We sometimes get frustrated when people outside of Christ do not seem to be able to understand the teaching of Scripture.
However, we must not forget that there are two realities to the truth of Scripture that non-believers do not experience.
First, the Holy Spirit, who inspired Scripture and uses Scripture to form us, also helps followers of Jesus understand the truth that God has given us.
Second, the truth of Scriptures often becomes more understandable as we obey it. The Holy Spirit is at work helping us understand the Scriptures he inspired!
Whether we might be rookies or veterans, let’s never approach our time in Bible study without asking for the Holy Spirit to make God’s truth known unto us!
Years ago, I remember hearing Campus Crusader founder Bill Bright teaching on the Holy Spirit. In his message, he talked about a man to whom he had been in the throes of witnessing to. One of the “Problems” with the Christian faith was he had tried to read the Bible several times but could not “figure it out.”
Then the man received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and went back to talk again with Dr. Bright about one week later. He had an amazing story to tell him.
During that weeks’ time, he said, it was as though somebody had re-written his Bible. Suddenly, he said, the Scriptures came alive to him. The understanding of them had broken into his thoughts as when quick lightning strikes the ground.
How had it happened? The Teacher – the Holy Spirit, had taken up residence in his soul. What had once been obscure and confusing drivel was now pulsating with most profound degrees, measures of meaning, encouragement and hope.
1 Corinthians 2:6-12Amplified Bible
6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those spiritually mature [believers who have teachable hearts and a greater understanding]; but [it is a higher] wisdom not [the wisdom] of this present age nor of the rulers and leaders of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the wisdom once hidden [from man, but now revealed to us by God, that wisdom] which God predestined before the ages to our glory [to lift us into the glory of His presence]. 8 None of the rulers of this age recognized and understood this wisdom; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written [in Scripture],
“Things which the eye has not seen, and the ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”
10 For God has unveiled them and revealed them to us through the [Holy] Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding]. 11 For what person knows the thoughts and motives of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So also no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God.
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
To be the person God has called you to be.
And that got me thinking. Yes dangerous, I know.
You see I believe that the Holy Spirit does do amazing things in people today.
I believe that right now He is doing stuff in each of us, to refine us, to change us, to bless us.
What I started thinking about was,
what if instead of becoming the person God has called me to be,
I had become the person I myself desired to be?
What kind of person would I be today if the Holy Spirit had not led me?
Where would I have been this morning if I had chosen not to allow the Spirit to lead me?
If God were not guiding you according to His plan, and His purpose, who would you have followed?
Who would have been your role model?
What would you be like if you could become anyone you could want to be?
Would you be a scientist or an artist?
Would you be a musician or a mime?
Would you be a best selling author or a teacher?
Would you be a butcher, baker or candlestick maker?
Would you be a politician?
Would you be a professional sports athlete?
Would you be a banker, an industrialist, a world leader?
Would you have been like some Greek mythological hero born of Hollywood?
If you could desire above all other possibilities to become anyone, would you be willing to become the humble servant person that God has called you to be?
Let’s face it, you are who you are, for a reason today you are you because you are you.
But, are you, all the you, you can be today?
Are you allowing the Spirt to work in you today?
What would your life be like if you allowed yourself to fully be the person God wants you to be?
What differences would there be in your life tomorrow if you allowed the Spirit to work in you today?
Today as part of this seasons Pentecost experience I want to encourage you, to genuinely challenge you, to examine where you are where you really want to be.
The verse I want you to focus on this day is
1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (NIV) which says:
“God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no-one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
The NLT translates this verse:
It was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
For so many people in the world today there are times in life that nothing seems to happen, then times where everything is boring without sense or meaning.
So many people want to be someone else simply because they feel their own life is empty.
Be honest, in your own spiritual walk, have there been times when you have complained that everything is the same, no growth and no direction, yet when you have felt the Spirit prompt you to do something, you have chosen not to?
