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Daily Reading: 26th September 2015

John 16.13

13 When He comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will lead you into all the truth; for He will not speak of His own accord, but whatever things He hears He will speak, and He will announce to you the things that are to come.

2 He speaks what He hears.

The Holy Spirit is just like Jesus, in that He only speaks what He hears. Jesus said the same about Himself, and we read of this in John 12.49:

Because I did not speak from Myself, but the One who sent Me, the Father, gave Me a commandment: what I should say and what I should speak.

Therefore, we have the Divine guarantee that what the Holy Spirit says to us is what He has heard and received in Heaven.

He will not lead us into false teaching.

He will not tell us any lies, because He is the Spirit of Truth and leads us into all the truth.

He will not deceive us.

Everything that He tells us will be in total agreement with what we read in the word of God, the Bible, and God does not contradict Himself.

This is vitally important for us, since we know that we must test all things to see whether or not they are from God.

This is particularly true in regards to prophecy and words of knowledge.

Paul tells us that we ‘prophecy in part’ (For we know in part and we prophesy in part – 1 Corinthians 13.9 (NIV)).

In other words there is a part of prophecy that may be from us. Where this happens it needs to be filtered out, the filter being the word of God.

3 He will tell us what is yet to come.

People have a fascination with wanting to know the future. The desire to gaze into a crystal ball and see what lies ahead appears to be common place.

Perhaps this is because we feel that if we know what the future holds for us we can prepare for it, and either hasten it or put it off, depending on whether it is good or bad.

The simple truth is that we do know that death awaits us all. No one can escape that future. Yet, knowing this most people do nothing to prepare for this event.

The preparation is simple:

“Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” – Acts 2.38 (NLT).

Each of us must make sure that we are ready for this future.

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