A few threads came together for me this weekend:
On OYB John 16:
7But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
12"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. (NIV)
Daily Manna also dropped John in my mailbox:
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16-18 NIV
The key to the discussion on our level of certainty in discerning what we (think we) are hearing from the Holy Spirit is relationship with God.
Another thread running for me recently has been the theme of grace. Been reading Philip Yancey's "What's So Amazing About Grace?". Towards the end of the book there is chapter on refusing grace. God is lavish in His grace, but we have a choice in receiving and accepting.
So what do I make of this now, today? Various aspects of my life are in crisis. It would be great if I could actually hear God saying: "Lights will guide you home, ... and I will try to fix you" (Coldplay).
Reminded of Leanne Paynes' teaching on practicing the presence of God - deliberately being aware of His promises, acting as though He is present although you are not conscious of Him.
Went out on my bike - 33 km at an average of 25 km per hour. It was a beautiful fresh morning. There has been lots of rain, but this morning it is staying dry. Everything is growing hard despite the below average temperatures for May. Singing:
I love You Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship You, oh my soul rejoice
Take joy my King in what You hear
May it be a sweet sweet sound in Your ear.
Later, while winding down from the exertion I had a discussion with God. And He said it was like this:
His Spirit lives in me and He would like to act through me, but that is up to me. He offered me a clean slate. Forgiveness for all the stuff I was concerned about. We can get rid of all that stuff we can start afresh. Jesus lived in a body like mine, so He knows what it's like, but it can be done. We can stay close and go out and do some of His things.
So I asked what's on the agenda for today. And we went and did some of that.