1 Corinthians 2:14 Rejecting The Holy Spirit’s Things

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14

In order for most people to accept something, they must be able to understand it. It is very common for things that are not fully understood to be rejected.

While most people will accept natural things that they do not understand, there are some things that they just refuse to accept. No one wants to appear to be foolish by accepting what appears to be foolish.

Paul says that a person with God’s Holy Spirit cannot accept anything from God’s Spirit. It takes having God’s Spirit to understand what the Spirit is saying.

God works in ways that to the natural mind, often, does not make any sense. Why would a person follow another person who lived nearly 2,000 years ago? Why would a person give up a good paying job to make virtually no money to be a missionary or some other missions work? Why would a person give up 10% plus of his paycheck to a church? These can be considered foolish by the world.

Every believer, who has God’s Holy Spirit in him and is listening to the Holy Spirit, will do things that look insane to the natural mind. He is believing in things that do not follow the standards of this world.

The believer is looking beyond this life to an eternal life. The things that the Holy Spirit will lead him to believe and do, have a focus upon the eternal, not the temporal. Understanding this can only be done if a person is led by the Holy Spirit and completely trusts in God and His leading.

As a believer, God has given you His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. There will be times that God will lead you to say or do things, or not to say or do things that do not make sense according to the world’s standards. Many will think you are crazy to listen to God.

Hold on to the faith you have in God and trust in Him. Know that what the Holy Spirit is leading you in will be of eternal value, greater value than anything this world can offer.

Be willing to go against the flow of this world as you are led by His Holy Spirit.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that the Holy Spirit will help you to understand the things and ways of God; and that you will have strength to walk the path God has for you.

Nahum 2:2 God Will Restore

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The Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, though destroyers have laid them waste and have ruined their vines. Nahum 2:2 

Over time there have been places that have been destroyed by various events that have occurred. Some have been by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and floods. Others have been destroyed by people in violence or war. These have occurred on small individual levels, all the way up to national levels.

Some of those places destroyed have recovered everything with very little sign of what had happened. Others have recovered with many battle scars and many have never fully recovered.

As God is getting ready to destroy Nineveh, He promises to restore the destruction done to Jacob. Everything the enemy had destroyed would be replaced.

The enemy, the Devil, is still out to steal, kill and destroy people. When a person becomes a believer, the enemy will come in to try and stop him and destroy him in whatever means possible.

Most people think about the physical things that they lose, but there are greater things that are often lost in battles. Some of these things are peace, joy, comfort, time and love.

Jesus came to give people abundant life, a life overflowing with God’s love, joy and peace. Each time the enemy comes against a believer, he must remember that God will cause him to win in the end if he continues to follow and trust God. God will restore all that is lost, either in this world, or in heaven.

No matter what a believer has to give up or lose, more and greater things will be given in the end. The ultimate gift is eternal life in heaven. God restored Israel after complete destruction, so He can restore anyone or anything.

As you walk with God, you may have lost some things in the battle. Do not worry or give up. Keep trusting in God, the war is not over yet. God will help you win in the end.

Everything of value that you have lost in the battle against sin and your walk with God will be restored at its proper time. Do not give up on God, but keep trusting Him, looking forward to His return and restoration of all things.

I pray today that you know Jesus as your Savior; that you see God’s hand of restoration; that you will trust God in the battle for your life; and that you will know God’s peace.

Lamentations 4:1 Loss Of Value

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How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner. Lamentations 4:1 

Pushing and working hard for money and things is the goal of many people around the world. They see something they want and the work and strive to get it. They want what someone else has and more.

No matter how much a person has gained, he wants a little bit, to a lot, more. The desire for more is unquenchable and continues on and on, with no end in sight, nothing to stop it.

Jeremiah talks about how the gold has lost its luster and gems are scattered on the street corners. Both the gold and the gems have lost their value. The loss of value was because the nation had be destroyed and everyone was in captivity. At that point the greatest concern was food, shelter, clothing and life. Money and things did not mean anything.

Times have not changed the view of things for people around the world. The desire to have more things is still just as great as in the past. Wealth is praised, honored and desired.

Yet, when a great disaster strikes a person, money and things no longer has any real appeal. As a person is laying on his death bed dying, he is not wishing he had more money or things. He wants to have more life, a longer life, a better health.

