One Spirit to Guide Us

But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17 (NIV)

With one Spirit guiding us, we can learn to think like Jesus. We no longer need to understand it all because we know that our perfect God is in control and that our imperfect perceptions are not based in the full reality of his omniscient plan (1 Corinthians 2:15–16; Proverbs 3:5; Proverbs 14:12).

Since we’re one with the Lord in spirit, we can rely on the holy logic of Christ and we can place the interests of others above our own (1 Corinthians 6:17).

We look to God to tell us what is true, knowing that our feelings, and even our thoughts, do not determine the truth. We look to God, knowing that the opinions of others—even a majority—do not have the final say on what is true. Truth is what God says it is and God alone holds the authority to interpreting any situation or circumstance (2 Corinthians 13:8; 1 John 4:1; 2 Corinthians 10:5).

Our courage and confidence to overcome the Devil, sin, and the fallen world is in Christ and his truth, and so Satan, the mortal enemy of Christ, seeks to discourage us by deceitfully blinding us to the reality of Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

Christ crucified is now Christ risen, and Christ risen sends the Spirit to you, uniting you with him and uniting you with other Jesus-ones, like a vine unites its branches together (John 16:7; 1 Corinthians 6:17; John 15 1:8).


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Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at Copyright © 2017 Jon Walker. Used by permission.