The Spirit

Day 230

Prayer for the day

Our God will come and will not keep silence; before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 103-104, 1 Corinthians 2

How can we be wise? How can we be strong? How can we forge ahead in life in the wisdom of God?

The answer, says Paul and says the Psalmist, is to be filled by the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Holy Spirit, to be enlivened and given wisdom and discernment by the Holy Spirit, is to see the mind of God in how it applies to life here on earth.

To be filled with the Spirit is not necessarily the speaking in tongues, flipping around on the ground, hands in the air business that it has been portrayed to be. The scriptures say much about the Spirit and the Spirit’s role in the life of the believer, but most of those statements have to do with the fruit that is produced in the believer rather than the signs of that Spirit.

And what does this fruit look like? The believer who is filled with the Spirit has the things of God revealed to her. The believer filled with the Spirit is wise, but not wise like the world thinks. The believer filled with the Spirit is wise in the things of God. They will understand the things of God and they will discern the things of God.

Not only will the Spirit-filled believer be able to discern the things of God, the Spirit-filled believer will be able to judge things, believe things, and test things that are or are not of God. In short, the Spirit-filled believer will have the Spirit of God living in him, and so will no longer think only his own thoughts, but be privy to the thoughts of the Most High.

Be filled.

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