“Sometimes we read the Bible with a preconceived knowledge. Like we already know what the passage is about before we even read it. We become too familiar with scripture and over familiarity clogs our heart from understanding what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us.”
In this blog post, I will be discussing how the Holy Spirit teaches us and guides us through Scripture and how we can then apply it to our everyday lives. As we walk through this blog post, I want us as Christians to reflect on how the Holy Spirit has been teaching us.
As we go through this week; I would like us to ask ourselves this question: Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us God’s Word? Are we letting God’s Spirit convict us? This leads me to read Proverbs 18:15 where the author speaks of the heart and how the discerning acquires knowledge and how the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
“15. The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
I think this verse applies us as we let the Holy Spirit teach us because it’s the heart of the prudent or discerning or wise that acquires the knowledge; however, we see that it’s the ear of the wise that truly seeks the knowledge. Well, what does this mean? In my opinion, I think that it all boils down to a heart issue.
In order for the wise to seek the knowledge, we as Christians have to incline our ears to the voice of God and ask Him for interpretation on the Scriptures we read or else we will get lost trying to make sense of the Scriptures ourselves and how they can apply to our lives. In addition, in order for us as Christians and as people to understand the Scriptures we read, we have to be wise and discerning which ultimately stems from the heart.
It’s from the heart of us as Christians that we are able to receive knowledge and it’s from us inclining our ears to the Holy Spirit that we seek knowledge from the Scriptures. Our heart reveals where our faith and trust really lie.
When the Holy Spirit tries to teach us, are we trusting the Holy Spirit that God has everything working out for our good? As the Holy Spirit begins to teach us, we as Christians should learn to let the Holy Spirit guide us. We need to let the Holy Spirit teach us the statutes of the Lord.
“In order for the wise to seek the knowledge, we as Christians have to incline our ears to the voice of God and ask Him for interpretation on the Scriptures we read…”
In her blog post entitled, “Don’t Abandon Instruction”, T.R. Noble of Inside Cup writes on this very topic. In the post, T.R. said, “Sometimes when we feel like we are in the dark it is because we have our eyes and our mind on the wrong things. We are focused on distractions. Turn to Him and listen.”
I like this quote by T.R. because sometimes, we may be more focused on distractions and other matters in our lives that our ears can turn God out. But, that’s a problem, because when we start to focus on the distractions in our lives instead of listening to God; our distractions can become our problems.
In Psalms 119: 33-40, the author (presumably King David) writes to the Lord, asking Him that He teach him to observe and live by the statutes that Lord has in place; to incline his heart to the testimony of God. As Christians, we have to ask ourselves these questions on whether or not we are inclining our ears to the Holy Spirit and if we aren’t; what’s preventing us from “hearing” the Holy Spirit teach us?
Psalms 119:33-40 says, “33. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. 34. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. 36. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.
In verse 37, it says, “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. 38. Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You. 39. Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good. 40. Behold, I long for your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness.”
“We as Christians should start to ask the Father to help us and teach us in understanding the Scriptures we are reading.”
I love this series of verses because I feel that it all points towards us as Christians today. We as Christians should learn to ask the Father and subsequently the Holy Spirit to teach us and give us understanding. How are we to grow as Christians if we don’t understand what the Scriptures are saying and how we can apply them to our lives?
While doing this blog post, the Holy Spirit has been teaching me through reading the Book of Joshua about Christian living and how I could apply this to my life.
1). We need to learn to depend on God as our Source of Strength.
In Joshua 8:18, God tasks Joshua with defeating and killing all of the people of the city of Ai. In chapter 7 verse 3, we see the Israelites try to defeat the people of Ai on their own strength and end up losing 36 men because they choose to rely on their own strength instead of the Lord’s and the fact that Achan of tribe of Judah coveted gold and silver that was consecrated to the Lord.
In Joshua 8:18, it says, “18. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Stretch out the spear that is in your hand towards Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the spear that was in his hand toward the city.” This verse is really important because just like Moses did years ago; Joshua relied on God’s strength to win the battle instead of his own.
We can learn that by our own strength; we fail but through God’s strength we have victory. Through God’s strength, we win the battles in our lives, not by our own strength.
“We as Christians and as people must learn to depend on the Lord for anything we need. There is no shame in asking the Father for strength, peace, or endurance to continue running the race of life.”
2). Fear is nothing when we are in the presence of God.
Throughout the first 11 chapters of Joshua, we see God continually provide comfort and reassurance to Joshua in his time of need. If God can do that for Joshua, how much more can He do for us? God will continually provide reassurance and comfort for us in our time of need.
Joshua 1:9 says, “9. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” This verse is one of my favorite because it’s a reminder to me that I don’t have to be afraid knowing that God is with me and will never leave.
Fear is the enemy of our relationship with Christ. It can turn or greatest moments into moments of feeling worthless, being fearful of rejection, feeling like we are nothing. But, we shouldn’t let fear dictate or control our lives; instead, God calls us to be strong and courageous.
“Fear is the enemy of our relationship with Christ… we shouldn’t let fear dictate or control our lives; instead, God calls us to be strong and courageous.“
This reminds me of a song by Christian artist Zach Williams called, “Fear is a Liar”. I love this song because it’s a strong reminder to me that fear is a liar and everything that is saying is to keep us in bondage and keep us from running to the Father.
It should be a reminder for us as Christians that fear is one of Satan’s weapons that he uses against us because he knows that if we overcome our fear and lean on God; nothing can stand in our way from achieving the life God has in store for us. One of my favorite parts of the song is the chorus because it opens our eyes to the lies that we let fear tell us.
“Fear, he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar”
In the end, though, everything that the Holy Spirit teaches us is to make us more and more like the person God has created us to be since we were born. God calls us to be strong and courageous and not be afraid. He is the source of our strength and if He is the source of our strength; why do we remain fearful of things God has already said that we have overcome?
As we go throughout our lives, we as Christians need to let the Holy Spirit teach us because it’s through the Holy Spirit teaching us that we gain a different perspective on the situations that we face in our everyday lives.
So, How does the Holy Spirit teach you?
Do you allow the Holy Spirit to teach you? If yes, What has He been teaching you lately? If no, What’s preventing you?
Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us God’s Word?
When the Holy Spirit tries to teach us, are we trusting the Holy Spirit that God has everything working out for our good?
T.R. Noble. “Don’t Abandon Instruction”, 13 Mar 2018, nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com, https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/13/dont-abandon-instruction/ . Accessed 12 May 2018.
“Zach Williams – Fear Is a Liar (Official Music Video)”. Youtube, uploaded by Zach Williams, 19 Jan 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1srs1YoTVzs . Accessed 12 May 2018.
Author Unknown. “Joshua 8:18”, http://biblepic.com/joshua/8-18.htm#.Wvd3VIgvzIW . Accessed 12 May 2018.
Author Unknown. “Proverbs 18:15”, http://biblepic.com/50/proverbs_18-15.htm#.Wvd2q4gvzIW . Accessed 12 May 2018.
Charles, Erica. “OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO SUCCESS Joshua 3:1-5 (NIV)”, http://slideplayer.com/slide/8491513/ . Accessed 12 May 2018.
McClain, Don. “David’s Oxcart & Uzzah’s Error” 12 Nov 2014, https://www.slideshare.net/DonMcClain/davids-oxcart-uzzahs-error . Accessed 12 May 2018.