I saw this infographic from the book called “12 ways Your Phone Is Changing You” by Tony Reinke that I thought was quite revealing. Our phone is an ever-present part of our life and can adversely affect our relationship with God if we are not careful. And it got me thinking how are we stewarding the time with our device? We hold more computing power in the palm of our hand then it took to land a man on the moon back on July 20, 1969 and yet I dare say if we are being honest, most of the time we don’t really use it for anything of lasting value. From Twitter/Facebook to Netflix to YouTube, we spend hours upon hours absorbing useless information or gossip or mindless videos. Now I am not saying if you have those apps on your phone, that you don’t have a good relationship with God, (for I have all 4!)…But what I am saying is that if they are used to the extreme, we could end up pushing aside what is truly important like our relationship with God, our spouses, our child(ren) and/or our friends. We live in a time when we are “more connected” through our devices and yet study after study shows that we are “more disconnected” from others then at any point in history. And for those who call themselves Christians, that phone in your hand offers access to thousands of resources at your fingertips. From blogs to podcasts to live streaming of church services across the world, the potential to grow deeper with God is greater today in 2019 than in any previous generation and yet Bible literacy is at an all time low.
Today I want to explore what is available that can change that downward spiral and can enrich our lives far greater than the latest iPhone if we will just get in sync with the true power source…The Holy Spirit, the Unsung Hero of the Holy Trinity! 1 Corinthians 2:11-16 (NLT) is such a powerful passage to illustrate how significant the Holy Spirit is to understand the the Bible. In verses 11 and 12, the Apostle Paul instructs that:
“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. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.”
You want to know the mind of God? What God’s Will is for your life? How to be successful in your walk with Him? Well…first and foremost you need to read the Bible and plug into the Holy Spirit who will open our minds to reveal truth in the Bible. I saw this quote and thought it was the perfect way to kick-start our 3-part series on the Unsung Hero of the Trinity…
“The Christian who neglects the Holy Spirit is like a lamp that’s not plugged in.”
Simple enough right but there is so much misunderstanding about the Holy Spirit and “fake news” that is demonically inspired to keep you and I from truly flourishing in our walk with God. So what are you plugged into? Do you think that you are operating at full capacity in your walk with God? Paul continues to explain the need to rely on the Holy Spirit in verses 13-14 of 1 Corinthians…
“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. 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.”
The Holy Spirit spoke through Paul and his co-laborers as they went along in their missionary journeys preaching and planting churches. Today we have The Bible as a record of those truths to draw us to Jesus Christ to be saved and then to be trained and matured through the inspiration of God’s Spirit. However if we never open the Bible we could find ourselves drained and out of power. That is why it is critical that we stay in the scriptures. When we do we will have peace that transcends understanding and joy in midst of trouble. That is of course if you are pursuing a relationship with Jesus Christ. (If you don’t know what that means check out this post called…★ Thought for the Day – I Hate Religion and I’m a Christian… ★)
Paul concludes his instruction in 1 Corinthians 15-16:
‘Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 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.”
We need to invite the Holy Spirit to help us understand what we are reading in The Bible because the enemy will come to try to steal it away (See Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, and Luke 8:4-15 about the Parable of the Sower.) After all who better to ask then the author? John Piper put it this way:
In the post which also has a sermon from him, https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-holy-spirit-author-of-scripture John Piper shared 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NASB)…
“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
John Piper made the two points about this passage about the “Bible speaking from God” and humans being “moved by the Holy Spirit”…
“First, they spoke from God. What they have to say is not merely from their own limited perspective. They are not the origin of the truth they speak; they are the channel. The truth is God’s truth. Their meaning is God’s meaning.
Second, not only is what they spoke from God, but how they spoke it is controlled by the Holy Spirit. “Men, moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God.” God did not simply reveal truth to the writers of Scripture and then depart in hopes that they might communicate it accurately. Peter says that in the very communicating of it they were carried by the Holy Spirit. The making of the Bible was not left to merely human skills of communication; the Holy Spirit himself carried the process to completion.”
I have seen that happen in my life that as I have plugged into the Holy Spirit I have been moved into greater acts of service! God has birthed a passion in me to share the truth of the Bible, which I wholeheartedly believe that we must not only read it, BUT meditate on it every day! I believe that comes from the Holy Spirit if we will be press in. But like Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 14, the Bible “sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it,” there will be naysayers. In an article called the “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read,” the editors of GQ magazine made the staggering statement that the Holy Bible is an irrelevant book that does not even need to be opened! Not surprisingly, I vehemently disagree with the editors of GQ magazine. If you have spent any time on this site, you know my viewpoint all too well that the answer to all life’s problems can be found in the book GQ feels “you don’t have to read!” Hebrews 4:12 (NASB) says it all:
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Do you believe that the Bible is living and active? That by reading it we can be changed! I will close with this quote from Paul Tripp
“The Bible has the unparalleled ability to soak us at our roots and transform us into an entirely different person.“
Tune in tomorrow for the continuation of our series into the Holy Spirit and to see how indeed you can be transformed!
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