Enlightening the Eyes of Our Understanding: 5 Steps

What does it mean to “enlighten the eyes of our understanding”?

Notice what the apostle Paul prayed:

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened. . .” (Ephesians 1:17-18a)

Father desires to give each of us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. But according to the above passage, the ‘knowing’ of Messiah occurs when the “eyes of our understanding” are being enlightened.

That brings us back to the question: “What does it mean to enlighten the eyes of our understanding”?

From the usage in Scripture, we see that it means to illuminate, shed light on, or instruct our understanding.

To enlighten the eyes of our understanding means to enable us to ‘see’ and understand and comprehend truth.

To enlighten the eyes of our understanding means to illuminate with divine knowledge and truth.

Legitimate Enlightenment

True and legitimate enlightenment that is ‘from above’ is a good and wonderful and liberating gift!

True and legitimate enlightenment that is ‘from above’ is a gift — a divine gift from Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness [no fickleness or instability], neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

It is possible to obtain this wonderful and liberating gift of true enlightenment ‘from above’.

Yahuwah Elohim [the God of the Bible] is eager to give us good gifts:

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven, give good things to them that ask Him? (Matthew 7:11)

Yahuwah loves each one of us, and He desires to answer our sincere prayers for wisdom and insight into understanding His ways and walking with Him.

How To Begin

True and legitimate enlightenment that is ‘from above’ begins:

  • when we seek our own personal encounter and relationship with the living God — the God of the Bible,
  • when we have seen for ourselves Yahuwah’s truth, presence, power, and glory:

O God, You are my God; early I will seek You: my soul thirsts for You, my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see Your power and Your glory, so as I have seen You in the sanctuary [the holy place].  (Psalms 63:1-2)

To explain further, we will now look at five steps we can take to help us be more receptive to receiving the wonderful and liberating gift of the true enlightenment that is ‘from above’.

We will look at these five steps, just skimming over the surface of these very significant steps, and then, look at one major warning.

Step 1:  Believe the Written Word of God

The first and most essential step for receiving the true and legitimate enlightenment that is ‘from above,’ is to believe the written Word of God [the Bible] — that it truly is the WORD of Yahuwah Elohim, the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things:

By the word of Yahuwah [the LORD] were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. (Psalms 33:6)

For the word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder [apart] of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

As these verses tells us, the Word of God is powerful!! It is alive and piercing and discerning! This truth applies to both the living Word and the written Word!

God’s Word is unique from all other writings and sayings! Only God’s Word, the Scriptures, are powerful enough, through the Holy Spirit, to work dramatic and lasting life-changing results in anyone’s life!

But in order for the power and strength of the written Word of God to be fully known and experienced, we must do the second step.

Step 2:  Receive the Written WORD of God As It Truly Is:

For this cause also, we thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it, not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe. (1Thessalonians 2:13)

The believers in Thessalonica received the Word of God! They welcomed, and respected, ‘the Word’ that was preached to them, as it truly is — the Word of the living God.

As a result, God’s Word worked mightily in them!

There will be no power or effect or true enlightenment worked into our life unless we receive and respect the written Word of God [the Bible], as it truly is — the WORD from the living God, Yahuwah Elohim.

Once these first two steps are taken, then God’s Word becomes powerful in our life!

Only then will the written Word of God become unto us life, enrichment, and en-‘light’-en-ment:

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple. (Psalms 119:130)

The next three steps to receiving the true and legitimate enlightenment that is ‘from above’ are thus easy, once the first two steps are applied.

Step 3: Ask of God, and It Shall Be Given:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

As these verses teach us, asking of God is how we receive from God. This is how we begin, and how we maintain our relationship with the living God.

Talking to God is the start of our own personal encounter with Him and thus, continuing our on-going relationship with the heavenly Father.

