In John 16:13, Jesus said, “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 show you things to come.”
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal guide, someone who would watch over you and be sure that you always made the right decisions? You would have your own personal financial advisor, family counselor, and mediator. If this person were trustworthy, you could listen to their advice—knowing that they had your best interest at heart. Well, we do have such a guide and He dwells right inside us and is with us all the time. His wisdom is always available. All we have to do is learn to listen and respond appropriately. The disciples were dependent on Jesus to help them understand spiritual truths as well as everyday life. When Jesus left, the Holy Spirit came to dwell with us and in us so that we have access to the wisdom of God.
All of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in the Person of the Holy Spirit and He dwells within us! Paying attention to our inward witness—some people call this an intuition—can prevent tragedy in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit and through that inner knowing we can follow His guidance.
Each person is unique and the guidance we receive is unique to us. Knowing our inward witness is one of the most difficult to describe, because knowledge is simply a concept. It is not physical, nor can you really “know” something, you just know it! Many times I have had this “knowing” about certain people. I’ve either known they were of a good spirit, or sometimes I’ve just known they were not to be trusted, something was just wrong with them. How do you explain it? The Holy Spirit certainly knows all things, but I didn’t hear a voice or have a vision. I didn’t seek an “answer,” but rather this was just an instantaneous knowledge that was transmitted to me and I received.
In Romans 8:26-27, the Apostle Paul imparts to us some very important information. “Likewise, the Spirit (The Holy Spirit) also helps our infirmities (or inabilities to know), for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (in articulate speech). And He Who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the Saints according to the will of God.”
I believe that people carry their “stuff” with them all the time. Their “stuff” could be all the decisions they’ve made, all the acts they committed, their beliefs and disbeliefs, their thoughts, and motives. They wear them like they wear their clothes. Sometimes this “stuff” appears in their physical features. Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “Boy, have they had a hard life!” You can see it in their face. But the good news is that power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word can make changes in someone from the inside out. I’ve met Christians who have lived terrible lives in the past, but you can’t see it or know it, because they have totally let go of the past, and it’s no longer in them. The real challenge with “knowing” is to remain non-judgmental even when you know things by the Spirit.
Again, Paul helps us with these words from 2 Corinthians 2:11-12, “For what man knows the things of a man, save (except) the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
Knowing will help us and guide us to make the right decisions. But it’s not helpful to use that knowledge to judge another person’s life. Just observe and move on. Also, be aware that what a person carries with them right now could be different a year from now depending on their spiritual growth. Part of the “stuff” we carry with us that is perceptible to everyone’s “knower’ is the intangible beliefs and thoughts. When a person carries a “victim-mentality”, others perceive this, especially perpetrators who victimize others. That is one of the reasons that the cycles keep repeating in their lives.
Through knowing or sensing what is surrounding another person, we can avoid many pitfalls and not become involved with the wrong people. Regardless, it’s always of imperative necessity to listen for the Holy Spirit on the inside of you. Sometimes as the Holy Spirit guides you, He will give you the answer before you even know the question. The Holy Spirit will put a knowing down inside you! We can all learn great lessons, as we allow the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher, our Comforter, and our Guide.
As always, I want to encourage you to stay in faith, stay in prayer, stay in the Word; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and remember “God loves you; we love you and JESUS IS LORD!”
In the Service of Our King,
Darrell G. Harrelson