“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.
If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen
Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Today’s reading is the Book of First Corinthians chapter 2 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV).
2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the [a]testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of [b]human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God [c]ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now 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.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the [d]Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 2:1 NU mystery
- 1 Corinthians 2:4 NU omits human
- 1 Corinthians 2:7 predetermined
- 1 Corinthians 2:13 NU omits Holy
MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:
John 20:31- “but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.”
Let’s start back in the book of Acts, wherein chapter 18 (verses 1-18) records Paul first visits Corinth.
“After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth” Acts 18:1 NKJV
He arrived “After these things”. That is the key phase – Let’s summarize, since we already studied the book of Acts. The second missionary journey was interrupted by God when God changed their plans and sent them over to Philippi. Paul’s journey up to that point was a lot of ministering in places he already set up churches, but he still had a few close calls where he ran for his life. Once in Philippi – after ministering, he and Silas were beaten and thrown into jail and had a hymn-sing. Paul used His Roman citizenship to help gain protection for the church there and get him safe leave.
Then Thessalonica, the official captured Jason, for hosting them. Paul fled by night as part of the terms of Jason’s release.
In Berea, the Thessalonian Jews followed them and Pail alone was kicked out of town, leaving Silas and Timothy to finish the work.
Paul fled to Athens – and tried to preach in the ways of the philosophers of the day. The ministry was a flop and later Paul says, admits it was a bad idea to change his preaching (we will circle back to that).
So exhausted, beat up, worn out, alone, fleeing for his life – He arrives in Corinth, not as a powerful man of God marching into the synagogue to preach, but instead just a believer, looking for work and to lay low until his team arrives.
As verse 3 above states: “3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.”
I love how real Paul is about how difficult it was and how weak and vulnerable he was. Paul learned first-hand, when he is weak, God is strong. He learned the wisdom of God (yesterday’s study) out ranks his own wisdom when he tried preaching wisdom in Athens and it flopped. Circling back to when Paul admits it was a bad idea to preach to the crowds wishes – yesterday Paul said he just preaches Christ. And today he continues with saying he lived it as a sermon and an example.
“4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Paul is reminding them of how they met and how it was. And even though the wisdom of the Greeks in Athens in infiltrating their pagan city and they are surrounded by these evil influences, they should remember their roots in a pure, humble message – soaked in the wisdom of God. They may be tempted to follow men who speak well, and aren’t we all, BUT we should seek the pure, humble example of the power of God in God’s wisdom.
“6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Again, the hidden wisdom, which Paul also calls the great mystery, is how God planned human’s salvation through Jesus’s death on the cross and resurrection.
And lie we touched on yesterday and bears repeating – wisdom is not bad, and it is not bad to seek wisdom. We have committed ourselves to reading the wisdom book over the weekends this year to increase in godly wisdom – this is good and God will be glorified in it. What is bad is the world’s wisdom.
What is this world’s wisdom? In our modern world, it is harder to identify than it was in Paul’s world. But Paul did not have the terms we have today to describe what Paul was saying. Let me explain: Paul spoke of philosophy. They called it wisdom back in Paul’s days. You and I were taught that they stood around Athens and other Greek cities (like Corinth) spewing philosophical wisdom. Man ran to every new idea, because none of the old ideas satisfied – they tickled the ears at first – but did not have the lasting, life changing effects they hoped for. The Kind that comes from simple things that do not make sense until you let God reveal it to you.
We do not have this as blatant – we do have false teachers on every corner of our internet – which is similar. We also have “wisdom” presented as: being woke, nihilism, capitalism, socialism, democracy – even Democrat, Republican, or libertarians can fall into this. There are racism, supremacy, and all the other isms in the Buffalo, NY killers manifesto (not the media’s version, but the actual manifesto where he renounced Christ and Christianity and said he was not a republican or conservative and that he was fully motivated by hate. Where replacement theory is not the watered down version some Fox News correspondent tried to use to explain protecting our boarders, which was a terrible analogy. But he was motivated by the original definition of replacement theory where they blame Jews for putting blacks in the different areas of the world to out breed and therefor overcome the Europeans – which he identifies as, and he does not identify as American or having any pride in the USA.) Actually, that is a great, although extreme example of man’s wisdom verses Gods – because Gods wisdom would not kill innocent people while shopping for food.
