How can I rightly comprehend God's truth?
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
By Dr. Charles Stanley
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Whenever God speaks to us, His first goal is that we may comprehend the truth. He desires that we fully understand His meaning.
God has given His Holy Spirit to each one of us. As believers, we can have a personal relationship with the Father because the Spirit lives within us. He knows the mind of God perfectly (1 Cor. 2:10), and He communicates to our spirits the truth God wants us to hear. He wants us to grow in three primary areas:
The truth about Himself. God wants us to grasp His majesty, His holiness, His power, His love, His grace, and His joy. When we begin to comprehend these mighty truths about the person of God, we find our lives enriched, enabled, and energized. Paul wrote that his ultimate aim in life was to know Christ (Phil. 3:10).
The truth about ourselves. God wants us to realize our part in His eternal plan. But most of all, He wants us to know our position in Christ. Since we are one with Him, all of His divine privileges become ours. His righteousness is ours because He abides in us. We can appropriate His wisdom and sanctification because we belong to Him. Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and this ensures our eternal status as God’s children.
The truth about other people. God wants us to view people as His chosen instruments and His creations. Some years ago, the Father began sifting me, sanding me, and pruning me, until I thought nothing would be left. A friend walked with me through this deep valley. Sometimes, my words may have seemed harsh, but he never reacted. He would just say, “I understand. What can I do to help?” He never rejected me or showed disappointment; he never angrily admonished me. When I poured out my feelings to him, he just loved me. He wept with me, prayed with me, laughed with me, and patiently listened to me. Through his unwavering love we developed an unbreakable bond of deep friendship that strengthened my own intimacy with God.
When we begin to understand the truth of who God is and gain a better understanding of ourselves as well as others, we become thoroughly equipped to be fruitful, productive servants on earth.
Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.