Daily Devotional 8-5-19

Spirit of Truth
By Julie White  
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
We hear voices. They aren’t audible voices, at least not for most of us. But despite their subtleties, we have a stethoscope to hear three distinct messengers within us: our own thoughts, God’s voice, and the adversary’s lies. The predicament is that all three voices wrap themselves in our own vocabulary and speech patterns. They sound like us. If we aren’t discerning, we can hardly tell the difference.
That’s where the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit comes in. He is the review board among these voices, distinguishing His own from ours and the enemy’s. If we listen for Him, the flaws in our own thinking are revealed and the lies of the evil one are exposed like x-rays showing fractures. The more we focus on His truth through prayer and scripture reading, the more we recognize the deviations from it. Intimacy with Him makes voices clearer.
My question in matters like this is “how?” I tend to want a procedure check list for things of this sort, and, in this case, for cultivating deeper intimacy; to hear His voice (feel His leading) even more clearly–and more often. And God’s answer, as always, is to keep listening, keep asking, keep searching; not physical therapy, but Spiritual therapy.
Scripture says, don’t look for a step-by-step plan, look to HIM. Ask the Holy Spirit to be an alarm signal in your heart to alert you to false perceptions and to present His words with such vitality that they come alive as you hear them. Then, expect God to do surgery within you, separating corrupted and cancerous ideas from the life-giving inspirational ones He provides. We may not notice the process, but we’ll feel the results; a greater discernment and sensitivity to His leading.  And His insurance plan comes with a generous promise: The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, thank you for helping me sort out the voices in my mind. Thank you for your promise to protect me from deception and lead me in Truth. Please fill me with the life-giving inspiration of Your heart and help me communicate it to others.