By The Spirit

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.  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  (1 Corinthians 2:12-14).

My Musings – For the most part, my country (the United States), has had a privileged past in terms of spirituality.  God’s Word was generally accepted, if not universally understood (discerned) for most of its existence.   But as this nation has become more “enlightened” and secularized, we should not find it surprising that “what God has freely given usto the man without the Spirit…is foolishness to him and he cannot understand [it].

We, the Body of Christ, will moan and complain about the increasing moral depravity of mankind, forgetting that it is the “natural” order of the world since the fall.  We should expect no less in those without the Spirit. It is our part to carry the message to them.  It will be offensive to many.  We may be dismissed, ridiculed, or persecuted, but we must carry on nonetheless.  It’s the only commission we were given.  We cannot complain, argue or fool anyone into the Kingdom.  We must declare the truth and give the reasons for our belief, as simply, respectfully, and as lovingly as we can, leaving the conviction and spiritual discernment to the Holy Spirit.  That is at least one reason Jesus said we would do greater things than He, because we are a spiritual expeditionary force universally backed and individually indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

My Advice – Let’s stop complaining about the state of the world.  Complaining never changed anything.  Let’s make sure we are doing the Great Commission with gentleness and respect.