John 14:21 says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Manifest in the Strong’s is defined as: to cause to shine, come to view, reveal, exhibit, make visible, present oneself to the sight of another, and be conspicuous.
Ephesians 3:10 says, “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.” God’s intent, through our quiet time with Him, is to reveal Himself through us to others.
We can be sure that satan knows this. His evil intent is to squelch it through appealing temptations. He knows that our strength lies in our vital union with the Lord. Sin blocks that fellowship. He has flesh-actors trained to incite our carnal nature. He sets up temptations that appeal to our flesh. We must remember that satan is a counterfeiter. He cannot speak the truth. Therefore any temptation is laced with lies to entice and trap us.
Let me lay out a few contrasts. God loves His word, but satan hates it. He draws us to Himself, but satan seeks to distract us from our quiet time. We are partakers of Jesus’ nature, but satan incites our flesh to taint our testimony. We dwell with Him in light, but satan lures us into the darkness to hide our sins.
Another role of the Holy Spirit is to bring conviction when we stray. 1 John 2:26 says, “These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.” All temptations are built on deception. We are drawn in when we forget this dynamic. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Hebrews 3:13 says that our hearts become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Intimate communion with the Lord is designed to instruct our heart. Through our time with the Lord, He loves to reveal deep truths that will bring inner transformation. Psalm 25:14 Amplified says, “The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them (His covenant and reveal to them its (deep, inner) meaning.”
1 Corinthians 2:10 Amplified says, “Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the (Holy) Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God (the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny).”
How strong are you spiritually? We will look into that tomorrow.