Receiving Understanding

  Oct 27, 2017   admin

1 Corinthians 2:14-15 NIV
[14] 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. [15] The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,

Where there is no heart opening, inspiration or desire to understand, no amount of persuasion will alter a person’s state of mind or existence. In fact, the more attempts made at instruction just reinforce walls of resistance until a position of reception has been made in the heart. 

I remember, many years ago, attempting to help some people with math. For me, even though it didn’t come quickly, I was interested in it to the point of sticking with it no matter what till I figured it out. However, for the wonderful folks I was endeavoring to enlighten, that same passion to conquer, at least in the area of mathematics, was far removed. The more I tried to explain and illustrate, the more they not only didn’t understand, but grew in disdain for the concept of math itself as if it were foolishness. I guess that’s where the legitimate teacher would be able to get past those walls to a heart relationship or visualization that would disable that great debilitating wall of resistance and disdain. 

The things of the Spirit and the reality of who we’ve been made to be in Christ are another area of understanding that cannot be accepted and received by human attempts at persuasion. They will only be seen as foolishness until there has been reception of the Spirit’s instruction. Unlike my feeble attempts at teaching math, the Holy Spirit has the ability to turn resistance into reception and rejection into an embrace. In the fullness of the Spirit the heart is opened to illumination and revelation it can never know by human wisdom. 

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