By Kendra Clarke
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26-28).
We so often convince ourselves that we and we alone know what is best for us, when God knows us better than we think we know ourselves. We jump in and out of relationships, based on the wrong things. We act first, based on what we see, hear and feel but what is missing in the equation, is consulting God about the person “He” has selected for us. Many times, we as Christians get an uneasy feeling, which signals to us to, proceed with caution, don’t even think about, that’s not for you, or to run away. However, we ignore the Holy Spirit’s promptings or warnings, especially if it is counter to what we have already decided we want to do, choosing instead to be led by our hearts and other body parts, moving forward to whatever end.
All Scripture Inspired by God
We say that we don’t really know what God expects from us or that we do not recognize His voice when He speaks to our spirits, but everything we need to know about everything, can be found in His Word. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right”. Therefore, anyone or anything that requires us to act outside of what God has spoken, should steer us in the opposite direction. I have experienced these very promptings throughout my life, but didn’t recognize what they were early on. I doubted what I was feeling, I thought that it was fear talking and chose to follow my heart instead. Looking back over my experiences, I could have spared myself un-necessary pain and heartache had I only adhered to the Holy Spirit’s warnings and reacted accordingly.
Better to Hurt Now Than Later
Sometimes, we avoid going to God, because we fear that His answer will be “no” or to “wait”, which we believe will lead to heart-break. But it is often better to hurt now, than to hurt later. Deep down inside, we know what we should and should not be doing, but our flesh constantly gets in the way. In Romans 7:14-20, the Apostle Paul describes this struggle between flesh and spirit so accurately, “For we know that the Law is spiritual: but we are flesh, sold under sin. We do not understand what we do. For what we want to do we do not do, but what we hate we do. And if we do what we do not want to do, we agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer we who do it, but it is the sin living in us. We know that nothing good lives in us, that is, in our flesh; for we have the desire to do what is good, but we cannot carry it out. For we do not do the good we want to do, but the evil we do not want to do–this we keep on doing.” We know this struggle all to well. This is why we needed Jesus.