Understanding makes knowledge easy. If we can judge the difference between reality and made-up stuff and turn from evil, we have the key to understanding since sound reasoning judges between reality and made-up stuff. However, unsound reasoning can’t tell the difference between the two.
“The mind of a discerning person gains knowledge, while the ears of wise people seek out knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15 International Standard Version)
Truth exists, but we must discern between truth and untruth. If we can discern, we gain precise, accurate, and certain knowledge of truth. Truth is reality. It’s what’s real. Still, we make mistakes. We think God said such and so, and then we find out we were wrong. Satan says, “See, you can’t know anything for certain. You can’t even know that Jesus leads you or that He exists.” However, the Holy Spirit speaks from within saying, “That’s a lie. I’m right here with you, and I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”
“He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 New Heart English Bible)
He restores our souls. “Soul” means “mind” or “life.” He restores our minds. He lives within and continues to build us up in Him. He continues to put the flesh to death. So if we focus on Him, He’ll be faithful to complete the work in us despite our flaws. We must listen to His voice and not to the voice of Satan since we can’t deal with reality unless we know the truth. All we need to do is to ask the Holy Spirit to help us have righteous, godly thoughts. We ask Him to restore our minds and lead us into the paths of righteousness. Righteousness comes from Him, and He’ll give us righteousness if we ask Him for it.
If it depended on us, we would all be lost. It depends on God. God knows how to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask for Him. God knows how to impart discernment. God knows how to communicate clearly. Only when we follow our own desires do we become confused.
“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts” ~ A.W. Tozer
Scientia, “Real Faith & Reason Journey”
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