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.
Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me. Luke 7:23
People love to follow other people. They like to know how they should live their lives, by watching someone they admire as to how to that person lives his.
While this can help a person learn some good things, it can also cause a person to stumble. When the person being followed fails or does something wrong, it can crush the person following him, causing him to stumble in his views.
After John’s disciples came and asked if Jesus was the One who is to come, Jesus tells them to report what they see. After saying this, Jesus also mentions that the one who does not stumble because of Him is blessed.
One may wonder how one might stumble because of Jesus. Looking at the life of Jesus one will see that He was a human, just like everyone else, but was also God at the same time. Many people struggle with this concept and stumble in their belief in who Jesus was and what He could and would do.
Jesus also lived a holy life that was an extremely high standard, all the while living in this fallen world. Every believer is to live that same type of life. Yet, many stumble and fall away, because they cannot understand it or refuse to accept it.
No believer should see Jesus as just a man or a good teacher. He was much more than that. Those who fully realize who Jesus is and what He requires of every person, will be fully blessed in many ways for following Jesus and His ways.
Whoever looks at Jesus through the eyes of the world will stumble. Seeing Jesus for who He really is will keep one from stumbling.
Open your bible and study who Jesus really is. Study to know what He did and calls you to do. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and show you how to live your life.
Do not allow the false thinking of this world to corrupt your thoughts on who Jesus is. Allow God to answer your questions about who Jesus is and how to follow Him.
The world will put doubt and fears in your heart and mind, not God’s truth, who Jesus is. As you follow and trust in Jesus, you will be blessed for all eternity.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know who Jesus really is; that you will not see Jesus as the world does; and that you will know the blessings of follow Jesus.