As the world runs after money and things, true believers have what gives life–Jesus. Freedom from sin and eternal life are of more value than all the gold on the earth. Gold perishes, but life does not when in Jesus.

God is there in and through disasters that occur on this earth. His love and peace in the life of a believer will never end.

There are many things that you can run after and seek to have in this world. Your first goal should be to seek after God and His will and ways. Fight for what lasts for eternity, rather than what is temporary and has zero meaning in a disaster.

When you go through a struggle, God will be there with you and for you. He will never leave or forsake you. Gold and the things of this earth will fail and fade away. Do not chase after them.

Chase after what has eternal value, rather than the temporary value.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will chase after God with all of your being; that you will know the value of a relationship with Jesus; and that you let the world know where true value is found in Jesus. 

Ecclesiastes 4:6 Peace Over Wealth

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Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6 

Gaining things or wealth is the goal of many people around the world. Many will do whatever it takes to get something more. People will work multiple jobs or extreme long hours in order to purchase some item that they desire.

Once they get what they want, they are satisfied for a short moment, then begin to fight for something else that they covet. They get the newest model of a car this year, then six months later want the next model, always wanting newer, better and more. They are will to lose sleep and friendships in order to get what they want, which usually will fade away quickly.

Solomon, who was the richest person that ever lived, realized that a little with peace is better than a lot with toiling and chasing nothing.

Having a lot of things and great wealth is often like chasing after the wind. One can chase the wind, but never really catch it. As soon as one gets to the wind, it moves on to a new place. There is no peace in chasing after things, because there is always more to be purchased.

The important thing to chase after is peace. Peace can be found in having little or having a lot, however, it has to do with the mindset. What is the person really chasing after?

Chasing after things is a discontentment and greed, neither of which offer any real peace. There is nothing wrong with wealth, but chasing after it brings turmoil and discontent.

Chasing after God and ending up with little in material possessions, will bring about a peace that the world cannot understand. One’s life will not be wrapped up in running hard after some temporary thing in this short life on the earth.

As you are going through this life, what are you chasing after?

Is there a peace that passes all understanding in your life, or is it filled with toil and discontent?

Seek the things of God and things that will last for eternity. It is in these things that true peace can be found. Seek ways to be a witness, to love on others and to build others up in Jesus. It is these things that will last the test of time and will bring about fulfillment in your life, which will be an inner peace greater than anything else.

I pray today that you will chase after God with all of your life; that you will seek the things of God over the things of this world; that you will know God’s peace in your life; and that you will labor for things that last for eternity. 

2 Samuel 23:2 God’s Spirit Is Speaking

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The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2 

All around the world people are talking and people are listening. Words are constantly being used to say something. Trillions of things are being said every day by people all over the world.

As these things are being said, some of them have little to no value and some should not even be said at all. Words of cursing, destruction, cutting down, rudeness, anger, hatred and more should never be said. Some of these words are said on accident, while the majority are said from the heart of the person.

Other words that people speak can have some value and wisdom in it. However, with the value and wisdom of this world, these words are only of temporary value, nothing of eternal value.

David talks about how God’s Spirit spoke through him. God had given him words to speak. These words have eternal value. All throughout parts of the book of Psalms are many verses that David had written under the inspiration of God’s Spirit. He was able to guide and lead the people correctly because of the words God had given him.

God still speaks through believers today. He will give them the words to say, words that build up believers, tear down walls and break bondages in the lives of people. His words are alive and true. There is no falsehood in His words and these words have eternal value. They are as good today as His written word is and was two thousand years ago.

As God pours out His Holy Spirit upon a person and gives him words to say, these words will always line up with His written word, the Bible. God will not and cannot contradict His word. He does not want His follower to contradict it either.

Open yourself up to God and allow Him to give you the words to speak. This can be in any situation, not just with directly witnessing to a another person. God can give you His words of wisdom to work out a situation at home, work, or any other place.

The words that God can and will give to you by His Holy Spirit will always have eternal value woven into them. They will be words of truth filled with love.

Are you allowing God to speak to the world through you?

Or are you using only your own words?

I pray today that you will allow God’s Spirit to give you what to say; that your words spoken will be the words of God; that God will change lives through the words He gives you; and that your words have eternal truth and value in them.