No matter our upbringing or our beliefs, our experiences undeniably influence our lives. We often look through the lenses of experience in the world around us, rather than the reality that it is.
In order to sort out the truth, first we must understand what TRUTH is. From there, we can begin to put our experiences to the test. The truth of God's Word is, as Believers, our identity is in Christ alone. Therefore, when we allow our experiences to shape our beliefs, we deny the new creation that we are in Christ. We are in essence saying we don't trust God to tell us who we are, we become confused, doubting and fearful.
The same trials and tribulations that confused Believers in the Church of Acts continue in today's Church. The culture changes, but the spirit behind the confusion is the same spirit that has been sowing seeds of discord all along.
“That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”—Ecclesiastes 1:9
How to Overcome Confusion
Taking the promises of God and placing them next to the feelings that result from our experiences can bring clarity. When they don't line up—confusion happens. Therefore, acting on what is accurate rather than what we believe eliminates confusion!
It saddens the heart of God to see His people, both Jew and Gentile Believers, depend on their unstable circumstances and experiences to determine their beliefs and actions. Now, this isn't to say they don't believe in the truth of Jesus or don't read the Word of God. But, far too often their experiences override the power of the Word in their lives.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”—Colossians 3:15
“…he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”—James 1:8
Believing vs. Acting…What's the difference?
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”—Acts 2:2-4
Faith activated by the Holy Spirit is what makes the difference. Paul traveled to Ephesus and asked the followers of John the Baptist if they had received the Holy Spirit. They were blind and had not even heard of the Holy Spirit.
They understood the need to repent and to ‘get right with God,’ but they had yet to be immersed in the Holy Spirit. There is a difference; one is that you understand your need for a Savior, the other is walking in the same dominion and authority that Jesus had.
Consider this: “Does my life reflect the power and authority of that which is the Holy Spirit?”
First, we must be honest with ourselves and with God. How close is our walk with the Lord? He always wants us to dig deeper into His Word, that we may know His character, His divine purpose for our lives, and have more peace and more joy.
Paul says this to the Gentile Church in Ephesus:
“…if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel…”—Ephesians 3:2-6
Revelation comes by way of the Holy Spirit. Revelation brings clarity.
How does revelation work?
Do you want a life-changing revelation?
Every one of us has gone through trials. Trials are nothing new under the sun. These trials and tribulations are baptisms by fire. They are intended for you to come out purified. The Bible refers to God's Word like a tongue of fire, designed to cleanse our mind, will and emotions.
When we want revelation and breakthrough, are we allowing God's Word to wash over us—purifying us? We must align our thoughts with those of the Bible, or we will continue to walk in confusion and chaos, giving the devil a foothold.
God’s Word is deep. Understanding the Jewish roots takes you deeper into your walk with the Lord. It allows you to see things in a way you have never experienced. It gives you practical ways to live out the Word daily so that you may encounter continued revelation.
What can you expect?
When you come out of agreement with the fear that holds you, and step into a Spirit-led life, grounded in the Word, you can expect two things:
- A powerful transformation in your life— Leading to continued renewal of the mind and a change in relationship with others.
- Resistance— The truth is, change can be difficult, and the enemy will use a multitude of ways to bring you down. When the Holy Spirit is ready to put into action all that has been imparted to you, resistance will occur. Unfortunately, opposition can even come from other Believers.
Just as Paul experienced in Ephesus, where Believers witnessed and experienced miracles, there was a group threatened by the changes happening around them.
The enemy uses division in an attempt to break God's power. Paul was wise; he departed before the surrounding evil could contaminate the whole group. Resistance will come, but you must make sure that confusion does not drive your actions. God alone will illuminate your path.
What to do in the midst of resistance.
You must choose to be about your Father's business. When your eyes are focused on Jesus, His sacrifice and not your own, you come into agreement with His ways. You are a by-product of the choices you make. And you are faced with choices in every circumstance… every day.
The powers of darkness have always been pressing into the Kingdom of God, but we want to encourage you today you are not alone. There is nothing new under the sun.
Do not be unequally yoked, but instead surround yourself with the truth. Read it, hear it, pray it, and decree it. Be around those who will encourage and build up, not tear down. May the Lord continue to strengthen and bless your walk every day.
“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.”—1 Thessalonians 5:11-13
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