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The Spirit Factor

KeyScripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9–11

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—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 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.” (NIV)

If we hope to be effective in practicing the principles in KingdomNomics, we must experience a continuing and growing relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. This can only happen when the Spirit of God performs his functions within the heart of the believer.

In the above passage, concentrate on the words “prepared,” “revealed,” “searches,” and “knows.” These are all functions performed by the Spirit of God for the people who love God.

God has prepared things for those who love him. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

We discover what these good works are as we cultivate our relationship with him.

Secondly, it is the Spirit who reveals the things of God to us, according to this and other passages of Scripture. Our relationship with God is one of God continually revealing himself as we practice the concepts of SOAK, SOW, and FLOW. “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:21, NIV)

Thirdly, this passage of Scripture states that the Spirit searches all things, including the deep things of God. Therefore, he is the only one who knows the thoughts of God. Unless the Spirit reveals them to us, we will never find out about them.

This is why Paul said, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17, NIV)

Without revelation from the Spirit of God, we cannot bring our lives into proper conformance to the will of God.

Today, ask yourself:

Am I asking God for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so I can know God better and be empowered to live the Christian life?

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