DIVINE COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH CONSTRAINTS AND RESTRAINTS - Job 32:18-20, Acts 16:7

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You can, with the help of the Holy Spirit, find out ways by which your spirit man gets across to you. Sometimes, the Bible refers to your spirit man as the inward man. If you can understand him, he will help you and bail you out of troubles because he is the one that the Holy Spirit indwells and relates with.

How do you know that you should or should not do something? There is either a CONSTRAINT or RESTRAINT on the inside of you. It could be the spirit constraining you to go or the spirit restraining you from going. Constraint means to make somebody do something by force or by strong persuasion - something that limits one’s freedom of action. CONSTRAINT is a strong inner pressure to go ahead. Some versions of the Bible render constraint as compulsion, therefore it is possible for your spirit man to compel you to do something. RESTRAINT is an equally strong inner pressure not to go ahead.

To be constrained is likened to a man under pressure to go to the toilet, he is only relieved after answering the call of nature. This is the same way the spirit constrains you. You are only refreshed if you do what the spirit constrains you to do. It is as if you want to sit on a particular chair and you get a restriction or restraint in your heart as regards sitting on the chair. If you ignore that restraint in your heart and you sit on the chair, it may break. If the broken chair doesn’t hurt you, it will take the mercy of God because God has given advance information. You are only refreshed if you do what the spirit constrains you to do. You are preserved when you refuse to do what He restrains you from doing. 

 

PRAYER: Lord, I receive sensitivity to pick up divine constraints and restraints. I will be preserved by divine communications in Jesus name. Amen!

 

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30, Luke 9:51-10:12, Psalm 74:1-23, Proverbs 12:11

 


 


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