By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of November 6, 2022
Right now, God is releasing grace to end our torment and destruction from the last season by bringing us into more of His understanding and truth of what happened.
This fresh perspective offers us greater peace and freedom, as Holy Spirit removes our confusion and un-resolve. In doing so, He’s restoring, preparing and enabling us to move full circle into locations and relationships better and wiser. To move into the new life that He promised. And to pour out His living water through us.
God works to unclog the deep wells of our understanding in different ways.
For example, He gave understanding directly to the suffering prophet, Jeremiah, saying, "You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfill it" (Jer 1:12 AMP).
In this verse, to have seen (#7200 Strong’s) means that Holy Spirit opens our eyes of understanding and gives us sure access to experience and display whatever He reveals to us. This is a key promise, as His governing spiritual laws are set in place to work on our behalves.
In Acts 8:25-40, the curious and worshipful Ethiopian man, who worked as the minister of finance for the queen of his country, gained understanding through a disciple of Christ.
God sent him Philip, to “walk alongside” him in his journey and help him understand more about the Gospel of grace to the point where he could more fully accept it (vs 29).
This happened while the man read passages from Isaiah 53, which say:
He was led away to the slaughter like a lamb to be offered. He was like a lamb that is silent before those who sheared him—he never even opened his mouth. In his lowliness justice was stripped away from him. And who could fully express his struggles? For his life was taken from the earth (Acts 8:32-33 TPT; Isaiah 53:7-8).
The Lord touched the Ethiopian man’s heart and sent him Philip, who led him to his confession of faith, baptism and indwelling of Holy Spirit (vs 36-38).
Acts 8:39 TPT tells us that "The man never saw Philip again and that he returned to Ethiopia full of great joy."
So, the complete work of Jesus gave this man a new beginning, as he sought to understand Jesus more, while he traveled full circle, back to the physical location from where he came.
This is our Gospel of Hope, which is certain to be fulfilled (vs 25).
We can only imagine the reach this man had when he returned to his nation. I wonder how he influenced Ethiopia’s Queen Candace (vs 27).
As in this man’s story, once the door of Christ is opened, Holy Spirit brings understanding, which, by invitation, lifts us out of frustrating limitations into a new attitude. So, we can be freer in Christ and with Christ to run and help others, like Philip.
Jesus is the God of Justice, who gives us beauty for ashes to build His Kingdom, beginning with our salvation. And when we seek Him for greater understanding, He’ll bring it.
When we receive greater understanding, we can know our Lord better and do better for His Kingdom.
As a well of understanding, we become fortified to overcome our previous lack of knowledge that worked against us to destroy (Ho 4:6; Isa 5:13). And we are re-positioned for rivers of living water to flow through us outwardly.
For the Ethiopian man, it came in the form of a disciple of Jesus, who was directed by The Lord’s angel (Acts 8:26).
For Jeremiah, understanding was given directly by the Word of God (Jer 1:4-19).
And God will do the same for us.
So, pray with me if you will…
Thank You for seeing us and our needs and for sharing Your Spirit of Understanding that knows all things. You command us to get perfect understanding with truth, discernment and wisdom as in Proverbs 4:5. Therefore, we seek You for understanding and invite You to open the eyes of our hearts to see what You would have us see and know right now. What gift of understanding would You like us to experience and display for Your glory? Open Your deep well of understanding Your truths to us, Lord. Help us to apply it and carry out Your mission wisely. Help our unbelief. Thank You for leading us from our certain hope in You to complete fulfillment. Thank You for helping us overcome our lack of knowledge that destroys, thus ending our torment. Thank You for purposely growing us in the knowledge of You and Your Kingdom. May Your rivers of living water pour out of us like a flood at Your will as You order our steps.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.
Originally published Sunday, 06 November 2022.