Talking with Yahuwah Elohim is easy, once we believe and receive the Scriptures as the Word of the living God. Father is with each one of us at all times, and therefore we can enter into His presence and talk with Him at any time! (See Psalms 139)

Father God has promised to answer our requests, and to give to those who ask of Him in the name of His Son:

Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] said, . . . And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

As a side note, we will briefly touch on one important ‘principle’ for how we must enter into Father’s presence:

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. (Psalms 100:4)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. (Philippians 4:6-7)

We enter Yahuwah’s presence by thanksgiving and praise — thanking Him for what He has done for us, and praising Him for who He is.

Step 4: Humble Yourself:

Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. (1Peter 5:5)

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)

For thus says the high and lofty One [Yahuwah] who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)

These verses teach us that humbling ourselves is how we receive from God.  When we are of a truly humble heart, then Father will pour out His grace, His presence, and ultimately His en-‘light’-en-ment, which comes to us only by His Holy Spirit.

This step is very important, because Yahuwah warns us that He will resist the proud. The proud receive nothing from God.

Our heart must be yielded to God and His Word with a right motive and attitude!

We must have the attitude of submission to Yahuwah and to His written Word (Isaiah 66:2b). We exhibit a humble heart by acknowledging His greatness, His holiness, His omniscience, and by admitting our own unfitness to be worthy of His gifts.

This is why we must bring our requests to God in the name of His Son, Yahushua Messiah — the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ.

Only through Yahushua Messiah do we have access to Yah’s presence, if we come in humility of heart.

We come to God only through the merits of Yahushua Messiah:

For through Him (Yahushua Messiah) we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit unto the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)

Therefore He (Yahushua Messiah) is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrew 7:25)

We are to approach Father Yahuwah in the name of His Son, Yahushua Messiah (John 14:13-14).

Step 5: Obey Yahuwah’s Commandments

The statutes of Yahuwah [the LORD] are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahuwah [the LORD] is pure, enlightening the eyes. (Psalms 19:8)

In the above verse, we can see that our obedience to the commandments of Yahuwah Elohim will result in the enlightenment of the eyes of our understanding!

Obedience to the Scriptures means that we believe the written Scriptures, we receive them, repsect them, and we apply them to our behaviour.

The above verse is confirmed in many places throughout the Scriptures.

Here are just five confirming verses:

You [Yahuwah Elohim], through Your commandments have made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. (Psalms 119:98)

You are near, O Yahuwah [LORD]; and all Your commandments are truth. (Psalms 119:151)

Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple. (Psalms 119:130)

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law [the Torah] is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. (Proverbs 6:23)

When Yah’s Words enter into our mind and heart, so that by our actions we show that we believe and obey them, the result is ‘light‘ — illumination and understanding of God’s divine knowledge and truth!

It is foundational in our walk with the heavenly Father that we be obedient, being a DO-er, of His written Word.

Yahushua said that DO-ing God’s Word is how we can be assured of building a spiritual house that will not fall:

Yahushua said, … “Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)

Hearing and doing all of Messiah’s words, is the foundational rock on which we build our spiritual house.

We recall that Yahushua’s “sayings of mine” include all the words Messiah has spoken, including those He spoke to Moses!

And let us remember also, that when Yahushua said those words, recorded in the Gospels, there was NO New Testament in existence. So the ‘doing’ of Yahushua’s ‘sayings‘ is referring to the Torah, the Writings, and the Prophets.

I will not go into much detail at this time regarding the ‘doing’ of Yahushua’s Words, since I have written in other posts, here and here and here, about obedience to the FULL ‘sayings’ of Yahushua, which includes what many refer to as the ‘Old’ Testament.

The Warning

And now, we will look briefly at one important warning in our quest for enlightenment.

It is good to desire understanding and enlightenment ‘from above’. The heavenly Father wants us to understand and walk in the things of His eternal kingdom. He wants us to know His divine greatness, which is revealed when we seek Him, through Messiah:

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light [enlightenment] of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. (2Corinthians 4:6)

As this verse tells us, Father God wants to shine His light upon us — His truth and glory — through His Son, Yahushua Messiah.

