|Hungry for God’s Word|
The Effects of the Spirit (2)
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.”
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The heart cry of the saved
For where the Spirit comes to dwell, He comes to feed us with God’s Truth. He is the Spirit of Truth (Jn. 14:26), the Author of Scripture (2 Pet. 1.21), and the one Person of the Trinity Who can guide us into all Truth (Jn. 16:13). He will teach us all the things which Jesus Christ has spoken in His Word (Jn. 14:26) by comparing Scripture with Scripture to bring to light the eternal and life-changing truths of God (1 Cor. 2:12, 13). The Spirit of God is thus, in the first instance, the Teacher Whom God has sent to build us up in the Truth. If we have the Spirit dwelling in us, we will be eager and growing students in His classroom, hungering like Jeremiah for more of the Word and Truth of God every day.
The presence of glory
We can know that we are learning from God’s Spirit in two ways: when we have the sense of being in the presence of God and His glory (2 Cor. 3:12-18), and when we experience conviction such that we take seriously the work of changing our lives (Jn. 16:8-11). Paul taught that, when we are studying the Scriptures, as the Spirit is present with us and we are waiting on Him to teach us (Ps. 139:23, 24; 1 Cor. 2:12, 13), we will begin to be aware of a kind of “heavy” spiritual presence, making itself known to our minds and hearts. We will discover ourselves in the very presence of God Himself, as He speaks to us from His Word. The effect of this will be to heighten our joy in reading and to make us more attentive to the passage we’re considering.
You can know that you have the Spirit of God when you hunger for God’s Word and He feeds you by His Spirit, for a life of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Kingdom of God.
Is your own time with the Word of God what it ought to be? Are you consistent each day? Do you have that sense of being in the presence of God’s glory? Are you regularly brought under conviction? Meditate on these questions, then meet with some Christian friends and lead them in a discussion using these questions. See if you can reach some conclusions that will allow you to help one another make better use of your time in God’s Word.
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture references are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.