October 30 | 1 Corinthians 2:12-13
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:12–13, ESV)
I love listening to foreign languages. Even though I don’t understand them very well I enjoy watching how other cultures and languages communicate. I’d probably like them even more if I could understand them.
Paul talks about languages in a different way. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand spiritual truths in spiritual language. People who don’t know Jesus cannot understand spiritual truths. Their minds are darkened toward the things of God.
They think God’s wisdom is foolishness. But God’s wisdom created the world, and by it we see spiritual victories. Some Christians do not understand spiritual truths as well as they should. The writer of Hebrews says that while he wanted to teach the meat of the faith he was stuck giving them milk.
You must grow to understand spiritual truths. But you must also apply spiritual principles and values to your life. More than understanding them you need to practice them. As a child of God you are connected to Jesus spiritually.
The Spirit teaches you everything you need to know to succeed. The greatest spiritual truth is growing deeper in the Lord and knowing Jesus more.
Action Step: Grow closer to the Spirit and you will grow in understanding spiritual truths. It’s the best way to know God’s playbook for winning spiritual battles and pleasing Him.
Holy Spirit, thank you for teaching me the deeper things of God. I want to grow closer to You today. Show me spiritual truths and help me to understand them and practice them in my life.