Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.
1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;
If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.
2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
3. Read 1 Corinthians 1 – 4 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…
- What is the main point of this portion?
- What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?
- What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?
- What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?
A reflection on today’s reading…
11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,
“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?”
But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:11-16
The Holy Spirit by June Hunt
The blackout took my neighborhood by surprise. Suddenly in total darkness, I inched my way to the bedside table and fumbled for the flashlight. What frustration…it didn’t work. How useless – a flashlight that didn’t function.
Just as useless is the person unable to function according to God’s divine plan. Why? Because God originally designed the human spirit to contain the Holy Spirit. In the garden, Adam and Eve had perfect oneness with God. The Holy Spirit lived in their human spirits and enlightened every aspect of their lives. Once they pronounced their “declaration of independence” from God, however, sin came in and the Spirit went out. The pair were like a flashlight without batteries; with no power on the inside, there was no light on the outside. They spiraled downward into spiritual darkness.
Yet God did not give up on all those who were to be born into that same darkness. “The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man.” (Proverbs 20:27) God desired to reunite the Holy Spirit with the human spirit so that they could again be one.
When you feel the frustration of wandering in the dark, know that the Lord has already provided the perfect guide for your life. For “when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Your own personal Counselor, Conscience, Convictor and Comforter fills your soul – your mind, will and emotions – with perfect truth. He teaches your mind, directs your will and guides your emotions. As a result, those who are joined to the Spirit better understand spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Like the flashlight, you were designed to shine; but you can never shine with your own power. The Holy Spirit provides the power to produce the light. And once you shine as you were intended to shine, you will never be useless.
I love this devotion from my Women’s Devotional Bible; especially the last paragraph, I love it because there is such truth in the words. It reminded me of the saying that “God won’t give you more than you can handle” and, I say to you that, of course, He won’t give you more than you can handle. Because just as you were not designed to shine with your own power, you also were not designed to handle your problems under your own power. God will not give you more than you can handle because there is nothing that God cannot handle.
I have an idea…let’s use God’s power to shine a light onto our problems and let Him handle them. God idea????