How many of you have ever had the lights in your home go off? Perhaps because of a storm, or maybe because you didn’t pay the electric bill? Whatever the cause, you went to find a candle or a flashlight. Why? So you could see where you’re going in the dark. So you wouldn’t bump into things and injure yourself. This is exactly what God does with us. He guides you by your spirit, to show you where He desires to take you in life.
Proverbs 20:27, says, “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.” Then over in Romans 8:14, we read, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” The question many of us have is, “How do I make contact with the unseen presence of the Holy Spirit? How do I do that?” You’re going to have to begin to pay attention to your spirit man. You have to create an awareness of Him so you can understand Who’s living in you.
Now, you can’t see your spirit, but you can see the reflection of your spirit. If you want to see your face, you look in a mirror. The mirror shows you your reflection. It’s not you; it’s a reflection of you! By looking at the reflection, you can make contact with things you can’t see and get some direction (perhaps comb your hair if it’s out of place). So likewise, God’s Word—the Bible—is a mirror that shows you the reflection of your born-again spirit! When you’re looking in the Word, you begin to see your spirit.
You’re not going to be led by the Spirit if you never look in the mirror! Just like your hair won’t be combed properly if you don’t look at your reflection in a mirror. We’re trying to live our lives walking around believing that God is just going to interrupt us and say something to us. He can do that. But He would rather you understand that you can see the image of things when you look in the Word. When you do, He can really show you what’s out of place in your life.
Do you look in the mirror at your reflection every day to see what’s out of place? What needs to be fixed or adjusted? So likewise, God is saying, “Have you looked in the mirror of the Word today?” You would be surprised by the number of Christians who never look in the mirror, and they’re wondering, “Why am I stuck? Why isn’t this happening? Why isn’t that happening?” The Word of God will not only reveal your true self to you, it will show you and guide you into all truth that pertains to life and godliness.
For a Christian, getting in the Word is not simply something you do to be religious. You have to look in the mirror of God’s Word so you can know how to adjust things that are out of order—things that contradict God’s Word in your life. God wants to lead you, but if you’re going to make contact with the spirit, you can’t do it with your physical body. You can’t do it with your mind. You do it by looking at the reflection that puts you in contact with something you can’t see, or make contact with, in this physical, natural world.
God wants to lead and guide you every day. He guides you by an inward witness. There’s going to be an “amen” in you when God is guiding you—a check in your spirit, a red or green light in your spirit that says “stop” or “go.” I can’t tell you the number of things I’ve heard while I’m in the Word! Reading and meditating on the Word of God puts you in a place that’s in agreement with the Spirit of God, Who will begin to speak to you. So, have you looked in the mirror today?
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).