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Victorious Living Day 6

​ And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 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.  Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.  1 Corinthians 2:1-16

There’s another type of Christian known as the mature Christian.  We were all made to grow up physically, spiritually, mentally and so on.  There are mature Christians who grow up spiritually because they grow in their relationship with the Holy Spirit.  There’s nothing unusual about this, some people grow up physically, naturally, but they stay mentally where they were as a teenager or young adult.  They consider being independent as maturity.  Maturity is an interdependent thing where we rely on what the Holy Spirit speaks to us and shows us and not just on what we know or see or want.  Just like in our physical maturity we move from being dependent, to becoming independent to interdependent.  That only happens as we come to conclusions that are truthful.  The truth is that the wisdom of God is freely given to believers by the Holy Spirit so that we will not be held captive by the incomplete wisdom, wants and will of man.  The Holy Spirit matures us so that we can judge all things and not be judged by everything.  We can have the mind of Christ today but we will need to Holy Spirit showing us and speaking to us the wisdom of God to do so.  If we will live today looking for and listen to the Holy Spirit, we will judge all things rather than be judged by all things. That’s maturity.

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