Scripture: 1 John 2:20 NASB “Sensitivity To The Holy Spirit”
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.” 1 John 2:20
The anointing that all believers have is the Holy Spirit. He dwells inside of us (cf. Rom. 8: 9,11; 1 Cor. 6:19). Isn’t that an amazing thing?
One thing the Holy Spirit does for us is guide us into truth (cf. John 16:13). We are also led by the Spirit (cf. Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18). The phrase I like best to describe how we should relate to the Holy Spirit is to be “sensitive to the Holy Spirit.” It means to “keep an ear” out for whatever God may be saying for us.
John is saying that God will guard us through His Spirit from false teachers and false teaching. He will give us a sense that something is wrong. If a teacher or a teaching is oppressive and makes us uncomfortable, this might be a hint that God is trying to warn us from something that would harm us.
This verse doesn’t mean that human teachers are unnecessary but it does mean that God will lead us to good teachers through His Spirit. God will also help us to understand the Scriptures through His Spirit. We don’t all need seminary educations (thank God)!
Are you listening to God’s Spirit?
If you are, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
Believers in the past talked about things like having a “check” in their Spirit, an “impression,” or a “leading.” I don’t hear believers talking like that anymore. Maybe they are carnal. Maybe they aren’t taught. Maybe they don’t care.
There is a spiritual world out there. There is a supernatural world. Back in the seventies Ray Stevens had a hit song with “Turn Your Radio On.” The lyrics were “turn your radio on and get in touch with God.” Your receiver is in your head. Are you feeding it with Scripture and listening to God?
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: A Most Remarkable Prophecy