It’s time to grow spiritually

In First Corinthians 2:1-7, the Apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth, which has been experiencing turmoil within the body. And even today, there’s a lot of division in the church because of folk not making up their minds that they’re going to put away their carnal understanding of church doctrine and selfishness and start relying on the Holy Spirit’s teachings and directions.

"Baby Christians" don’t know what other Christians — "grown-up Christians" — know because they don’t spend time learning the ministry of the Holy Ghost within them, which makes it difficult to impossible to discern the things of God from the things of the world that have creeped into the church.

"And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God," Paul says, beginning in the first verse, adding, "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."

What Paul is saying, to break it down to you, is that it takes more than just having been educated in this world’s system (degrees in theology and "book sense", bein’ able to speak "eloquently" and pronounce "big words" properly, etc.).

Because you can have the letter of the law without the spirit of the law. In other words, you can know, intelligently the Word of God, without ever having had a personal relationship with Him. Thus all you’ll have is book knowledge without revelation knowledge.

Paul adds in the fourth verse, "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power," adding, " that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."

If your pastor preaches a message or talks to you about a particular thing that affects you directly, know that it is by the wisdom of God that he speaks. He’s not just tellin’ you what his OPINION is about something that affects you. He’s not telling you what he thinks the Scriptures MIGHT be saying to you, based on how HIS interpretation.

A lot of times, strife comes into the church because you’ve got these "baby Christians," these "carnal Christians" who don’t want to be corrected, bringing mess into the church, trying to start mutiny within the body.

Let me tell you something, "babies," that man or woman, your leadership, spends countless hours per day just being in God’s presence, inhaling His presence and exhaling His wisdom.

When a man or a woman of God, not just pastors and teachers, but the saints who sit in the pews, spends hours per day with God, the wisdom of man (which is foolishness to God, by the way) in that saint is replaced by the supernatural wisdom of God (which is foolishness to man, by the way) in that person’s born-again spirit.

That’s why your pastor can preach a message, and before you ("babies") get out of the parking lot good, that spirit of offense in you starts running rampant, and you’re runnin’ your mouth about dumb stuff, actually placing yourself under judgment).