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The Holy Spirit Transforms Our Heart And Thoughts
By Frank J Casella
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11 Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.
13 And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.*
14 Now the natural person* does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually.
15 The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment* by anyone.
16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
God calls us men to live holy lives. Yet have you ever attempted to obey this command to holiness, and commit to change your behavior, only to fail a few days later? The problem I think is that we're starting at the wrong place.
Our worldly actions flow from sinful thoughts and attitudes, like greed, jealousy, revenge, selfishness, anger, resentment, self centeredness, and unforgiveness. The good thing is these can be changed only as our mind is renewed by the Holy Spirit.
When we spend time each day in depth with the Daily Readings, the Spirit transforms our mind and strengthens our inner being and thus our way of living. But when we neglect nurturing our spirituality, we leave ourselves open to the influence of the world and our natural human way of thinking, both of which oppose godliness. 
Then, if we try to change our behavior without adjusting our thinking, we'll find ourselves doing precisely what we want to avoid (Rom. 7:15). 
Living in holiness, on the other hand, encompasses our entire being, which is why Jesus said we should love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength (Mark 12:30). 
Our lives, yours and mine, are a work in progress. It's a process that takes time learning God's thoughts and transforming them as our own. But don't beat yourself up when you fail, just get back up and keep going. Then, as the Spirit develops inside of us a little each day with the mind of Christ, our actions will become increasingly holy.

* [2:13] In spiritual terms: the Spirit teaches spiritual people a new mode of perception (1 Cor 2:12) and an appropriate language by which they can share their self-understanding, their knowledge about what God has done in them. The final phrase in 1 Cor 2:13 can also be translated “describing spiritual realities to spiritual people,” in which case it prepares for 1 Cor 2:14–16.
* [2:14] The natural person: see note on 1 Cor 3:1.
* [2:15] The spiritual person…is not subject to judgment: since spiritual persons have been given knowledge of what pertains to God (1 Cor 2:11–12), they share in God’s own capacity to judge. One to whom the mind of the Lord (and of Christ) is revealed (1 Cor 2:16) can be said to share in some sense in God’s exemption from counseling and criticism.
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