“For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.”
“The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
Romans 8:16 “The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
There is such a thing as the inward witness of the Holy Spirit with our spirit. It is the Spirit of God giving a nudge to our spirit that we are the children of God. Today’s opening Scripture tells us that when we are born again, when we are born anew into God’s family as God’s children, by believing in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confessing Him as Lord, the Spirit of God then comes into us by faith and bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. He impresses on us a gentle knowing within us that we no longer belong to satan, and that we have crossed from death unto life; and that we are God’s children now.
The assurance or confirmation that we are saved and are a new creation does not only come from the witness of the Word, which says if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from death, we shall be saved (Romans 10:9-10); but also comes from the witness of the Spirit of God with our spirit deep within us. Hallelujah! We know deep within us by the witness of the Spirit of God that we are the children of God.
This is chief of all the knowledge of God as touching us and our destiny. Other things as touching God’s plan and purpose for us come to us by the same witness of the Spirit. In other words, God guides us basically by the witness
of the Spirit of God with our spirit. The same way we knew and still know that we are the children of God by the witness of the Spirit with our spirit, we also know what God’s will is for us. Beloved, the Lord will guide you through the inner witness of the Spirit with your spirit. Proverbs 20:27 tells us that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. God will guide you primarily by His Spirit bearing witness with your spirit.
Beloved, you must learn to discern or perceive the witness of the Spirit with your spirit. When you ‘feel’ or perceive like a red light or strong reluctance; or a green light or ecstasy within your spirit as to a matter, or a decision you have made or about to make, don’t ignore it. Take time to pray about it, and it will be clear within you what that sign or witness is about. Learn to look within before you take a leap. Learn to operate from inside out. You will succeed greatly this way.
My Solid Front (Confession): I acknowledge that the Spirit of God will guide me primarily through the
inward witness; therefore I am careful to pay attention to the nudging of the Spirit within me at all times
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.