What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
-1 Corinthians 2:12
In a world full of various views and opinions, it can be difficult to know what is true and what is simply a mirage. Every day the cultural stand on a topic or current event changes, leaving us with a sense of whiplash that makes our head spin! How can a believer know what is worth pursuing in a confusing and dark world?
In the Greek city of Corinth, the early church believers were faced with the same difficult circumstances we face in our modern world. As a city full of various people groups and faith backgrounds, the tiny group of new Christians found themselves defending their faith while still trying to figure out where they fit in!
The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthian church, reminded the struggle believers that they weren’t alone in their journey. While they felt alone against a harsh and unforgiving world, they were each filled with the very diving presence of God – the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit – fully God and part of the Trinity, filled the bodies of the believers, giving them access to the knowledge and guidance of God Himself. No longer were they orphans, left to survive by picking the best of the available worldviews. The wisdom of the Scriptures fulfilled by Jesus Christ was the bedrock by which they could defend their faith.
Do you find yourself in a similar place to the Corinthians? Do you struggle to know what path to take, or where to find truth and hope in a dark world? Turn to God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within you! He is available, always praying on your behalf to the Father the deep desires of your heart. You can trust in His power!
Questions For Reflection on 1 Corinthians 2:12
#1 Name the parts of your life that you find confusing or that fill you with anxiety. Have you prayed in the power of the Holy Spirit for guidance knowing how to respond?
#2 Paul writes that the spirit within us is not of the world, but of God. What are some ways that you can tell if the thoughts that fill your mind are being spoken by God’s Spirit or a spirit of the world?
Jesus, I thank you for sending the Spirit to me through Your generous love. Help me to remember that the Holy Spirit lives within me and that I am never alone in my spiritual journey. Help me to tap into the power that is available for helping me navigate difficult times and seasons, especially when I am tempted to forget You in my struggles. I am thankful for the ways you have illuminated my path, and I desire to know You more each day.
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.