STOP TALKING, YOU ARE CONFUSING ME!
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (New King James Version).
Have you ever had a conversation with someone and walked away wondering what it was even about? Have you ever listened to a preacher speak and felt even more about God’s word than when you walked into the church? Some people don’t realize how they come across when using many large words, long winded sentences and Christianese jargon. In trying to impress the listener, they run the risk of not being invited into conversations because others simply cannot follow what they are saying. The same goes for trying to deliver the Word of God out of man’s wisdom. We cannot effectively preach and share God’s word out of our own power and strength. Oh, yeah, we can be persuasive and impressive, but when using human wisdom, our listeners will not feel any conviction, frustrating us since we feel no one is listening. In a way they aren’t. They are hearing you, but only with the Holy Spirit’s power do they listen. We are powerless on our own; yet when we yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to speak through us, God can take the simplest word choices and empower them to have an effect on the listener. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that God uses through us, not our own power.
If you know someone who confuses you the minute they open their mouth, pray the Holy Spirit brings them revelation and they yield to Him, allowing Him to speak through them. If you are someone who tries to sound impressive, stop. God can’t use you effectively if you think you are smarter. There is simplicity in Christ and we don’t need to make Him seem complicated. Put away your human wisdom, your $10.00 words, and your long sentences; yield to His Spirit and allow Him to speak.
Let’s Pray: Dear Father, thank You for this gift of today! We praise and exalt Your name! You are beautiful, holy, righteous and mighty! You are faithful, loving and true! We long to sit in Your presence for eternity and look upon Your beautiful face. Father, there is none like You, no not one! We stand before You today asking for forgiveness; for we are lofty creatures, thinking that we will impress others and bring them to Your feet by portraying ourselves as more intelligent than You. Father, we are sorry, and we do know that we can do nothing without Your Spirit, Your power, without You. Lord, it is our prayer that we fully submit to You and that You speak through us, use us. Let not our flesh speak, bind our tongues when we begin to allow ourselves to take over. Father, I pray for those who think that they can do things on their own, without You. Open their hearts, their eyes, their ears to this pride that they carry. Father, You word tells us that You will humble those that exalt themselves and exalt those who humble themselves, we pray that we continue to walk in humility. Thank You for hearing our prayer today. We love You and we give You all glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Additional Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 1: 26-31; 1 Corinthians 2: 6-16; 2 Corinthians 11:3