Develop Spiritual Perception

May 27: God Guides from Inside Out

John 7:37-38

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

1Kings 19:11-13

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Our opening Scripture reveals something very important about the operation of the Spirit of God. It tells us that anyone who believes in Jesus, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly (heart, spirit, the core of his being) shall flow rivers of living water. This is a revelation of how the Spirit operates in our lives. He flows from inside out; He operates from inside out, not the other way round. The guidance of God is from inside out. The Spirit has come to make our bodies His abode. We are the temple of God. Therefore, the Spirit dwells in believers to guide us from within, to instruct us from within, to lead us from inside out. This is very simple to understand that the Spirit will guide us from inside out. Proverbs 20:27 tells us that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly or heart. This speaks of God guiding us from the inside. You don’t expect Him to guide you from the outside. That is unscriptural expectation. The Spirit lives in you, not outside of you. Guidance, therefore, will come from within you. Praise God!

Knowing that the Spirit guides from within, we must learn to draw and receive guidance from Him by looking out for His instructions from within. This is why you must learn to withdraw within, have a closet life, a life behind the scene; don’t be an outward person, making noise out loud in your mind, and full of activities here and there. You must have time for prayer and for meditation in the Word. As you do that, you can withdraw within and hear what the Spirit of God is saying to your spirit. God is going to guide you through your spirit, so you must withdraw within, away from the noise, and be able to know what God is doing in your life, deep within the inner crevices of your heart. Learn to minister to the Lord and calm down in His presence, praying, studying His Word; you will hear God’s voice. God’s voice is not in the hustle and bustle; it is not in the earthquake, or in the wind, or in the shaking; His voice is in the calmness of your spirit, in quiet confidence in Him. Take time to pray in tongues and listen for the voice or witness of the Spirit with your spirit. This is how to receive divine guidance.

 

My Solid Front (Confession): 

I declare in the Name of Jesus, that I make room for the Spirit of God to guide me.  My heart is open to receive, and I am sensitive to the guidance of my Father on the inside of me. Amen.

Further Meditation:

Psalms 18:28; Proverbs 20:27.