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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Right Attitude For God’s Preachers

by Robert Brock

The Right Attitude for God’s Preachers

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God,” 1 Corinthians 2:2, 5.

I heard of a preacher who was so animated when he preached that he poked his finger through the low ceiling of the stage.

Some preachers worry that they are not running around on the stage enough, being melodramatic and drawing attention to themselves. Some in a congregation may think a preacher is not preaching unless he jumps up and down.

Paul said he was more interested in the Corinthians learning the truths about Jesus and the gospel than dazzling them with his wisdom.

Every preacher has his own natural style and congregations can see right through an artificial presentation that can be turned on and off at the blink of an eye. Implied in this passage is the willingness of the congregation to hear what the preacher has to say about the truth and its spiritual conditions. Listeners, who have studied God’s Word and have prayed all week, should be ready to worship on Sunday and hear the wonderful things God has in store for those who love him, no matter if the preacher is sitting in a wheelchair or overly animated.

This church was so worldly it could not be moved with a bulldozer. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able” (1 Corinthians 3:1, 2).

THOUGHT: Our attitude toward God’s preachers should be to pray for them daily to be faithful in the work God has called them to do.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Holy Spirit Reveals the Truth

by Beverly Barnett

The Holy Spirit Reveals the Truth

1 Corinthians 2:10-13

“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God,” 1 Corinthians 2:10.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).

 

The Bible is filled with truth, not just any truth but God’s truth. In the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, the word truth is used two hundred twenty-four times. The Bible is a tangible tool to know the truth. Truth is one of Satan’s greatest enemies and one of our biggest assets; nevertheless, lies are more appealing to the carnal world.

God wants us to know the truth. John 8:32 reveals, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Lies are like chains. They bind up the heart and mind; they are confusing; they are blinding; they are confining. But, God’s truth is freeing. It opens the door of a locked prison cell and sets the sin-captive person free.

God’s truth is revealing. It exposes our sins, even the sins we thought were well hidden. Thankfully, if we confess our sins, God is will-ing to forgive us and help us overcome what is holding us in darkness. Truth helps us return to our walk of fellowship with God when we have strayed. Furthermore, even though one may deny the truths found in God’s Word, it does not lessen these truths.

God’s perfect plan is for the Holy Spirit to lead us to all truth, and He carries out this task with perfection.

REFLECTION: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

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