Yet we must be vigilant to learn for ourselves, what the written Scriptures actually say, in order to avoid the dark and deviant pathways of Satan. There is much misery and trouble for those who do not know the written Scriptures (See Hosea 4:1-6).

Satan himself is capable of giving ‘enlightenment’ because he can transform (disguise) himself into an angel of light:

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed (disguises himself) into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed (disguised) as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2Corinthians 11:14-15)

As this passage reveals, it is simple for Satan and his demons to disguise themselves, imitating Yahuwah’s wisdom and ways. Yet Satan’s ‘enlightenments’ are wicked spiritual mixtures — mixtures of false with truth, mixtures of darkness with light — such things that Yahuwah hates:

The way of the wicked is an abomination unto Yahuwah [the LORD]: but He loves him that follows after righteousness. (Proverbs 15:9)

The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. (Proverbs 4:19)

When you are come into the land which Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God] gives you, you shall not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10) There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12) For all that do these things are an abomination unto Yahuwah [the LORD]: and because of these abominations Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God] does drive them out from before you. 13) You shall be perfect [upright, without blemish] with Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God]. (Deuteronomy 18:9-13) 

The dark and wicked pathways of Satan are abominations! But, to the natural mind, they will ‘seem’ to be the wise, rightful, and ‘enlightened’ pathway.

Satan’s spiritual ‘enlightenments’ appeal to our natural, human understanding, and tantalize us with supernatural manifestations. But in actual fact, Satan’s enticements contradict the pure and incorrupt wisdom that comes from Yahuwah’s written Scriptures.

We need to be very guarded against accepting any spiritual ‘enlightenment’ or spiritual ‘awakening’ that is a mixture of darkness and light. We need to cultivate a sensitivity to the type of guidance we encounter. Specifically, we are to test the spirits, whether they are of Yahuwah or not (1John 4:1-3)!

Receiving false spiritual enticements will cause us to stumble spiritually, opening ourselves up to a curse, and thus prevent us from walking with Messiah, who is the true ‘Light of Life’:

Then spake Yahushua [Jesus] again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)

We discussed this problem of wicked and false spiritual pathways in A Way That Seems Right and Characteristics of The Wise Virgins: Part 2. We concluded that the only real safeguard is to have a resolute love of the truth of the written Word of God, so that we can avoid the strong delusions of Satan’s spiritual mixtures (see 2Thessalonians 2:8-12)!

By Keeping Them Is Great Reward

In Psalms 19, we see there is ‘great reward’ for believing and receiving and obeying the written Word of God:

7)  The law [Torah] of Yahuwah [the LORD] is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of Yahuwah is sure, making wise the simple. 
8)  The statutes of Yahuwah are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahuwah is pure, enlightening the eyes
9)  The fear of Yahuwah is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of Yahuwah are true and righteous altogether.
10)  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 
11)  Moreover by them is Your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. (Psalms 19:7-11)

As this passage teaches, the Words of the living God, Yahuwah Elohim, are all the Scriptures — His Torah [law], His testimonies, His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments.

These aspects, along with the fear of Yahuwah [the LORD], describe God’s Word:

  • perfect,
  • sure,
  • right,
  • pure,
  • clean,
  • true, and
  • righteous altogether.

These are characteristics of our wonderful, generous, loving, and ever-lasting heavenly Father!

It is only through the written Word of God [all of the Bible] that we come to know Yahuwah [the LORD], and come to know His Exceeding Great RewardHis Son, Yahushua Messiah — given to us as our Saviour, our Redeemer, and our faithful High Priest.

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this Book.” — Abraham Lincoln

The written Word of the living God is powerful!! (John 6:63b)

When believed, received, respected, and applied to our life, God’s Word can change our life for the better, making us wiser than our enemies, making us joyful of heart, and enlightening the eyes of our understanding!

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Discerning the Guidance of the Holy Spirit: Two More Keys

As we saw in our first study on Discerning the Guidance of the Holy Spirit, many times we ask ourselves: “How can I know the Holy Spirit’s guidance?”

