Receiving counsel from the Holy Spirit has been a major theme within the body of Christ and still, it yet looks like many are still stumbling at this topic, so I’m here to make an expose on this topic from a different angle. The Holy Spirit as Jesus described him as an advocate (go-between), our teacher, and most importantly our counselor. We all have questions about life that seems to get no answer when we pray but hardly will many realize that the answer lies deep within them but yet to be exposed.
The purposes in the human mind are like deep water, but the intelligent will draw them out. (NRSV) Prov. 20:5 The Amplified version says “Counsel in the heart of man is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding draws it out“. If you look at these two translations, you will agree with me that they are both saying the same thing in different ways, with different levels of revelational knowledge, see how I bridge these two together to make a piece for your deeper spiritual understanding. King Solomon was under the influence of the Holy Spirit at this time even though the Holy Spirit has not yet been sent to the Earth but Kings and priest at that time have that singular opportunity to minister under his anointing as God would permit for the people under a kingdom to be led of God. King Solomon was saying there shall be a time when as God will lead His people, He’ll craft a well on the inside of them that springs forth unto life eternal.
What makes life worth living if not godly purposes that lie deep in the heart of man yet to be tapped or discovered. You cannot walk with a truth that has not been revealed to your mental understanding. “Purpose” is broad, counsel is bit-wise, released per time until the ‘Purpose’ is fully comprehended and fulfilled. This is why God doesn’t give you all the full counsel that relates to your purpose until you are faithful with the least He has revealed preciously.
On the 12th of July when I was looking into the scripture, the Holy Spirit said in line with this discourse that, “there was no avenue to draw the counsel out from the ‘deep well’ before now until Christ came, died resurrected and leads us in the way, and granted us the water that became the well. Now, how do you draw it out? In John 4:13-20, Jesus was conversing with a Samaritan woman, a discussion that gave credence to these words of wisdom spoken by king Solomon. Jesus said “but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (NRSV), “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (KJV) The NRSV said the water becomes a spring of water gushing up, but the KJV captured it correctly by saying “the water….shall be in him a well of water springing up….” the water in the well has to be drawn up before it can be useful for the drawer! And Proverbs 20:5 said “a man of understanding draws it out”, this is the key to receiving counsel from the Holy Spirit. The counsel you need for that business is within your own well, deep within your spirit. You need spiritual understanding to draw it out. When you leave your “well” unattended to, it will get filled up and will stop springing up. A well of water is our perfect example of this. hardly will you see a well that flows outside its lid cover, so as it is in the natural so is it in the spiritual? When the 120 disciples received the gift of the Holy Ghost in Acts 2, they all began to overflow, as they kept talking in tongues as the holy spirit gave them utterance, it kept springing up. The secret to the springing up which leads to the overflow is speaking in tongues. The Holy Spirit said to me, “you may keep speaking in tongues for 10 days and never be able to fully speak out the purposes and counsel of God for your life”, this means that the key to having a fulfillment of destiny and going by the original design of God for your existence is tied to the overflow, Isaiah 28:11b says “line upon lines, precept upon precepts, here a little, there a little….” lines must be upon lines. Counsel must be laid on top of counsel, these all go out to form a perfect picture of what your destiny entails. Now, where does “understanding” come into the mix? Proverbs 20:5b says “but a man of understanding draws it [counsel] out of the springing “well”. Counsels are mysteries, the secret things belong to the Lord but He reveals to man what belongs to man, a child has to speak the language his father understand for effective communication to take place so is the reverse. Paul said in I Corinthians 14:14 “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (KJV), AMP translation says it in a more revealing way, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive [because it does not understand what my spirit is praying]“, tongues is not productive until it’s interpreted for the understanding to be correctly placed, this is why Paul admonished the Corinthians to pray that God gives them the gift of interpretation to harness what God is saying. Your understanding of what is said in the spirit is paramount to receiving counsel accurately, now how does interpretation come along? How do you know when the interpretation comes? What do you look out for to know for sure that you interpreted well as God wants you to? Please watch out for part two of this treatise.
God bless you.