reality check

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16



Sometimes I read of the things God has given and I can’t help but wonder about us humans. How is it that we get so side-tracked on the things we aren’t getting? How is it we settle so easily for a few temporary conveniences and celebrate them as if they are the greatest of God’s blessings? Why do we so easily feel unloved when we find the plans that we’ve made collapsing and fail to see the magnitude of what we’ve been given apart from anything we could have devised on our own?


God has given us his Spirit.


How do we even get passed that truth? How do we wrap our minds around the magnificence of what we are being told?


God, the Almighty Creator of the universe, the one by whom things were formed at the sound of his voice has given us his Spirit. This God whose beginning never was and whose end doesn’t exist dwells within us. Our God, who acts in always perfection and has more wrath and grace and mercy and judgment than ever could be held by another. This God who is always right, more than fair, beyond loving, overflowing with righteousness, and whose glory is too much to behold; this God has come and made his home in us.


Tell me, how do we ever get beyond this? How do we ever loss interest in this? How do we ever forget something of this immensity?


In what circumstance could it ever be understandable that we would wake in the morning and not be leveled by the reality of so much grace that would lead a God of such utter holiness—such terrific perfection and purity—to indwell these broken, feeble, sinners we are?


God has given us his Spirit.


Some days we simply need a reality check. Not because we’re living in pursuit of too much, but because we’ve settle for far too little. We’ve not called on God to give more than he can, but have allowed ourselves to be slumbered by so much less than what is ours. God has given us his Spirit. We have the mind of Christ. And so we preach the gospel to ourselves again and again. We read these truths of Scripture, re-celebrate what has been given us by the Father, and find renewed hope and joy in the reality of our grace-filled lives.


God has given us his Spirit. Praise Him.



3 thoughts on “reality check

  1. I have appreciated stumbling across your words and have also marveled at the thought of being given His Spirit to dwell with us. To live in constant awareness of this truth guards us and equips us against any scheme of the world, as all things are subject to Him.

    Thanks and God bless.

    • Thanks for stopping by to read this, a.w. marks. I’m thankful you stumbled across it as well. I agree, this truth definitely helps guard and equip us.

      Hope to see you stopping by again some time.

  2. We cannot even comprehend it – so do we really understand it? I may be wrong, but I don’t even try to fully comprehend it; I just accept it. Although I do find myself having fleeting thots that the atheists are right, but then I stop and remember that God is LOVE and He loves me / us. I do as you suggested – or commanded : “God has given us his Spirit. Praise Him.”
    !♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ \o/ Halleluiah! \o/♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

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