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Inner promptings or wisdom? Some more thoughts.

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Daniel David, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. Daniel David

    Daniel David New Member

    Jan 4, 2002
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    I was reading through the other thread that deals with a similar issue, when I saw several references to this idea.

    Are we supposed to ask God what to do?

    Some women believe that you should pray and ask God about even minute details. They could even testify for awhile of when they have experienced this.

    I challenge that notion and see things differently. If you read through the other thread, you will see that no Scripture (either by exegesis or example) hint at such an idea. However, we are told to seek wisdom from God who will give liberally to those who ask.

    Now, if God liberally gives wisdom, aren't YOU supposed to use it? Isn't that why he is giving the wisdom, so that you KNOW what to do or how to act?

    This idea of promptings being from God and always so (one person even referred to it as a gut feeling), isn't that on par with the Scriptures then? If not, why not?
  2. vaspers

    vaspers New Member

    Feb 16, 2004
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    DD: I really think you and the other posters are saying exactly the same thing.

    Wisdom, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, revelation, inspiration, Holy Spirit giving the words to say, etc. it's all the same idea.

    No one ever said "all gut feelings are of God" at least I hope not.

    There are hundreds of verses about seeking God's will, both thru scripture, and prayer: Jesus did both all the time. No problem.
  3. Ed Edwards

    Ed Edwards <img src=/Ed.gif>

    Aug 20, 2002
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    Wisdom is the proper use of data.
    Data collection appears to be what
    this other topic is discussing.

    1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (KJV1769):

    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
    5 And there are differences of administrations,
    but the same Lord.
    6 And there are diversities of operations, but it
    is the same God which worketh all in all.
    7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given
    to every man to profit withal.
    8 For to one is given by the Spirit
    the word of wisdom;
    to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
    9 To another faith by the same Spirit;
    to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
    10 To another the working of miracles;
    to another prophecy;
    to another discerning of spirits;
    to another divers kinds of tongues;
    to another the interpretation of tongues:
    11 But all these worketh that one and
    the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man
    severally as he will.

    the word of wisdom

    The supranatural guift of the Holy Spirt where
    one knows how to act with the data they
    have (which response they have never learned)

    the word of knowledge

    The supranatural guift of the Holy Spirt where
    one knows data they have not collected
    (which data they could not have collected)

    As always, these guifts are given
    to whom the Holy Spirit pleases
    as needed to perform the work of the Holy

  4. Karen

    Karen Active Member

    Aug 24, 2000
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    God guides us through the written Word, the inner witness of the Holy Spirit through prayer, circumstances, and desires.
    No, God will not contradict His written Word. However, our interpretation of His Word and prayer, as well as our discernment of circumstances and desires are all still affected by the sinful natures we still have.

    I still don't really understand the point you are making. Where does your "want to" come from? Doesn't God guide your "want to" in any manner? When you get wisdom, don't you at least partly get it as a mental impression? Helen asks for guidance; to some degree you just count on it.

    What if you don't have a strong "want to"? My oldest has been accepted at several colleges. The money is the same because of scholarships. He knows people at each place who have done well. He likes things about each place. We continue to research. We continue to pray for God to shape desires and circumstances, and I am sure that He will.

  5. LadyEagle

    LadyEagle <b>Moderator</b> <img src =/israel.gif>

    Feb 7, 2002
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    You're right, vaspers, I didn't say that.

    When a person is in a "personal" relationship with Jesus Christ, that is exactly what it is - "personal."

    My relationship with Him will not be the same as your relationship with Him. What the Holy Spirit reveals to you will not necessarily be the same as what the Holy Spirit reveals to me except that He will never reveal anything that is contrary to His Word.

    I may be in a different place in my walk with the Lord than you are at. Or vice versa.

    I am in a running conversation with the Lord, Who is my Best Friend. Others may pray just at devotional or meal times or at church. But the point I'm trying to make is that my walk with the Lord will be unique to the personal relationship I have with Him which also includes faith.

    Just to expound on this a little: Abraham's walk with the Lord was different than David's whose was different than Joseph's, whose was different than Elijah's. Yet each had a personal relationship with the Lord and each relationship was unique to that person, that person's life, that person's personality, that person's faith, that person's circumstances, that person's gifts, that person's calling.
  6. Frogman

    Frogman <img src="http://www.churches.net/churches/fubc/Fr

    Jan 15, 2001
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    Paul said '...seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us' Acts 17.27

    First question:

    What does 'feel after him' mean?

    Then Paul said:

    Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,... Romans 4

    Now, doesn't this seem to show a balance between that which is felt in the heart, which must be carefully weighed against that which is written in the scripture?

    Jer. 17.9 and John 5.39 also make this balance evident.

    Bro. Dallas
  7. vaspers

    vaspers New Member

    Feb 16, 2004
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    Karen, "double Ed," Lady Eagle, Frog guy, all good posts.

    Yes word of wisdom and word of knowledge are spiritual avenues of inspiration or revelation information impartation, as evidenced throughout Acts and Gospels. "The Spirit told me" and "The Spirit forbade me" and etc.

    So common, yet so many miss it, or don't have the eyes to see it nor the ears to hear it.

    But I believe all Christians are inundated by w.o.k. and w.o.w. information from God constantly. We just think, "what a great idea I just had." Let's give God the credit & glory.

    How many times have you narrowly missed an auto accident, or took a new route for no sensible reason and it was miraculously good decision, etc.?

    But we don't go around saying "God told me to tell you...." or "God taught me such and such" when it contradicts clear scriptural teaching.