“And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Romans 8:27 NIV)
When the Lord searches our hearts, He knows who is submitted to the Spirit of God because Holy Spirit will only speak to God’s people and remind them of God’s Will for their lives. Therefore, when we our actions or our speech is subject to question by others, we must know that Holy Spirit does not deviate from anything God says.
I’ve wondered about some people who say, “the Spirit told me…” and what they do is so far from God’s Word that it’s obvious it is not Holy Spirit speaking to them. Holy Spirit does not encourage people to gamble, lie, steal, or commit any other act that is contrary to God’s Word. Satan is a spirit as well and when we see acts committed–murders of children, spouses, former employees, boys beating girlfriends and all this other craziness, this spirit of evil influence is at work.
The evidence of Holy Spirit residing within (our bodies are the temple where He lives, but He will not dwell in filth and ungodliness) is found in Galatians 5:22–begins with love and ends with self-control. If the evidence–seen in the actions of people–is not there, neither is He.
The Word tells us that we should submit to God, resist the devil and he (the devil) shall flee. In other words, if our thought life is submitted to God and we know He speaks to our spirit, then we hear Him and act accordingly. If our actions do not line up with the Word then we are not hearing Holy Spirit and we will not do the Will of God.
God speaks to our hearts and when His search is complete, He tells us whether or not we need a heart adjustment or not. He knows our thoughts from far off (before we ever think them) and He knows what adjustments need to be made in our lives. We cannot allow bitterness, hatefulness, and unforgiveness to dwell in our hearts or we’ll allow it to dictate what we do.
I’m truly grateful for Holy Spirit speaking to my heart. He has saved me from much embarrassment and condemnation from others when I allow Him to guide my actions. When He speaks, I usually listen and obey. Even when some have said they would have handled a situation much differently than the way I did, I know He loves me and I cannot be concerned with how others would do things; especially when the others do not know God.
We need to be careful in listening to other people who would encourage us to do things differently from God’s way. They may think we are weak in some respects, but when we allow Holy Spirit to guide our tongues, God gets the glory! Hallelujah!
Remember this–He searches our hearts to discover anything that is not like Him and then speaks to our spirits through Holy Spirit so we won’t go astray, if we love Him! When we don’t know what to do or say, just wait–Holy Spirit is interceding on our behalf so we won’t come up short in living life God’s Way!