Daily Devotional, January 19th
Recently, scientists announced that they had identified at least three "god spots" in the human brain. They believe that the same portions of our lobes that allow us to interpret people's moods and intentions also help us manage our "religiosity." Hmmm. That sounds a lot like scientists once again trying to explain away spiritual life as a biological phenomenon (atheist scientist Richard Dawkins believes that religion is a virus, spread from brain to brain).
The apostle Paul knew nothing about god spots, but he did know how to spot God at work! In Galatians 1, he acknowledged his former life as a ruthless persecutor of Christians (v.13). But something amazing happened. By a divine work of God, Paul was changed from the inside out as he received Jesus as his Savior (vv.15-16).
The profound spiritual change Paul experienced was a work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:5). Paul later revealed the origin of his teachings and writings about Jesus, when he stated: "God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets" (1 Corinthians 2:10). In another account, he noted that God's plans were revealed to him "by His Spirit" (Ephesians 3:5).
Spots in the brain cannot explain the amazing change of life seen in Paul and countless other believers in Jesus. It can't explain the extreme change God has made in you and me. Only the work of God's convicting, comforting Spirit can explain it (John 14:16; 16:8).
While many scientists will continue to use research to try to lift up natural reasons for our belief in God, the reality of the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is proof of His existence. Be encouraged in your faith today as you "spot" the Spirit working in you and others! , Tom Felten, Our Daily Journey
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