Dialogue With the Spirit

dialogue with the spiritI’ve watched in awe lately as Christians bemoan the state of society and its perpetual decline into ungodliness.  And while that bothers me a great deal, as well it should, I’ve realized it’s counterproductive to get into fruitless biblical debates with unbelievers who do not have the Holy Spirit.  For sure, it’s my job, along with every other Christian, to spread the gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:19-20).  But I’ve also come to grips with the reality that God will never be accepted by some in this world.

As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit, the very presence of God living within us.  It’s through His power that we can understand the purposes and promises of God.  How else can we explain a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) or forgiveness that knows no bounds (Matthew 18:21-22) or even a love that never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8)? The only explanation is that we are transformed (Romans 12:2) through the work of that Spirit which lives in us.

Take the time to meditate on the following passage and pray that God will continue to reveal himself through his Word and through the Holy Spirit.

“However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.”

(1 Corinthians 2:9-16)

-Joe

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