"but just as it is written, 'THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.' For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths 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 freely given to us by God," (I Corinthians 2:9,10,12).
* Even though there is much instruction we can gain through observation and reasoning, when it comes to the nature of God and His purposes, we are dependent upon revelation. The Lord reveals His thoughts and plans for His children through His Spirit's use of the Word, and prayer. And there are no substitutes nor shortcuts for knowing His heart--- it is only through disciplined study and communion with Him in private.
* The spirit of this world moves in the realm of speculation as to what God is like, while the Spirit of God in the life of the Christian moves in the realm of revelation -- revealing who God is. We who have the mind of Christ are to continually depend on the Spirit of Christ for His revealing all that is ours in Christ. Such dependence is manifested in disciplined study of the Scripture, and practice of the Lord's presence.