The BIGGEST ism which threatens the minds of people today is Humanism – something that has become so accepted by the church, it is hard to identify.
Paul doesn’t focus on the world’s wisdom – because in Corinth, they all knew what he was talking about. Instead Paul talks about Gods wisdom. When we started, I told you we would have the opportunity to get to know God better in this book. Well pay attention, because Paul is describing God. Starting here with a it is written, sword swing into the spirit:
“9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Last year, when I lost my job, there were so many supernatural things that accompanied it, to assure me it was God who removed that job and God who was course correcting to get me onto this path. I was fired on a Friday. Sunday night, I was woke up with this verse running over and over in my head. I woke up and wrote it down and went back to sleep. But it kept playing in my head on repeat, so I woke up and read this whole chapter – Not my wisdom, but God’s wisdom. I can look back and clearly see that God was telling me I was entering a season where it wasn’t going to make sense to me or to others. God’s way, not my way.
And even having this confidence I still struggled to come to terms with it. And I wish He would reveal where we are going and what I need to learn, so this season will end. But I am actually learning to become comfortable in His hands. I no longer look at the things I “lost” as lost – but instead as given to God – I did tell him He could have it all. I now look for opportunity to give more. I am learning my existence is for nothing, if I am not sharing Christ.
During the late night lunar eclipse, even though I am still sick with mild covid symptoms, my porch was the perfect viewing spot. So a friend, brought over her nephew who is just a couple years younger than my son. And we social distanced. And something about seeing the amazing handiwork of God makes people ask questions about God. I found myself teaching Christ to this sweet boy, who is bound up in drugs and drinking with a terrible life. He goes to his aunts to crash and come down from a high and tries to get right – but leaves again for the drugs. Anyway – I gave him the salvation plan and he rejected it. Very sweet about rejecting it – but it was definitely a rejection. He did not need to spare my feelings.
It is our Job to tell them. That is it. From there, once they hear it:
“10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man accept the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now 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.”
You see, Gods revelation is how we can to accept this crazy message and believe in a man who lived, died and lived again 2000 years ago – whom we have not seen in the flesh (at least most of us haven’t). So, in that perspective, we can understand that all things pertaining to wisdom – God will reveal His council through the Holy Spirit – the same way he drew us to Him.
So God may not say to me in an audible voice – “This is what this crazy season in your life means..” but he will direct me and keep me on course and lead me through it. Maybe this was why I felt God’s leading so strongly to seek wisdom this year and to read the wisdom books over the weekends. You want to know the deep things of God? Just ask and let God lead you where it doesn’t make sense.
“13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
Are you filled with the Holy Spirt? Baptized in the Spirit? With a prayer language? If not – it is time. You can’t go deep without Him revealing the deep things. You can’t be guided in Godly wisdom, without the Holy Spirit. It is a spirit thing – we must be filled with the spirit and we must be walking in the spirit – and you can’t walk in Him, if He ain’t filled up within you! Pray and ask him to fill you.
If you are filled – maybe it is time to pray for and seek a fresh filling – for fire, shut up in your bones. Pray for a refreshing. Pray to be set on fire with an unquenchable fire. Pray for an anointed fire!
Just spends some time praying today with the Holy Spirit, because God has revealed to us his thought process and now we need the Holy Spirit to reveal His thoughts to us – He will also reveal the areas of our lives that do not make sense, telling us if it is of him of not, and leading us where we need to go.
Today God wants to show you something that eyes have not seen nor ears heard – but you may not understand it for months or even years. Listen anyway. Or maybe today He is revealing what something from your past means. Listen. Spend time with Him today and receive all that He has for you.
“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9 NKJV
It is written! Where was it written?
“For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.” Isaiah 64:4 NKJV
Wait on the Lord in prayer today. You may have to work or do things, but in your head keep a prayerful attitude and keep touching base with God. Wait on Him because it is written – we will get the revelation and the blessing. If you read this at night, pray to wait on him tonight as you sleep and stay prayerful until tomorrow – However you do it, commit at least one day to the Lord and to staying prayerful.
Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!