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"But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]." John 16:13
As my prayer partners & I prayed this morning, I had a new revelation from this verse. Actually, it was during a time of discipline (from God, not my prayer partners). I was being corrected about my desire to set everyone straight...because, of course, I am right and they are not.
I was discussing how my gift can be a blessing or a curse--depending on if I'm walking in the Spirit or the flesh. (And can't they all?) But mine, particularly. I was being reminded that Romans 12:12-21 has an order I need in my life. I need to be praying, giving, being hospitable. I need to bless those who persecute me. I need to rejoice and weep with others. My goal needs to be harmony, unity. I should not overestimate myself. I need to live at peace with others. I need to leave the way open for God to do His own disciplining...kind of like I was getting at the moment.
And then came John 16:13.
If the Holy Spirit doesn't speak His own message on His own authority...(are you getting this?)...why do I think I can? He only gives the messages the Father gives Him. Wow! Talk about submission. Talk about respect. Talk about agreement. Talk about...what I need to do!