Since the guidance from the Holy Spirit can be very intimate, it is important to learn to discern the difference between the voice of the Holy Spirit and the many other voices crowding in on our thoughts.

We have already looked at 4 Keys to Discerning the Guidance of the Holy Spirit, in a previous article.

Today we will look at Two More Keys to discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

In the previous article, we explained 4 Keys for discerning the Holy Spirit’s guidance:

  1. The Holy Spirit’s guidance is FROM Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God of the Bible];
  2. The Holy Spirit’s guidance will always be in agreement with the written WORD of God;
  3. The Holy Spirit’s guidance will have the characteristics of the wisdom “from above”;
  4. The Holy Spirit’s guidance will, at times, appear as foolishness to the natural mind.

If you have not read the first 4 Keys article, I urge you to read that study, because it covers foundational information.

And now, in this article, we are continuing with Key #5 and Key #6 for discerning the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Before we proceed, let us recall from our first study, that our first and most important KEY for discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit is this:

  • The Holy Spirit’s guidance is from the Creator of heaven and earth, the Father of lights, the God of the Bible, Yahuwah Elohim.

Thus the guidance from the Holy Spirit will have two main characteristics:

1. The Holy Spirit’s guidance will always reflect the righteous wisdom and character of Yahuwah Elohim;
2. The Holy Spirit’s guidance will always be in agreement with the written Scriptures [the Bible].

Now, let us continue with our study: Discerning the Guidance of the Holy Spirit.

We will look at Keys #5 and #6. These two Keys are on a much more personal and intimate level than the previous 4 Keys.

▶  The Fifth KEY:  Cultivate a Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s Whispers

This KEY is, in some ways, almost too obvious to even mention, but it must be said.

To discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance we must begin to cultivate a sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6 and Acts 2:37).

Many times, we are not sensitive enough to notice what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. Often, we are not aware of the very small, quiet impressions from the Holy Spirit that we have within our own thoughts.

In order to begin to discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we need to learn to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s “still, small voice” (1Kings 19:12-13).

So our Fifth Key is to cultivate and nurture our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s whispers.

Cultivation is a process. It takes time, and it proceeds one-step-at-a-time.

Growing more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance requires that we honestly adjust our priorities to be in harmony with Father’s priorities for us.

Such an adjustment begins with the Scriptures, especially the verse spoken by our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ]:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

This verse gives us our entire life’s priority: to daily seek FIRST Yahuwah’s kingdom AND His righteousness, in all we do.

In order to seek first Yah’s kingdom, we begin by downsizing our activities, so that we are not clogged with too much busy-ness.

Effort and Determination

We need to make an effort at slowing down, so that we can concentrate on what is important in fulfilling Father’s plans for us. We must determine to turn off the music, the videos, the TV, and the social media, so that we can focus on fulfilling God’s Word.

There are many voices and worldly influences that are constantly at work to distract us, and compete for our time and attention. So it takes effort and determination to make Father’s priorities our own priorities.

Secondly, it is important to set aside some time daily, for 1) reading and studying the Scriptures, and for 2) secret prayer, asking Father to help us be more sensitive and willing to following His ways. These two things are essential for cultivating our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and for avoiding all kinds of misery (See Hosea 4:1-6).

In order to grow in our sensitivity to the internal whispers of the Holy Spirit, we must also be diligent to notice the little thoughts and impressions we receive daily, and seriously consider them.

We do not need to go searching for ‘problems’. But if we have a specific impression that is urging us to be in agreement with Yah’s Word, then we should be alert (sensitive) to this impression, and quickly begin to pray for insight and discernment.

As we cultivate a growing sensitivity to small thoughts and impressions, we will become more aware of any uneasiness we might have. When we sense any uneasiness or lack of peace about a particular matter, then we should not delay in examining ourselves, to make sure we are not violating God’s Word. This is part of maintaining our relationship with the Father.

Learning sensitivity means being sensitive to the peace of God, given to us by the Holy Spirit as we are doing the will of the Father:

And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you also are called in one body, and be thankful. (Colossians 3:14-15)

The peace of God is to be like an umpire in our decisions, guiding us and warning us.

