Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, December 9, 2019

Theme: THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Text: “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him, even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:11

Comment: The human being is made up of flesh, blood and bones as well as the breath of life or spirit. These components work together to achieve the divine purpose which is that man is created in the image and likeness of God. The Bible says that God “teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven”. (Job 35:11)  However, human beings have serious limitations because they are but dust. (Psalm 103:14) God therefore gives His spirit to man, in various degrees and according to the grace on the person, to enable him understand His truth and to enable him rise above carnality and to do righteousness generally. It was Elihu, one of the friends of Job who declared: “But there is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth him understanding.” (Job 32:8) As St. Paul tells us in the text for today, it is the Holy spirit that enables us to understand the purpose or mind of God and not any other source. It is vital  that we allow the Holy spirit to be our guide always. ”Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” –  Hebrews 13:20-21.  

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