How to Explain The Word of God

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (NLT)

3 I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling.

4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.

5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I believe that too often we hesitate to share God’s Word with others because we are afraid that we may be intimidated by the individual that will challenge our faith or understanding of God’s Word. Friends, I believe that this comes when we make our visit dependent on our own abilities and how good we are. Notice what Paul said in these verses. Let’s learn to rely on the Holy Spirit to not only guide us to the individual He wants us to share with, but also rely on the Holy Spirit to give us the very words that the individual needs to hear at that time. Imagine for a moment if your dad gave you a message to take to a friend, advising you that the person’s safety and direction depended on the information he gave you to take. However, when you arrived you realized that what you want to say personally appears more appropriate for the situation you found, so you ignored the words of your dad and spoke at length about what you wanted to. Yes, you would leave having had a good conversation with the individual, but the person would still be at risk when they travel, possibly to the extent of danger that may lead to their death. Friends, this is an example of what happens when we visit, when we teach, when we preach, when we share with others about God, without first approaching the throne of God in prayer and seeking His will and His direction on what our hearers need to hear. Why go in the weakness of just our wisdom, when we can seek God’s face and go in His wisdom and speak words directly from His Holy Spirit that is relevant to the individual at that time in their lives? Let’s learn to do like Paul and ‘rely only on the power of the Holy Spirit’ so that others would not trust in human wisdom, but rather on the power of God.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Holy Spirit, I pray that You who began a good work in me, will complete it in everything I do in Your name. If I go out as a representative of Yours to visit a sick person, then I ask that You would always humble me to seek the wisdom of Your Holy Spirit before I leave for the visit. If I teach a Bible School lesson, I pray that You would humble me to seek Your face and allow You, who knows the hearts and lives of each student, to guide me into what I should teach and what I should say so that the words of Your Holy Spirit would be evident in the ears of the hearers so that their lives might be changed for Your ongoing glory. For those that will attend Bible School this weekend dear Lord, I pray that they would not only be receptive to the Word of God, but obedient in every way.

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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