Daily Devotional from Jen Auer 06-07-22

Friends, we are picking up from yesterday’s devotion and finishing chapter two of 1 Corinthians (v.12-16).

If you recall, the Apostle Paul is ministering to the believers in Corinth, and he is presenting the Truth about the work of the Holy Spirit. We know that a believer’s faith is based on Christ’s power through the work of the Holy Spirit, and that it is not based on human wisdom. The believers who are willing to allow the work of the Spirit will begin to understand the Truth, and those without the Spirit are limited to human reasoning. The Holy Spirit, in each of us, makes things possible to understand. We are told “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” (Col 2:8). Remember, there are spiritual powers that come from this world, and they are dark powers that belong to the enemy. You and I do not belong to him, we belong to Christ, and so we must connect to the living Spirit of Christ. The spiritual powers of this world are false, and they offer what appears to be resolutions, but those are temporary resolutions. The Spirit that you and I call on, the One that is housed within us, offers us great eternal wisdom that exists far beyond this earthly temporal realm and into the infinite heavenly realm. You and I are living for eternity now, and so we must continue to connect ourselves to the living Spirit of Christ at all times.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16 NLT

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.

Prayer: Jesus, we pray against the dark spiritual powers of this world. We pray for a revival of Your Holy Spirit within Your believers. May Your Church rise up, and when others witness Your Spirit operating within Your believers, may they too want to connect to You. We pray for more hearts to know You, Jesus. Help us to be vessels who bring hearts to You. Allow Your Helper to work through us as we speak of Your unending love. We ask this in Your Holy Name, Jesus. Amen.

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