Some More Evidence of Why the Spirit is Needed as our Resident Teacher

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (ESV)

Thanks for bearing with me as I have interrupted the blog post flow through a weekend and a bit of minor surgery for David. He’s doing great and God has helped me to practice mercy.

We have been looking at what students of the Bible need in order to understand the Word of God. On our own and in our flesh we may not grasp anything. But, as believers, we are endowed with God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, as our teacher in residence.

In today’s passage we see once again, a reason that supports the need for this ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As a teacher, I love doing research and imparting nuggets to the ladies in Bible study. I enjoy extracting the precious from the worthless. I love taking that information and helping them apply it to their lives in the days in which we live. It confirms that gift in me when I get to exercise it.

When I came across today’s passage I got so excited because I understand what the Spirit is doing when he imparts truth to us. He has dug deep in God’s treasures to make known to us the things of God. He must be satisfied, I think, when he does this as it is pleasing to the Lord.

When we last looked at a passage, we were in Proverbs 2.

You were to read through it and extract some thoughts as you reflected on your own lives and how this passage ministered to you through the Holy Spirit’s teaching you. Here is how it spoke to me:

  • make my ear attentive to wisdom (God’s wisdom)
  • incline my heart to understanding.

That says to me to make sure I have a good attitude about studying the Word. My ear and my heart both need to be engaged in it. I can hear the Word all day long, but if I don’t engage my heart in it, then I’m not going to change through the knowledge I’ve obtained. Too often today, we want to be spoonfed with the abridged Word of God. We want someone else to read it and tell us what it says and means. We are lazy. Too many are not willing to turn their ears and hearts toward what He says on their own. This one thing, more than any other, causes me more grief in my spirit. I cannot tell you how vast the problem of biblical illiteracy is among the Church. It’s an epidemic and it should not be so. Today, we have at our disposal so many translations and tools to aid our study time. We do not take advantage of what God has provided. What would we do if it was all taken away and we had nothing of the Word left to ponder and digest?

Some more:

  • call out and raise my voice for insight and understanding
  • seek it as hidden treasure (now you know why I call this blog what I do).

Say what? Pray to God to help me understand. But, I must also do my part by seeking it, too. Otherwise, it’s like praying you pass the test at school tomorrow, but you’ve not done your part to study the material beforehand. Seek it. Seeking takes time. Hello! When you invest the time it takes to seek His wisdom you will remember it better and longer so you can apply it and/or be convicted by it when the Spirit taps you on the shoulder and says, “Remember when we read that? Wow, you get to practice it right now. What are you going to do? Let me lead or your flesh?”

By doing these things I will:

  • understand the fear of the Lord and
  • find the knowledge of God.

By understanding the fear of the Lord (healthy respect and awe for our Maker) then finding the knowledge of Him follows. To be trite with Him or about Him inhibits our knowledge of Him.

Because:

  • He is the one Who gives wisdom (knowledge and understanding shown in our applying) in the first place
  • He stores up wisdom for the upright (righteous)
  • He protects those who walk according to His Word.

We will also understand:

  • righteousness, justice, equity, the right way to go because we have His wisdom in our hearts and furthermore, His knowledge is pleasant to us. His discretion and understanding guard us so we avoid the snare of evil. Why? Because we are seeking what He has to say to us in His Word and out of reverence for Him we are attentive to His will and desires. Do you see the cycle? We begin to “get God” and in so doing, understand why He says what He does and why we are desiring to live accordingly. We are understanding His ways much more than we used to do when this happens. This is the kind of living we want today. Staying in the Word helps us to be wise to God’s ways so we can avoid the evil opportunities that are rampant.

Those who follow His Word have an inheritance. Those who do not follow His Word are cut off from their eternal inheritance.

Wow. How’s that for an ending? I prefer an inheritance with Him, don’t you? My obedience to Him because I know and understand Him and desire to please Him lead to a wonderful reward.

I don’t know about you, but I think that the time I spend here inclining my ear and heart to His understanding and wisdom is not time wasted.

What’s keeping you from getting into the Word? Would God understand your reason?

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