Today was very special! I met with a group of pastors who are working through the lessons in God’s Plan for His Church, the resource we use to help renew churches on a biblical foundation. They have completed Chapter 6 and will now work on developing their strategy for ministry in Chapter 7 based on what they have learned.
This reminded me of my personal study through the book of Proverbs where Solomon draws a powerful contrast between “a wise son [who] hears his father’s instruction” and a “fool [who] despise wisdom and instruction” (1:7; 13:1).
These men I was with today as well as all who are in Christ, have another advantage over Solomon and his son. We have the Holy Spirit who is the “Helper” (John 14:16) and the “Teacher” (14:26); the divine person who teaches “Truth” because He is “the Spirit of truth” (14:17). Solomon wanted his sons to have the desire to learn. God give us the desire to learn when we allow the Spirit to create a hunger in our hearts for truth.
Paul helps us make an important distinction between a person with the Holy Spirit dwelling in them and the one without Him; “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5). “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
The fact remains that none of us can be teachable unless we allow the Spirit to have His way in us and then submit to His teaching.
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