Not Rest On Men’s Wisdom

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 5 - 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 - Not Rest On Men's Wisdom - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 – Not Rest On Men’s Wisdom – Growing As Disciples

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. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NIV)

Your Word

What do you rely on? What do you place your faith in? What is worthy of all your trust? Do you rely on seemingly wise and persuasive words of men? Are you taken in by the wisdom of the world? Is your life founded on the thoughts, opinions and values of the world? Does your faith rest on the wisdom of men? You have asked a lot of questions. Do you have any answers? I have only one answer. Let me hear it. My faith rests on you. I would like to hear more from you on this subject. 

It is true, that at one time I placed my faith on wisdom that comes from the world. My life conformed to the thoughts and opinions and values of the world. I thought like the world thought. I spoke like the world spoke. I acted like the world acted. I was no different than anyone else that is living in the world. What did you find out? There is no hope and joy and peace in living a life that is founded on the patterns and practices of the world. There is no purpose and meaning in thinking and speaking and acting in worldly ways. My worldly life became a bruised and battered and broken life. I was empty. I wanted more. I wanted something else. I wanted you. I wanted to know you. I wanted to love you. I wanted to follow and serve you. I wanted to live my life in ways that would please you. Did I know all of this at the time? Certainly not. But you brought me to yourself. You came into my life. You forgave my sins and gave me a new life to live. Yes, I did.

How is your life now different? My faith rests on you. My faith rests on your word. My faith rests on your power. What do you know? I know that you are using your word to make me like you. Your Holy Spirit powerfully uses your word like a sword. He uses the sword of your word to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Yes, that is true. What do you do with my word? I take your word into my heart and mind and life. I am letting your word mold and shape me. I am letting your word teach and train me. I am letting your word guard and guide me. Now I know without a doubt that my faith rests on you and the power of your word. That is good. What are you asking? I am asking for your Holy Spirit to continue to use your word to do your work in and through me. I will hear and answer that prayer. 

Lord, I will no longer place my faith in the seemingly wise and persuasive words of men. To do so would be foolish. I will rely on you. I will trust your word. I will place all my faith in the power of God. Work in, for, and through me according to your good pleasure. Amen

Key Question…  When has the power of God accomplished something that you could have never done on your own?

Living It Out…  Place all your faith in the power of God rather than on the seemingly wise and persuasive words of men.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that the power of God will work in and through and for you according to His good pleasure.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how your faith is resting on the power of God.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you place all your faith in God rather than on seemingly wise and persuasive words of men.

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Becoming Like Christ – Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 2-4-5 – Not Rest On Men’s Wisdom – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

The Power Of God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Spirit Empowered Life - Day 127 - 1 Corinthians 2-4-5- The Power Of God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Spirit Empowered Life – Day 127 – 1 Corinthians 2-4-5- The Power Of God – Growing As Disciples

and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (ESV)

My Power

Will you rely on my power? That is a very good question. That is a question that in theory is very easy to answer. Why is that? What do you mean by saying it is easy to answer in theory? I could give a quick, of course, and say without hesitation that I will rely on your power. That would be good. What is the problem? The problem is that so often I have not relied on your power. I have tried to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans with my own power and strength. We know what my own power and strength will accomplish. Yes, we do. Apart from you I can do and accomplish nothing of lasting and eternal value. What I can do and accomplish might appear to be significant, the world may think and say so, my efforts may even be celebrated and applauded, but in the end, they will be a pile of dust and of no value, in light of eternity. That’s true. Fortunately, I am weak. Even better, I know that I am weak. Even better yet, you ask me to go and do what I cannot possibly accomplish by my own efforts. Why is this all so good? Anything that causes me to humbly come to rely on you is good. Being weak, causes me to rely on you. Knowing that I am weak, causes me to rely on you.  Being given hopelessly large assignments, causes me to rely on you. I know that all of these are great and good gifts from you to me, of that I have no doubt. That is very good. You are correct. So, because you are weak, and you know you are weak, you are learning to come to rely on me? Yes, that’s true. And because I give you large assignments that require faith and trust in me, you rely on me even more, is that correct? Yes, that is true, without a doubt. You have and are learning valuable lessons.

There are some things of which you can be certain. What’s that? I want to and will powerfully work in and through you. I want to and will work in and through your weakness. I want to and will make you able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. I will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. All of these will be true and come to pass as you rely on me to work in and through you. That I will do. That will be very good.

Holy Spirit, I know the difference between laboring under my power and having you work powerfully through me. On my own, I can accomplish nothing of lasting and eternal value. Powerfully work in and through my weakness to accomplish your purposes. Amen

Key Question…  How has knowing that you are weak and powerless caused you to rely on the power of God?

