Reading The Bible with the Holy Spirit
God has given me a scripture to start today’s post, Proverbs 8:14. But I have no idea what will happen after that, so I am trusting the Holy Spirit will guide me and bring revelation. Let’s see where He takes us.
“You will find true success when you find me,
For I have insight into wise plans that are designed just for you.
I hold in my hands living-understanding, courage, and strength.
They’re all ready and waiting for you.”
Proverbs 8:14 TPT
I read this scripture in The Bible last week. It encouraged and challenged me.
It encouraged me with the thought that God has a wise plan designed just for me. And He has a wise plan designed just for you too.
It challenged me with “You will find true success when you find me” – What is “true success”? And what does it mean to “find God”?
What is ‘true success’?
I don’t have a succinct answer to what is “true success”, but for me, I know that is has something to do with the closeness of my relationship with God. My heart is to keep drawing closer and closer to God.
Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you. But make sure you cleanse your life, you sinners, and keep your heart pure and stop doubting. James 4:8 TPT
Oh look, there are another few challenges …. cleanse your life… keep your heart pure… stop doubting. I need some help with those actions. Thank you Holy Spirit that you are my helper.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17 NIV
And thank you God that your grace is sufficient for me every time I get it wrong.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
Going back to Proverbs 8:14, God has a wise plan that is perfectly designed for each of us, and when we are weak and rely on God, we have more of Christ’s power is us. The power that raises the dead to life.
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians
Here is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, asking God to give them wisdom, revelation, and to experience the power of God.
I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.
I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!
I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming!
And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ and has given him the highest rank above all others. And now we, his church, are his body on the earth and that which fills him who is being filled by it!
Ephesians 1:17-23 TPT
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!
Reading The Bible with the Holy Spirit leads us to Jesus
WOW! When I started writing this post, I had only two things, firstly the scripture from Proverbs 8:14, and secondly a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to guide in writing this post. And look where we ended up – with a declaration about Jesus and His power ….
And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming! Ephesians 1:21
This is exactly where we need to be – focusing on Jesus – the author and perfecter of our faith.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
So what is the purpose of this post? To encourage you, on occasions, to wander through the scriptures, don’t stop at the first one you read, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in where to go next. Let Him direct your time reading The Bible, and be open to what He wants to reveal to you. Time spent in God’s Word, with an open heart, will always be a blessing to you.