A lack of God’s peace is a sure indication that we need to stop everything and begin to pray — pray with thanksgiving, asking God to give us a willingness to do whatever it is that will restore the rule of God’s peace within our heart (Philippians 4:6-7).

Whenever we are learning to be more sensitive to our inner thoughts and impressions, always keep in mind what we discussed as our Second KEY:

  • the Holy Spirit’s guidance will always be in agreement with the written Scriptures!

Cultivating sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s guidance will naturally lead us to the Sixth Key.

▶  The Sixth KEY:  Learn to Be Honest with Ourselves

One of the most important ways we cultivate our sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit is to learn to be honest with ourselves, as Yahuwah requires of us:

Yahuwah [LORD], who shall abide in Your tabernacle? who shall dwell in Your holy hill? He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart (Psalms 15:1-2).

Behold, You [Yahuwah] desire truth in the inward parts (Psalms 51:6a).

These and many other Scripture passages teach us that Father is very interested in our commitment to maintain our inner honesty.

I use the phrase ‘learn to be honest with ourselves’ because dis-honesty within ourselves is very common.

Often, without realizing it, we are not inwardly honest with ourselves about our own behaviour. All of us have a tendency to cover up our humiliation, our confusion, and the truth of our faults and sins. Sadly, we are masters at denying and covering up our own faults, blunders, and sins.

Many times we do not want to know the truth about ourselves. It is too painful.

But if we do not recognize the truth about ourselves, and within our own thoughts, then we can become deluded and deceived, by closing our eyes to seeking truth in many other areas.

It takes courage to be honest with ourselves within our own thought patterns.

So our Sixth Key is to ‘learn to be honest with ourselves’ within the inner depths of our thought processes. We must learn and practice speaking the truth about ourselves that is according to the Scriptures.

We need to not cover up our faults and sins, but instead, confess them, seek Father’s forgiveness by the blood of His Son, and begin to walk in repentance (Proverbs 28:13 and Colossians 1:14 and 1John 1:9).

Let’s look a little closer at this problem of dishonesty within ourselves.

The Problem of Dishonesty

Being dishonest with ourselves comes from being afraid to admit our sinful behaviour, which we are all guilty of.

When we are afraid to be responsible for our own sins, and ‘own up’ to them, then we deny the truth of our actions and words. We begin to devise ways to deny what happened. We seek to create a falsehood [a lie] in order to avoid exposure.

Often the truth is too ugly, so we deny it, pretending it is not there.

We may think we are being honest with ourselves. We may think our heart is pure and clean from such loathsome things as dishonesty or hatred, selfishness or deception. But if our deep, inner thoughts, if our words and actions are not in harmony with the Scriptures, then something is amiss, something is not right; and something needs to change.

The Proverb tells us:

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool. (Proverbs 28:26)

Our own heart cannot be trusted to lead us into what is true and right. It is foolish to think that what our heart is telling us is always right. In reality, many times it happens that what we think in our heart goes against the very truth of Yahuwah’s Word.

The prophet Jeremiah reminds us:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

The Scriptures teach that our heart is not reliable. This is why we must love Yahuwah’s Word and lean on it alone, for guidance in all we do!

Yahuwah’s Word — not our heart, not our feelings, not our closest friends, not our favorite public figure — but Yah’s WORD [the Bible] is to be our only authoritative source for truth, direction, and counsel.

The real test of our love for Yahuwah is whether we will side with His Word, His truth and goodness, even if it means siding with what is uncomfortable, or if it goes against what our heart may be saying.

When we are searching our heart and examining our ways, we need to ask ourselves:

“Will I trust Father’s promises and His Word? Will I be brave and trust His goodness to those who trust in Him and seek Him? Will I trust that He will hear my cry and rescue me?” (See Lamentations 3:25 and Psalms 34:6)

Speaking the Truth in Our Heart

Yahuwah is intensely interested in the motives of our heart. He urges us many times to maintain honesty within our inner-most thoughts:

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Behold, You [Yahuwah] desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part You shall make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalms 51:3,6-7)

He that covers [conceals] his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:7-9)

As we study these Scriptures, we can see that God wants us to be honest to the point of acknowledging our faults and sins. This is how we learn to discern the motives of our heart.