Living It Out…  Rely on the Holy Spirit to powerfully work in and through you to accomplish His purposes.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Holy Spirit will work powerfully in and through your weaknesses as you rely on Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are relying on the Holy Spirit to work in and through you.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow the Holy Spirit’s power to work in and through you to accomplish His purposes.

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

The Spirit Empowered Life – Day 127 – 1 Corinthians 2-4-5 – The Power Of God – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                                                        Copying not permitted                                                                                    www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

On God’s Power

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Faith - 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 - On God's Power - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 – On God’s Power – Growing As Disciples

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. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NIV)

Your Power

I no longer want to operate under my own power. I know what that looks like. I know what that feels like. I know what that accomplishes. Tell me. My power is weak. My power is feeble. My power accomplishes nothing. So what? I have had enough of disappointing results. I am tired with accomplishing very little. What do you want? I want to be able to both know and do your will. I want to be able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to be powerfully used by you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That’s good. I want people to be drawn to you by the demonstration of the power of your Holy Spirit working in and through my life. I don’t desire this for myself. I am not desiring to make a name for myself. I am desiring to be used by you. I want to be an instrument in your hands. You have good desires that in your heart and on your mind. I can see that you want to serve me. Yes, I do.

If you want to be used by me what must you be willing to do? I must be willing to do whatever you ask of me. It would be silly for me to ask you to use me and then be unwilling to go and do what you ask of me. That’s true.  It would also be foolish to ask for your power to work in and through me to do what you have not asked me to do for you. That is also correct. Have you ever worked long and hard hours and fruitless hours on an assignment that I had not given to you? Yes, I have done that many times. What does that tell you? I must ask you to show me what you want me to do for you. I must not rush into tasks that you have not asked me to do for you. So, I must wait for your guidance and direction. I must know what you are calling me to do for you. What else? Once I have received an assignment, I must be willing to go and do it for you. I should not hold back. I should not be half-hearted. You want me to be fully engaged in the work you have given me to do for you. Yes, I do.

But, you are still missing something. What’s that? You tell me. After I have received your assignment. I must come to rely on you to help me accomplish it. I must ask for the power of your Holy Spirit to work in and through me Even if I know my assignment and am willing to go and do it, that is not enough. I must rely on you at all times to accomplish your work in and through me. Will you rely on my Holy Spirit to work in and through you, as you do my work? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I know when I have operated under my own power. My efforts have been feeble. I have not been able to do the work you have given me to do for you. Help me to rely on you to do your work in and through me by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Faith – 1 Corinthians 2-4-5 – On God’s Power – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

On God’s Power

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - So That- 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 - On God's Power - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – So That- 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 – On God’s Power – Growing As Disciples

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. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NIV) 

Demonstrate Your Power

Are you weak or are you strong? Will you rely on me or will you rely on yourself? Don’t be so quick to answer these questions with your words. Is there any other way to answer these questions other than with my words? I want you to answer these questions with your life. I’m not sure what you mean. Really, are you sure? I might have some idea of what you mean. Take a guess at what I mean. You don’t want me to say I will rely on you with my words and not back them up with my life. Yes, that’s right. Have you ever said that you were going to rely on me and then kept right on relying on yourself? I am sorry to say that I have relied on myself far too often when I have said that I was going to rely on you.

What has happened when you have relied on yourself rather than on me? When I have relied on my own strength I have failed miserably. I have not been able to accomplish what you have given me to do. I have made gigantic missteps. I have gone backwards in retreat. I have wandered aimlessly from one thing to another to look for meaning and purpose in life. I have been frustrated.  I have been fearful. I have wondered where you were. I have questioned why haven’t you helped me. I have been discouraged and depressed. I have burned out. I have given up. I have quit.

Have you grown weary of trusting in your own strength? That is an understatement. Nothing is more tiring than trying to serve you without relying on your help. I want your power and strength. I desperately need your power and strength. I cannot and will not take one more step forward without your help. That’s very good. What will you do? I will ask for your help. I will wait for your help. How long will you wait? How long will you keep asking? I will keep waiting and keep asking for your help until you tell me its time to move forward with you. You will let me lead you? Yes, that’s it exactly. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will trust you to work in and through me to demonstrate your power and accomplish your purposes. I want you to do in and through me what only you can do. I want my life to be a witness for you. I want my faith to rest on you. I want others to place their faith in you because of what you have done in and through my weakness. In that way you will be lifted up and glorified as men and women are drawn to you. Use me for your kingdom and your glory. Yes, I will. You can count on it.

Lord, I am weak. You are strong. Without your power and strength I will be unable to do what you have given me to do for you. I am so thankful that you will work through my weaknesses so your power will demonstrated as your purposes are accomplished. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

So That – 1 Corinthians 2-4-5 – On God’s Power – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com