Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
By truth we perceive and this through waiting on God with great hope.
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” (Acts 10:34, NKJV)
In the early days of the Church the Apostles relied upon the Holy Spirit to lead them into uncharted waters. In Chapter Ten the Apostle Peter is sent by the Holy Spirit to preach to the Gentiles at the home of Cornelius. The Holy Spirit used visions to guide Peter to all truth. Though the Old Testament prophesied, and Jesus gave instructions for the evangelization of the Gentiles, the leading of the Spirit to go to the Gentiles stretched Peter and the early Church. The Spirit of Truth paved the way for the international reach of the gospel of Christ. The Spirit of truth is still operating today to move you and me in directions unfathomed by our deepest desires. To go places for the Kingdom is to rely upon the Spirit of truth. To receive and to discern this direction is to be had by waiting upon the Lord. Waiting, discerning, and empowering are all by the Spirit of truth who resides within us.
In truth. In the Greek the word for the phrase in truth, or a truth means true; truth, reality; the unveiled reality lying at the basis of and agreeing with an appearance; the manifested, the veritable essence of matter. The author is pointing us to the fact of the truth was demonstrated to Peter by the events leading to this point. This was obviously the working of the Holy Spirit, whose job is to guide us to all truth. If you desire to be in concert with the move of God you must give control to Him while listening for the still small voice through whatever method God uses to give you direction. Always go to prayer and the Word of God when seeking the truth. God will reveal His will to the waiting one.
I perceive. Peter comments he perceived the will of God in the matter at hand. The Greek word perceive translates into meaning to take hold of, to grasp with the mind. Combined with the verb form and tense, it means in this passage the truth had been dawning on the Apostle. The facts and circumstances and the guidance of the Holy Spirit had led to the assurance in Peter what he had suspected the vision had meant. Perception, or discernment, is best learned by waiting upon God with hope while in prayer and meditation upon His Word.
God may not give you visions or an audible voice to go on, but He has taken up residence in you by the Spirit of truth. With waiting prayer and meditating upon the pure Word of God you can be like Peter and be moved to places far away, in ministry beyond your greatest imaginations. God wants to move you. Be still and perceive truth given to you from on high.