Our inner honesty begins with speaking the truth in our heart, and then doing what is righteous according to the written Scriptures. We must have a commitment to Love the Truth, and follow what is truth, even when it hurts or is humiliating! This is how we avoid deception (2Thessalonians 2:10-12).

When we are honest with ourselves, honest before Yahuwah, and thus honest before others, then we will know with certainty Yahuwah’s wisdom, goodness, strength, and restoration.

  • Our inner honesty will help us to not deny our failures, and help us recognize our willfulness.
  • Our inner honesty will help us be more sensitive to the slightest impressions from the Holy Spirit.

A Booster Rocket-Start

Learning to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit is a lifelong process.

But we can get a booster Rocket-Start on gaining more discernment to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

How can this happen?

There are three ways to get a booster Rocket-Start to discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

  1. The first, and most essential way, as we discussed in the first article, is to study, learn, and obey God’s Word [the Bible].
  2. The second way is to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, which is explained here.
  3. The third way is to Love the Truth of Scripture and maintain honesty with ourselves and with Yahuwah, as we have discussed here in this article.

As we saw in our first article “4 Keys to Discerning the Guidance of the Holy Spirit”, the Holy Spirit’s guidance comes to us in order to reveal to us the light of Father’s pathway, so that we can freely choose to walk in His ways — His statutes, judgments, and commandments.

But we must desire with all our heart, the Scriptures’ instruction and counsel. This means being teachable, and willing to follow the authority and guidance of God’s Word. If we are teachable, we will also be willing to unlearn man-made [false] religious doctrines, and walk away from practising them!

Sometimes all we need to do is take a ‘baby step’ in obeying Father’s WORD, and then He will supply us with even more grace and understanding.

Conclusion

Let us recall, as we said in our first article, that the Holy Spirit’s guidance is like the ‘lighthouse in the storm’ during times of uncertainty.

When we begin to heed the counsel of the Holy Spirit, which is always in agreement with the written Scriptures, then we will discover that Yahuwah’s pathway is not vague or hazy. His pathway is very clear and definite, and it shines brighter and brighter as we draw near to the time of our Saviour’s return (Proverbs 4:18).

More and more, we will find that regardless of the trials and difficulties, the wisdom, guidance, and counsel that comes from the Holy Spirit is altogether true, righteous, and perfect (Psalms 19:7-11).

But the confident knowing of the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, guidance and counsel comes only as the result of earnest, patient prayer, and the study of Yahuwah’s Word, and truly loving to be a “DO-er” of Yahuwah’s WORD!

It can be difficult at times, to recognize the difference between our selfish ambitions and the leading of the Holy Spirit. It takes practice to discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Though we all fail at times, our failures should not keep us from returning to Father, seeking again His forgiveness and strength to be honest and faithful to Him, especially in ‘the little things‘. Once we repent, Yah is well able to bring us through to a renewed sense of His care and love for us.

Let us recap the first 4 Keys in discerning the Holy Spirit’s guidance, that we discussed in the first article:

1) the Holy Spirit’s guidance is FROM Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God of the Bible];
2) the Holy Spirit’s guidance will always be in agreement with the written WORD of God;
3) the Holy Spirit’s guidance will have the characteristics of wisdom “from above”;
4) the Holy Spirit’s guidance will, at times, appear as foolishness to the natural mind.

And then, the last 2 Keys that we looked at here in this article:

5) Cultivate a Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s Whispers
6) Learn to Be Honest with Ourselves

These six simple and basic Keys will be helpful and comforting to us, in our quest for recognizing and discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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Continue Steadfastly In Prayer

In Romans chapter 12, the apostle Paul gives a long list of virtues, attitudes, and practices to follow, for those who choose to follow Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name of Jesus Christ].

