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As we approach the end of 2018 and walk into a brand new 2019, our prayer is that you will be filled with perfect peace and fullness of joy! This is exactly what we are promised when we choose to do everything led by the Spirit and not by our own human nature or reasoning. In this letter, Jenny and I felt impressed by the Lord to remind you that you are precious and valuable to Him; and He has promised to not only be with you, but lead you in the way you should go.
In Nehemiah 9:19, Nehemiah reminds God of His faithfulness to guide the children of Israel in their journey to the promised land: "You in Your great mercy forsook them not in the wilderness; the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day to lead them in the way, nor the pillar of fire by night to light the way they should go." As wonderful as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night was to give God's people direction, we have a far better source of direction. We have the Spirit of God living inside us and His written Word to show us the way. We just need to pay attention to His Word and listen as the Holy Spirit makes its practical wisdom clear to us.
Please keep reading this letter all the way to the end, because Jenny and I want to show you how the Holy Spirit will make God's Word far more than just general knowledge to you. You can receive revelation knowledge that causes you to know and see things from His perspective. This kind of knowledge is what gives us the upper hand in any situation we face. Having God's perspective not only gives us clear direction, it gives us the confidence to move forward in the right direction and not be swayed from it.
John 17:17 tells us that God's Word is truth, and in John 14:17 we are told that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. It also says we know and recognise Him because He lives inside us. Now take a look at what Jesus says about the Holy Spirit in John 16:13-15:
13 "But 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].
14 He will honour and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
15 Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you."
Jesus said everything that belongs to the Father belongs to Him, and the Holy Spirit will take it all and disclose and transmit it to us. What a powerful promise; God does not want to withhold anything from you! He takes no pleasure in seeing you groping around in the dark, not knowing which way to go, or what to say, or what decision to make. His desire is to show you everything you need to see and know about your situation, from His perspective, so that you can move forward informed and confident and victoriously.
Now, in light of all this, take a look at what Ephesians 1:17 says: "[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,"
The word "wisdom" in this verse is from an old Greek word sophias. It was used to describe insight or wisdom not naturally attained. In other words, this is not natural human wisdom. This is God's own special insight and is far superior than our own limited wisdom. Do you remember what Isaiah 55:9 says, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts."? That doesn't mean God is saying we aren't supposed to know certain things. On the contrary, Jesus clearly told us that because of the Holy Spirit living inside us, everything concerning God is transmitted to us. In fact, He doesn't just want us to know His thoughts, He wants us to keep our thoughts in harmony with His! Philippians 4:8 and Romans 12:2 urge us to have our minds fixed on and renewed to the thoughts of God!
The word "revelation" is from the word apokalupsis. It refers to something that has been veiled or hidden for a long time and then suddenly, almost instantaneously, becomes clear and visible to the mind or eye.
The word "grant" is from the Greek word didomi, which means to hand something over completely to someone else. It could also be translated to impart.
Rick Renner, in his first volume of Sparkling Gems From the Greek, paraphrases Ephesians 1: 17 like this: "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you special insight —I'm talking about wisdom that is not naturally attained. This is the divine moment when the curtains are drawn back, and you are supernaturally enabled to see what you could never see by yourself..."
God has all the answers we will ever need and they're not as far from us as we may think. He wants to reveal His perfect will to us, from His Word, in a way that it transcends a mental understanding to something that is revealed directly to our hearts by His Holy Spirit. When we spend time meditating on His Word, His Holy Spirit will cause it to light up in our hearts, it will bring such joy and peace and nothing will be able to shake us loose from it.
As you All you keep the Word before you and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal exactly what you need to know to see His perspective and walk in His perfect will, He will do just that because it's what He really wants to do! In one moment, He will remove the veil of ignorance and help you see clearly the things you need to understand.
Jenny and I want to thank you for your love and continued, generous support towards this ministry. We love you and thank God for you. As you take the truth from this letter to heart, we pray it will stir up and strengthen your faith in the Lord and cause you to walk in His clear and perfect will for you through this Christmas season, and into the brand new year of 2019!
From our own family and the family of Faith Broadcasting Network, we wish you a very blessed Christmas and a most prosperous New Year!
We love and appreciate you!
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