Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (KJV); And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
In the life of the gospel, it is imperative to understand that instructions are spiritual.
They are not to be received by men just because of the richness of the vocabulary of the speaker but out of the weight that the speaker carries in the spirit.
A man may have the right language and vocabulary but lack the spiritual authority to instruct.
When a minister has the right language but not the authority to instruct, he will easily resort to manipulation to make up for what he lacks.
For example, to serve in a ministry is an instruction and may be preached as such. However, if all a minister has is oratory power and not the authority in the spirit to instruct, he will blackmail his people to serve and take up positions in the ministry that they are ill-equipped for.
Spiritual maturity requires that you be able to tell the difference between these two kinds of ministers: he that has the authority to instruct and he that is merely a good speaker.
If you do not, you will receive instructions from one that does not have the vindication of the spirit. For example, a man may ask you to give, yet he does not have the authority to instruct you to give because he himself is not a giver. When you heed to such an instruction, you may never see the fruit of your giving.
As a man or woman of God, if you ever find yourself needing to manipulate people into obedience, question the authority by which you speak. If your instructions carry the vindication of the spirit, they do not need arm twisting efforts on your part.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 4:20, 1 Thessalonians 1:5
GOLDEN NUGGET: In the life of the gospel, it is imperative to understand that instructions are spiritual. They are not to be received by men just because of the richness of the vocabulary of the speaker but out of the weight that the speaker carries in the spirit.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this wisdom. It grows and matures me in the things of the spirit. I am above any form of manipulation because I understand these deep spiritual insights. To the glory of Your name, Amen.