Posted by: whereintheworldismike | February 8, 2011

Demonstrations of the Spirit’s Power

Today in my personal devotion time with the Lord, I read 1 Cor 2. I did not just happen to be there but yesterday and during the night the same refrain has been recurring in my mind, “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified….My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” Every where I go, I see churches that rely on men’s wisdom and sometimes eloquence. They would not know what to do with a demonstration of God’s spiritual power in their midst if it occurred. And so congregations sit and listen and their untransformed lives remain. And outsiders see their futility and have no interest in joining their number.


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  1. Mike,

    I really appreciate that post. We are reading Experiencing God with our two oldest and I really see how we limit God by our own abilities without depending upon Him to do God-sized things among us. Why do we reply on men’s wisdom and eloquence ? It must start with something lacking in the relationship or trust in God.

    • Steve,
      I’m glad you are reading Experiencing God together. I believe if more Christians did that and applied what they learned our country would turn around in short order. Most of us moderns (anyone over about 39) like to teach the Word with persuasive words and eloquence. The problem is that that is only part of what God has for us and those younger–the postmoderns–are not impressed but rather hunger for “demonstrations of the Spirit’s power.” It’s the same way in Japan and we have seen several signs and wonders as we have cooperated with the Lord. Just got word that Mary Jo and I will be going to Japan in March to teach some new missionaries and start with our new responsibilities which I cannot share yet. However they will extend beyond our mission to others and beyond Japan to other countries in Asia in God’s time.

      I love you guys and pray for God’s best as you seek him always.


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