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God is without need for instruction, a teacher, generous

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 NIV

God is….

  1. without need for instruction. No one need instruct God. No one can instruct God. This is because we are not all that smart, and it is because God is all-knowing. Is it possible in anyway for God to learn? God often asks questions. The Spirit searches our hearts. Does Spirit search while already knowing the answer?
  2. a teacher. God loves to share His knowledge with the rest of us. James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” remains one of my favorite verses because God doesn’t find fault with what I do not know. I am a country girl from South Dakota, who transplanted to the east coast in my early twenties. I know what it feels like to have a lot of people look down on me and consider me ignorant for what they considered a lack of knowledge (but was sometimes merely a culture gap). I am so grateful that God will never judge me the way that so many East Coast city people did. God teaches without scorning those who are taught. I am so glad that this is the way the most powerful force in the universe communicates! Love and grace win!
  3. generous. God loves to share. He gives us the mind of Christ. What more could I ask for? To have God’s mind operating within me is definitely the greatest of all privileges. I can think like God thinks. That is way cool!

Therefore I am…

  1. subordinate to God. I am so grateful that God is God, and I am not. It would be truly tragic to have me as the most powerful force in the universe. I get to surrender to God’s power, and that is so incredible that it mostly scares the crap out of me every time I really think about how much power that would be! The other day I thought to myself, “Yeah, well, I am not a miracle worker.” Immediately I was answered with, “Jesus said you would be one.” I am faced with the question of who I will choose to believe: myself or Christ.
  2. taught. I have access to great wisdom. I don’t just have the ability to learn facts, but God gives me wisdom to know how these facts integrate into all areas of life. I am grateful for that.
  3. gifted. I am great friends with the One who empowers everything. I am so glad God empowers me too! The breath in my lungs, the way for my feet, the reality with which I am surrounded. Jesus Christ, the Life, the Way, the Truth.