THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT
When your mind is not open to the Holy Spirit, you cannot understand God’s Word. So if you find reading the Bible unrewarding, try this: before you open your Bible, open your heart and pray, ‘Holy Spirit, show me what I don’t see and teach me what I don’t know.’
Paul writes: ‘…it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 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.
When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom…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…It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 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’ (vv. 10-16 NLT).
The Bible isn’t like any other book. Its words are God breathed; therefore when you approach the Bible you must ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and give you understanding. He will!
‘…we have the mind of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT