God’s grip upon us is a sure and solid grip. His are the hands that never let go. But in the midst of doubts and questions, hardship and suffering, when we are wandering from God, and even in the most ordinary of days, we can forget this truth. We can wonder, God, do I really belong to you?
The Holy Spirit speaks to us, assuring us of our salvation in Christ and of our right standing with the Lord God. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (NIV).
The Enemy will try and speak a false identity to us. But the Spirit of God speaks to us our true identity as children of God. God’s own Spirit speaks truth over you. “And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us” (1 John 3:24 NIV).
Last week we explored the idea that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. Jesus said in John 16:13, “But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (NIV). The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2 about the things revealed by the Spirit of God: The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. (1 Corinthians 2:10–12 NIV)
Consider reading those verses from 1 Corinthians 2 one more time. It is astonishing what God has invited us into through the Holy Spirit. We have received the Spirit who is from God, “so that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
As speakers and preachers share God’s Word, as we gather in community to study Scripture, in our personal study, in prayer, as we daily follow Christ, the Spirit of God leads us to the truth. Jesus told us in John 14:26, “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
As we close our study today, receive this prayer from Ephesians 1:17–19: I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (NIV)
We pray that the Holy Spirit will give wisdom and revelation as He enlightens your heart today.