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1 Corinthians 2:9–12,14 (NKJV) But as it is written: ”Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God … 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
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What Does it Mean?
God has fully prepared things for those who love Him (including our calling/works: see Eph. 2:10). But we will not discover or know what those things are through our natural senses–– through sight, hearing––or thought. In other words, the natural man does not have the ability to figure out what God has prepared for him or her. God’s plan to the natural man sounds foolish. Think of Noah, Abraham, Mary, Peter, and the disciples … they could not have written out a five-year plan on their own and logically come up with what God had in store for them.
But, the Holy Spirit, who searches all things in God and knows what God has prepared for us, has been assigned to reveal, to uncover, these things to us who love God. The spirit that is in us is the very Spirit of God Himself, and He wants to show us the things that have been freely given to us by God!
What Does it Mean to Us?
God has things in store for us, including His calling and purpose for our lives, that have been fully prepared and completed. Nothing is missing! But for us to walk in these things, we need the Holy Spirit to reveal them to us. We cannot approach the things of God with logic and human reasoning. We do not have the ability to know God’s plan by what we see, hear, or think.
The things of God must be spiritually discerned. Therefore, we must look to the Holy Spirit to reveal them to us. And why would we look anywhere else anyway? The Spirit of God knows everything about God’s plan for us. He knows everything about us and everything about our circumstances; He knows the end from the beginning. He does not lack any knowledge nor can He make mistakes. o, we have the most reliable and trustworthy source of guidance! Hallelujah!!! What a gift we have in the Holy Spirit!
Let’s acknowledge that we do not have the ability to figure out what God has for us through our “natural” being and thinking, and let’s declare that we will stop trying to do it this way from now on.
Now let’s thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit and let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the things that God has prepared for us. Let’s expect the Holy Spirit to speak to our spirit and show us what God has in store.
I encourage you to write down what He says and date it. Your spirit will receive things that your mind will try to talk you out of, so don’t be led by your mind. You already know that God’s plans sound foolish to our minds, so disregard all the arguments, and receive what the Holy Spirit is saying. Don’t add to it and don’t take away from it. Write it as you hear it. Keep bringing these things before the Lord, and He will continue to give you greater understanding. Whatever direction He gives you, do it. Even if it seems insignificant. He is leading you. Trust Him. Follow Him. Receive and walk in all that God has freely given you!