Holy Spirit counsel – Receiving Counsel from the Holy Spirit part 2 is the continuation of the first part of this series and if you have not read it here is it.
As a short recap from the part 1 of this series, I emphasized on the fact that the reservoir of counsels you need to live in the purposes of God is deep within you in your spirit-man, and that according to the book of Proverbs 20:5, Counsel is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Going further on this discourse, I want to talk on the ways you can draw counsels from the ‘deep well‘ of counsel God placed on the inside of you by virtue of His Spirit which is at work in you.
In I Corinthians 14:13, Paul admonished the Corinthians while talking about speaking in tongues within the church in a corporate service that those who pray in tongues should endeavor to pray that they be able to interpret. in verse 14-15, he said “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is not productive (emphasis mine). What should I do then? I will pray with the spirit but I will pray with the mind also; I will sing praise with the mind also“.
Focusing on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in tongues as one of the great ways to draw counsel from your “deep well”, I want to emphasize that your “deep well” is your spirit, and the Spirit of God dwells in you like a flood of water waiting to be expressed or poured out.
Paul admonished the Christians to always walk in the spirit and they will not fulfill the dictates of the flesh. In order to live a victorious life in God and in this life, it’s very important you pay attention to your spirit man. after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the evidence of it was the tongues of fire that followed on the day of Pentecost, why is this so? the 120 apostles who had this experience were speaking the wonders of God in a different language but it’s been interpreted by the holy spirit in the ears of those who were standing by. This further shows that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place in the tongues, the Bible didn’t record that the tongues of fire that landed on each one of them were the outpouring but rather that they were pouring forth from their spirit as the Holy Spirit gives them utterance.
Jesus spoke about the water of life He was going to give those who believed in him while talking to the Samaritan woman, and fortunately, this entire discourse took place at the well of water where she was fetching water. Jesus seizes that moment to use that very act to explain what He was going to do soon after that day. You see many times and I have seen this happen time and time again, God will use the things you are familiar with to teach you the things you are not familiar with to enhance your level of perception and understanding of realities.
Jesus told the woman, “whoever drank from this water shall never be thirsty anymore but the water that I shall give will become a well of water that springs unto eternal life”, He was talking about the Holy Spirit here. when the holy spirit landed on the disciples, the well-settled within them and the water began to flow in the form of tongues.
Now back to the original discussion, according to Proverbs 20:5, “The purposes in the human mind are like deep water, but the intelligent will draw them out.” (NRSV),
according to the AMP version, it says “Counsel in the heart of man is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding draws it out.“. Counsel is like a droplet of purpose. ‘Purpose’ is broad, ‘Counsel’ is like the baby steps you take on the journey of purpose and Jesus said “I will send another helper” He is your helper, another form of Christ living with and in you, to help you discover life and live it adequately and abundantly and to the fullest.
So to draw the ‘waters’ out? you need understanding, understanding of what exactly? The understanding of what you are drawing out. This still looks like riddles right? Counsels come in the form of mysteries, it needs to be decoded. The things of God, counsels are spiritually discerned, and you need to walk in the spirit to have this level of discernment and receptivity enhanced. counsel is deep, it is meant to be unraveled. if it comes to everyone like things you can easily see or relate with you will not appreciate the process and will not fully be able to mature through the process.
So how do you unravel the mysteries? By seeking an understanding of what was said in tongues… oh oh there you go again! Yes, interpretation of tongues and not translation of tongues is where the meat is. Paul admonished the Corinthians to ask for the power to interpret what was said. if you were truly talking to God all through and God never said anything why do you need an interpretation? You don’t. But because as Isaiah spoke in Isaiah 28:11, “Truly, with stammering lip and with alien tongue he will speak to this people,” (NRSV). “Alien” in this verse is talking about foreign tongues that you don’t understand, but why will God use an alien tongue to speak to these people? Because they had strayed away previously, many times you have strayed away from God’s purposes, but for God to bring you back, you need His counsel but His counsel is like water that needs to be drawn out but the problem is, the ‘counsel’ is ‘deep down’ that is you can see it very close but it’s quite far.
So you need the understanding of what you are saying in tongues because as you minister to God He talks to your spirit too, what He says needs to be understood for to take hold of it and walk with it unto a glorious life.
Interpretation of tongues come in different ways:
- Through visions and dreams
God reveals things through visions and dreams after you had a fill of Him in tongues. This could divinely-inspired visions trying to point you in the right direction, sometimes it’s a revelation of what to do, the road to take.
- Through Prophesies
God can speak through others via the manifestation of the gift of interpretation. this happens more in a corporate church setting than it takes in your private closet.
- Through words of wisdom that you pray out with your understanding when you begin to pray with your mind.
- Through spiritual impression deep within. You just begin to realize what you hadn’t thought of before. things begins to take shape in your mind. knowledge of things begin to grow faster in tour spirit as you allow him to speak to you.
I pray that God will further enshrine these truths in your heart of hearts and help you to gain a deeper understanding of His works in your life.
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