Maybe there have been times in your life when doubt has stopped you moving forward.
Stopped you from allowing the Holy Spirit to work in your life.
Maybe there have been times when you have asked why?
Maybe there are times when you have refused to ask yourself why?
So, let me ask you why.
From our text, let me form a question for you from the bible verses we have read.
Why when, we have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us – why do we choose to accept less than God has freely given us?
Why do we spend so much time desiring to be like someone else and ignore who God is calling us to be?
How can we move past the feeling that something is wrong and allow God to work in our lives today?
How can we have greater joy in our lives?
How can we be satisfied?
How can we be the people that God has called us to be?
The simple answer is we must allow the Spirit to work in our lives so that we can become the people God has called us to be.
Do you allow the Spirit to work in your life?
Are you thankful for the blessings God has freely given you to enjoy everyday?
When was the last time you thanked God for the beauty of His creation?
When was the last time you thanked God for what He is doing in your life?
When was the last time you thanked God for what He provides you with everyday? Your bed, your food, your clothes.
When was the last time you thanked God for His love, His grace, His Mercy?
When was the last time you allowed the Spirit to work in you and through you for God’s glory?
When was the last time you thanked God for the work of the Holy Spirit in your life?
When was the last time you asked the Spirit to work in your life to help you be the person God has called you to be?
It is true to say that God knows your past, God knows your today, and He knows your future.
You know your past, you are living in your today, and I’m sure you have a hope for your future.
Does your plan for the future align with God’s plan for your future?
Actually, does your plan for today align with God’s plan for you today?
So often we try and prepare for things in our own strength, and too often we wonder why things didn’t go according to our plan when we never stopped to find out what God’s perfect plan for us was.
The past, the present and the future belongs to God and we need to be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into our destiny.
We must be open to the leading of the Spirit.
Are you willing to become the person God has called you to be by allowing the Spirit to work in you today?
Are you willing to give control of your life to God?
Are you willing to allow the full power of the Holy Spirit into your life, in your home, in your family, in your workplace.
We will never experience the full joy and contentment that God wants us to have if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to work in us.
We all need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.With His power our life can become a blessing to others.
With His power others will see and experience the love of Jesus Christ through us.
Today, do you consider your life to be a living witness for Christ?
Today, would you allow the Holy Spirit to help you share the truth of Jesus with others?
Friends, you may look at others as role models, as people you aspire to be like, are you willing to be the person God has called you to be?
Are you willing to allow God to use you to bring glory to Him?
Are you willing to open your life to the Holy Spirit and be a blessing to people you meet?
Remember we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
As Christians we received the Spirit who is from God and not of the world, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God
So that we might use the gifts and talents God has given us, so that we can be the People that God has called us to be.
God has called us to communicate the truth with others, are you sharing the truth?
You can do it verbally, you can do it in the written word, you can do it on Facebook or Twitter, but are you doing it?
Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you today?
Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to work in you today to become the person that God has called you to be?
Let me encourage you to become the person God has called you to be.
Allow the Holy Spirit to work in you today.
Share the Good News of God’s Saving work in your life.
Allow the Holy Spirit to help you become the person God has called you to be.
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us Pray,
Jesus, Giver of peace, I so easily get distracted when I’m trying to focus and hear your Holy Spirit. Help me quiet my mind in the middle of my busy life. Help me to pause and to make space to listen to the most important voice of all.
Empower me to be a good listener to the gentle whispers of your Spirit. Help me follow the example of Jesus, who would slip away into the evening or the early morning to be alone with you. Teach me to abide in you. Amen.
Savior Jesus, you sent the Holy Spirit to your disciples so they would have a helper and a guide at all times. I pray that you send to me your Holy Spirit to be my helper. May your Spirit pour light into my heart and make my spirit glow in your glory. I seek to understand and to stay in your word, oh Lord. Illuminate my heart with your Spirit. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.