At the end of verse 12, Paul tells us of one of the most important practices of those who desire to be diligent to love Yahushua Messiah, and to do what is pleasing in His sight:

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; and continue steadfastly in prayer (Romans 12:12).

We are to “continue steadfastly” in prayer!

To be steadfast is to be without wavering.

To be steadfast is to do something with firm determination or resolution, regularly.

To be steadfast is to persevere, and to be persistent.

To be steadfast is to continue with repeating behaviour.

To be steadfast in prayer, is to have a prayer life that is persistent, unwavering, and continuous, as Paul admonishes us in his letter to the Ephesians:

Praying always, with all prayer and supplication, in the Spirit. With this in mind, watch, stay alert, with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).

Sometimes it seems that continuously coming to the Father, repeating the same petitions, is wearisome and fruitless. We earnestly long for answers to our continuous pleading for our loved ones, yet we do not see instant answers to our prayers. And since our prayers seem to go unanswered, we then begin to think that Father does not hear our prayers.

However, Messiah urges us to pray continuously, as we see in the story of the widow (Luke 18:1-8), whose “continual coming” resulted in answers to her petitions!!

The story of the widow’s continual coming illustrates the fruitfulness of our “continuing steadfastly in prayer”! The widow did not give up! Her repeated prayers were answered!

This reveals one of the secrets of prayer — that the widow’s prayers were answered because she did not give up!

Let us not give up in our prayers either!

Another example of continuing steadfastly in prayer is seen in King David, who said: Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice (Psalms 55:17)!

Let us continue in daily prayer as David did, and God shall hear our voice also!

Our Prayers Are Infinitely Important!

Prayer is an intimate communication between us and our heavenly Father. Each one of us must be personally led by the Holy Spirit into that place of secret communion and connection with Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name of the LORD God].

In whatever way we are led in our “continual coming” in prayer, let us remember that our prayers are infinitely important to Father! Consider also, that most likely, someone wrestled in prayer on our behalf, before we came into God’s Family! Oh HalleluYah for those prayers!

So let us not be weary in our prayers, which are sacrificial labours (at times, agonizing labours) of love — love for God and love for others.

Throughout the Scriptures we see example after example, of those who prayed continuously and fervently, and their prayers were answered:

  • Isaac: And Isaac prayed to Yahuwah [the LORD] for his wife, because she was barren. And Yahuwah granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. (Genesis 25:21)
  • Moses: And Yahuwah [the LORD] spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend. And Moses turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. (Exodus 33:11)
  • Hannah (the prophet Samuel’s mother): She [Hannah] was deeply distressed and prayed to Yahuwah [the LORD] and wept bitterly. (1Samuel 1:10)
  • King Manasseh: He [Manasseh] prayed to Him [Yahuwah], and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that Yahuwah [the LORD] was God. (2Chronicles 33:13)
  • The Saints praying for Peter: Then, indeed, Peter was kept in prison. But earnest prayer was made to God for him, by the church (Acts 12:5)
  • Epaphras: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Messiah, salutes you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12)

For further encouragement in prayer, see Seven Prayers and Seven Answers.

God loves ‘earnest, pleading’ prayer so much, that He will not give us much blessing without it.
—Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), American missionary to Burma

Let us remember daily:

  1. Pray without ceasing. (1Thessalonians 5:17)
  2. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. (Colossains 4:2)
  3. But the end of all things is at hand. Therefore be of a sound mind, sober, and watch unto prayer. (1Peter 4:7)
  4. Yahushua spoke a parable to them, to teach that they must always pray, and not give up! (Luke 18:1)

Do not give up Dear Thirsty Soul!!

Be strong and of good courage, and continue steadfastly in prayer!

We thank You Father, for Your Word, and for the strength of Your love to hold us close to You. We thank You, for Your desire to fellowship with us in our secret prayer times. May we always rejoice in hope; being patient in affliction, and help us continue steadfastly in prayer. In Yahushua Messiah’s name we pray. Amen.

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