Assumptions are thinking you know the answer to a question you did not ask. The accuser of the brethren puts thoughts in our minds and convinces us with a narrative that is most likely false, but the accuser has convinced us is true. The devil does this with what he tells us about God and what he tells us about other people. The way to know the truth is not to make assumptions, but to ask questions. Questions are a powerful weapon against the accuser of the brethren, because the person you ask the question to, whether God or someone else, will be able to answer the question, which will either confirm or deny your assumption. Once it is confirmed or denied now it is the truth and you can be confident in what you know.
Learning the art of asking questions is critical to all our relationships. Yes 75% of communication is non-verbal, so body language says a lot, but the 25% of communication that is verbal is very powerful. I have found the Holy Spirit loves to answer questions. When I am reading my Bible and I am not sure what it means, I ask the Holy Spirit and He answers me in another place in the word of God. When it comes to my son, who is 15 years old, I ask questions and it opens up powerful conversations about what is in in heart. When I ask my husband questions it gives me great clarity into what he is thinking and when I ask my friends questions, it brings order to any chaos the enemy is seeking to create.
When we ask questions rather than make assumptions, we actually seal the breach in the wall of protection in our family, community, city and even nation. We don’t know as much as we think we know, so asking questions is an act of humility and it honors the one you are asking, and silences or confirms the thoughts you are having. May we give each other the gift of asking questions rather than living with assumptions. I think we will find out things we did not know and we will learn the the truth and the truth will set us free (John 8:32), from the enemies attacks and our assumptions.