__________August 11, 2015__________

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 I have had NO prompting to do anything spiritual on this blog for a very, very long time.  For that matter, I haven’t had any prompting to hit Revelations or do any intensive studies.  Oh, we’re in the Word every day for school, and on weekends with Shabbat, but… not *me*, gleaning.  So last night I sat down and decided to just DO it.  And wait until you see this.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.   And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  1 Cor 2:1-4

This is a comparison of the right and wrong way for a preacher to be.  The funny thing?  Check out the differences, and tell me what’s in the pulpit, in every church.  Go ahead… but be prepared to be rankled:

How to Be:  Humble, weak, fearful, trembling.  Not smooth and charismatic, not using excellent speech or having studied to deliver something specific.  Not using modern vernacular, anecdotes, or societal references (TV, movies, etc).  Leaving it ALL to the discernment of the Spirit.

What Churches offer:  Persons with charisma, smooth speeches, appealing to the congregants.  Lots of illustrations, often with movie clips, television, put together just so to fit into a ‘series’ or serve a specific purpose/chronology.

This chapter is actually CONDEMNING the modern accepted status quo of churches.  Every. Single. Thing that Paul say NOT to do?  That’s what is standing in front of churches.  That’s ANTI-scripture!

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  vs. 5-7

The wisdom of God has NEVER had anything to do with the ‘greats’ of this world.  If someone is acclaimed by people?  If they’re ‘princes’ elevated by the masses?  They’re not His.  He doesn’t work that way.  His wisdom is always ‘hidden’, it’s always as a mystery.  Always delivered by the most unlikely of people.

I should also probably add that a few years ago, I did a post on how believers are perfect.  At that time, I was lambasted for saying such a thing.  After all, christchuns aren’t perfect, they’re just forgiven.  That’s not what verse six says, here.  The wisdom of God are for ‘them that are perfect’.  Apparently I wasn’t so far off the mark, and the church messed it up, after all?   If you’re washed ‘white as snow’, then you’re not still in sin, are you?  ((There ya go.))

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  vs. 8-11

Still on the ‘how it should be vs. how it is in church’ thing, take a look at this.  The things Yehovah has prepared for us?  We don’t come by them the way the church insists we should.  EYE hath not seen – it’s not something you’ll read in your ‘morning devotions’.  EAR hath not heard – it’s not something you’ll get out of a sermon, or be told in Bible study.  For that matter, it won’t ever be given via ‘witnessing’.  Neither entered via the HEART.  Have you ever gone to church?  It’s a TOTAL appeal to the emotions and feelings of the congregants, from the music to the lighting to the order of the service, to the ‘invitations’ and coaxings of the minister.   This is NOT how scripture says we will e.v.e.r receive the things Yehovah has for us!!  It’s exactly what the Bible says is WRONG.  And yet people flock into chapels and churches every week, thinking they’re going to ‘grow’ that way!  It’s a lie, don’t you see?  Paul even cautions not to fall into the deception.

Truth comes by the Spirit.  Abraham didn’t have a church.  Noah didn’t go to chapel.  Moses didn’t listen to Billy Graham or televangelists.  NONE of them had a Bible… yet they were counted as righteous, and used in incredible ways.  They were spoken to by Yehovah, directly!  Do you really believe that’s changed?  God doesn’t change!  If He is the same then, now, and in the future, He works the same way as He always has.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  vs. 12-13

Fact:  We cannot teach anyone.  We cannot witness.  We cannot bring *anyone* to Christ.  Period.  Only the Spirit can move a man’s heart to accept the Truth of God.  Please let’s not ever, ever forget this.  We are taught by Him, indwelled by Him, and know Him, because we open ourselves to Him, surrendering self so that He can show us great and wonderful things.  NONE of it will ever come from man, or the things of man.  This is important.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.  vs. 14-16

There are two sides to us: a spiritual side, and a ‘natural’ side.  If you close off the spiritual side and live in the ‘now’, for lack of a better way to say it, you won’t be able to ‘hear’ Him.  Won’t have the understanding that you crave.  It’s a completely different mindset we have to put on, in including Yehovah in our daily lives, making Him the ‘hub’ of all things.  Only then do we open the channels so that He can move in us, and give guidance and instruction, help us to understand.

I think I’ve been living in the ‘now’ for a while.  I’m not sure how I got there, but I’m consciously choosing to change that, as of now.  Lord willing, I will be open to receiving what He has for me to discern/learn.

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