The Poison of Assumptions

Assumption- accepting something as true without proof.

The Word of God is complex, and It’s easy for people who are new to reading the scripture to bring their assumptions to the table. Yet, as we will see, assuming will only limit us from obtaining a solid understanding of God’s perspective on any issue, and keep us from excelling altogether. On the other hand, understanding is crucial and is a matter that’s expressed by King David when he said:

“Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”

Psalm 119:33, 34

The bottom line is, if you don’t understand God’s ways then how are you supposed to live them out?

When I had realized this fact I set out to understand as much as I possibly could, because the whole world was trying to get my attention, and my own hang ups weren’t helping. Sometimes, we even assume that there’s no answer at all, but that’s one of Satan’s biggest lies. By divine providence I found an amazing key, I recognized that I didn’t have to wait around helplessly for anyone to teach me, and even more so, when you do your part, the Holy Spirit does a stellar job at connecting the dots for you.

“…But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

1 John 2:26, 27

It’s a great lesson to learn when the rubber meets the road and it comes to the big decisions. Sometimes you’ll perceive the correct answer in advance, but that’s the Holy Spirit giving you a heads up. While other times God gives an answer you never would of thought of, and you’re utterly surprised. It’s the latter I find to be the case most often.

There’s a clear reason for this:

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:9

When you seek God’s guidance and perspective, you receive things so pristine and so on point, even if you don’t initially understand it, with a little prayer and contemplation you’ll be on your way to seeing things from God’s vantage point. It’s sad that so many Christians leave this type of work to church leaders, and assume God will only share such insight when it comes to ministry matters. Don’t you know He cares about you, and has a very specific plan for your life?

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

The word workmanship in the original Greek is poeima, which is where we get our English word poem. With that in mind, when you read it again, you recognize that God literally want’s to lead you, guide you, teach you, and make your life a masterpiece, all for His glory. Don’t you want to be a part of that?

In all of this, we do well to remember the posture of the prophet Habakkuk when waiting on an answer from God:

“I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.”

Habakkuk 2:1

Habakkuk recognized the importance of not assuming anything when seeking God’s will on a matter, because God will say what God will say, and the prophet was ready to except it, even if it overrode his assumptions.

Also, call to mind the error of the religious leaders in the time of Christ. When Jesus referred to Himself as the Messiah, they wouldn’t except it. They had an earthly vision of who Messiah would be, and looked for a charismatic, political and military leader, who would win wars. But, Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world; a radically different view. They, assumed Jesus was not Him, and they completely missed the mark.

Finally, I leave you with a challenge: Don’t assume you know the right way, when you go through the Bible, and go throughout your life. Take the posture of the prophet and wait to see what God will say, and be ready to be corrected in your views. I promise you, this principle will speed up your growth by leaps and bounds, because you won’t have to flounder around constantly making mistakes and learning only by what the Bible calls “the rebukes of life.” Even worse, you don’t heed wisdom calling out, only to look back one day filled with regret at what you could have done, but didn’t. Lastly, read the following verse and take it in, because God is truly your only lifeline.

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

Jeremiah 33:3

The word mighty in Hebrew is batsar which means inaccessible. Don’t settle for your assumptions. Ask God and He will answer, and show you great and inaccessible things you couldn’t know any other way.

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Our Imperative to Judge

Written By: Matthew Alva

Are you a Christian who wants to go deeper in your understanding of scripture and grow in it’s application to life? Then you must learn the imperative to judge all things by the will of God.

Jesus said:

“…My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
John 5:30

Jesus was not bent on seeing things His own way, and neither should we. Rather, we should gain an understanding of the will of God through the Word of God so we can Judge like Jesus did; righteously. I know this subject’s never talked about, but let me show you why it’s so important.

Jesus continued in the same passage saying to the religious leaders:

But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.”John 5:38

How could they not believe? These church leaders had an extensive knowledge of what the Bible said, but according to Jesus, the Word of God did not abide in them. Furthermore, this verse illustrates why they were incapable of discerning who He was. Jesus hits it on the nail, solidifying the idea, when he says:

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.   John 5:39

They couldn’t tell because they lacked the key ingredient to understanding the will of God:

“…Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

And:

“…he who is spiritual judges all things”

1 Corinthians 2:11, 12, 15

The word spiritual in Greek means non-carnal, or of spirit. While, they may have had knowledge, they still were carnal, and living a carnal life is not the basis for which to understand the will of God; being spiritual is.

Keys to Learning Gods Will:

  1. Don’t just read the Bible to know what it says; Study the Bible to understand what it means.
  2. Do you’re best to dig into the scripture, but bring those thoughts to God in prayer so the Spirit of God can clarify those truths.
  3. Practice looking at life through the lens of scripture, and I mean everything.
  4. The world will always have a contrary view, whether its overt or in the details. When you prayerfully pay attention to everything you’re involved in, God will help you distinguish between good and evil.

Knowing Gods will is the first step in judging Gods way. Unlike the religious leaders who couldn’t see the Messiah standing right in front of them, God wants us to see clearly in spiritual matters, and practical ones. Especially, in a world filled with conflicting views, it’s our imperative to judge the lives we live and decisions we make, based on the Word of God, and will of God.