There are two methods to learning the secrets of God. No, I will re phrase that; for most people there is only one methodology to coming to the knowledge of the Most High.
We are familiar with the learning of doctrines, catechisms, facts of the Bible and so on using our intellect. This is our mind active in learning and gaining biblical knowledge, which begins when we are exposed to the church and scriptures. Such learning is carried through from its infancy to higher learning at a theological college resulting in a degree. Some have called this learning the 'milk of the word.' This is gaining spiritual wisdom using our soul.
Then there is the learning of spiritual wisdom from the Holy Spirit, which is a subject many are aware of but few tend to be actively engaged in. Why do I say this? Simply in our fallen state and living in a corrupt world, our soul tends to be the driver of our being and doing.
When God created Adam and Eve it was his desire that the learning of His precepts, laws, knowledge and mind-set of their creator was to be centered in their spirits. The Bible calls this 'deep calling to deep.' Where the centre of mankind's life force was to be his spirit, which in turn was to govern and control the soul and body. But the fall has moved the centre of our being to the soul: will, emotions and mind.
Many believers are aware of this deeper learning for they have gained this knowledge through their intellectual study of the scriptures; but few have turned their face to the Lord and have cried out in hunger for more wisdom and knowledge. As a deer longs for the fresh cool waters and a thirsty man aches for water in a desert, few have taken up setting their face towards God and hungering and thirsting for his teachings.
There are many reasons for this lack of communion with the Holy Spirit but notably it involves suffering one way or another. We as a human race do not enjoy suffering, for us in the western world in particular; enjoy our comforts far too much.
Jesus as he walked the earth as the righteous sinless Son of God was required to learn obedience, so to we who are longing to follow in his footsteps will 'share in his sufferings.' For many disciples this is all too hard.
But as I see it, I cannot come into deeper revelation of the things of God without suffering; whether physical, mental, financial, being misunderstood or what-ever. For God will arrange our circumstances to sear his personal words into our spirit, but only as we are prepared to be stretched like a rubber band.
Here is the rub: not many believers are willing to let go and become broken bread and crushed grapes for however long and deep as God determines. How many disciples are willing to be lead through the valley of death? Are we willing to be left in the valley of weeping for a season?
Could we handle the terror of a lion's den and a burning furnace? Could we bring ourselves to re marry our wife who was unfaithful as a prostitute? What about being mis understood and rejected like Jeremiah? Or like Joseph as the story is told in Genesis? I could go on giving Biblical examples.
The Bible tells us to seek wisdom for such will bring God's blessings but these are wrapped up in the death and suffering of Christ.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3 NIV
Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:13 NIV
We cannot escape this pathway, for until we face up to this truth we can never really claim to know the secret things of God. O how I long for teachers and preachers to walk this pathway before they stand up and teach either verbally or in a written/blog form.
Those who are reading this, it behoove us to find and listen to biblical teaching from those saints who have been consecrated and set aside by God for his glory. For these disciples have not only an intellectual knowledge but have been broken vessels under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit.
The time is short, for towards the end, there will be much spurious teaching being espoused in the name of Jesus that many believers will be short-changed. Not only 'led up the garden path' but many will be judged as having falling short, when they reckoned they were in and OK.
My prayer is that those who blog on this site will know of the deep things of God and long to be taught and instructed by the Holy Spirit.
The secret of the Lord is for those who fear him: Psalm 25:14 NASB
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I wish words could do this priceless, insightful blog the justice it deserves, but they escape me suffice to say that this content was "exactly" the inspiration from God I needed this morning and it has blessed me beyond expression.
All I can say is,
Thank you for sharing this.
The Holy Spirit is always there and often missed through distractions we allow in.
Thanks for the reminder.
Really enjoyed this word and reading through it two thoughts kept coming to mind.
1.) Paul studying under Gamaliel to become a Pharisee of Pharisee's but upon conversion spent years in the desert being taught of of the Holy Spirit the God breathed meanings of the OT and The Lord Jesus Christ.
2.) You reminded me of our pastor now with the Lord of 20 years who almost quietly stated two or three during his years as a shepherd of the Lord constraining him on speaking any new significant learning until it was a part of his life for a year.
How we live the life of Christ in the Spirit provides the foundation and authority the word of our live are real.
Great message from God and blessings in Christ,
Well said, brother! :D