Day 8: 1st June – Thursday The Holy Spirit Illuminates our minds

“…when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth… He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13-14

One aspect of the Holy Spirit’s ministry to believers is to enlighten our minds to perceive the truths of the Word of God by which He enables us to grasp and experience and apply God’s truth to our Christian life.

The natural man, who sees in limited dimensions, cannot understand the things of God as they are spiritually discerned, but the Holy Spirit, who knows the deep things of God reveals them to us. (1 Cor 2:10, 14).

The Holy Spirit’s work is to make known to us the will of God as revealed in the Word of God and as He renews our minds, we learn to have the mind of Christ and to obey God’s commandments.
As we bend to His will, and give up our own control over ourselves, the Holy Spirit will work deeply and fully in our spirits, and we will learn to discern between good and evil; to develop a sensitivity to the things of God and learn to hear and listen when God speaks to us, through His Word, through circumstances and through people. We will begin to recognize and respond to the Spirit’s promptings and checks in our spirit, learning as we go to discern between His prompts to do something and His checks to refrain from a particular course of action.

Let us surrender ourselves in humility to the Holy Spirit’s tutelage, and allow Him to teach us how to apply God’s Word to our lives, that Christ may be formed in us.

Prayer: May God the Father bless us; may Christ take care of us; the Holy Ghost enlighten us all the days of our life. The Lord be our defender and keeper of body and soul, both now and forever, to the ages of ages. (Æthelwold c 908-984)