Preparing for Spiritual Warfare (Lesson 3 of 4) Continues
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE TEACHER OF ALL TRUTH (JOHN 16:13) AMP
The Bible tells us in John 8:32 know the truth and the truth will set us free. Freedom is what we all seek. Freedom to determine our own destiny, and in doing so, we know that we are assured by the word of God that by holding onto His unchanging hands our victory in this race is a fore gone conclusion.
Nevertheless, here is the one thing you must know concerning the truth. Listen to what the word says, “13But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. (John 16:13) AMP).
Jesus said the Holy Spirit 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.” The word guide means, “To show the way in unknown territory.” God uses the Holy Spirit to grow and edify you, stretch and mature you, to build you up, and then take you to the next level of spiritual maturity. It is a level that you have never, seen before it is unknown territory. However, know without a doubt, that you are promised, a personal trainer who is the Spirit of truth. He will come alongside you to guide you in the new place.
He knows what you need and He will never fail you. A strange dynamic occurs between a trainer and trainee. The trainee is always complaining to the trainer about what he cannot do. The truth of the matter is that a good trainer knows more about the trainee than the trainee does. He knows where he is weak and where he is strong. He knows how quickly his muscles will respond to certain kinds of training. He knows when he is tired or just being lazy. A really good trainer can look at you and tell you if you’ve been eating the right foods or if you’ve gotten enough sleep the night before. The trainer knows the trainee’s past history. He puts the trainee on an exercise program tailored for his needs to achieve the desired goal. Always during exercise, the trainer is right there, next to the trainee. He never goes on a coffee break. He never turns his back.
He takes you to the next level. Whenever the trainer puts the trainee into weight-lighting position, the trainer makes sure there is enough weight on the bar to help the trainee advance to the next level. When the trainee gets in weight-lifting position, the trainer is right there, whispering into his ear, “You said you wanted to get stronger. You said you wanted to grow. You said you wanted to build endurance and stamina. Now, lift that weight.” The Holy Spirit will encourage you by reminding you of the prize of God’s high calling. He will remind you of times past when you thought you could not carry the weight of your problems, but He was right there showing you how. Sometimes the trainee tries to negotiate with the trainer. He will say his load is too heavy or that the trainer requires him to lift too much weight. “Would you please, sir, take off some of this weight?” However, the trainer knows what his pupil needs. He tries to help the trainee get stronger. He knows the trainee only gets stronger by lifting something heavy. Likewise, the Holy Spirit knows you cannot exercise yourself unto godliness by doing what you are used to doing, what is easy to do. He knows you have to go through pain sometimes. He knows you have to be taken to new plateaus of faith, new levels of understanding in the Word, greater depths in meditation, and further intimacy in prayer.
He stands ready to help. He will never turn his back on you, because He is also your spotter. If He sees you straining, and sweating, and about to throw in the towel, He takes notice. A good trainer always stands close enough to place one finger on the load you are trying to lift. If it looks like the bar is about to fall, a good trainer will hold it for a spell to give you some rest. He is there to make sure you do not collapse under too much weight. After all, He has a promise to keep:”God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able” (1Cor. 10:13). He will never let the bar fall on you and injure you.
Do you know what it is like to struggle with a heavy load only to have God step in to let you rest? God puts His Holy Ghost finger underneath your load and lifts it for you. In the midst of your struggle, you find yourself able to lift your burden. Before you know it, you hear something in your ear. Before you know it, you are getting stronger. You are able to lift up your problems, discouragement, and heartache. The power of the Holy Ghost helps you to run on in Jesus name. If you keep working out with your Holy Ghost trainer, you will find after awhile that your burden feels a little bit lighter. It is not really lighter; it is just you have gotten bigger spiritual muscles. You have the joy of the Lord, which is your strength. You have heaven in your view.
He gets results. I go to the gym regularly. I have noticed that people who leave the gym have a walk about them. They have a little more glide in their stride. They may not even have lost any weight, but they know that as long as they keep going to the gym, one day the pounds will come off. If you are regularly exercising spiritually, you know your troubles will come off. You know your trails will one day be outdated. You know discouragement will not be with you always. You might as well start thanking your Trainer right now, even if you have not lost a pound. You know, if you are exercising spiritually, that He is the best Trainer there is. Moreover, if you look around at some of His other clients, you know that those who stick with Him see miraculous results.