The Helper of Truth

TEXT: Is passion a direct result of contentment & or happiness?

My response: I wonder if passion can be derived from discontentment (what breaks your heart) and then contentment is a result from working out to help make a difference to what breaks your heart?

TEXT: Haha. You looked at passion totally different than I did. 

(Blush)–on the other side of the screen so unseen thankfully!

An incorrect interpretation. I hadn’t heard the word ‘passion’ in it’s romantic context as intended by the questioner. At least I think that is the intent behind my friend’s words via the text on my phone. We actually haven’t connected through ‘real’ voice to clarify, yet.

I’m sure by now you’ve read and/or experienced the dangers of misinterpreted text messages. Without the fillers of expanded conversation, voice inflection, and physical gestures, intentions of the words can be flipped to taste as different as lemon and sugar–bitter instead of sweet.

They can also stir up unintended reactions.

For example, my instant reaction to a text message ending in ‘take care’ is a stomach lurch of good-bye. Having given and received those words at endings of past relationships, my instant thought process is to interpret the words as ‘good-bye’ which is especially disconcerting when from a friend I’ve grown fond of! It takes me a moment, an intake of a breath, to allow my thoughts to re-evaluate the words in the present and see the truth of the moment.

It only takes a glance of headlines in world news to see how God’s words can also be misinterpreted. Or evaluated and construed to push an agenda of personal interest. Unlike our human encounters, we don’t have physical fillers to decipher the intention of the message of the bible. But we do have the truth that the bible is the Word of God–as claimed not by us, but by the bible itself.

Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God” Joshua 3:91

(K)nowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. Thessalonians1:4-5

And we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit to teach us and bring us understanding of His word.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:26

But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding. Job 32:81

So, take a breath my friend and be so thankful that we have the Helper to teach and bring understanding to His words as written in the bible! We can breathe in the understanding of God’s word when we direct our attention to the spirit within us. We can lessen and eliminate misinterpreting and evaluating for our own personal agenda’s when we welcome in the Holy Spirit to examine our heart.

 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:23-24

And know His promises that He loves and cares for you and me are never ones that will stop in a ‘take care’ message of good-bye.

How about you? How do you allow the spirit within you guide you to interpreting His written word?

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24 thoughts on “The Helper of Truth

  1. So well articulated, Lynn, and spot on! I think we are slowly losing the art of conversive communication. It’s little wonder the divisions and angst is grouping between so many people, causes, ministries, etc. Nothin substitutes for an “in person” conversation. We can’t always have those, but it is certainly important to be sure we remember we are not getting the whole understanding when we don’t. Blessings on your day!💕

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    1. I so agree Pam! Nothing substitutes for one on one conversation. Although I may make plans via text or email, and I love playing with words, one on one personal contact is still what I crave the most. God made us relational and I think He meant together in a way that we can use all our senses to communicate. Thanks for your words here!

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  2. Wise words… It is so vital that we listen, to God, to those who need us. It’s a skill. I am reminded of Guinan from Star Trek. She is from a planet where all the people are Listeners. Wow…that puts it into an important category if all the people are identified by doing it. But listening to God is…well…how do you know you are listening? I think I can just tell, but we have to be careful. We have to read, study, and know His Word. We have to know the scriptures. We come to know His voice, and, of course, the Holy Spirit and the still, small whisper. It resonates in our hearts.

    It’s funny. I am thinking of something I knew only because He told me. Then later I was questioning that and my heart felt heavy. I asked the Lord why and He reminded me that He had already told me, that’s why. 🙂

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    1. Identified at Listeners? I love that too Sandi! Star Trek sure had story lines that paralleled with the needs of our world! I love how stories do that. Thanks for sharing your story on how God spoke to you through your heavy heart. It’s inspiring to know that God will steady our questioning hearts. We just need to come to Him.

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  3. I am so glad the Holy Spirit is here to help me understand and interpret His word. I just need time alone meditating on what has been said. I look for a pattern as well in the rest of the bible. (Where else does it talk about the thing I have been shown).
    It helps add context to what I have been shown.
    Great word Lynn….

    Rolain

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  4. I really like this. One, I love how you connected something ordinary with a truth we can learn about God (which is what my website is all about!). And two, I love your reminder that we are to seek truth from the Spirit. I recently had a conversation with someone (who is a Christian) who said we needed to go to experts to find truth about Scripture, and when I countered with going first to the Spirit, he got a little offended that I was being too “Protestant” with my view of the Holy Spirit. So I love how God used this to confirm in another way that yes, He did give us His Spirit to speak truth into our hearts!

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    1. Wow! “Too Protestant.” I’m witnessing, especially in our western world, how sometimes it seems we can fear going more ‘spirit-filled’ over ‘knowledge-filled.’ But the Holy Spirit is everywhere in scripture and the prophets were filled too with Spirit weren’t they?! I do find the noisy world and my own noisy mind can get in the way, but thankfully can keep going back to His way and He is a very patient God! Thanks for your words here Emily!

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  5. With all of the upheaval right now in the church over racial issues, the role of women, the care of refugees, and the response to sexual assault victims, especially as pertains to church leadership, it’s absolutely essential that we stop to really listen, that we pause to consult the Holy Spirit and to pray for understanding of the other. We can easily misunderstand if we don’t. This is a very timely post. If we were all to follow your admonition there would be far less conflict and destruction in the church.

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  6. Great post, Lynn. Texting is so up for misunderstanding. We can’t see facial expressions or hear reflection in the tone of voice. Love this analogy. I learned years ago, how I often forget that one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to reveal truth and insight. So praying before I read or study the Scriptures and asking for God’s wisdom is key.

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  7. Ah, this was a great message, Lynn! And my gosh, this world is full of twisted truths and people who believe and act on those lies. I am comforted, knowing that God’s Word is truly HIS word indeed. I always pray for a deeper and clearer understanding of scripture, because we really need to strengthen our own wisdom instead of depending on others to decipher and discern the text. It can get quite murky among believers… and that is the unfortunate side to this.

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    1. It can get ‘murky!’ It’s not quite as black and white like a math equation. And I like how you say we strengthen our own wisdom when praying for deeper and clearer understanding of the scriptures. That’s very wise!

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