Every individual person brings a unique set of circumstance and needs to the table that are evolving and changing continuously. There is no better source of insight and information to navigate the maze of life than the Bible, which is the world’s greatest treasure trove of wisdom. To ensure that each one of His children correctly understands the precepts and statutes set forth in scripture, God has not left it to fate. He has assigned a ‘Personal Life Coach’ to the believer to guarantee that he is not deceived by the enemy, nor led astray by the world, but rather perfectly aware of God’s will and God’s provisions, which ensure victory over the enemy. ~ “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16.13).
Ministries of the Spirit
As is normally the case with God, everything He does is always done in the most outstanding and generous manner. So, it is no surprise that He not only commissions none other than the Holy Spirit (God Himself), moreover the Lord Jesus Christ also is made present and waiting to attend to our every consultation. We enjoy the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus. ~ “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16.7). The disciples had none of the benefits afforded to us through the life-coaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. They could ask Jesus questions from time to time; however, even though the Messiah was physically close, He was not available to them 24/7, like He is our case. Neither did the Twelve enjoy the advantage that so many take for granted — the New Testament written in the blood of the Risen Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Our ‘Life Coach’ is placed at the disposition of the Christian in the present dispensation, which includes the active ministries of the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Living Word of God. Still, in spite of all these advantages, the enemy has successfully blinded the hearts and minds of some of God’s children. ~ “Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4.18).
The Sense Ruled Christian
These are those blind children who still have not learned the difference between the voice of the Spirit and the false whispering of the serpent, which is the dialect of ‘feelings’ (the flesh). This is the ‘sense ruled Christian.’ The child who still has not learned the language of the Spirit of God, so he must rely on his feelings, his carnal senses to guide him. When he goes to a meeting, his entire perspective of the spiritual realm depends on the state of his ’emotions’ at the particular moment. He gladly follows other people, but he never follows God. If his flesh has been gratified with an exchange of customary pleasantries, a pleasing atmosphere, and the serving of refreshments; he is sure to confirm that he ‘felt’ the presence of God, when in fact God was all the time calling him into a closer and more intimate relationship. But how, he complains, is one to distinguish the voice of the Spirit from one’s own feelings or thoughts? ~ “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4.12).
It all comes down to how much of the living word one takes the time to sow into his heart. The carnal Christian never has time for trivial things like the reading and meditation of the word of God. This person ‘has a (carnal) life’ to live. He does not know that the word of God is ‘living’ because it is filled with the Holy Spirit. The more of the word of God that inhabits the heart, the louder the voice of the Spirit is heard — ‘… actively discerning between the thoughts of the mind and the thoughts of the heart (spirit).’ Walking in the spirit is nothing more than identifying the difference between one’s own thoughts and feelings, as opposed to the ‘thoughts of his heart,’ his reborn spirit which is in constant counsel with his own personal Life Coach.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
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