Thursday, June 1, 2017
Key Bible Verse: I pray that [God] may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16, HCSB)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 3:14-21
Not only does the Holy Spirit increase our capacity to experience and enjoy God, he also increases our ability to connect with God. We have to realize that the Holy Spirit is God’s actual Spirit. The spirit is that central and eternal part of ourselves that is our core essence. It is our mind and its understanding, our heart and its feeling. And God has shared that part of himself with us. What a mystery! What a treasure!
The Holy Spirit connects us with the mind of God. In fact, Paul became so bold and pointed in his explanation of how the Holy Spirit connects us to God’s mind that he said, “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). The same mind that allowed Jesus to live in perfect relationship with the Father dwells within us. We can connect with God as Jesus did through the Spirit.
What a reversal of absence. We were once shut out from God but now can know his Spirit. We were once cut off from God, but now he can live within us. We used to not know God at all, but now we have his very mind. The presence of God through his Spirit is an astounding mystery — a mystery we will never stop uncovering throughout our entire lives.
– David Bowden in When God Isn’t There
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