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Yes—to know yourself is to know your own bitterness and contempt toward another. Find it and turn it all over to God. He forgives those who forgive others. To know yourself is to know truth about yourself. What are you hiding from yourself? What are you covering up? Truth alone will set you free.
The Bible says in I Corinthians 2:11 “For who among men knows thoughts of a man except spirit of man which is in him? Even so thoughts of God no one knows except Spirit of God” (NASB). Apart from God who made you, who can really know you? Only you can know yourself. When you come to know who you really are, you see yourself honestly. And honestly you are just a man or woman, nothing more. You are not God. Only God is God. His Holy Spirit, who knows mind or plan of God, can help you in several ways.
For one Holy Spirit can search mind of your human spirit or soul (Romans 8: 27) and can read what’s bugging you. He can pick up on things in you that you can’t put into words and help you pray right prayer for relief. Yes He can. Sometimes all we can do is groan in emotional pain and hurt, but groaning is a language of prayer before God when Holy Spirit is in it.
And yet another help is in purifying our hearts before God. The Spirit of God searches deep things of man—the heart of man. He uses Word of God as an instrument of cleansing and washes away our sins. Jesus told His disciples in John 15:3 that they were cleansed by His Word. This is power, and it sets us free.
As you learn who you are, you are beginning a walk in wisdom. You are wise to acknowledge your limitations before God and man, and let God lift you above them. With God all things are possible.
Keep faith. Stay course. Jesus is coming again. Yes, wise men still seek Him.
Pastor T. dash
Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK.