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"Feeling After the Lord"

Acts 17:27... That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: (KJV) The word "feel" literally means to ( handle or touch as playing a stringed instrument.)

We should seek after the lord like a skillful touch of a string player. When I used to play professionally in the world and we would finish out a good night of music. The term we mostly used to express our approval was " the music felt good ". Most of the audience always commented that it sounded good, however the sound is just a result of an inspirational feeling going on inside the muscian. It seems this is also true of the saint who feels after the spirit. There is a certain sensitivity that is needed if the spiritual man is going to follow the leadings of God. What comes forth from a prophet is only the end result of what he has handled and touched in God.

1 John 1:1... That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-- this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. (NIV)

The Hebrew word for prophesy is (na'ba) which means" to speak or sing with inspiration". It seems just as in the natural so it is in the spirit. a feeling or inspiration must precede any expression of sound. Likewise, if the prophet is to sing or speak with inspiration from above, one must have a spiritual feeling for the leadings of the Holy Ghost. Now this is not to say we are to seek God thru our emotions or the guidance we seek would come from our own souls. This seems to be the dilema that believers of our day face. Knowing the difference between spirit and soul. Although the flesh and it's corruptible influence may be obvious to most, the boundaries of spirit and soul are not as discernable.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (KJV)