to use our spiritual gifts to do this. Is the spirit of God operating in your relative? If so, then she will not display the acts of the sinful nature (Galatians 5: 19-21). Instead, she will produce THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT in her life, which is LOVE, JOY, PEACE. PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF-CONTROL (Galatians 5:22-26). If she does not display this fruit, then the truth has just been revealed to you about her. Now you know.
YOU, HOWEVER, ARE CONTROLLED NOT BY THE SINFUL NATURE BUT BY THE SPIRIT, IF THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIVES IN YOU. AND IF ANYONE DOES NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, HE DOES NOT BELONG TO CHRIST….Romans 8:9 NIV. Since the Spirit of God IS truth, if anyone does not have truth, she does not have the Spirit of God operating in her. And conversely, anyone who does not have God’s Spirit also does not have truth in them.
I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL PEOPLE. YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY, YOUR OLD MEN WILL DREAM DREAMS, YOUR YOUNG MEN WILL SEE VISIONS. EVEN ON MY SERVANTS, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT IN THOSE DAYS…..AND EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED; FOR ON MOUNT ZION AND IN JERUSALEM THERE WILL BE DELIVERANCE, AS THE LORD HAS SAID, AMONG THE SURVIVORS WHOM THE LORD CALLS….Joel 2:28-29, 32 NIV
But the Holy Spirit is only given to the children of God. He is not given to anyone else. The children of the world, and those of the devil, do not have the Holy Spirit. They cannot flow in or understand the gifts, they cannot understand the things of God. It is not given to them to do these things. It is only given to us:
NO, WE SPEAK OF GOD’S SECRET WISDOM, A WISDOM THAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN AND THAT GOD DESTINED FOR OUR GLORY BEFORE TIME BEGAN. NONE OF THE RULERS OF THIS AGE UNDERSTOOD IT, FOR IF THEY HAD, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CRUCIFIED THE LORD OF GLORY. HOWEVER, AS IT IS WRITTEN: “NO EYE HAS SEEN, NO EAR HAS HEARD, NO MIND HAS CONCEIVED WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM”-BUT GOD HAS REVEALED IT TO US BY HIS SPIRIT…..1 Corinthians 2:7-10 NIV.
How can we overcome the work of the devil and his children? How can we overcome the insurmountable obstacles they have put in our way and break the chains they have bound us with? How can we heal from a lifetime of abuse inflicted by our relatives, whom we did not previously recognize as evil, because we could not see the truth until the Spirit revealed it to us? How can we claim victory over the enemy? Through the prophet Zechariah, God tells Zerubbabel how the mighty mountain will become level ground before him:
NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS….Zechariah 4:6 KJV. Hallelujah! Praise God!
HOLY SPIRIT=TRUTH=FREEDOM=HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is Truth, and Truth means Freedom:
NOW THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT, AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM....2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV.
The Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and the Truth leads to Freedom:
AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.....John 8:32. KJV.
Seeking, accepting, walking in, and living by the truth means freedom for us. Since we live in the Spirit of God, then we must walk in the Spirit. The Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, so we must live in and walk in the truth:
IF WE LIVE IN THE SPIRIT, LET US ALSO WALK IN THE SPIRIT (truth)....Galatians 5:25 KJV.
DON’T BE DECEIVED, MY DEAR BROTHERS. EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, COMING DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF THE HEAVENLY LIGHTS, WHO DOES NOT CHANGE LIKE SHIFTING SHADOWS. HE CHOSE TO GIVE US BIRTH THROUGH THE WORD OF TRUTH, THAT WE MIGHT BE A KIND OF FIRSTFRUITS OF ALL HE CREATED….James 1:16-18 NIV.
Brothers and Sisters, eagerly seek and earnestly pray for the gifts of the Spirit. I have prayed for Knowledge of specific situations, for Wisdom, for an increase in my ability to discern, and whatever I have asked of the Holy Spirit, he has generously blessed me with. Let him bring Truth into your life, let him shine light on those things hidden in the shadows. Ask for it, and he will give it to you. Ask him what you should do in every situation you face, in everything that troubles you, in all your dealings with your relatives and friends, and he will guide you and help you.
IT IS THE SPIRIT WHO GIVES LIFE; THE FLESH PROFITS NOTHING. THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK TO YOU ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE….John 6:63 NKJV.
STAND THEREFORE, HAVING GIRDED YOUR WAIST WITH TRUTH, HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND HAVING SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; ABOVE ALL, TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH WITH WHICH YOU WILL BE ABLE TO QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS OF THE WICKED ONE. AND TAKE THE HELMET OF SALVATION, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD….Ephesians 6:14-17 NKJV.
BUT WE OUGHT ALWAYS TO THANK GOD FOR YOU, BROTHERS LOVED BY THE LORD, BECAUSE FROM THE BEGINNING GOD CHOSE YOU TO BE SAVED THROUGH THE SANCTIFYING WORK OF THE SPIRIT AND THROUGH BELIEF IN THE TRUTH…2 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV.
DO NOT PUT OUT THE SPIRIT’S FIRE; DO NOT TREAT PROPHECIES WITH CONTEMPT. TEST EVERYTHING. HOLD ON TO THE GOOD. AVOID EVERY KIND OF EVIL…1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 NIV.
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